Discovering The Essence of Life

“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.”
~ D.H. Lawrence

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”
~ George Sand

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
~ William Barclay

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”
~ Norman Cousins

“There is more to life than increasing its speed”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“While we are postponing, life speeds by.”
~ Seneca

“In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for ‘finding himself.’ If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.”
~ Thomas Merton

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
~ Henry James

“It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.”
~ Julius Caesar

“Life’s tough, it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.”
~ John Wayne

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
~ George Washington Carver

“So often time it happens, we all live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key.”
~ The Eagles, Already Gone

Persist With Purpose

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
~ Calvin Coolidge


“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
~ Napoleon Hill


“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
~ Benjamin Franklin


“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.”
~ Denis Waitley


“Progress results from persistence with purpose.”
~ Frank Tyger


“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”
~ Elbert Hubbard


“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacle s, discouragement s, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”
~ Thomas Carlyle


“Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.”
~ Anthony J. D’Angelo


“Enough shovels of earth – a mountain. Enough pails of water – a river.”
~ Chinese Proverb alluding to persistence


“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
~ Maya Angelou


“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
~ Albert Einstein


“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”
~ Jim Watkins


“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
~ Confucius

Think you are an entrepreneur?

“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”
~Winston Churchill

“No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.”
~Niccolo Machiavelli

“Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.”
~Henry David Thoreau

“It is a strange enterprise to make respectable people laugh.”
~Moliere

“An entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business, it is someone who makes things happen.”
~ Tim Ferriss

“All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”
~ Albert Einstein

“I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.”
~ Mark Twain

“You may be a redneck if . . . you think you are an entrepreneur because of the “Dirt for Sale” sign in the front yard.”
~ Jeff Foxworthy

A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.
~ Henry Kravis

“The thing most people don’t pick up when they become an entrepreneur is that it never ends. It’s 24/7.”
~ Robert Kiyosaki

“When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.”
~ Robert Kiyosaki

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
~ Steve Jobs

“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”
~ Ronald Reagan

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.”
~ Niccolo Machiavelli

Enthusiasm Is Contagious

“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We play with enthusiasm and recklessness. We aren’t afraid to lose. If we win, great; but win or lose, it is the competition that gives us pleasure.”
~ Joe Paterno

“Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.”
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand and the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”
~ Henry Ford

“Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.”
~ Earl Nightingale

“A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”
~ Charles M. Schwab

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
~ Winston Churchill

“Enthusiasm is contagious. You can start an epidemic.”
~ Anonymous

“Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.”
~ Pele

“Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it.”
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.”
~ Christian Nevell Bovee

Great Strengths

“Silence is a source of great strength.”
~ Lao Tzu

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
~ Marcus Aurelius

“Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.”
~ Paul Cezanne

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
~ Hermann Hesse

“Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”
~ Napoleon Hill

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”
~ Albert Schweitzer

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
~ Louis Pasteur

“It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.”
~ Elbert Hubbard