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Many great ideas go unexecuted, and many great executioners are without ideas. One without the other is worthless.
Tim Blixseth - Ideas -
Great - Action

Your life right now is a reflection of your past thoughts. That includes all the great things, and all the things you consider not so great. Since you attract to you what you think about most, it is easy to see what your dominant thoughts have been on every subject of your life, because that is what you have experienced.
Rhonda Byrne - Thinking - Life - Great
- Attraction

One great thing about getting old is that you can get out of all sorts of social obligations just by saying you're tired.
George Carlin - Great - Age - Funny - Society

If we only have great companies, we will merely have a prosperous society, not a great one. Economic growth and power are the means, not the definition, of a great nation.
Jim Collins - Great -
Society - Companies - Economy - Power

A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness.
Jim Collins - Great -
Discipline - Business - Culture

Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.
Jim Collins - Great -
Discipline - Decisions

If we allow the celebrity rock-star model of leadership to triumph, we will see the decline of corporations and institutions of all types. The twentieth century was a century of greatness, but we face the very real prospect that the next century will see very few enduring great institutions.
Jim Collins - Management - Famous - Leadership - Great

We must reject the idea.. well-intentioned, but dead wrong.. that the primary path to greatness in the social sectors is to become "more like a business." Most businesses.. like most of anything else in life.. fall somewhere between mediocre and good.
Jim Collins - Society - Business - Wrong - Ideas - Great - Good


One of the great movements in my lifetime among educated people is the need to commit themselves to action. Most people are not satisfied with giving money; we also feel we need to work.

Peter Drucker
- Work - Philanthropy - Action

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.

Thomas Edison
- Work - Commitment

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.
Albert Einstein - True
- Great - Challenges - Spirit - Understanding - Opinions - Courage

What great changes have not been ambitious?
Melinda Gates - Ambition - Change - Great

There are many qualities that make a great leader. But having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader.
Rudy Giuliani - Leadership - Belief - Challenges - Strength

I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.
Alan Greenspan - Success - Truth - Profits - Partnership

I think the great livers, the people who are fully self-actualizing and alive, are the great givers.
Mark Victor Hansen - Philanthropy - Life


Charity is a supreme virtue, and the great channel through which the mercy of God is passed on to mankind. It is the virtue that unites men and inspires their noblest efforts.
Conrad Hilton - Philanthropy - God - Inspirational


A great company in the media business needs visionary leaders, not a conglomerate structure headquartered in Columbus Circle that second guesses.
Carl Icahn - Companies - Leadership


Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.
Magic Johnson - Competitive - Research
- Ideas - Demand - Great

I just feel that my competitive drive is far greater than anyone else that I’ve met, and I think that I thrive on that.
Michael Jordan - Competitive - Great - Motivational

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.
Carl Jung - Great - Talent - Human Race - Risk

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
John F. Kennedy - Education
- Great - Hopes - Dreams - Strength

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela - Inspirational - Great - Challenges - Determination

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
Friedrich Nietzsche - God - Spirit - Dead
- Kill - Greatness - Philosophy

It's the little things you do that can make a big difference. What are you attempting to accomplish? What little thing can you do today that will make you more effective? You are probably only one step away from greatness.
Bob Proctor - Change - Greatness - Action

I am proud of my country. But we need to unite to make a unified India, free of communalism and casteism. We need to build India into a land of equal opportunity for all. We can be a truly great nation if we set our sights high and deliver to the people the fruits of continued growth, prosperity and equal opportunity.
Ratan Tata - India - Growth - Proud - Opportunity - Great - Wealth

The starting point of great success and achievement has always been the same. It is for you to dream big dreams. There is nothing more important, and nothing that works faster than for you to cast off your own limitations than for you to begin dreaming and fantasizing about the wonderful things that you can become, have, and do.

Brian Tracy - Achievement - Planning - Success - Goals


I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself.
Mark Twain - Death - Writing - Habit - Great - Sorry


Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain - Ambition - Pessimistic - Great - Motivational


Great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them. You never know who’s going to have a great idea.
Sam Walton - Great - Ideas - Listening - Motivational

Some great people are leaders and others are more lucky, in the right place at the right time. I'd put myself in the latter category. But I'd never call myself a normal designer of anything.
Steve Wozniak - Great - Luck -
Leadership - Management

If I could be useful to another human being, even for a day, that would be a great thing. It would be greater than all the big thoughts I could have at the university.
Muhammad Yunus - Help - Great

It occurred to me that building a company was the best way to align a group of people towards building something great. And its really.. it's a good organizational structure where you can really reward people. If they're building something that's good, you can you work with partners and reward them if the product that you're developing work well. It's a good way to get the best people involved to build something very good.
Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook - Companies - Great - Products

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