An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown




Acquaintance: a degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


An acquaintance is someone we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


For what is the best choice, for each individual is the highest it is possible for him to achieve.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.


David Bailey (1938-, British photographer)


Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.


Thomas A. Bennett


What you declare, you will achieve. When you think you can't revisit a previous triumph.


Jack Canfield (American motivational speaker, author, trainer)

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It's no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.


Morarji Desai (1896-1995, Indian statesman, Prime Minister)


The only way around is through.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


No great deed is done by falterers who ask for certainty.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it.


Havelock Ellis (1859-1939, British psychologist)


Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.


George Fabricius (1678-1707, Irish dramatist)


I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London.


Edward M. Forster (1879-1970, British novelist, essayist)


Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle, and a victory.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


If life were measured by accomplishments, most of us would die in infancy.


A. P. Gouthey


We will either find a way, or make one.


Hannibal (BC 247-182, Carthaginian general, statesman)


Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.


Mark Victor Hansen (American motivational speaker, author)

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My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.


Helen Hayes (1900-1993, American actress)


Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity.


Gabriel Heatter (1890-1972, American journalist)


Often we place too much emphasis on the desired results, and not enough on the person we need to be to achieve and support those results.


Larry Hehn


The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


I hope that my achievements in life shall be these -- that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need; that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been.


C. Hoppe


God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.


Jack Kinder (American businessman, author)


To spend life for something which outlasts it.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


I want to put a ding in the universe.


Steve Jobs (1955-, American business executive, CEO of Apples and Pixar)


Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.


Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893, British scholar)


The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the mad? to achievement. One fails? forward toward success.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.


Charles Kuralt (1934-, American TV commentator)


We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO List every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day.


Alan Lakein (1906-1975, American time management expert, author, trainer)


There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.


Alphonse De Lamartine (1790-1869, French poet, statesman, historian)


That which is achieved the most, still has the whole of it's future yet to be achieved.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever -- the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.


Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, American football coach)


Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Man is always more than he can know of himself; consequently, his accomplishments, time and again, will come as a surprise to him.


Golo Mann (1909-1994, German historian, son of Thomas Mann)


Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.


Foster C. McClellan


The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.


Alfred A. Montapert (American author)


The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit.


Dwight Whitney Morrow (1873-1931, American lawyer, banker, diplomat)


Someone has defined genius as intensity of purpose: the ability to do, the patience to wait. Put these together and you have achievement.


Leo J. Muir


Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.


Georgia O'Keeffe (American painter)


Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.


Mal Pancoast


Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


Take a look at those two open hands of yours. They are tools with which to serve, make friends, and reach out for the best in life. Open hands open the way to achievement Put them to work today.


Wilfred A. Peterson


You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.


Phaedrus (c.1-?, Macedonian inventor and writer)


I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


The journey is the reward.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.


Otto Rank (1884-1939, Austrian-born psychoanalyst)


The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.


Lady Stella Reading


The truth of the matter is that there's nothing you can't accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You're willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what's working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Nothing is as difficult as to achieve results in this world if one is filled full of great tolerance and the milk of human kindness. The person who achieves must generally be a one-idea individual, concentrated entirely on that one idea, and ruthless in his aspect toward other men and other ideas.


Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861-1933, American poet, sister of Theodore Roosevelt)


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.


Eddie Robinson (1919-. American college football coach)


I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.


Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995, American virologist who discovered the first vaccine against poliomyelitis)


The average estimate themselves by what they do, the above average by what they are.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Where there is a will there is a way. is an old true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so -- to determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Said will be a little ahead, but done should follow at his heel.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


For we must consider that we shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world.


John Winthrop (1588-1649, Puritan, first Governor of Massachusetts)


It's not the having, it's the getting.


Elizabeth Taylor (1932-, British-born American actress)


The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.


Harold Taylor


Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

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Accomplishment is easiest when we work the hardest, and it is hardest when we work the easiest.


Author Unknown


Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's levels of aspirations and expectations.


Author Unknown


Every great achievement was once success have no meaning. considered impossible.


Author Unknown


If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either.


Author Unknown


The body achieves what the mind believes.


Author Unknown


The fellow who does things that count, doesn't usually stop to count them.


Author Unknown


Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.


Barbara Walters (1931-, American TV personality)


To get what you want, STOP doing what isn't working.


Dennis Weaver


When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above,


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock!


Orson Welles (1915-1985, American film maker)


Never mistake activity for achievement.


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


Out of the strain of doing and into the peace of the done.


Julia Woodruff


It's your attitude, not just your aptitude, that determines your ultimate altitude.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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