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





It's shocking how little there is to do with tennis when you're just thinking about nothing except winning every point.


Andre Agassi (1970-, American tennis player)


Concentrate, play your game, and don't be afraid to win.


Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888, American author)


Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up. Well, maybe once.


Isaac Asimov (1920-1992, Russian-born American author)


A man should remove not only unnecessary acts, but also unnecessary thoughts, for then superfluous activity will not follow.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


If you don't concentrate, you'll end up on your rear.


Tai Babilonia


You can't try to do things; you simply must do them.


Ray Bradbury (1920-, American science fiction writer)


The real essence of work is concentrated energy.


Walter Begehot


For him who has no concentration, there is no tranquility.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Successful minds work like a gimlet, to a single point.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Habit is not mere subjugation, it is a tender tie; when one remembers habit it seems to have been happiness.


Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973, Anglo-Irish novelist)


Concentration is my motto -- first honesty, then industry, then concentration.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principle of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short, in all the management of human affairs.


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


One man; two loves. No good ever comes of that.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Concentrating on the essentials. We will then be accomplishing the greatest possible results with the effort expended.


Ted W. Engstrom (American religion and social leader)


Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far.


Chris Evert (1954-, American tennis player)


Other people's interruptions of your work are relatively insignificant compared with the countless times you interrupt yourself.


Brendan Francis


Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them.


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


Do whatever you do intensely.


Robert Henri (1865-1929, American realist painter)


Concentration, itself, is nothing but a matter of control of the attention! ... Learn to fix your attention on a given subject, at will, for whatever length of time you choose, and you will have learned the secret passage-way to power and plenty! This is concentration!


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


The jack-of-all-trades seldom is good at any. Concentrate all of your efforts on one definite chief aim.


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


The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight with the blow, to live an eternity in an hour.


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


The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.


Lee Iacocca (1924-, American businessman, former CEO of Chrysler)


Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks, that we concentrate only on what is most significant and important


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


The next point -- that's all you must think about.


Rod Laver (1938-, Australian tennis player)


When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.


Michael LeBoeuf


I go at what I am about as if there was nothing else in the world for the time being.


Charles Lingsley


It is with enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except with reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.


Francoise D'Aubegne Maintenon


It is those who concentrates on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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The master of a single trade can support a family. The master of seven trades cannot support himself. The wind is never for the sailor who knows not to what port he is bound.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish good results while the strongest, by dispersing his effort over many chores, may fail to accomplish anything. Drops of water, by continually falling, hone their passage through the hardest of rocks but the hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar and leaves no trace behind.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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Concentration is the factor that causes the great discrepancy between men and the results they achieve... the difference in their power of calling together all the rays of their ability and concentrating on one point.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


The first law of success... is concentration: to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor the left.


William Matthews


When walking, walk. When eating, eat.


Zen Maxim


I'm trying not to look too far ahead. All I'm thinking is one shot at a time, one hole at a time, and that's what I want to keep doing.


Michelle McGann


When I come into a game in the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, no one out and a one-run lead... it takes people off my mind.


Tug McGraw


All good is gained by those whose thought and life are kept pointed close to one main thing, not scattered abroad upon a thousand.


Stephen McKenna


Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths instead of your weaknesses; on your powers, instead of your problems.


Paul J. Meyer (American businessman, author, motivator)


Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training. You can't be lackluster in training and concentrate in a meet.


Edwin Moses (1955-, American track athlete)


If you have to remind yourself to concentrate during competition, you've got no chance to concentrate.


Bobby Nichols (1936-, American golfer)


My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.


Jack Nicklaus (1940-, American golfer)


The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfilment.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


As long as I can concentrate and remain somewhat calm, I can normally do very well.


Al Oerter (1936-, American athlete)


The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.


Arnold Palmer (1929-, American golfer)


What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.


Arnold Palmer (1929-, American golfer)


Concentration is everything. On the day I'm performing, I don't hear anything anyone says to me.


Luciano Pavarotti (1935-, Italian musician, opera singer)


When every physical and mental resources is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.


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


It may be objected by some that I have concentrated too much on the dry bones, and too little on the flesh which clothes them, but I would ask such critics to concede at least that the bones have an austere beauty of their own.


A.B. Pippard


Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


I've learned ruthless concentration. I can write under any circumstances ... street noises, loud talk, music, you name it.


Sylvia Porter


One cannot both feast and become rich.


Ashanti Proverb (Sayings of Ashanti origin)


A bird can roost but on one branch. A mouse can drink no more than its fill from a river.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


One arrow does not bring down two birds.


Turkish Proverb (Sayings of Turkish origin)


Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.


Nido Qubein (1948, Lebanese-born American businessman, speaker, consultant, author)

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Any individual can be, in time, what he earnestly desires to be, if he but set his face steadfastly in the direction of that one thing and bring all his powers to bear upon its attainment.


Herman J. Randall


One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.


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

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Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one's aim.


John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937, American industrialist, philanthropist, founder Exxon)


Give whatever you are doing and whomever you are with the gift of your attention.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.


Bill Russell (1934-, American basketball player)


The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


It is only when I dally with what I am about, look back and aside, instead of keeping my eyes straight forward, that I feel these cold sinkings of the heart.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.


Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963, Indian physician, sage)


The great thing, and the hard thing, is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest, and not yet got the second, which comes with a sort of mastery.


Janet Erskine Stuart


To do two things at once is to do neither.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Before water generates steam, it must register 212 of heat; 200 will not do it. The water must boil to generate enough steam to move an engine. Lukewarm water will not run anything. Lukewarmness will not generate life's work.


Author Unknown


If our thoughts and hopes are elsewhere, it is impossible to set our faces steadily toward the work required of us.


Author Unknown


If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.


Author Unknown


It's tough trying to keep your feet on the ground, your head above the clouds, your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel, your finger on the pulse, your eye on the ball and your ear to the ground.


Author Unknown


The secret to success in any human endeavor is total concentration.


Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1922-, American novelist)


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