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





If the frontline people do count, you couldn't prove it by examining the reward systems in most organizations.


Karl Albrecht (American management consultant, speaker, and author of business books)


In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


A wage hike is very hard to take away, but bonuses and profit-sharing can disappear very quickly in hard times...More people are realizing that bonuses look like raises, but really aren't.


Al Bauman (Economist with the American Bureau of Labor Statistics)


A wage hike is very hard to take away, but bonuses and profit-sharing can disappear very quickly in hard times...More people are realizing that bonuses look like raises, but really aren't.


Al Bauman (Economist with the American Bureau of Labor Statistics)


You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, and though a late, a sure reward succeeds.


William Congreve (1670-1729, British dramatist)


Perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries is not the goal but the exercise.


E. V. Cooke


Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


The idea of thanking staff should mean giving them something that they would never buy for themselves.


Jayne Crook (American business executive)


Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow -- perhaps it all will.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.


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


The effects of our actions may be postponed but they are never lost. There is an inevitable reward for good deeds and an inescapable punishment for bad. Meditate upon this truth, and seek always to earn good wages from Destiny.


Wu Ming Fu (Chinese activist)


The thorns which I have reaped are of the tree I planted.


George Noel Gordon


A reward cannot be valued if it is not understood.


Phillip C. Grant (American academic)


No man who does a good deed should expect gratitude. The reward of a good deed is in having done it.


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


Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.


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

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People think that if a man has undergone any hardship, he should have a reward; but for my part, if I have done the hardest possible day's work, and then come to sit down in a corner and eat my supper comfortably -- why, then I don't think I deserve any reward for my hard day's work -- for am I not now at peace? Is not my supper good?


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


Our rewards in life will always be in direct ratio to our service.


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


What are we hoping to get out of it, what's it all in aid of -- is it really just for the sake of a gloved hand waving at you from a golden coach?


John Osborne (1929-, British playwright)


He that does good for good's sake seeks neither paradise nor reward, but he is sure of both in the end.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


The reward of great men is that, long after they have died, one is not quite sure that they are dead.


Jules Renard (1864-1910, French author, dramatist)


Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in.


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


God's delays are not God's denials.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Greater even than the pious man is he who eats that which is the fruit of his own toil; for scripture declares him twice-blessed.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


Not in rewards, but in the strength to strive, the blessing lies.


J. T. Towbridge


It is better to deserve an honor and not receive it, than to receive one and not deserve it!


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Companies that give excellent service reward employees for providing it.


Author Unknown


Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.


Author Unknown


No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.


Booker T. Washington (1856-1915, American black leader and educator)


With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American poet, journalist)


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