I’ve Always Been Inspired by Quotes: Here are a Few of My Favorites

May 29 2012

I realize action speaks louder than words but I have still always been inspired by quotes, especially from people that have achieved great things.  My father was the same way.  When he was in his mid 30s I can remember him reading a book of famous quotes aloud to the family and even at a young age I can still remember realizing the meaning behind the simple statements.  Here are a few of my favorites

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits”  -Thomas Edison

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99% perspiration” -Thomas Edison

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

“Don’t find fault, find remedy”  -Henry Ford

“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste” -Henry Ford

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs” -Henry Ford

“I always knew I was going to be rich.  I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute” -Warren Buffet

“If past history was all there was to the game, the richest would be librarians” -Warren Buffet

“Its always better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than to buy a fair company at a wonderful price” -Warren Buffet


“The harder I work.  The luckier I am”  -Thomas Jefferson

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours” -Ronald Reagan

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”  -Benjamin Franklin

“Fatigue is the best pillow” -Ben Franklin

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn”  -Ben Franklin


And to keep it in house

“Putting zeros in my bank account doesn’t change my memories or who I am. It doesn’t make me better or make me special”  -Frank Schilling

“A trees a tree.  How many more do I have to look at”  Ronald Reagan  (my favorite because he’s wrong 🙂




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  1. John

    Investors Business Daily has a Leaders & Success column. A great daily read of how many had struggles before they achieved greatness in their fields.

  2. sana

    “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs”
    this is my favourite. the quote is similar to Socrates proverb *to understand a complex object, divide it into small elements and study each element separately*.

  3. Poor Uncle

    If you don’t progress, you regress.
    Everyone is replaceable, except your family.
    No gut, no glory.
    As a man, when you say “I do.” You do everything.
    Thou shall not steal.
    There is a 50/50 chance when you died, you are like a machine switched off.
    Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts, absolutely.
    No pain, no gain.
    The rich get richer, the poor get free healthcare, free food, and free shelter. The middle class get a bigger tax bill.

  4. PokerPro

    A lot of good ones there, Shane. My personal favorite:

    History will be kind to me, for I intent to write it. – Sir Winston Churchill

  5. Ian

    “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently”–Warren Buffett

    “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.” —
    Colonel Sanders

    “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” — Thomas Edison

    “Yesterday you said tomorrow” — Nike

    “If you’re on the treadmill next to me, the answer is yes, we are racing.” –Unknown

    “My feet hurt from kicking so much ass.” –Unknown

    “The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lay down on some seaweed and roll around in it until he’s completely draped in it. Then he’ll stand up and go hey, I’m Vine Man.”
    — Jack Handey

  6. L

    From another language, but roughly translated:

    There is no happiness without contentment.
    There can be no contentment when the objective of your life is ‘getting more’.

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