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150 Baseball Quotes “The designated hitter rule is like letting someone else take Wilt Chamberlain’s free throws”
— Rick Wise

“Nobody ever said, “Work ball!” They say, “Play ball!” To me, that means having fun”
— Willie Stargell

“Baseball is the only sport I know that when you’re on offense, the other team controls the ball”
— Ken Harrelson

“The pitcher has to find out if the hitter is timid. And if the hitter is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid”
— Don Drysdale

“Trying to sneak a pitch past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster”
— Joe Adcock and Curt Simmons

“I didn’t get over 1300 walks without knowing the strike zone.”
— Wade Boggs

“The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays.”
— Lawrence Ritter

“Baseball is a lot like life. The line drives are caught, the squibbers go for base hits. It’s an unfair game”
— Rod Kanehl

“I’m convinced that every boy, in his heart, would rather steal second base than an automobile.”
— Tom Clark

“I don’t know why people like the home run so much. A home run is over as soon as it starts…. The triple is the most exciting play of the game. A triple is like meeting a woman who excites you, spending the evening talking and getting more excited, then taking her home. It drags on and on. You’re never sure how it’s going to turn out”
— George Foster

“When I was a little boy, I wanted to be a baseball player, and join the circus. With the Yankees, I’ve accomplished both”
— Anthony Standen

“Grantland Rice, the great sportswriter once said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.’ Well Grantland Rice can go to hell as far as I’m concerned”
— Gene Autry

“Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words”
— Ernie Harwell

“When you’re in a slump, it’s almost as if you look out at the field and it’s one big glove”
— Vance Law

“Why does everybody stand up and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” when they’re already there”
— Larry Anderson

“The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back”
— Steve Garvey

“Every player, in his secret heart, wants to manage someday. Every fan, in the privacy of his mind, already does”
— Leonard Koppett

“Cardinal rule for all hitters with two strikes on them: Never trust the umpire.”
— Robert Smith

“Back then, my idol was Bugs Bunny, because I saw a cartoon of him playing ball—you know, the one where he plays every position himself with nobody else on the field but him? Now that I think of it, Bugs is still my idol. You have to love a ballplayer like that”
— Nomar Garciaparra

“Mental attitude and concentration are the keys to pitching”
— Ferguson Jenkins

“You know it’s summertime at Candlestick when the fog rolls in, the wind kicks up, and you see the center fielder slicing open a caribou to survive the ninth inning”
— Bob Sarlette

“The greatest thrill in the world is to end the game with a home run and watch everybody else walk off the field while you’re running the bases on air”
— Al Rosen

“I would be lost without baseball. I don’t think I could stand being away from it as long as I was alive”
— Roberto Clemente

“Playing without the fundamentals is like eating without a knife and fork. You make a mess”
— Dick Williams

“All good balls to hit are strikes, though not all strikes are good balls to hit”
— Dave Winfield

“Baseball is a harbor, a seclusion from failure that really matters, a playful utopia in which virtuosity can be savored to the third decimal place of a batting average”
— Mark Kramer

“A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours”
— Ray Fitzgerald

“My stuff was all right, but it’s not about pitching good. It’s about winning. I pitched just good enough to lose”
— Greg Maddux

“It baseball is an American institution and more lasting than some marriages, war, Supreme Court decisions and even major depressions”
— Art Rust

“People like us are afraid to leave ball. What else is there to do? When baseball has been your whole life, you can’t think about a future without it, so you hang on as long as you can”
— Willie Stargell

150 Baseball Quotes “Basketball, hockey and track meets are action heaped upon action, climax upon climax, until the onlooker’s responses become deadened. Baseball is for the leisurely afternoons of summer and for the unchanging dreams”
— Roger Kahn

“Hello again, everybody. It’s a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball”
— Harry Caray

“Baseball? It’s just a game—as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It’s a sport, business—and sometimes even religion.”
— Ernie Harwell

“Awards mean a lot, but they don’t say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics”
— Ernie Banks

“One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something.”
— Nolan Ryan

“Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living”
— Phil Linz

“Baseball is a man maker”
— Al Spalding

“Love America and hate baseball? Hate America and love baseball? Neither is possible, except in the abstract”
— John Krich

“It’s hard to win a pennant, but it’s harder losing one”
— Chuck Tanner

“If I would be happy, I would be a very bad ball player. With me, when I get mad, it puts energy in my body.”
— Roberto Clemente

“It’s no coincidence that female interest in the sport of baseball has increased greatly since the ballplayers swapped those wonderful old-time baggy flannel uniforms for leotards.”
— Mike Royko

“Though I like the various forms of football in the world, I don’t think they begin to compare with these two great Anglo-Saxon ball games for sophisticated elegance and symbolism. Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval war substitutes, chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry and base—in both senses—greed. With football we are back to the monotonous clashing armor of the brontosaurus.”
— John Fowles

“No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined”
— Paul Gallico

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring”
— Rogers Hornsby

“When they start the game, they don’t yell, “Work ball.” They say, “Play ball.””
— Willie Stargell

“Trying to get a fast ball past Hank Aaron is like trying to get the sun past a rooster.”
— Curt Simmons

“A knuckleball is a curve ball that doesn’t give a damn”
— Jimmy Cannon

“Baseball, to me, is still the national pastime because it is a summer game. I feel that almost all Americans are summer people, that summer is what they think of when they think of their childhood. I think it stirs up an incredible emotion within people”
— Steve Busby

“The great thing about baseball is that there’s a crisis every game”
— Gabe Paul

“The best way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until the ball stops rolling and then pick it up”
— Bob Uecker

“Baseball isn’t a business, it’s more like a disease”
— Walter F. O’Malley

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”
— Bob Feller

“Back then, if you had a sore arm, the only people concerned were you and your wife. Now it’s you, your wife, your agent, your investment counselor, your stockbroker, and your publisher.”
— Jim Bouton

“The place was always cold, and I got the feeling that the fans would have enjoyed baseball more if it had been played with a hockey puck”
— Andre Dawson

“Life is like a baseball game. When you think a fastball is coming, You gotta be ready to hit the curve”
— Jaja Q.

“Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa”
— Bob Veale

“Well, boys, it’s a round ball and a round bat and you got to hit the ball square”
— Joe Schultz

“It’s a pretty sure thing that the player’s bat is what speaks loudest when it’s contract time, but there are moments when the glove has the last word”
— Brooks Robinson

“There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem—once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit”
— Al Gallagher

“The guy with the biggest stomach will be the first to take off his shirt at a baseball game”
— Glenn Dickey

150 Baseball Quotes “I don’t love baseball. I don’t love most of today’s players. I don’t love the owners. I do love, however, the baseball that is in the heads of baseball fans. I love the dreams of glory of 10-year-olds, the reminiscences of 70-year-olds. The greatest baseball arena is in our heads, what we bring to the games, to the telecasts, to reading newspaper reports.”
— Stan Isaacs

“The pitcher has to throw a strike sooner or later, so why not hit the pitch you want to hit and not the one he wants you to hit?”
— Johnny Mize

“Baseball is dull only to dull minds”
— Red Barber

“Kids are always chasing rainbows, but baseball is a world where you can catch them”
— Johnny Vander Meer

“Ninety feet between the bases is the nearest thing to perfection that man has yet achieved”
— Red Smith

“Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”
— Frederick B. Wilcox

“Don’t forget to swing hard, in case you hit the ball”
— Woodie Held

“Fix your eye on the ball from the moment the pitcher holds it in his glove. Follow it as he throws to the plate and stay with it until the play is completed. Action takes place only where the ball goes”
— Bill Klem

“With those who don’t give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can’t think of anything to say to them”
— Art Hill

“Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it’s a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.”
— Richard Gilman

“Life will always throw you curves, just keep fouling them off… the right pitch will come, but when it does, be prepared to run the bases”
— Rick Maksian

“Like those special afternoons in summer when you go to Yankee Stadium at two o’clock in the afternoon for an eight o’clock game. It’s so big, so empty and so silent that you can almost hear the sounds that aren’t there”
— Ray Miller

“Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don’t any of these guys ever go fishing?”
— Dave Shiflett

“To a pitcher, a base hit is the perfect example of negative feedback”
— Steve Hovley

“Ninety feet between home plate and first base may be the closest man has ever come to perfection”
— Red Smith

“I ain’t ever had a job. I just always played baseball”
— Leroy Robert

“Players who commit errors need reassurance from the pitcher, who must harbor no grudges.”
— Roger Craig

“What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs”
— Harry Caray

“You know you’re pitching well when the batters look as bad as you do at the plate”
— Duke Snider

“A baseball game is twice as much fun if you’re seeing it on the company’s time”
— William C. Feather

“Baseball is too much of a sport to be called a business, and too much of a business to be called a sport”
— Philip Wrigley

“Baseball is more than a game to me, it’s a religion”
— Bill Klem

“There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all.”
— Lou Gehrig

“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation”
— Leroy Robert

“With those who don’t give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can’t think of anything to say to them”
— Art Hill

“Hit em where they ain’t.”
— Willie Keeler

“I could never play in New York. The first time I came into a game there, I got into the bullpen car and they told me to lock the doors”
— Mike Flanagan

“Pro-rated at 500 at-bats a year that means that for two years out of the fourteen I played, I never even touched the ball.”
— Norm Cash

“The great thing about baseball is that there’s a crisis every day.”
— Gabe Paul

“Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it is a business.”
— Tommy Henrich

150 Baseball Quotes “Baseball is very big with my people. It figures. It’s the only way we can get to shake a bat at a white man without starting a riot”
— Dick Gregory

“Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.”
— Robert Frost

“A baseball manager is a necessary evil”
— Sparky Anderson

“Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”
— Yogi Berra

“Nothing flatters me more than to have it assumed that I could write prose-unless it be to have it assumed that I once pitched a baseball with distinction.”
— Robert Frost

“You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity…No we must not You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball”
— Albert Einstein

“Baseball is a game of inches”
— Branch Rickey

“The trouble with baseball is that it is not played the year round”
— Gaylord Perry

“Baseball fans love numbers. They love to swirl them around their mouths like Bordeaux wine”
— Pat Conroy

“Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in”
— Casey Stengel

“When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing…. I told him I wanted to be a real Major League Baseball Player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner. My friend said that he’d like to be President of the United States. Neither of us got our wish.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

“What we have are good gray ballplayers, playing a good gray game and reading the good gray Wall Street Journal. They have been brainwashed, dry-cleaned and dehydrated!… Wake up the echoes at the Hall of Fame and you will find that baseball’s immortals were a rowdy and raucous group of men who would climb down off their plaques and go rampaging through Cooperstown, taking spoils…. Deplore it if you will, but Grover Cleveland Alexander drunk was a better pitcher than Grover Cleveland Alexander sober”
— Bill Veeck

“You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too”
— Roy Campanella

“Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.”
— Jackie Robinson

“The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series. The second best thing is losing the World Series”
— Tommy Lasorda

“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game.”
— Jacques Barzun

“Baseball is a skilled game. It’s America’s game — it, and high taxes”
— Will Rogers

“I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to keep playing baseball”
— Pete Rose

“The clock doesn’t matter in baseball. Time stands still or moves backwards. Theoretically, one game could go on forever. Some seem to.”
— Herb Caen

“Baseball is a slow, sluggish game, with frequent and trivial interruptions, offering the spectator many opportunities to reflect at leisure upon the situation on the field: This is what a fan loves most about the game”
— Edward Abbey

“Say this much for big league baseball—it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America”
— Bruce Catton

“England and America should scrap cricket and baseball and come up with a new game that they both can play. Like baseball”
— Robert Benchley

“Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets”
— Yogi Berra

“Baseball gives every American boy a chance to excel, not just to be as good as someone else but to be better than someone else. This is the nature of man and the name of the game”
— Ted Williams

“You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possible be — in baseball and in life.”
— Pete Rose

“When you step into the batter’s box, have nothing on your mind except baseball”
— Pete Rose

“It never ceases to amaze me how many of baseball’s wounds are self-inflicted”
— Bill Veeck

“Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts”
— Tommy Lasorda

“Next to religion, baseball has furnished a greater impact on American life than any other institution”
— Herbert Hoover

“Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up”
— Bob Lemon

150 Baseball Quotes “People who write about spring training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball”
— Sandy Koufax

“The saddest day of the year is the day baseball season ends”
— Tommy Lasorda

“That’s baseball, and it’s my game. Y’ know, you take your worries to the game, and you leave ’em there. You yell like crazy for your guys. It’s good for your lungs, gives you a lift, and nobody calls the cops. Pretty girls, lots of ’em”
— Humphrey Bogart

“Baseball is reassuring. It makes me feel as if the world is not going to blow up”
— Sharon Olds

“There are only five things you can do in baseball: run, throw, catch, hit, and hit with power.”
— Leo Durocher

“Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can’t get you off.”
— Bill Veeck

“Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror.”
— George Carlin

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game—the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us”
— Walt Whitman

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal”
— George Will

“Baseball is what gets inside you, it lights you up, its supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The HARD is what makes it great”
— Indian Proverb

“A baseball park is the one place where a man’s wife doesn’t mind his getting excited over somebody else’s curves”
— Brendan Behan

“The great trouble with baseball today is that most of the players are in the game for the money and that’s it, not for the love of it, the excitement of it, the thrill of it.”
— Ty Cobb

“Baseball wrong—man with four balls cannot walk”
— Indian Proverb

“I never thought home runs were all that exciting. I still think the triple is the most exciting thing in baseball. To me, a triple is like a guy taking the ball on his 1-yard line and running 99 yards for a touchdown”
— Hank Aaron

“There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.”
— Casey Stengel

“Baseball is the only thing beside the paper clip that hasn’t changed”
— Bill Veeck

“Baseball serves as a good model for democracy in action: Every player is equally important and each has a chance to be a hero”
— Edward Abbey

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer”
— Ted Williams

“Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast.”
— Joe Garagiola

“I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it”
— Carl Yastrzemski

“Baseball is a simple game. If you have good players and if you keep them in the right frame of mind then the manager is a success”
— Sparky Anderson

“Baseball is not necessarily an obsessive-compulsive disorder, like washing your hands 100 times a day, but it’s beginning to seem that way. We’re reaching the point where you can be a truly dedicated, state-of-the-art fan or you can have a life. Take your pick”
— Thomas Boswell

“More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood.”
— Thomas Boswell

“Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem”
— Saul Steinberg

“Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.”
— Leo Durocher

“In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted, if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end”
— Tom Seaver

“Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical”
— Yogi Berra

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too”
— Yogi Berra

“A baseball fan has the digestive apparatus of a billy goat. He can, and does, devour any set of diamond statistics with insatiable appetite and then nuzzles hungrily for more.”
— Arthur Daley

“Baseball hasn’t been the national pastime for many years now—no sport is. The national pastime, like it or not, is watching television”
— Bob Greene

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Top 100 Inspirational Quotations to Inspire Every Entrepreneur’s Success

Entrepreneurs, above all the ones who seem to live by their own rulebook, fascinate the world. We applaud their assertiveness in pursuing opportunity and clandestinely esteem their ability to take risks and go after whatever they want, an ability that most of us don’t seem possess. The ability to understand and see opportunity is critical for success as entrepreneurs.

In general the qualities that are evident in successful entrepreneurs are:

  • Discipline and control
  • Confidence and conviction
  • Open-mindedness
  • Initiative and drive
  • Creativity and ingenuity
  • Determination and sense of purpose
  • Strong people skills
  • Strong work ethics
  • Passion and enthusiasm

Favorite Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Below are a hundred of my favorite inspirational quotes by successful entrepreneurs and businessmen to inspire your endeavors as entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs.

  1. Bill Gates: “If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.”
  2. George P. Shultz: “He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides.”
  3. Chester Barnard: “The responsibility of the executive is (1) to create and maintain a sense of purpose and moral code for the organization; (2) to establish systems of formal and informal communication; and (3) to ensure the willingness of people to cooperate.”
  4. 'The World on Time: The 11 Management Principles That Made FedEx an Overnight Sensation' by James C Wetherbe (ISBN 1888232064) J. Irwin Miller: “It is ridiculous ever to forget that you and your business are each implanted in the society of the moment…. We cannot ignore the world of our time. We had better understand it.”
  5. David Rockefeller: “One cannot expect to coast along and rise automatically to the top, no matter what friends you may have in the company. There may have been a time when, in large corporations, a person could rise simply because he had a stock interest or because he had friends in top management. That’s not true today. Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.”
  6. Martha Stewart: “I love the challenge of starting at zero every day and seeing how much I can accomplish.”
  7. Marshall Field: “Beware of a misfit occupation… . Consider carefully your natural bent, hether for business or a profession.”
  8. Michael Jordan: “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”
  9. Andrew Grove: “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”
  10. E. W. Scripps: “Do good to your friend to keep him, and to your enemy to make him your friend.”
  11. Robert E. Hannegan: “Ideals are the incentive payment of practical men. The opportunity to strive for them is the currency that has enriched America through the centuries.”
  12. 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson (ISBN 1451648545) Philip Caldwell: “Why kick the man downstream who can’t put the parts together because the parts really weren’t designed properly?”
  13. Rudy Giuliani: “Life needs penalties and rewards for people. You can’t control people with only penalties. You have to think how to create rewards.”
  14. Edward Francis Hutton: “If business is going to continue to sell through the decades, it must also promote an understanding of what made those products possible, what is necessary to a free market, and what our free market means to the individual liberty of each of us, to be certain that the freedoms under which this nation was born and brought to this point shall endure in the future … for America is the product of our freedoms.”
  15. Grover Whalen: “There is plenty of law at the end of a nightstick.”
  16. John J. McCloy: “Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them.”
  17. P. T. Barnum: “Those who really desire to attain an independence, have only set their minds upon it, and adopt the proper means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done.”
  18. William Mather: “Knowledge that puffs up the possessor’s mind is ever more of a pernicious kind.”
  19. Howard Schultz: “People want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to be part of something they’re really proud of, that they’ll fight for, sacrifice for, that they trust.”
  20. 'The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon' by Brad Stone (ISBN 0316219266) Hiroaki Aoki: “There are so many people with all kinds of lucky things happening to them and they don’t know how to use it.”
  21. Charles M. Schwab: “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.”
  22. George W. Bush: “Prayer has comforted us in sorrow and will help strengthen us for the journey ahead.”
  23. Charles E. Wilson: “The thing that contributes to anyone’s reaching the goal he wants is simple wanting that goal badly enough.”
  24. Chauncey Depew: “The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something.”
  25. Charles F. Kettering: “The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.”
  26. Bill Veeck: “I do not think that winning is the most important thing. I think winning is the only thing.”
  27. Anne M. Mulcahy: “It’s sometimes hard to make choices about where you invest; it’s equally hard to make choices about where you don’t invest and what you eliminate.”
  28. 'Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way' by Richard Branson (ISBN 0307720748) David Sarnoff: “The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.”
  29. Ray Kroc: “It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor.”
  30. Erastus Wiman: “Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and receives and thus, like mercy, is twice blessed.”
  31. N. R. Narayana Murthy: “You become a star not because of your title; you become a star because you are adding star value to the company.”
  32. Roger Babson: “Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.”
  33. Barry Goldwater: “To disagree, one doesn’t have to be disagreeable.”
  34. Jack Welch: “Getting every employee’s mind into the game is a huge part of what a CEO job is all about. Taking everyone’s best ideas and transferring them to others is the secret. There’s nothing more important.”
  35. Kirk Kerkorian: “I just lucked into things. I used to think that if I made $50,000 I’d be the happiest guy in the world.”
  36. 'Sam Walton: Made In America' by Sam Walton (ISBN 0553562835) Russell Simmons: “I don’t believe that people create their own visions. Rather, I believe that visions are actually God’s way of communicating with us.”
  37. Ted Turner: “I’ve never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn’t prepared and didn’t have the whole program worked out.”
  38. J. Willard Marriott: “It’s the little things that make the big things possible. Only close attention to the fine details of any operation makes the operation first class.”
  39. H. L. Hunt: “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”
  40. Steve Jobs: “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything.”
  41. Thomas Brassey: “Abstinence from enjoyment is the only source of capital.”
  42. William E. Simon: “Freedom is strangely ephemeral. It is something like breathing; one only becomes acutely aware of its importance when one is choking.”
  43. Henry J. Kaiser: “Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition — in having put forth the best within you”
  44. 'Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry' by Michael Dell and Catherine Fredman (ISBN 0060845724) Richard DeVos: “The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.”
  45. Harvey Samuel Firestone: “Capital isn’t so important in business. Experience isn’t so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life.”
  46. Michael Dell: “Ignore the people who tell you it won’t work, and hire people who embrace your vision.”
  47. Steven Spielberg: “People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.”
  48. Sam Walton: “Nothing else can quite substitute for a few wellchosen, welltimed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.”
  49. Owen D. Young: “We wake up to find the whole world building competitive trade barriers, just as we found it a few years ago building competitive armaments. We are trying to reduce armaments to preserve the world’s solvency. We shall have to reduce competitive trade barriers to preserve the world’s sanity. As between the two, trade barriers are more destructive than armaments and more threatening to the peace of the world.”
  50. Richard Branson: “Everyone needs something to aim for. You can call it a challenge, or you can call it a goal. It is what makes us human. It was challenges that took us from being cavemen to reaching for the stars”
  51. Colleen Barrett: “When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.”
  52. 'Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul' by Howard Schultz, Joanne Gordon (ISBN B00AZ8DKWM) John D. Rockefeller: “The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day’s task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.”
  53. William S. Knudsen: “The young man who has the combination of the learning of books with the learning which comes of doing things with the hands need not worry about getting along in the world today, or at any time.”
  54. J. P. Morgan: “The wise man bridges the gap by laying out the path by means of which he can get from where he is to where he wants to go.”
  55. Lewis H. Brown: “We cannot possibly reconcile the principle of democracy, which means co-operation, with the principle of governmental omniscience under which everyone waits for an order before doing anything. That way lies loss of freedom, and dictatorship.”
  56. John W. Snyder: “It took thrift and savings, together with tremendous character and vision, to make our nation what it is today. And it will take thrift and savings, together with constant ingenuity and stamina, to conserve our remaining resources to enable us to continue to be a great nation.”
  57. Mary Kay Ash: “Every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. Success in many cases is failure turned inside out. The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity. Eliminate the negative attitude and believe you can do anything. Replace ‘if I can, I hope, maybe’ with ‘I can, I will, I must.'”
  58. Charles H. Percy: “In our democracy we must have a partnership of labor, of business and of government.”
  59. Clarence Francis: “You can buy people’s time; you can buy their physical presence at a given place; you can even buy a measured number of their skilled muscular motions per hour. But you cannot buy enthusiasm … you cannot buy loyalty … you cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds and souls. You must earn these.”
  60. 'How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It' by Mark Cuban (ISBN 1626810915) Warren G. Harding: “The success of our popular government rests wholly upon the correct interpretation of the deliberate, intelligent, dependable popular will of America.”
  61. Stephen Girard: “If I thought I was going to die tomorrow, I should nevertheless plant a tree today.”
  62. John H. Johnson: “I believe the greater the handicap, the greater the triumph.”
  63. Donald Trump: “Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.”
  64. Allen Klein: “In every job, relationship, or life situation there is inevitably some turbulence. Learn to laugh at it. It is part of what you do and who you are.”
  65. E. R. Squibb: “Adam and Eve ate the first vitamins, including the package.”
  66. W. Clement Stone: “Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying.”
  67. Oprah Winfrey: “What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives.”
  68. 'Oprah: A Biography' by Kitty Kelley (ISBN 0307394875) Max Ehrmann: “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.”
  69. David Sarnoff: “Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness.”
  70. Aristotle Onassis: “The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.”
  71. Priscilla Presley: “Being considered beautiful at a young age sends confusing signals. You think people only like you because of your beauty.”
  72. Lloyd Blankfein: “If you’re on a beach and a tsunami hits, you’ll drown whether you’re a small child or an Olympic swimmer. Some things will go bad no matter how good you are.”
  73. Michael Bloomberg: “I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven’t had any moral compass, who’ve just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they’re losers.”
  74. Edward Filene: “Why shouldn’t the American people take half my money from me? I took all of it from them.”
  75. John Hancock: “The more people who own little businesses of their own, the safer our country will be, and the better off its cities and towns; for the people who have a stake in their country and their community are its best citizens.”
  76. 'A Better India: A Better World' by NR Narayana Murthy (ISBN 067008283X) Lee Iacocca: “The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.”
  77. Paul G. Hoffman: “With intelligence and humility and dedication as our ammunition, we can wage the peace throughout the world with a strength beyond armies, destroying nothing except hate and greed and distrust.”
  78. David Packard: “You shouldn’t gloat about anything you’ve done; you ought to keep going and find something better to do.”
  79. Walter Hoving: “A rather important contemporary problem: too many unintelligent intellectuals.”
  80. Soichiro Honda: “Many people dream of success. To me success can only be achieved through repeated failures and introspections. In fact, success represents 1% of your work that results from the 99% that is called failure.”
  81. J. W. Marriott, Jr.: “Motivate them, train them, care about them, and make winners out of them… they’ll treat the customers right. And if customers are treated right, they’ll come back.”
  82. Jeffrey Immelt: “The most important thing I’ve learned since becoming CEO is context. It’s how your company fits in with the world and how you respond to it.”
  83. Thomas J. Watson: “The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.”
  84. 'Grinding It Out: The Making Of McDonald's' by Ray Kroc (ISBN 0312929870) Anil Ambani: “Concentration can be cultivated. One can learn to exercise will-power, discipline one’s body and train one’s mind.”
  85. Alfred E. Perlman: “After you’ve done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.”
  86. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.: “Giving is the secret of a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a person has of encouragement, sympathy and understanding.”
  87. Stan Randall: “The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.”
  88. Katharine Graham: “To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?”
  89. E. H. Harriman: “Every man should make up his mind that if he expects to succeed, he must give an honest return for the other man’s dollar.”
  90. Leo Burnett: “Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.”
  91. John Joseph Bernet: “Men are more important than tools. If you don’t believe so, put a good tool into the hands of a poor workman.”
  92. 'Nuts!' by Kevin Freiberg, Jackie Freiberg (ISBN 0767901843) Dhirubhai Ambani: “Think big, think fast, think ahead. Ideas are noone’s monopoly.”
  93. M. Russell Ballard: “Attitude is an important part of the foundation upon which we build a productive life. A good attitude produces good results, a fair attitude poor results, a poor attitude poor results. We each shape our own life, and the shape of it is determined largely by our attitude.”
  94. Frank Lane: “Time is money, especially when you are talking to a lawyer or buying a commercial.”
  95. Peter Schutz: “Three people were at work on a construction site. All were doing the same job, but when each was asked what the job was, the answers varied. “Breaking rocks,” the first replied. “Earning my living,” the second said. “Helping to build a cathedral,” said the third.”
  96. Henry Ford: “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
  97. Warren Buffett: “We never want to count on the kindness of strangers in order to meet tomorrow’s obligations. When forced to choose, I will not trade even a night’s sleep for the chance of extra profits.”
  98. George L. Brown: “Life is too short to be unhappy in business. If business were not a part of the joy of living, we might almost say that we have no right to live, because it is a pretty poor man who cannot get into the line for which he is fitted.”
  99. James Cash Penney: “The art of effective listening is essential to clear communication, and clear communication is necessary to management success.”
  100. Roberto Goizueta: “The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you’re down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you’re moving.”

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Inspiring Quotations about Prison from Nelson Mandela from his Autobiography

Nelson Mandela's Prison in Robben Island

In the winter of 1964, Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island, off the coast from Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. It was here in a prison that Mandela would spend eighteen of his twenty-seven years of prison sentence before he would be freed just prior to the fall of apartheid in South Africa.

The racist regime in South Africa cramped Nelson Mandela to a small cell. The ground was his bed. He had a bucket for a toilet and he was forced to do harsh labor in a quarry.

Contact with friends, family, and well-wishers was limited: Mandela was allowed one visitor a year for thirty minutes. He could write and receive one letter every six months.

Despite the trying times, Robben Island became the crucible which transformed him. Out of his intellect, charm, and decorous disobedience, Mandela in due course bent the most atrocious of prison officials to his will, took up to command his jailed comrades and developed into the master of his prison.

Eventually in the late 1980s, the South African President FW de Klerk and the African National Congress (ANC) initiated large-scale political reforms by relaxing apartheid laws and revoking the ban on black rights party. Nelson Mandela was freed on 11-Feb-1990. He emerged from the jail as a mature leader who would fight and win the great political battles that would create a new democratic South Africa.

Inspiring Quotations from Nelson Mandela from his Autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”

'Long Walk to Freedom' by Nelson Mandela (ISBN 0030565812) Here are seven inspiring quotations from ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, Nelson Mandela‘s autobiography, which was recently made into a biopic with an inspiring performance from British actor, producer, and musician Idris Elba.

  • “In my country we go to prison first and then become President.”
  • “No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.”
  • “Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one’s commitment.”
  • “I always knew that someday I would once again feel the grass under my feet and walk in the sunshine as a free man.”
  • “It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.”
  • “When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both. Some say that has now been achieved. But I know that that is not the case. The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.”
  • “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

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16 Inspiring Quotes from Nelson Mandela’s “Long Walk to Freedom”

Nelson Mandela

'Long Walk to Freedom' by Nelson Mandela (ISBN 0030565812) Nelson Mandela is celebrated around the world for his personal struggle against apartheid, a system devised by the National Party controlled by the minority white in South Africa to oppress the black majority. He led the decades-long struggle to replace the apartheid regime with a multi-racial democracy and advocated for reconciliation in spite of being imprisoned for 27 years.

After becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994, Mandela was the driving force behind the peaceful transition of one of the most racist societies in modern times to a nonviolent and democratic society where acceptance reigns and there were no recriminations. He was one of the world’s most respected political leaders of his time.

Nelson Mandela shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Frederik Willem de Klerk, the last white President of South Africa, “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.”

Here are sixteen inspiring quotations from ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, autobiography of Nelson Mandela, which was recently made into a biopic with an inspiring performance from British actor, producer, and musician Idris Elba.

  • “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
  • “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
  • “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
  • “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
  • “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
  • “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.”
  • “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
  • 'Long Walk to Freedom' by Nelson Mandela (ISBN 0030565812) “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
  • “You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of South Africa to a democracy.”
  • “The authorities liked to say that we received a balanced diet; it was indeed balanced—between the unpalatable and the inedible.”
  • “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”
  • “A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.”
  • “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
  • “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
  • “Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.”
  • “There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
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