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"Fat, Dumb, and Happy - two out of three's not bad" - Jay Cohen

"Time's fun when you are having flies." - Kermit the Frog

"If consultants knew how to run companies, they would." - The Fortune Cookie

"The race for quality has no finish line."

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers, American humorist

"Give them quality. That's the best kind of advertising in the world." - Milton S. Hershey, Founder of Hershey's Chocolate

"You miss 100 percent of the shoots you never take." - Wayne Gretsky, North American Hockey Player

"Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." - Bill Gates, Chief Systems Architect, Microsoft

"People are not against you; they are merely for themselves." - Gene Fowler

"Whatever you cannot understand you cannot possess." - Goethe

"Consultant: any ordinary guy more than fifty miles from home" - Eric Sevareid, American news reporter

"Don't tell me how hard you work. Tell me how much you get done." - James Ling, American Business Executive

"Never invest in anything that eats or needs repairing." - Billy Rose, Theatrical Producer

"Only the paranoid survive." - Andy Grove, CEO, Intel

"The only thing that can beat you is yourself." - Vince Lombardi, legendary US football coach

"The problem with forward thinking is that you spend so much time waiting for others to catch up." - Jim Rossi, Chairman and CEO, PCRoomLink

"To succeed, preparation has to meet opportunity." - Branch Rickey, legendary US baseball executive

"In calm water every ship has a good captain." - Swedish proverb

"If you can't convince them, confuse them." - Harry S. Truman, US President

"It ain't braggin' if you can do it." - Dizzy Dean, American Baseball Player

"The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"Use your own best judgment at all times." - Entire contents of Nordstrom Corporation's Policy Manual

"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." - Henry Ford

"It's better to act quickly than it is to wait too long." - Jack Welch, CEO - GE

"The world is too complicated not to be orderly." - Martha Stewart

"It's a poor workman who blames his tools." - Anonymous

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." - Anonymous

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

"Leadership is an action, not a word." - Richard P. Cooley

"We are drowning in information -- and at the same time, we're starved for knowledge." - G. Richard Thoman, Xerox president and CEO

"Let him that would move the world, first move himself." - Socrates

"The secret to a good life is to have more beginnings than endings." - Dave Weinbaum

"Life is full of obstacle illusions". - Grant Frazier

"There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty."

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of meeting the schedule has been forgotten."

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." - William James

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein

"Keep your eyes in the stars and your feet on the ground." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Your legacy should be that you made it better than it was when you got it." - Lee Iacocca

"Often the unspoken deserves to be heard."

"Communications is the key to success . . .  pass it on!"

"Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks" - Herodotus

"Facts do not cease to be because they are ignored." -
Aldous Huxley

"Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings." - C. D. Jackson

"The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn." - David L. Russell

"You can observe a lot by just watching." - Yogi Berra

"Success is never final." - Winston Churchill

"A window of opportunity won't open itself." - David Weinbaum

"Big shoots are little shots who keep shooting." - Christopher Morley

"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas." - Linus Pauling

"It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance." - Thomas Sowell

"No one can make progress facing both ways." - Epictetus

"Everything, even darkness and silence, has its wonders." - Helen Keller

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier." - Colin Powell

"The important thing is to not stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

"You will be fired with enthusiasm or you will be fired with enthusiasm." - Vince Lombardi

"If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one." - Cavett Robert

"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept" - Ansel Adams

"if you can't say why you actually make your company a better place, you're out" - Cynthia Kellams

"It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit." - John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach

"Tell me in the first five minutes what you want to tell me in the last five minutes."

"When you become famous, your faults become your style."

"Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful." - Annette Funicello

"A decison is something that is made when there is no time to form a committee."

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill

"It always takes longer than it takes." - J. Cohen

"You need to be first, best or different." - Loretta Lynn

"No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it."

"We know the human brain is a device to keep the ears from grating on one another." - Peter de Vries

"There is no right way to do wrong."

"A decision is what people make when they can't find anyone to form a committee."

"I felt sorry about having no shoes -- until I met a man with no feet." - W. Cohen

"The surest sign of intelligent life in the universe is that they haven't attempted to contact us." - Bill Waterson

"On a project you need three things: a clue, a critical mass, and a game plan." - J. Cohen

"If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger? - Thomas Henry Huxley

"Never explain - your friends don't need it, and your enemies won't believe you anyhow." - Elbert Hubbard

"Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."

"Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have. Spend it wisely.

"If everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane."

"If you had the time - but you don't!" - J. Cohen

"It's never too early because its always too late! - J. Cohen

"It often shows an excellent command of the language to say nothing." - Karol Newlin

"It's one thing to be wrong, another to be "dead" wrong." - J. Cohen

"Pay no attention to what critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic." - Jean Sibelius

"Formula for success: Underpromise and overdeliver." Tom Peters

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." - Alvin Toffler

"The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them." - Robert Frost

"Give me ambiguity or give me something else."

"The truth is a precious commodity. That's why I use it so sparingly." - Mark Twain

"Always do right, This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."

"Have you ever noticed that the right people are often left out." - J. Cohen

"The only time you don't fail is the last time you try something - and it works." - William Strong

"My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to be in the first group; there was much less competition."

"There's "wrong" and then there's "dead wrong"." - J. Cohen

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1958

"The future is now!" - George Allen, coach of the Washington Redskins

"Sight is a faculty; vision is an art."

"Is this true or only clever?" - Augustine Birrell

"If people listened to themselves more often, they would talk less."

"Friends: People who know you well, but like you anyway."

"There are two kinds of men who never amount to much; those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else." - Cyrus Curtis

"If I listen, I have the advantage. If I speak, the others have it.

"Clueless -- with a blank piece of paper." - J. Cohen

"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is." - H. Jackson Browne.

"Time is nature's way of making sure everything doesn't happen at once."

"It only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis." - Margaret Bonnano

"Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods." - Japanese proverb

"If you don't care where you are, then you ain't lost."

"Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. - Samuel Johnson

"You can't sit on the lid of progress. If you do, you will be blown to pieces." - Henry Kaiser

"It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do. - Moliere

"Statisticians know that if you put a man's head in a sauna and his feet in a deep freeze, he will feel pretty good - on the average."

"Someday you will get your big chance - or have you already had it?"

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." - General George S. Patton, Jr.

"You become a champion by fighting one more round." - James Corbett (Boxer)

"Champions are made when no one is watching."

"The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything." Oscar Wilde

"You are not paranoid if they really are after you."

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." - The editor of business books for Prentice-Hall, 1957

". . . and if you're calling from a rotary phone. we really don't want your business anyway . . ." Dan Delgado (Wall Street Journal 8/5/98)

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