Inspiring quotes

Sir Ken Robinson ‘Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. I believe this passionately, that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it

Aristotle ‘The soul never thinks without a picture’

Anais Nin ‘We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.’

Leonardo da Vinci ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’

Andre Malraux ‘To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.’

Jack Welch ‘Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.’

Moliere ‘It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.’

Brian Tracy ‘Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.’

Daniel Goleman ‘IQ and technical skills are important, but Emotional Intelligence is the Sine Qua Non of Leadership.’

Warren Bennis ‘The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.’

Max DePree ‘The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.’

Benjamin Disraeli ‘I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?’ ‘Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.’ ‘Life is too short to be small.’

Ken Kesey ‘You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.’

General Dwight Eisenhower ‘Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.’

Ernest Hemingway ‘When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.’

Rosalynn Carter ‘A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.’

Robert McKee ‘Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.’

Tao-ti Ching, by Lao Tzu ‘The superior leader gets things done With very little motion. He imparts instruction not through many words But through a few deeds. He keeps informed about everything But interferes hardly at all. He is a catalyst, And though things wouldn’t get done as well If he weren’t there, When they succeed he takes no credit. And because he takes no credit Credit never leaves him.’

Gerry Spence ‘I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.’

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross ‘People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.’

Elbert Hubbard ‘Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.’

Mtich Albom “You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.”

William Martin “Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.” 

W. Edwards Deming ‘It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.’

Charles Swindoll ‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.’

Fuchan Yuan ‘There are three essentials to leadership: humility, clarity and courage.’

Heraclitus ‘Change is the only constant.’

Oscar Wilde ‘Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.’ ‘Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.’

Gerard Hudgkinson ‘People typically decide based on the emotions they experience at the moment of choice in reaction to their mental images of choice outcomes rather than logical reasons.’

Robert J. Sawyer ‘Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.’

Albert Einstein ‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.’

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

Max Lucado ‘A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.’

Tom Peters ‘Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.’

Nelson Mandela ‘It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.’

Stephen Covey ‘Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline carrying it out.’

Bill Gates ‘The vision is really about empowering workers, giving them all the information about what’s going on so they can do a lot more than they’ve done in the past.’ ‘As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.’

T.E. Lawrence ‘All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.’

Timothy Ferriss ‘Usually, what we most fear doing is what we most need to do. As I have heard said, a person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have. Resolve to do one thing every day that you fear.’

Yvon Chouinard ‘There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens.’

Aldous Huxley ‘Every man’s memory is his private literature.’

C.G. Jung ‘I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.’ ‘Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.’

Andy Law – ‘Unless you are prepared to give up something valuable you will never be able to truly change at all, because you’ll be forever in the control of things you can’t give up.’

Richard Branson ‘Some you win and some you lose. Be glad when you win. Don’t have regrets when you lose. never look back. You can’t change the past. I try to learn from it.’

Dr. A.M. Kraser ‘Voltaire said, “When I can do what I want to do, there is my liberty for me.” There can be no liberty to enjoy your life as long as you feel that you are chained to self-defeating habits and attitudes. When you are motivated to change, you can do so. This is not difficult if your desired is strong enough.’

Theodore Bryant ‘Good luck happens when preparation meets opportunity’.

William James ‘If you can change your mind, you can change your life. What you believe creates the actual fact. The greatest revolution of my generation is to discover that individuals, by changing their inner attitudes of mind, can change the outer aspects of their lives.’

Norman Vincent Peale “Saturate your thoughts with peaceful experiences, peaceful words and ideas, and ultimately you will have a storehouse of peace-producing experiences to which you may turn for refreshment and renewal of your spirit.” “You don’t have to be tired. Get interested in something.” “Expecting the best means that you put your whole-heart into what you want to accomplish.” “Hold nothing back. Life cannot deny itself to the person who gives life their all.”

George B. Shaw “Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

Arnold Bennett “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”

Gail Sheehy “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”

Frank Herbert “Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”

Confucius “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”

William James ‘There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be and you keep and hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking.’

Theodore Bryant ‘Self-discipline is -A skill that can be learned -Becoming aware of your subconscious resistances to action, then overcoming those resistances -The process of coordinating your conscious and subconscious psychological elements.’

George Lacan: ‘It’s a structural feature of language. It will distort whatever message we have.’ ‘Speaking thus separate us from what we want.’ ‘But what Freud showed us… was that nothing can be grasped, destroyed, or burnt, except in a symbolic way, as one says, in effigie, in absentia.’ ‘The real is what resists symbolization absolutely.’

Marianne Williamson: ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.’

Thomas R. Quackenbush: ‘Natural Vision is primarily a right-brain function and is based on relaxation. The epidemic of blurred vision in this society is only one of the many serious consequences of switching off, or dimming our right-brain characteristics.’ (Relearning to See, pg.305)

Albert Einstein: ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. For, while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create.’ ‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.’

Lisa Wake: ‘For NLP to experience the renaissance suggested by Tosey and Mathison, it needs to apply itself to the principle of modelling excellence and develop in a way that meets the societal and systemic needs and expectations of the 21st Century.’ (NLP Principles in Practice, pg. 196)

Dr Richard Boldstad “Perhaps the most frequent criticism levelled at NLP in psychotherapy has been that it fails to understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship. I believe that, on the contrary, NLP psychotherapy has its foundation in a new and innovative framing of this relationship. It is educative and consultative rather than ‘therapeutic’. Its focus is on empowering rather than nurturing, transforming rather than merely ‘holding’.” (Resolve, pg. 194)

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Sir Ken Robinson “The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” – “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – “I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our concept of the richness in human capacity.” (The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything)

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