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Abraham Lincoln
"Things may come to those who wait, but only what's left behind by those that hustle."
 
"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves and, under a just God, cannot long retain it"
Adrian Slywotzky
"At best, only 2-3% of today’s established players are eagerly, earnestly, rigorously looking for the next wave in their own industry. They will pay a heavy price for this"
Agnes Repplier
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possile to find it elsewhere."
Akio Morita
"A company will get nowhere if all of the thinking is left to management."
 
"Once you have a staff of prepared, intelligent, and energetic people, the next step is to motivate them to be creative."
 
"The important thing in my view is not to pin the blame for a mistake on somebody, but rather to find out what caused the mistake."
Alan Sugar
"Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else."
 
"There's only room for one bigmouth in my organisation, and that's me."
 
"A good leader is not necessarily the most popular person in their business, but the best ones are liked because they are respected for their clarity and vision"
 
"Effective leadership is about earning respect, and it's also about personality and charisma"
 
"Above all, in order to gain respect, you need to be true to yourself. There is no point in trying to be brutal if it's not in your nature; there is no point in trying to be suave and sophisticated if it doesn't come naturally"
Albert Einstein
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world."
 
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new"
 
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former"
 
"Study and, in general, the pursuit of truth and beauty is the sphere in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives"
 
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds"
 
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science"
 
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world"
 
"The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them"
 
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"
 
"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it"
Albert Schweitzer
"Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing"
 
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve"
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
"Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen, but thinking what no one else has"
Aldous Huxley
"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what has happened to him"
Alexander Graham Bell
"When one door closes another one opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us"
Alexander Smith
"The great man is the man who does a thing for the first time"
Alexander Woollcott
"Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing"
Alexandra Stoddard
"What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows"
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin
"I've got to follow them, I'm their leader"
Alexis De Tocqueville
"Despotism may govern without faith, but Liberty cannot"
Alfred Chandler
"Unless structure follows strategy, inefficiency results"
Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers"
Alvin Toffler
"You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction"
 
"The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."
Alvin Tofler
"If you have the right knowledge you can substitute it for all the other facts of production"
Anais Nin
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are"
Anatole France
"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards"
 
"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe"
Andre Malraux
"The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself"
Andre Maurois
"The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force."
Andrew Carnegie
"No man will ever make a great leader who wants to do it all by himself or to get all the credit for doing it"
Anita Roddick
"If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just"
Anita Roddick OBE
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito"
Ann Landers
"The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie"
Anne Mulcahy
"Good leadership is about the company's success, not your own"
Anonymous
"What you rub up against rubs off"
 
"Praise works with only three types of people; men, women, and children"
 
"Leadership is the ability to hide your panic from others"
 
"Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision"
 
"Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination"
 
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects the wind; the realist adjusts the sails"
 
"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito"
 
"There’s never just one wet butt in a canoe. We’re all in this together"
Anthony J D'Angelo
"You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader."
Anthony Robbins
"Success is the result of good judgement, good judgement is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgement"
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea"
 
"It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, than you are indeed a man of true wisdom"
 
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye"
Aristotle
"You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event - it is a habit"
 
"Change in all things is sweet"
Arnold Bennett
"A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected"
Arnold Glasgow
"The true measure of a man is not the number of servants that he has, but the number of people he serves"
 
"It doesn't take great men to do things, but it is doing things that makes men great"
Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength"
Arthur C. Clarke
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"
 
"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong"
 
"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible"
Attila the Hun
"If an incompetent chieftain is removed, seldom do we appoint his highest-ranking subordinate to his place"
Audrey Hepburn
"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone"
Aung San Suu Kyi
"It is not a sacrifice, it's a choice. If you choose to do something, then you shouldn't say it's a sacrifice, because nobody forced you to do it"
Australian Army Leadership Manual, 1994
"Never underestimate the enemy. Respect him, but equally always remember, regardless of the odds, team to team, yours is better. If there is any doubt in your mind in regard to this previous sentence you had better start training harder, or hand over your command."
Ayn Rand
"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values"