I began writing down quotes in a spiral notebook when I was in my early twenties, before I had a computer. At the time, you couldn’t just search the Internet to find websites or articles with quotes on every topic under the sun. I would find notebook-worthy quotes in books, magazines, newspapers, or hear them on the radio or on television. Today, I still jot down quotes that catch my attention, though I retired the old spiral notebook years ago.

Here are some of my favorite quotes on a variety of topics:


Quotes - President Ronald Reagan“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” ~Ronald Reagan

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others but far enough ahead to motivate them.” ~John Maxwell

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” ~George Patton

“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” ~Colin Powell

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~John F. Kennedy

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” ~Sam Walton

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

“The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.” ~Ray Croc

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” ~Peter F. Drucker

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” ~Jack Welch

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” ~Kenneth Blanchard

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” ~Henry Ford

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” ~Brian Tracy

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  ~John Quincy Adams

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” ~Colin Powell


“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ~Albert Einstein

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. ” ~Mark Twain

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

“It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Never mistake activity for achievement.” ~John Wooden

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.” ~John Wooden

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” ~Steve Jobs

“Just keep swimming.” ~Dory (Finding Nemo)

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” ~Walt Disney

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” ~Steve Jobs

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” ~Thomas Edison

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” ~Winston Churchill

“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lesson of failure.” ~Bill Gates

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” ~Jim Rohn

Setting & Achieving Goals:

“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we always win out.” ~Ronald Reagan

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”  ~Albert Einstein

“Goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” ~Michael Phelps

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” ~George Elliot

“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.” ~Pat Summitt

“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” ~Michelangelo

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~Zig Ziglar

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” ~Andrew Carnegie

“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” ~Jim Rohn

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” ~Tony Robbins

“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you have to overcome to reach your goals.” ~Booker T. Washington

Henry Ford Quotes“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” ~Henry Ford

“All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do. ” ~Norman Vincent Peale

“Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” ~Mark Twain

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” ~Napoleon Hill

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” ~Walt Disney

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~Usually attributed to Nelson Mandela

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~Henry Ford

“Begin with the end in mind.” ~Stephen Covey

“An average person with average talents and ambition and average education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.” ~Mary Kay Ash

“You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C.S. Lewis

“All our dreams can come true,  if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney

“You miss a 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  ~ Mark Twain


“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.” ~John Wayne

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ~Maya Angelou

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” ~Peter F. Drucker

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” ~Henry Ford

“You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy.” ~Garth Brooks

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~Walt Disney

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” ~Dr. Seuss

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” ~Mark Twain

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~Steve Jobs

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Plato


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