The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if
you want to succeed in business–or almost anywhere else for that
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.
Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
Failures do what is tension relieving,
while winners do what is goal achieving.
A man should have any number of little aims about which he should
be conscious and for which he should have names, but he should have
neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of his
Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement.
Brian Tracy, Eat that Frog
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to
Michel de Montaigne
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
or what’s a heaven for?
The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he
longs to attain.
Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks
as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the
goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the
last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.
Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.
The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.
Richard Monckton Milnes
To reach a port, we must sail—Sail, not tie at anchor—Sail, not drift.
There is no happiness except in the realization that we have
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not
know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.
It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each
step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at
mediocrity will be far short of it.
In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to
performing daily acts of trivia.
Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and
after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the
Logan Pearsall Smith
Nature and wisdom never are at strife.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.
The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second
listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching
Solomon Ibn Gabriol
Years teach us more than books.
The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs,
which are brief and pithy.
The middle course is the best.
The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of
mankind, is wisdom.
A wise man learns by the mistakes of others,
a fool by his own.
Silence does not always mark wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
No man was ever wise by chance.
Not to know at large of things remote
From use, obscure and subtle, but to know
That which before us lies in daily life,
Is the prime wisdom.
By associating with wise people you will become wise yourself.
The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom,
in the heart.
Of all parts of wisdom the practice is the best.
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Catherine the Great
A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character
than one who understands little.
How prone to doubt, how cautious are the wise!
On every thorn, delightful wisdom grows,
In every rill a sweet instruction flows.
The man of wisdom is never of two minds;
the man of benevolence never worries;
the man of courage is never afraid.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look
so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been
opened for us.
Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in
Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of
happiness dwells in the soul.
People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
George Matthew Allen
In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that
blossom at their feet.
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is
generally the by-product of other activities.
There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that
person is you.
David Burns, Intimate Connections
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soonforgotten
charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt
compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless
other infinitesimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature;
it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.
John M. Good
Men spend their lives in anticipations,—in determining to be vastly
happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has
one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are
gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we
would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too
long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
Charles Caleb Colton
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and
in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ’twere his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness
is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by
realising that happiness does not spring from the procuring of
physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and
the adjustment of conduct to principles.
Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the
Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.
Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on
There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying
things which are beyond the power of our will.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather
than attempting to satisfy them.
John Stuart Mills
You’re happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy
Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action.
Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
William Ellery Channing
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when
Henry W. Longfellow
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in
Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
J. Petit Senn
To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a
time to come,—as though that time should be of another make from
this which has already come and is ours.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one
destination; –happiness; but few are going by the same road.
Charles Caleb Colton
he way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire
The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not
stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in
and scramble through as well as we can.
The searching-out and thorough investigation of truth ought to be the
primary study of man.
The only journey is the journey within.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Know thyself means this, that you get acquainted with what you
know, and what you can do.
Yes, know thyself: in great concerns or small,
Be this thy care, for this, my friend, is all.
Men soon the faults of others learn
A few their virtues, too, find out;
But is there one—I have a doubt—
Who can his own defects discern?
Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade
when we are old.
If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour, instead of idling
Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong.
He that will not reflect is a ruined man.
Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better