In 1993 I bought a little book entitled “Just Do It” (I know because I always write the purchase-year inside the front-cover) that includes a heap of inspirational and quotable gems.
I still read it because, heck, we all need a little inspiration from time to time. I love quotes that both remind me that I am only human, plus those that give me a jab in the arm. Some days we need a little extra something to convince us to get out of bed and do something more than simply get back on the computer. Today has been one of those days.
My favourite quotes from this book are those that remind me that life is too short to spend it wondering “what if…?”. Enjoy reading through them.
You cannot build a reputation on what you’re going to do.
– Henry Ford
We are judged by our actions – not our intentions. We may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.
Do or do not. There is no try.
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Don’t tell me how hard you work – Tell me how much you get done.
– James Ling
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic to it. Begin it now.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better off than those who try to do nothing and succeed.
– Lloyd James
Experience is a name men give their mistakes.
– Oscar (Fingal O’Flahertie Wills) Wilde
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
– George Santayana
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
– Victor-Marie Hugo
The doors of opportunity are marked PUSH.
Quit now, you’ll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.
– David Zucker
Amateurs hope. Professionals work.
– Garson Kanin
Entrepreneur: A high rolling risk taker who would rather be a spectacular failure than a dismal success.
– Jim Fisk
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself: There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap!
– Cynthia Heimel
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
– Walter Bagehot
Failure is never final and success is never ending … Success ia a journey, not a destination.
– Robert Schuller
Work is the price you pay for money.
Work keeps us from three great evils: Boredom, Vice and Need.
– François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)
I photographed my book this morning (2:30 PM 12/07/2009) so I could upgrade the front-cover upon http://openlibrary.org/.