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J.R.R. Tolkien
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Jack E. Reichert
"I would rather have a first-class manager running a second-rate business than a second-class manager running a first-rate business"
Jack Penn
"One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks"
Jack Welch
"Real communication is an attitude, an environment. It is the most interactive of all processes. It requires countless hours of eyeball to eyeball, back and forth. It involves more listening than talking."
 
"If we wait for the perfect answer, the world will pass us by"
James Baldwin
"Not everything that is faced can be changed; nothing can be changed until it is faced"
James Crook
"A man who wants to lead an orchestra must turn his back on the crowd"
James Crupi
"The leader’s job is not to cover all the bases - it is to see that all bases are covered"
James Joyce
"Mistakes are the portals of discovery"
James Kent
"Nothing is so potent as the silent influence of a good example"
James McNerney
"Leadership development is about helping people grow, and if I can get people as individuals growing, then I've got a company that grows "
James Russell Lowell
"One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning"
James Truslow Adams
"Lincoln was not great because he was born in a log cabin, but because he got out of it"
Jane Goodall
"If you really want something, work hard, take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way"
Janis Joplin
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got"
Japanese proverb
"Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare"
Jean Toomer
"We learn the rope of life by untying its knots"
Jean-Paul Sartre
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live"
 
"Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you"
 
"A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost"
 
"As far as men go, it is not what they are that interests me, but what they can become"
 
"Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance"
 
"It is only in our decisions that we are important"
 
"Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does"
 
"Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat"
 
"The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best"
 
"Words are more treacherous and powerful than we think"
Jeff Bezos
"If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful."
 
"There are two kinds of companies, those that work to try to charge more and those that work to charge less"
Jeri Ryan
"Impossible is a word humans use far too often"
Jerry Junkins
"Leadership happens at every level of the organisation and no one can shirk from this responsibility"
Jesse Jackson
"Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together."
 
"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it"
Jesus Christ
"If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall in the ditch"
Jimi Hendrix
"I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to"
Joel Goodman
"Seven days without laughter makes one weak"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"The best of all governments is that which teaches us to govern ourselves"
 
"The right man is the one who seizes the moment"
John 'Hannibal' Smith (the A Team)
"I love it when a plan comes together"
John Allan May
"Progress consists largely of learning to apply laws and truths that have always existed"
John Andrew Holmes
"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and picking people up"
John Bunyan
"If my life is fruitless, it doesn't matter who praises me, and if my life is fruitful, it doesn't matter who criticizes me"
John D Rockefeller III
"The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and you can do well, and put your whole soul into it - every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have"
John D. Rockefeller
"The most important thing for a young man is to establish credit - a reputation, character"
John F Kennedy
"Change is the law of life - and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future"
John F. Kennedy
"Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were and say why not"
 
"History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside"
 
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other"
John G. Pollard
"Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work"
John Le Care
"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world"
John Lennon
"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans"
John Maxwell
"All leadership is influence"
 
"The first step to leadership is servanthood"
 
"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optomist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails"
 
"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others but far enough ahead to motivate them"
 
"Leadership is influence. It is the ability to obtain followers. When the leader lacks confidence, the followers have no commitment. A leader is great not because of his power, but because of his ability to empower others"
John Naisbitt
"The most reliable way to anticipate the future is by understanding the present"
 
"Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it"
John Ruskin
"I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility"
 
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it"
John Sculley
"The new leaders face new tests such as how to lead in this idea-intensive, interdependent network environment"
John Scully
"The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious"
John Stuart Mill
"No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought"
John W Gardner
"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. "
 
"True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents"
 
"Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor"
 
"We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems"
 
"Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self destructive. "
 
"Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach"
 
"One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure"
 
"Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them"
 
"Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are"
 
"Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well"
 
"Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents. "
 
"The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught"
 
"The cynic says, "One man can't do anything." I say, "Only one man can do anything." "
 
"History never looks like history when you are living through it"
 
"The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life. "
 
"The prime function of a leader is to keep hope alive"
 
"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy"
 
"Josh Billings said, "It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too." Human beings have always employed an enormous variety of clever devices for running away from themselves, and the modern world is particularly rich in such stratagems. "
 
"Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage"
John W. Gardner
"If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are "
John Woolman
"Conduct is more convincing than language"
Jonas Salk
"Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next"
Jonathan Swift
"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible"
Jorge Luis Borges
"Everything touches everything"
Joseph Chilton Pearce
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."
Joseph Kennedy
"Its not what you are that counts, but what people think you are"
Joseph M. Juran
"Quality planning consists of developing the products and processes required to meet customer's needs"
Josh Hinds
"Whether or not we realize it each of us has within us the ability to set some kind of example for people. Knowing this would you rather be the one known for being the one who encouraged others, or the one who inadvertently discouraged those around you?"
Joshua Hill
"Never believe there is something you cannot do until proven otherwise."
Josiah G. Holland
"It is by work that man carves his way to that measure of power which will fit him for his destiny"
Judson B. Branch
"There is no limit to the good man can do if he doesn't care who gets the credit"
Julie Cameron
"Leap, and the net will appear."