Provocative Aphorisms for
the Thoughtful Realist

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New Querulous Quotations
Volume 3: Personal Development

Updated 24 March 2008
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Canfield, Jack
The more you begin to look for the good, the sooner and more often you will find it.


Nothing changes until you do.

Glasgow, Ellen
All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.

James, William
The greatest revolution of our generation is the discover that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

Rohn, E. James
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.


Anderson, Walter
Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we take is to be honest with ourselves.

Blanchard, Kenneth Hartley
There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.

Canfield, Jack
I've heard there's going to be a recession; I've decided not to participate.

Canfield, Jack
One of the main reasons why most people don't get what they want is they haven't decided what they want.

Stein, Benjamin Jeremy
The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.

Tracy, Brian
Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.


Canfield, Jack
When you truly are on purpose, the people, resources, and opportunities you need naturally gravitate toward you. The world benefits, too, because when you act in alignment with your true life purpose, all of your actions automatically serve others.

Dawkins, Clinton Richard
There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else (parents in the case of children, God in the case of adults) has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.

Williams, Pat
Figure out what you love to do as young as you can, and then organize your life around figuring out how to make a living at it.


Erhard, Werner
Create your future from your future, not your past.

Fritz, Robert
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.

Proctor, Robert
We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope that we get to death without being too badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.

Robbins, Anthony J. [Mahavorick]
You've got to think bigger than you ever thought you could.

Spizer, Joyce
Don't give up too soon. Not even if well-meaning parents, relatives, friends, and colleagues tell you to get "a real job". Your dreams are your real job.


Ash, Mary Kay
For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.


Cameron, Julia
Boredom is just "What's the use?" in disguise. And "What's the use?" is fear, and fear means you are secretly in despair.

Canfield, Jack
I think one of the secrets to my success is that I'm willing to be terrified, and I think a lot of people are not willing to be scared to death. And that's why they don't achieve the big dream.


Arch, Jeff
I think one of the secrets to my success is that I'm willing to be terrified, and I think a lot of people are not willing to be scared to death. And that's why they don't achieve the big dream.

Hill, Napoleon
You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.

Johnson, James William "Jimmy"
Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?

Kennedy, Robert Fitzgerald
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Thurman, Howard
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.


Michelangelo [Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni]
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

Canfield, Jack
To achieve a big goal, you are going to have to become a bigger person.

Carnegie, Andrew
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.

Holtz, Louis Leo
If you are bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals.

Rohn, E. James
You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming.

Salazar, Alberto
If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances.


Allen, Robert
Study anyone who's great, and you'll find that they apprenticed to a master, or several masters. Therefore, if you want to achieve greatness, renown, and superlative success, you must apprentice to a master.

Ueberroth, Peter
Authority is 20% given and 80% taken so take it!


Kaufman, Barry Neil
The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see.

Proctor, Robert
You must begin to understand, therefore, that the present state of your bank account, your sales, your health, your social life, your position at work, etc., is nothing more than the physical manifestation of your previous thinking. If you sincerely wish to change or improve your results in the physical world, you must change your thoughts, and you must change them

Tracy, Brian
You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in harmony with your dominant thoughts.

Wright, Frank Lloyd
The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.


Seifert, George
The problem here is that we haven't solved the problem. And it's been an ongoing problem.


Holtz, Louis Leo
The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.


How you do anything is how you do everything. Anonymous I will not should on myself today.

Canfield, Jack
Behind every great achievement is a story of education, training, practice, discipline, and sacrifice. You have to be willing to pay the price.

Canfield, Jack
Get into the game. Get on the playing field. Once you do, you will to get feedback that will help you make the corrections you need to make to be successful. Once you are in action, you will start learning at a much more rapid rate.

Coolidge, Calvin
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Dyer, Wayne W.
It's never crowded along the extra mile.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Robbins, Anthony J. [Mahavorick]
If you can't, you must, and if you must, you can.

Rohn, E. James
You can't hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.


Collier, Robert
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.

Hogan, Paul
The secret to my success is that I bit off more than I could chew and chewed as fast as I could.

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