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




If you're good to your staff when things are going well, they'll rally when times go bad.

Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


People will support that which they help to create.

Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Sandwich every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise.

Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.

Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Men are more accountable for their motives, than for anything else; and primarily, morality consists in the motives, that is in the affections.

Archibald Alexander (1888-1958, African American design and construction engineer)


Fear begins to melt away when you begin to take action on a goal you really want.

Robert G. Allen


It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life.

Margot Asquith (1864-1945, British socialite)


To sing is to love and affirm, to fly and soar, to coast into the hearts of the people who listen, to tell them that life is to live, that love is there, that nothing is a promise, but that beauty exists, and must be hunted for and found.

Joan Baez (1941-, American singer, songwriter)


Words of affection, howso'er express'd, The latest spoken still are deem'd the best.

Joanna Baillie (1762-1851, British Romantic writer)


I can't concentrate on golf or bowling. Those bowling pins aren't going to hurt me. I can concentrate in the ring because someone is trying to kill me.


Carmen Basilio


God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


Praise is the only gift for which people are really grateful.


Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849, Irish writer and socialite)


You cannot raise a man up by calling him down.


William Boetcker


One must not lose desires. They are mighty stimulants to creativeness, to love and to long life.


Alexander A. Bogomoletz


A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


There are two levers for moving men -- interest and fear.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.


Harriet Braiker (American psychologist and management consultant)


By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me™.


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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It is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble your foe.


Anne Bronte


I don't give advice. I can't tell anybody what to do. Instead I say this is what we know about this problem at this time. And here are the consequences of these actions.


Dr. Joyce Brothers (1927-, American psychologist, television and radio personality)


Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


I'm not a competitive person, and I think women like me because they don't think I'm competitive, just nice.


Barbara Bush (1925-, American First Lady, wife of George H. Bush)


The ultimate inspiration is the deadline.


Nolan Bushnell (American businessman, founder of Atari Computer)


Nobody motivates today's workers. If it doesn't come from within, it doesn't come. Fun helps remove the barriers that allow people to motivate themselves.


Herman Cain (American businessman, founder of Godfather Pizza)


The moment somebody says to me, "This is very risky," is the moment it becomes attractive to me.


Kate Capshaw


If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


There is only one get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Your wits make others witty.

Catherine The Great


Urgent necessity prompts many to do things.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightning.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


We are all motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is, the more he is inspired by glory.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say: "I want to be praised."


E.M. Cioran


No one does anything from a single motive.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.


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


The test of being a good host is how well the departing guest likes himself.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.


Peter Davies


The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.


Mike Ditka (1939-, American football player, coach)


We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.


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


Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936, American journalist, humorist)


Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.


Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969, American President (34th))


If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.


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


Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to Common Sense.


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


You don't have to do anything you don't want to do.


David Harold Fink


Coercive power is the curse of the universe; coactive power, the enrichment and advancement of every human soul.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


The manager cannot share his power with division superintendent or foreman or workman, but he can give them opportunities for developing their power.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Acting was a way out at first. A way out of not knowing what to do, a way of focusing ambitions. And the ambition wasn't for fame. The ambition was to do an interesting job.


Harrison Ford (1942-, American actor)


The mechanics of industry is easy. The real engine is the people : Their motivation and direction.


Ken Gilbert


Make sure you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you.


Jerry Gillies


It is in human nature to relax, when not compelled by personal advantage or disadvantage.


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


Who is sure of their own motives can in confidence advance or retreat.


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


A wife encourages her husband's egoism in order to encourage her own.


Russell Green


To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


When the leader passes over all alike, not making a distinction, then the endeavors of those who are capable of exertion are entirely lost.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


The passion to get ahead is sometimes born of the fear lest we be left behind.


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


It's not my job to motivate players. They bring extraordinary motivation to our program. It's my job not to de-motivate them.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.


Lou Holtz (1937-, American football coach)


I happened on the idea of fitting an engine to a bicycle simply because I did not want to ride crowded trains and buses.


Soichiro Honda (1906-1991, Japanese industrialist, founder of Honda Motor Corporation)


A loafer never works except when there is a fire; then he will carry out more furniture than anybody.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


What insult is so keen or so keenly felt, as the polite insult which it is impossible to resent?


Julia Kavanagh


Good humor, like the jaundice, makes every one of its own complexion.


Elizabeth Inchbald


Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy.


Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885, American writer)


Though a good motive cannot sanction a bad action, a bad motive will always vitiate a good action. In common and trivial matters we may act without motives, but in momentous ones the most careful deliberation is wisdom.


W. M. L. Jay


When the administrator feels himself to be the sole driving agency, and finds himself chiefly engaged in arousing those who are apathetic and coercing those who are antagonistic, there is something vitally wrong with the administration. An executive should find himself engaged chiefly in directing the energies which create themselves naturally in all parts of the business, and in finding the proper outlet for the eager upward striving of the ranks below.


E.E. Jones


I wish it, I command it. Let my will take the place of a reason.


(Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal (c.55-c.130, Roman satirical poet)


Praise, of all things, is the most powerful excitement to commendable actions, animating us in our enterprise.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Happiness is in the taste, and not in things themselves; we are happy a possessing what we like, not a possessing what others like.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Interest speaks all sorts of tongues, and plays all sorts of parts, even that of disinterestedness.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


A man who is afraid will do anything.


Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964, Indian nationalist, statesman)


We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


There isn't much that tastes better than praise from those who are wise and capable.


Selma Lagerlof


To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.


Donald Laird


We accept the verdict of the past until the need for change cries out loudly enough to force upon us a choice between the comforts of further inertia and the irksomeness of action.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


We talk on principle, but we act on interest.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


A team that has character doesn't need stimulation.


Tom Landry (1924-, American football player, coach)


Beware of trying to accomplish anything by force.


Angela Merici


You will accomplish more by kind words and a courteous manner than by anger or sharp rebuke, which should never be used except in necessity


Angela Merici


Hardships, poverty and want are the best incentives, and the best foundation, for the success of man.


Bradford Merrill


Most people would rather be seen through than not seen at all.


Ada Leverson


Nothing fruitful ever comes when plants are forced to flower in the wrong season.


Bette Bao Lord


What we see depends mainly on what we look for.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


I usually need a can of beer to prime me.


Norman Mailer (1923-, American author)


One of the reasons it has seemed so difficult for a person to change his habits, his personality, or his way of life, has been that heretofore nearly all efforts at change have been directed to the circumference of the self, so to speak, rather than to the center.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


The best direction is the least possible direction.


Joan Manley


The common conception is that motivation leads to action, but the reverse is true -- action precedes motivation. You have to "prime the pump" and get the juice flowing, which motivates you to work on your goals. Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day.


Robert J. McKain


Can't nothing make your life work if you ain't the architect.


Terry McMillan


A fellow must know where he wants to go, if he is going to get anywhere. It is so easy just to drift along. Some people go through school as if they thought they were doing their families a favor. On a job, they work along in a humdrum way, interested only in their salary check. They don't have a goal. When anyone crosses them up, they take their marbles and walk out. The people who go places and do things make the most of every situation. They are ready for the next thing that comes along on the road to their goal. They know what they want and are willing to go an extra mile.


William C. Menninger


Men's actions depend to a great extent upon fear. We do things either because we enjoy doing them or because we are afraid not to do them.


John F. Milburn


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