David Gergen: Commentator, editor, teacher, public servant, best-selling author and adviser to presidents for 30 years.
"A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there." - David Gergen
Leo Tolstoy: famous Russian writer ("Confession"); decorated Crimean War soldier.
"Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself." - Leo Tolstoy
Nelson Mandela: first President of South Africa to be elected in fully-representative democratic elections; anti-apartheid activist; leader of the African National Congress (ANC)
"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." - Nelson Mandela
Soren Kierkegaard: Danish philosopher and theologian.
"This age will die not as a result of some evil, but from a lack of passion." - Soren Kierkegaard
Thomas Jefferson: (13 April 1743 N.S.-4 July 1826); third President of the United States (1801-09); principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776); one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806).
"The failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another." - Thomas Jefferson
"All the flowers of all of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today." - Chinese Proverb
Peter F. Drucker: [Biography;
"There is the risk you cannot afford to take, and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take." - Peter F. Drucker
Anthony Robbins: American motivational speaker and writer.
"If you want to succeed in your Life, remember this phrase:The Past does not equal The Future.Because you failed yesterday; or all day today;or a moment ago; or for the last six months;the last 16 years; or the last fifty years of Life,doesn't mean anything...All that matters is:What are you going to do, RIGHT NOW!!?" - Anthony Robbins
Alfred North Whitehead
"Ideas won't keep: something must be done about them." - Alfred North Whitehead
"Leadership determines the direction of the company. — Organization determines the potential of the company. — Personnel determine the success of the company." - John Maxwell
Franklin P. Adams: Nods and Becks, 1944.
"Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead center of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net." - Franklin P. Adams
Stanley H. Cath: New York Times, April 18, 1983
"Middle age is Janus-faced. As we look back on our accomplishments and our failures to achieve the things we wanted, we look ahead to the time we have left to us....Our children are gaining life, and our parents are losing it." - Stanley H. Cath
Dorothy Dix: Dorothy Dix, Her Book, 1926
"In all the world there are no people so piteous and forlorn as those who are forced to eat the bitter bread of dependency in their old age, and find how steep are the stairs of another man's house." - Dorothy Dix
Helen Hayes: Washington Post, May 7, 1990.
"If you rest, you rust." - Helen Hayes
Douglas MacArthur: New York Times, June 8, 1984.
"I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul." - Douglas MacArthur
Kathleen Norris: Noon, 1924
"And so came middle-age, for I have discovered that middle-age is not a question of years. It is that moment in life when one realizes that one has exchanged, by a series of subtle shifts and substitutes, the vague and vaporous dreams of youth for the definite and tangible realization." - Kathleen Norris
Adlai E. Stevenson: Call to Greatness, 1954
"In youth, everything seems possible; but we reach a point in the middle years when we realize that we are never going to reach all the shining goals we had set for ourselves. And in the end, most of us reconcile ourselves, with what grace we can, to living with our ulcers and arthritis, our sense of partial failure, our less-than-ideal families; and even our politicians!" - Adlai E. Stevenson
Mark Twain: letter to Edward L. Dimmitt, July 19, 1901.
"The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity." - Mark Twain
John Barrymore: in Gene Fowler, Good Night, Sweet Prince, 1943.
"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." - John Barrymore
Frederick Lewis Allen: in Arthur Goodfriend, What Is America?, 1954.
"We have something special...a culture which we do not think of as something for the elite, but as something which is accessible to practically everybody." - Frederick Lewis Allen
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