What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great
people and knows how to hold them together. –
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his
command make him.
General Douglas MacArthur
The real leader has no need to lead–
he is content to point the way.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
Rely on your own strength of body and soul. Take for your star selfreliance,
faith, honesty and industry. Don’t take too much advice —
keep at the helm and steer your own ship, and remember that the
great art of commanding is to take a fair share of the work. Fire above
the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invincible determination with the
right motive, are the levers that move the world.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more
and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams
He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of
comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Misfortunes, untoward events, lay open, disclose the skill of a general,
while success conceals his weakness, his weak points.
In this world a man must either be an anvil or hammer.
Henry W. Longfellow
I light my candle from their torches.
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.
The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to
excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the
A bold onset is half the battle.
The power is detested, and miserable the life, of him who wishes to be
feared rather than to be loved.
To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must
of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never
yet hatched from a goose’s egg.
Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command.
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to
carry it out.
No man can stand on top because he is put there.
H. H. Vreeland
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward.
It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s
What you cannot enforce, do not command.
No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his
lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the
right man for the right place.
To do great things is difficult; but to command great things is more
It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.
(Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.)
Let him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to
A good general not only sees the way to victory; he also knows when
victory is impossible.
Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
A leader is a dealer in hope.
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he
could do only a little.
You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do
something about its width and depth.
Well done is better than well said.
If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.
“Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that
give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life’s most
important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders.”
“Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author.”
“I quote others only to better express myself.”
“A book of quotations, can never be complete.” Robert M.
“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. ” George
“By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.” Douglas
“I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready
armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent
existence.” Robert Burns
“Life itself is a quotation.” Jorge Luis Borges
“One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.” Amos
“A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a
pebble in the hand of a fool.”Joseph Roux
“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it
intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you
good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and
look for more.” Sir Winston Churchill
“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have,
beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized
wiser than oneself.” Marlene Dietrich
“The next thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A quote can change the way you think about challenges you face.”
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can
Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all,
thou shalt not be a bystander.
Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC
To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous
frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re
You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never
were; and I say ‘Why not?’
George Bernard Shaw
Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness,
to riches and poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control
these, and not another.
Richard Bach (Illusions)
Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you
something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a
There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things.
I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was
your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve
believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable
one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all
progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw
The journey is the reward.
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when
the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is
revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross
If you can’t make a mistake, you can’t make anything.
What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.
I have always observed that to succeed in the world one should
appear like a fool but be wise.
Charles de Montesquieu
When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow
older, I admire kind people.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
The easiest way to avoid wrong notes is to never open your mouth
and sing. What a mistake that would be.