1. There’s nothing methodizes a man but business.
Fanny Burney (1752-1840) British writer. Cecilia (1782), vol. 3
2. Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.
Emily Coue (1857-1926) French psychotherapist. Formula inscribed in his sanatorium. His prescription was one of autosuggestion. Attrib.
3. The return from your work must be the satisfaction which that work brings you and the world’s need of that work. With this, life is heaven, or as near heaven as you can get. Without this, with work which you despise, which bores you, and which the world does not need this life is hell.
- E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963) U.S. historian and politician. Said on his 90th birthday. “To His Newborn Great-Grandson” (1958)
4. Business pressures are good for the soul: when it has unburdened itself of them, it plays all the more fully and enjoys life.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, playwright, novelist and scientist. Attrib.
5. Nothing seems to support the habits that promote personal growth more than continuous, humanistic goals.
Bob Guccione (b.1930) U.S. magazine publisher. Leading Change (1996)
6. The mind is enlarged and elevated by mere purposes, though they end as they begin by airy contemplation.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84) British poet, lexicographer, essayist and critic. Letter to Hester Thrale (November 29, 1783)
7. Freedom is a more complex and delicate thing than force. It is not as simple to live under as force is.
Thomas Mann (1875-1955) German writer. Attrib.
8. You don’t learn to hold your own by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer and critic. Getting Married (1908)