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“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: ‘Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value.”
— Thomas Paine,
British-born writer and American revolutionary figure
“It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.”
Anthony Trollope Novelist (1815-1882)
“I don’t think about what I have done. I only think of the things I want to do, and I haven’t done.”
Martha Graham American Modern Dancer And Choreographer (1894-1991)
“Ambition beats genius 99 percent of the time.”
Jay Leno Comedian, Televison Host (born 1950)
“Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”
Henry David Thoreau Naturalist, Author, Philosopher (1817-1862)
“At twenty-five I should have worn a big red A on my chest; it would have stood for ambition, an ambition so brazen and burning that it would have reduced Hester Prynne’s transgression to pale pink.”
Anna Quindlen Journalist, Novelist (born 1953)
What lies within us is most important – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late – Benjamin Franklin
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest – Benjamin Franklin
It’s never to late to be what you might have been – George Eliot
To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence – Mark Twain
From all the rest I single out you, having a message for you,
You are to die–let others tell you what they please, I cannot prevaricate,
I am exact and merciless, but I love you–there is no escape for you.
Softly I lay my right hand upon you, you ‘ust feel it,
I do not argue, I bend my head close and half envelop it,
I sit quietly by, I remain faithful,
I am more than nurse, more than parent or neighbor,
I absolve you from all except yourself spiritual bodily, that is
eternal, you yourself will surely escape,
The corpse you will leave will be but excrementitious.
The sun bursts through in unlooked-for directions,
Strong thoughts fill you and confidence, you smile,
You forget you are sick, as I forget you are sick,
You do not see the medicines, you do not mind the weeping friends,
I am with you,
I exclude others from you, there is nothing to be commiserated,
I do not commiserate, I congratulate you.
(1819 – 1892)
Compiled more than two thousand years ago, the Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world today. A study of the anatomy of forces in conflict, it has been discovered by modern business people, who understand the principles it contains are as useful for understanding the interactions of modern corporations as they are for understanding the tactics of ancient Chinese armies.
- Sun Tzu’s Art of War for Productivity in Business (tsnra.wordpress.com)