1. The man who view the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
Muhammad Ali (b.1942) U.S. playboy (1975)
2. It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley (1889-1945) U.S. Humorist. Quoted in Robert Benchley (Nathaniel Benchley; 1955)
3. Office is something that builds up a man only if he is somebody in his own right.
Tony Benn (b.1925) British politician. Diary (April 196)
4. Enthusiasm and hard work are indispensable ingredients of achievement . So is stick-to-it-iveness.
Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) U.S. businessman and founder of Birdseye. American Magazine (February 1951)
5. There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French emperor. Referring to the retreat from Moscow. Comment (1812)
6. Do not think a man has done his full duty when he has performed the work assigned him. A man will never rise if he does only this. Promotion comes from exceptional work.
Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) U.S. industrialist and philanthropist. The fourth of his rules of business success. “From Oakland: How to Succeed in Life,” The Pittsburgh Bulletin (December 19, 1903)
7. Cunning is the dark sanctuary of incapacity.
Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) English statesman, orator, and letter writer. Letter (1783)
8. If anything terrifies me, I must try to conquer it.
Francis Charles Chichester (1901-72) British yachtsman and aviator. Life (June 1967)
9. By different methods different men excel: But where he is who can do all things well?
Charles Churchill (1731-64) British curate and satirist. An episode to William Hogarth (1763)
10. One of the things I learned long ago about auctions was that it’s not about ego or talent. It’s simply about raising your hand for the next bid. They won. We lost. Next.
Barry Diller (b.1942) U.S. media mogul. Business Week (1994)
11. Owning the intellectual property is like owning land: You need to keep investing in it again and again to get a payoff; you can’t simply sit back and collect rent.
Esther Dyson (b.1951) U.S. knowledge entrepreneur and government adviser. Release 1.0 (1994)
12. Responsibility is the great developer of men.
Mary parker Follett (1868-1933) U.S. management thinker and author. Dynamic Administration (1941)
13. How you start is important, but it is how you finish that counts. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter.
Bertie Charles Forbes (1880-1954) U.S. publisher and writer. Quoted in Reader’s Digest (1993)
14. The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed.
Henry Ford (1863-1947) U.S. industrialist, automobile manufacturer, and founder of Ford motor Company. My life and Work (co-written with Samuel Crowther; 1922)
15. Dreams seldom materialize on their own.
Dian Fossey (1932-85) U.S conservationist. Gorillas in the Mist (1983)
16. Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) U.S. motivational author. Think and Grow Rich (1937)
17. Well, we knocked the bastard off.
Edmund Hilliary (b.1919) New Zealand explorer and mountaineer. Referring to his ascent of Everest. Press comment (1953)
18. The medal is not for yourself. We are educated in the principles of modesty, not individual honors.
Alberto Juantorena (b.1950) Cuban athlete and businessman. 1976. Referring to gold medal achievement at Montreal Olympics. Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock; 1996)
19. If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) British novelist, poet, and short-story writer. “If” (1910)
20. Real power is creating stuff.
Geraldine laybourne (b.1947) U.S. chairman of Oxygen Media “The 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business,” Fortune (Patricia Sellers and Cora Daniels; October 1999)
21. They have not any difficulties on the way up because they fly, but they have many when they reach the summit.
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian historian, statesman, and political philosopher. The Price (1513)
22. I’ve taken less than the 150 years they thought it would take to achieve.
Robert Maxwell (1923-91) British Publisher, business executive, and politician. Referring to Pergamon Press and its publication of scientific journals. Television interview (August 1972)
23. What the mind can believe, you can achieve.
Lorraine Moller (b.1955) New Zealand athlete. Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock; 1996)
24. The worst fault of the working classes is telling their children they’re not going to succeed, saying:” There is life, but it’s not for you.”
John Mortimer (b.1923) British lawyer, dramatist, and writer. Daily mail (London) (May 1988)
25. I avoided the company because I wanted the opportunity to have a track record of starting a business where you are not the boss’s son.
James Murdoch (b.1973) Australian chief executive and chairman of Star TV. Referring to his father, Rupert Murdoch. Forbes (July 1998)