"We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it."
Peter F. Drucker
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'Press on,' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
"The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it."
Harry Emerson Fosdick
"Kites rise highest against the wind -- not with it."
"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."
"If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm."
"Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing."
"Nobody motivates today's workers. If it doesn't come from within, it doesn't come. Fun helps remove the barriers that allow people to motivate themselves."
"If people are coming to work excited, if they're making mistakes freely and fearlessly, if they're having fun, if they're concentrating ondoing things, rather than preparing reports and going to meetings - then somewhere you have leaders."
"People prefer to follow those who help them, not those who intimidate them."
C. Gene Wilkes
"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart."
"When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his crew was well motivated."
"If what you're working for really matters, you'll give it all you've got."
"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away."
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them."
Henry David Thoreau