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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Mark Twain on School

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." -- Mark Twain

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Why you should tell the truth

"Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said." -- Mark Twain

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Billy Joel and the River of Dreams

"... and even though I know the river is wide, I walk down every evening and I stand on the shore and try to cross to the opposite side, so I can find out what I've been looking for." -- Billy Joel, from "River of Dreams"

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happiness and Family

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." -- George Burns, via Funny Quote of the Day

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Needing better material?

"@quotesblog you need better material. you should quote me." -- trick

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Friday, October 26, 2007

We are the advance guard

"We are the pioneers of the world; the advance guard, sent on through the wilderness of untried things, to break a new path in the New World that is ours." -- Herman Melville, as found on

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Every day is a leap of faith

"Every day is a leap of faith." -- Lizz Wright, Musician, whose songs can be heard on Starbucks Hear Music™ station, XM Satellite Radio Channel 75.

via a Starbuck espresso cup, "The Way I See It #143"

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Paul Graham on Acquiring Stuff

"Another way to resist acquiring stuff is to think of the overall cost of owning it. The purchase price is just the beginning. You're going to have to think about that thing for years—perhaps for the rest of your life. Every thing you own takes energy away from you. Some give more than they take. Those are the only things worth having." -- Paul Graham, as quoted in evhead

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Mark of a True Professional

"The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get." -- Robert Kirby

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Monday, August 06, 2007

John Quincy Adams Defining Leadership

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." -- John Quincy Adams, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Knowing and willing are not enough

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Tomorrow is Awesome

"Just thought I would tell you that because I am in Singapore, I can say - with certainty - that tomorrow is awesome. I am already in it." -- Mitch Joel, via Twitter

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Why Chris Brogan Loves Twitter

"Know why I love Twitter? Because it's a big answer pool of people I love." -- Chris Brogan, via Twitter

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Gracian on Actions vs Words

"Content yourself with doing,
leave the talking to others."

-- Baltasar Gracián,
via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Samuel Johnson on the chains of habit

"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken." -- Samuel Johnson, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mike Myers on Scottish Cuisine

"My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare." -- Mike Myers, via BrainyQuote

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Carlyle on how noble work is at first

"Every noble work is at first impossible." -- Thomas Carlyle

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Samuel Johnson on how to spend your life

"Life is very short, and very uncertain; let us spend it as well as we can." -- Samuel Johnson

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Set goals or become enslaved by activity

"In the absence of clearly defined goals, we are forced to concentrate on activity and ultimately become enslaved by it." -- Chuck Coonradt

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Thoreau on Achieving Success

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." -- Henry David Thoreau, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Monday, July 09, 2007

W. H. Auden and the common denominator

"Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh." -- W. H. Auden, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Believe you will succeed

"Believe that you will succeed. Believe it firmly, and you will then do what is necessary to bring success about." -- Dale Carnegie

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

We can change the world

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Meade

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Monday, July 02, 2007

JFK on how to look at change

"Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future." -- John F. Kennedy, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Augusten Burroughs on Being Flawed

"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." -- Augusten Burroughs

Thanks to Doug, who found this one at

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Crow Nation Chief on White Man's Religion

"Their wise ones said we might have their religion, but when we tried to understand it we found that there were too many kinds of religion among white men for us to understand, and that scarcely any two white men agreed which was the right one to learn. This bothered us a good deal until we saw that the white man did not take his religion any more seriously than he did his laws, and that he kept both of them just behind him, like helpers, to use when they might do him good in his dealings with strangers." -- Plenty-Coups (1848-1932), a chief of the Crow Nation (extract from his autobiography), via

Thanks to Doug, who found this one at

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Charles Schulz's new philosophy

"I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time." -- Charles M. Schulz

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Charles Wadsworth with perspectives on fatherhood

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." -- Charles Wadsworth, via "By Ken Levine - Happy Father's Day"

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Shakespeare on wise fathers

"It is a wise father that knows his own child." -- William Shakespeare, via "By Ken Levine > Happy Father's Day"

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Bill Cosby's advice for American fathers

"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right." -- Bill Cosby, via "By Ken Levine - Happy Father's Day"

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Ernest Hemingway's advice for new fathers

"To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years." -- Ernest Hemingway, via "By Ken Levine - Happy Father's Day"

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You know you're growing old when...

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father." -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, via "By Ken Levine - Happy Father's Day"

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Jeff Bezos on Customer Service

"We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It's our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better." -- Jeff Bezos, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Successful people have goals

"All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go." -- Norman Vincent Peale, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week newsletter

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Highest reward for your work

"The highest reward for your work is not what you get for it, but what you become by it." -- John C. Maxwell, via a company intranet home page

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Monday, June 04, 2007

James Hollis on a life that constricts meaning

"A life that constricts meaning wounds the soul." -- James Hollis, in Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up

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A few sincere words can have an impact

"You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life." -- Zig Ziglar, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Music is Therapy

"For those of us who don't have money, there's music. For the rest of the world, there's therapy." -- Dave Jackson, Musician's Cooler episode 142

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Keith Ferrazzi on what it means to be the best

"There's nothing wrong with wanting to be the best in the world, as long as you remember that doing so also means wanting to be the best for the world." -- Keith Ferrazzi, in his book Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, page 297

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Reputation vs Character

"Reputation is what the world thinks a man is; character is what he really is." -- Anonymous

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JerseyTodd to Steve Jobs on DRM

"Mr. Jobs - If iTunes on a PC is like giving ice water to someone in hell, is iTunes with DRM* like giving an anchor to a drowning man?" -- JerseyTodd, via Twitter, to Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, about the iTunes store

*DRM = Digital Rights Management

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

What about the love?

"If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being." -- Rev. Jerry Falwell

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T.O. Likes His New Head Coach

"I don't think you have to be a disciplinarian to get your point across. I think having a new head coach is good for everybody." -- Terrell Owens, via

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Monday, May 07, 2007

An Artist Needs Work

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work." -- Emile Zola

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Democracy and Liberty Defined

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" -- Benjamin Franklin

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Robert Anthony on Self-Improvement

"You will learn and grow according to the nature and consequences of your actions." -- Robert Anthony

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Jimmy Wales on Google

"I trust Google reasonably well. But that's like saying you have a favorite politician." -- Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia, via April 2007 Fast Company article, "Why Is This Man Smiling?"

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Monday, April 23, 2007

What you say vs what you do

"People may doubt what you say but they will believe what you do." -- Anonymous

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Another definition of life

"Life is a sexually-transmitted disease." -- Anonymous

heard on podictionary #490

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Billy Sunday on Why People Fail

"More men fail through lack of purpose than through lack of talent." -- Billy Sunday

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Marjabelle Young Stewart on Etiquette

"A good handshake and good table manners will get you anywhere." -- Marjabelle Young Stewart

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

How to Improve Marketing, Part Deux

"Wanna improve marketing? Make someone else a rockstar today." -- Christopher Penn

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How to Improve Marketing

"Wanna improve marketing? Stop marketing. Improve your relationships instead." -- Chris Brogan

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Accomplishment is a journey

"Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Welcome Quotations Weblog readers!

A big QB welcome to visitors from Quotations Weblog. Thanks much for the link-love, and to Jason for introducing us.

In my journey through life, as I find quotations, I add them here. I got tired of transcribing them by hand onto paper and wanted to share them with the rest of the world.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Be a person of action

"To become successful, you must be a person of action. Merely to ‘know’ is not sufficient. It is necessary both to know and do." -- Napoleon Hill

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Henry Drummond on stretching yourself

"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all he can do." -- Henry Drummond

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Requirements for Success

"Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were." -- David Rockefeller

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Personal Example

"If you can’t set a good example, you are just going to have to serve as a terrible warning." -- Author unknown

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thomas Edison on Problem-Solving

"That’s just where your trouble has been. You have tried only reasonable things. Reasonable things never work. Thank God you can’t think up any more reasonable things, so you’ll have to begin thinking up unreasonable things to try, and now you’ll hit the solution in no time." -- Thomas Edison, as quoted in Neil Baldwin's biography, in a retort to a young chemist in Edison’s employ who had tried ‘every reasonable’ approach to solving his problem

via Andrew Grumet's Weblog

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Do It With Excellence

"If I’m going to do something, I do it spectacularly or I don’t do it at all." -- Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, via Elite Etiquette Tip of the Week - March 19th

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Monday, March 12, 2007

William Raspberry on Good English

"Good English, well spoken and well written will open more doors than a college degree... Bad English will slam doors you don’t even know exist." -- William Raspberry

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Payola Doesn't Pay

"While no violations were found, we are pleased to announce that Clear Channel has agreed to settle this longstanding payola investigation with the F.C.C. We believe it is time to close the door on this ongoing inquiry and move forward." -- Andrew W. Levin, Clear Channel’s executive vice president and chief legal officer, responding to a proposed settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to resolve claims that they accepted cash and other incentives in exchange for playing songs — a practice popularly known as payola

via March 6, 2007 article by Jeff Leeds in the New York Times, "Broadcasters Agree to Fine Over Payoffs" | related digg page

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

vuja de

"vuja de: The feeling that you've never, ever been in this situation before." -- iheartquotes, via Twitter

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Monday, March 05, 2007

William James on Thinking and Prejudice

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James

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Work at your game

"Just remember that if you're not working at your game to the utmost of your ability, there will be someone out there somewhere with equal ability who is. And one day you'll play each other, and he'll have the advantage." -- "Easy" Ed Macauley

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True Leadership

"Leadership is action, not position." -- Donald H. McGannon

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

God's Greatest Gifts To Us

"The greatest gift God gives us is to enjoy the sound of our own voice. And the second greatest gift is to get somebody to listen to it." -- Warren Beatty, as quoted by Courtney Love, former lead singer of the rock group Hole, in the " Technology | Courtney Love does the math"

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Perfection, procrastination, and quality control

"SF writer Steven Barnes once said to me, 'perfectionism is procrastination disguised as quality control.' Given the choice, I'm always in favor of finishing flawed work rather than noodling infinitely on something that is asymptotically approaching perfect." -- Dave Slusher, Evil Genius Chronicles

via e-mail from Bruce Murray

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Success and Self-Improvement

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." -- John Wooden

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Anthony Robbins on the Quality of Life

"The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives." -- Anthony Robbins

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Mark Twain on Public Speaking

"There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars." -- Mark Twain

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Samuel Beckett on Failure as a Step Forward

"Fail, fail again. Fail better." -- Samuel Beckett

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Edmund Burke on Ambition

"Ambition can creep as well as soar." -- Edmund Burke

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Robert Schuller on Preparation

"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation." -- Robert Schuller

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Actions speak louder

"People may doubt what you say but they will believe what you do." -- Anonymous

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Zig Ziglar on Choices

"You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine what you will have, be, and do in the tomorrow of your life." -- Zig Ziglar

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Lincoln on perseverance

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds..." -- Abraham Lincoln, from his Second Inaugural Address, 3/4/1865

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Dizzy Dean on Self-Promotion

"It ain't bragging if you done it." -- Dizzy Dean

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Mercedes McCambridge on Acting

"I'd never been in play long enough for the flowers to die in the dressing room." -- Mercedes McCambridge

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Goethe on Being Bold

"Seize this very minute; what you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Tolstoy on Changing the World

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." -- Leo Tolstoy

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Comparing Apples to Ideas

"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." -- George Bernard Shaw

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Stupid and The Clever

"A stupid man's report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand." -- Bertrand Russell

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Reading Lips

"My grandfather is hard of hearing. He needs to read lips. I don’t mind him reading lips, but he uses one of those yellow highlighters." -- Brian Kiley

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Mark Twain on Honors

"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them." -- Mark Twain

spotted on a friend's IM status

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