If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business.— B. C. Forbes
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Judgment can be acquired only by acute observation, by actual experience in the school of life, by ceaseless alertness to learn from others, by study of the activities of men who have made notable marks, by striving to analyze the everyday play of causes and effects, by constant study of human nature.
Opportunity rarely knocks on your door. Knock rather on opportunity's door if you ardently wish to enter.
Golf without bunkers and hazards would be tame and monotonous. So would life.
Vitally important for a young man or woman is, first, to realize the value of education and then to cultivate earnestly, aggressively, ceaselessly, the habit of self-education.
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert.
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.
Enthusiasm is the electric current that keeps the engine of life going at top speed. Enthusiasm is the very propeller of progress.
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
Justice must be blind to the hardness or softness of a man's hands, as well as to the leanness or fatness of his pocketbook
In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina.
To succeed, we must have the will to succeed, we must have stamina, determination, backbone, perseverance, self-reliance, and faith.
He who has faith has... an inward reservoir of courage, hope, confidence, calmness, and assuring trust that all will come out well - even though to the world it may appear to come out most badly.
The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.
There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.
A shady business never yields a sunny life.
Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.
Jealousy... is a mental cancer.
Think not of yourself as the architect of your career but as the sculptor.
Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering and chiselingand scraping and polishing.
Turn resolutely to work, to recreation, or in any case to physical exercise till you are so tired you can't help going to sleep, and when you wake up you won't want to worry.
The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world.
Many a man thinks he is patient when, in reality, he is indifferent.
No man can fight his way to the top and stay at the top without exercising the fullest measure of grit, courage, determination, resolution.
Bragging often precedes begging.
Triumph often is nearest when defeat seems inescapable.
A price has to be paid for success. Almost invariably those who have reached the summits worked harder and longer, studied and planned more assiduously, practiced more self-denial, overcame more difficulties than those of us who have not risen so far.
Many of the most successful men I have known have never grown up.
Youthfulness of spirit is the twin brother of optimism... Resist growing up!
Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies. Don't put off the joy derivable from doing helpful, kindly things for others.
The victors of the battles of tomorrow will be those who can best harness thought to action. From office boy to statesman, the prizes will be for those who most effectively exert their brains, who take deep, earnest and studious counsel of their minds, who stamp themselves as thinkers.
Jealousy is an inner consciousness of one's own inferiority. It is a mental cancer.
The man who has done his level best... is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
Don't forget until too late that the business of life is not business, but living.
Diamonds are only lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs.
The human being who lives only for himself finally reaps nothing but unhappiness. Selfishness corrodes. Unselfishness ennobles, satisfies.
If you don't drive your business you will be driven out of business.
Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.
Cheerfulness is among the most laudable virtues.
It gains you the good will and friendship of others. It blesses those who practice it and those upon whom it is bestowed.
The way to make a true friend is to be one.
Friendship implies loyalty, esteem, cordiality, sympathy, affection, readiness to aid, to help, to stick, to fight for, if need be. ... Radiate friendship and it will return sevenfold.
Mediocre men wait for opportunity to come to them. Strong, able, alert men go after opportunity.
A willing, cheerful worker, with his heart in his job, will turn out more work and more satisfactory work in 44 hours than an unwilling worker, dissatisfied with his conditions, will turn out in 54 hours. It is good business, therefore, for every employer to go as far as he possibly can in reaching a schedule agreeable to his people.
A word of appreciation often can accomplish what nothing else could accomplish.
Money, or even power, can never yield happiness unless it be accompanied by the goodwill of others.
Without self-respect there can be no genuine success.
Success won at the cost of self-respect is not success ? for what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own self-respect.
Honesty is the cornerstone of character.
The honest man or woman seeks not merely to avoid criminal or illegal acts, but to be scrupulously fair, upright, fearless in both action and expression. Honesty pays dividends both in dollars and in peace of mind.
Golf is an ideal diversion, but a ruinous disease.
How we love to blame others for our misfortunes! Almost every individual who has lost money in stock speculation has on the tip of his tongue an explanation which he trots out to show that it wasn't his own fault at all.... Hardly one loser has the manliness to say frankly, "I was wrong.
The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.
I have known not a few men who, after reaching the summits of business success, found themselves miserable on attaining retirement age. They were so exclusively engrossed in their day to day affairs that they had no time for friend making.
Christmas moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves & directs our thoughts to giving.