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The Power of Thoughts


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and Imagination


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and Making Decisions


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and Making Sales


Solving Problems and
Overcoming Obstacles


Persistence

Handling Criticism

Risks and Rewards

Success and Failure

Happiness, Satisfaction,
and Enjoying Your Work


Money and Wealth

Quotes - Conformity

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, sculptor, architect, genius

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
Albert Einstein
Physicist

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Hannah More
Writer, poet, playwright

A man’s greatest strength develops at the point where he overcomes his greatest weakness.
Elmer G. Letterman

Top cats often begin as underdogs.
Bernard Meltzer

There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Journalist and author

The greater the obstacle, the more the glory in overcoming it.
Jean Baptiste Moliére
Actor and playwright

Nothing in life just happens. You have to have the stamina to meet the obstacles and overcome them.
Golda Meir
Prime minister of Israel

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.
Jack Penn

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
B. C. Forbes
Publisher, founder of Forbes magazine

Never complain about your troubles; they are responsible for more than half of your income.
Robert Updegraff

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Booker T. Washington
Educator and writer

The difficulties, hardships, and trials of life, the obstacles one encounters on the road to fortune, are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance. Peril is the element in which power is developed.
William Matthews

 

1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
3. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
5. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
6. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
8. You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
9.You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.
10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
William J. H. Boetcker
Clergyman and lecturer on industrial relations

 

The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer.
Thomas Watson
Founder and president, IBM Corporation

The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill…. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advances.
Albert Einstein
Physicist

A problem well stated is a problem half solved.
Charles F. Kettering
Engineer and inventor

To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?
Jim Rohn
Motivational speaker

If there are obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be the crooked line.
Bertolt Brecht
Playwright

Here is the secret of inspiration. Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly not more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.
William Feather
Author and publisher

The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.
Sophocles
Playwright

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with the wind.
John Neal
Writer, editor, and poet

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
Frank A. Clark

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater.
William Hazlitt
Writer

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
Jonathan Kozol
Author

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.
Wernher von Braun
Rocket engineer

In prosperity, caution; in adversity, patience.
Dutch proverb

If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.
David Livingstone
Explorer

Off the rack solutions, like bargain basement dresses, never fit anyone.
Françoise Giroud
Journalist, author, former government minister

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Norman Vincent Peale
Clergyman and author

We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
Alexander Hamilton
Statesman, 1st Secretary of Treasury

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
Barbara de Angelis
Author, relationship expert

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.
M. Kathleen Casey

To accuse others for one’s own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.
Epictetus
Philosopher

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Malcolm Forbes
Publisher

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Napoleon Hill
Writer

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.
Lou Holtz
Football coach

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Horace
Poet

Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem.
Henry Kissinger
U.S. secretary of state

Only entropy comes easy.
Lewis Mumford
Writer

Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
Bernice Johnson Reagon

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.
Robert W. Service
Canadian writer

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing
Unitarian minister, author 

Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.
Winston Churchill
British statesman and prime minister

All things are difficult before they are easy.
John Norley

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Roman orator, statesman, philosopher

It is a good rule to face difficulties at the time they arise and not allow them to increase unacknowledged.
Edward W. Ziegler

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.
Norman Vincent Peale
Clergyman and author

It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.
Malcolm Forbes
Publisher

Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.
Lou Holtz
Football coach

Death and taxes are unsolved engineering problems.
Romana Machado
Software engineer

If a man can see both sides of a problem, you know that none of his money is tied up in it.
Verda Ross

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