Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Ayn Rand, a Russian-born American novelist and philosopher, is popularly known for creating a philosophy she named "Objectivism" and for her influential and controversial ideas that have attracted both enthusiastic admiration and scathing denunciation.
Here are some of her inspiring quotes:
1. "Throughout the centuries, there were men who took first steps down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision."
2. "The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity."
3. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
4. "A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving."
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Leo F. Buscaglia is an Italian-American author and motivational speaker. His books, The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, Bus 9 to Paradise, Living Loving and Learning, Love, and My Father, were all on the NY Times bestsellers list. Upon his death in 1998, his books already had 18 million copies in 17 languages in print.
Here are some of his great thoughts and inspiring quotes:
1. “We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure.”
2. "I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be."
3. “There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control."
4. "We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves."
5. “The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”
Monday, June 21, 2010
Ludwig Wittgenstein is an Austrian-British philosopher, considered to be one of the greatest of the 20th century. His two books, Tractatus Logico-Philosiphicus (TLP) and Philosophical Investigations, were voted into the top five most important books of the 20th century by US and Canadian professional philosophers in an end-of-the century poll.
Here are some of his inspiring quotations:
1. "Our greatest stupidities may be very wise."
2. "The world is independent of my will."
3. "A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that's unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push."
4. "An inner process stands in need of outward criteria."
5. "Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep."
Friday, June 4, 2010
Napoleon Bonaparte, better known as simply "Napoleon" was one of the greatest military leaders of all time. Although he was France's greatest ever general,
he was actually of Italian descent. Not everything he did and said was wonderful, but
isn't that true of all of us?
Say what you will about him, but he knew how to get results.
He was famous for passionate and relentless "action".
Here are the additional quotes from him:
1. "A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights."
2. "Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily."
3. "The extent of your consciousness is limited only by your ability to love and to embrace with your love the space around you, and all it contains."
4. "Victory belongs to the most persevering."
Monday, May 24, 2010
Ann Landers - the pseudonym copyrighted by Esther “Eppie” Pauline Friedman Lederer. Eppie Lederer wrote the Ask Ann Landers advice column for over 45 years, as it was syndicated in major newspapers across North America. She was honored by the Chicago City Council in 2002, as the street sign “Ann ‘Eppie’ Landers Way” was installed in front of the headquarters of her home paper, The Chicago Tribune Tower.
The following are some quotes from Ann Landers:
1. "Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies."
2. "Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."
3. “If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for
all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'”
4. “If you want to catch a trout, don't fish in a herring barrel.”
5. "Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat."
Friday, May 21, 2010
Who is Albert Schweitzer?
It's hard to say what this man was ... He was a philosopher, a physician, a theologian, and a musician.
His philosophy was simple: affirmation of life.
He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in establishing a hospital in an impoverished area of Gabon (in central Africa).
Here are some of his inspiring quotes:
1. "Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success."
2. "Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
3. "A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day."
4. "An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind."
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington - a Greek-American columnist and writer. She leads the public interest group The Detroit Project, which lobbies for manufacturing of cars running on alternative fuels. She is also widely known as the founder of the highly successful news website and weblog, The Huffington Post (8.9 million unique visitors by February 2009 according to Nielsen Net Ratings).
Here are her inspiring quotes:
1. "But you have to do what you dream of doing even while you're afraid."
2. "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw
up royally sometimes - understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success."
3. "The more we refuse to buy into our inner critics - and our external ones too - the easier it will get to have confidence in our choices, and to feel comfortable with who we are…."
4. "Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me."
5. "The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become fearless… is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly - indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection."