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





For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Am I motivated by what I really want out of life -- or am I mass-motivated?


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


We do not content ourselves with the life we have in ourselves; we desire to live an imaginary life in the minds of others, and for this purpose we endeavor to shine.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time. [When surrounded by 8 enemy divisions during WW2]


Chesty Puller (1898-1971, American general)


I've always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best.


Akeem Olajuwon (1963-, American basketball player)


Football linemen are motivated by a more complicated, self-determining series of factors than the simple fear of humiliation in the public gaze, which is the emotion that galvanizes the backs and receivers.


Merlin Olsen (1940-, American football player, sports broadcaster, actor)


Large gifts, they are there for your organization. Men and women, waiting to be asked. Men and women, waiting for the right program, the proper motivation, the excitement and exhilaration of sharing in a great adventure.


Jerold Panas


Lust and force are the source of all our actions; lust causes voluntary actions, force involuntary ones.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself.


Alexander Paterson


It is the spur of ignorance, the consciousness of not understanding, and the curiosity about that which lies beyond that are essential to our progress.


John Pierce


The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.


Marge Piercy


The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they're working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different.


Rick Pitino (1952-, American college basketball coach)


Necessity, who is the mother of our invention.


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


Wealth... and poverty: the one is the parent of luxury and indolence, and the other of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.


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


What you praise you increase.


Catherine Ponder


Two purposes in human nature rule. Self-love to urge, and reason to restrain.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


What men and women need is encouragement.... Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits.


Eleanor H. Porter


Love teaches even asses to dance.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Praise the young and they will make progress.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


No pear falls into a shut mouth.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


A fly does not mind dying in coconut cream.


Swahili Proverb


When the flag is unfurled, all reason is in the trumpet.


Ukrainian Proverb


Drive the horse with oats, not with curses and oaths.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.


Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973, American feminist and pacifist)


You are what you think. You are what you go for. You are what you do!


Bob Richards (1926-, American Olympic pole-vaulting champion)


A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


I never criticize a player until they are first convinced of my unconditional confidence in their abilities.


John Robinson (1576-1625, American clergyman)


Always in a moment of extreme danger things can be done which had previously been thought impossible.


General Erwin Rommel


We should not teach children the sciences; but give them a taste for them.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as the greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


I tried to treat them like me, and some of them weren't.


Coach Bill Russell


Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.


Jim Ryun (1947-, American athlete)


I believe in using words, not fists.


Susan Sarandon (1946-, American actress)


Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him.


Virginia Satir (1916-1988, American family therapist, lecturer, trainer, author)


People who make some other person part of their job are dangerous.


Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957, British author)


Why did I want to win? Because I didn't want to lose!


Max Schmelling


It is for the superfluous things of life that men sweat.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely… change is due to want power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.


George Sheehan


To hear how special and wonderful we are is endlessly enthralling.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.


Jane Smiley


The most important thing about motivation is goal setting. You should always have a goal.


Francie Larrieu Smith (1952-, American runner)


Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.


Patti Smith


Never let go of that fiery sadness called desire.


Patti Smith


What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


We must treasure the achievers of our land because it's they who raise the sights of all the others.


Author Unknown


I still feel like I gotta prove something. There are a lot of people hoping I fail. But I like that. I need to be hated.


Howard Stern (1954-, American TV talk show host, singer)


If it's not fun, you are not doing it right.


Fran Tarkenton (1940-, American football player, businessman, corporate consultant, author)


I would prefer a thousand times to receive reproofs than to give them to others.


St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897, French saint)


Help people become more motivated by guiding them to the source of their own power.


Paul G. Thomas


The most important thing about a man is what he believes in the depth of his being. This is the thing that makes him what he is, The thing that organizes him and feeds him; the thing that keeps him going in the face of untoward circumstances; the thing that gives him resistance.


Hugh Stevenson Tigner


Anxiety and conscience are a powerful pair of dynamos. Between them, they have ensured that I shall work hard, but they cannot ensure that one shall work at anything worthwhile.


Arnold Toynbee (1852-1883, British economic historian and social reformer)


I don't make deals for the money. I've got enough, much more than I'll never need. I do it to do it. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks.


Donald Trump (1946-, American businessman, actor)


Orthodox criticism ... is a murderer of talent. And because the most modest and sensitive people are the most talented, having the most imagination and sympathy, these are the first ones to get killed off.


Brenda Ueland


When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life.


Brenda Ueland


Hope in action is charity, and beauty in action is goodness.


Miguel De Unamuno (1864-1936, Spanish philosophical writer)


Don't spur a willing horse.


Author Unknown


Talent isn't enough. You need motivation -- and persistence, too: what Steinbeck called a blend of faith and arrogance. When you're young, plain old poverty can be enough, along with an insatiable hunger for recognition. You have to have that feeling of "I'll show them." If you don't have it, don't become a writer.


Leon Uris (1924-, American novelist)


Great men undertake great things because they are great; fools, because they think them easy.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


There is nothing that fear and hope does not permit men to do.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


You must rouse into people's consciousness their own prudence and strength, if you want to raise their character.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


To feel valued, to know, even if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling.


Barbara Walters (1931-, American TV personality)


The only people in the world who can change things are those who can sell ideas.


Lois Wyse


It's easy to work for somebody else; all you have to do is show up.


Rita Warford


There is only one answer to destructiveness and that is creativity.


Sylvia Ashton Warner


Make people believe what they think and do is important, and then get out of the way while they do it.


Jack Welch


I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.


John Wesley (1703-1791, British preacher, founder of Methodism)


There's only one good reason to be a writer -- we can't help it! We'd all like to be successful, rich and famous, but if those are our goals, we're off on the wrong foot.... I just wanted to earn enough money so I could work at home on my writing.


Phyllis Whitney


Remember, the bread you meet each day is still rising. Don't scare the dough.


Macrina Wiederkehr


Mountain! Get out of my way!


Montel Williams (1956-, American TV personality, author)


All I want out of life is that when I walk down the street, folks will say, "There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived."


Ted Williams (1918-, American baseball player)


I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.


Tennessee Williams (1914-1983, American dramatist)


A good boss is one who makes his men think they have more ability than they have, so they consistently do better work than they thought they could.


Charles B. Wilson


There are only two stimulants to one's best efforts: the fear of punishment, and the hope of reward.


John M. Wilson


Education is not the filling of the pail, but, the lighting of the fire.


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939, Irish poet, playwright.)


People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily.


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

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