Showing posts with label goals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label goals. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Post #1578

If I were a cobbler I would make it my pride
      The best of all cobblers to be;
If I were a tinker, no tinker beside
      Should mend an old kettle like me.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Post #1189

One of the most improtant factors, not only in military matters but in life as a whole, is...the ability to direct one's whole energies toward the fulfillment of a particular task.
—Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

Friday, July 06, 2012

Post #997

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.
—Seneca

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Post #946

The soul that has no established aim loses itself.
—Michel de Montaigne

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Post #919

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.
—Bill Copeland

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Post #841

The road is better than the inn.
—Miguel de Cervantes

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Post #803

In everything one must consider the end.
—Jean de La Fontaine

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Post #762

Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.
—David Starr Jordan

Monday, September 26, 2011

Post #722

A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows.
—John Powell

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Post #623

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.
—Vauvenargues

Monday, April 11, 2011

Post #556

The only ones among you who will really be happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
—Albert Schweitzer

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Post #520

A double-minded man is unstable in all ways. A determinate purpose in life, and a steady adhesion to it through all disadvantages, are indispensable conditions of success.
—William M. Punshion

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Post #498

A useless life is an early death.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Post #484

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Post #470

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.
—AndrĂ© Gide

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Post #461

He turns not back who is bound to a star.
—Leonardo da Vinci

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Post #450

Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it.
—Colonel Michael Friedman

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Post #449

To have a reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to possess a guiding principle.  A belief of some kind.  A  bumper sticker, if you will.
—Judith Guest

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Post #442

Having a goal is a state of happiness.
—E.J. Bartek

Friday, November 12, 2010

Post #406

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
—Walter Savage Landor

The Penalty of Leadership

In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity. Whether the leadership be vested in a man or in a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work. In art, in literature, in music, in industry, the reward and the punishment are always the same. The reward is widespread recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction. When a man’s work becomes a standard for the whole world, it also becomes a target for the shafts of the envious few. If his work be mediocre, he will be left severely alone – if he achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues a -wagging. Jealousy does not protrude its forked tongue at the artist who produces a commonplace painting. Whatsoever you write, or paint, or play, or sing, or build, no one will strive to surpass or to slander you unless your work be stamped with the seal of genius. Long, long after a great work or a good work has been done, those who are disappointed or envious, continue to cry out that it cannot be done. Spiteful little voices in the domain of art were raised against our own Whistler as a mountebank, long after the big world had acclaimed him its greatest artistic genius. Multitudes flocked to Bayreuth to worship at the musical shrine of Wagner, while the little group of those whom he had dethroned and displaced argued angrily that he was no musician at all. The little world continued to protest that Fulton could never build a steamboat, while the big world flocked to the river banks to see his boat steam by. The leader is assailed because he is a leader, and the effort to equal him is merely added proof of that leadership. Failing to equal or to excel, the follower seeks to depreciate and to destroy – but only confirms once more the superiority of that which he strives to supplant. There is nothing new in this. It is as old as the world and as old as human passions – envy, fear, greed, ambition, and the desire to surpass. And it all avails nothing. If the leader truly leads, he remains – the leader. Master-poet, master-painter, master-workman, each in his turn is assailed, and each holds his laurels through the ages. That which is good or great makes itself known, no matter how loud the clamor of denial. That which deserves to live — lives.
written by Theodore F. MacManus

A deadly viper once bit a hole snipe's hide; But 'twas the viper, not the snipe, that died.

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It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied...

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