Inspiring quotes

Aristotle ‘The soul never thinks without a picture’

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

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

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

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

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.’

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

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.’

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.’

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

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

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

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.’

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.”

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.’

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)

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

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

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.’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.’

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.’

Heraclitus ‘Change is the only constant.’

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

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

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.’

Leonardo da Vinci ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’

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)

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

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.’

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

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

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

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.’

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.”

Oscar Wilde ‘Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.’ ‘Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.’ ‘Be yourself, everybody else is taken.’ ‘Always forgive your enemies, nothing annoys them so much.’ ‘I’m not young enough to know everything.’ ‘If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh otherwise they will kill you.’ ‘Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.’ ‘Whenever people agree with me, I always feel I must be wrong.’ ‘Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.’ ‘I love acting. It is so much more than real life.’ ‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.’ ‘Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.’ ‘There is only one thing worse in life than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.’ ‘A good friend will always stab you in the front.’ ‘Every Saint has a pat and every sinner has a future.’ ‘To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.’

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

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.’

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.’

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

Sir Ken RobinsonPicasso 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‘. “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)

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

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

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.’

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.’

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)

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.’

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.’

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.’ ‘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.’

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.’