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I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I do. Drink them in. If any of them revive you, stir you to action, or motivate you, then reading this will be worth it.
By the way…
That’s an attempt at humour!
As I begin writing this article, I don’t know how it will turn out, but…
You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine — Flip Wilson
I’ll see if I can apply the advice from each quote as I write this article. So far, I’ve written a few sentences and it’s just like putting nickels in the machine.
So now, I simply need to keep on going!
All things come to him who goes after them — Unknown
Hey, writing this article is easier than I thought!
“But what about scary obstacles” I hear you cry. Well, no worries.
These quotes have it covered:
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be removed — Samuel Johnson
A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for — William G. T. Shedd
Those who know how to think need no teachers – Mahatma Gandhi
The future depends on what you do today – Mahatma Gandhi
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread – Mahatma Gandhi
One of my favourite quotes actually rides on top of another quote from Isaac Newton, who said:
If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants
Here’s the corollary to that quote:
If I have NOT seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders — Hal Abelson
So, what to do? Forget the Giants! Boldly go where no man has gone before.
That’s a Star Trek quote I actually didn’t mean to include here.
Consider it a bonus!
These are in no particular order.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to fly in — Confucius, or some other sage said that, I believe.
Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you’re still high. For those who are truly committed to a vision, the dream is never over — Steven K. Scott
Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats — Howard Aiken
Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again — James R. Cook
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. – Mark Twain (i.e. Samuel Clemens)
This one really resonated with me. Sometimes you just have to do whatever you have to do, but…
When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home — Betty Bender
Nevertheless, never give up hope:
In the hour of adversity be not without hope, for crystal rain falls from black clouds — Nizami
Every action has an equal and opposite criticism. (Ignore it.) – Unknown
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning — The Bible, Lamentations 3:22,23
The worshippers of false gods have given up their only hope. — The Bible, Jonah 2:8, BBE version.
I’ll stop here, although perhaps I should include one more:
Most people do ALMOST enough to win — A. L. Williams
All right, perhaps a couple more?
The beautiful part of a good idea is that it’s self-financing. A good idea must give you leverage on your time, your efforts, or your money — Joe Karbo
I’ve saved the best one for last:
Guys are lucky because they get to grow mustaches. I wish I could. It’s like having a little pet for your face. — Anita Wiseman
How to cope with difficulty.