„I attribute my success to this — I never gave or took any excuse.“

— Florence Nightingale, As quoted in The Gigantic Book of Teachers' Wisdom (2007) by Frank McCourt and Erin Gruwell, p. 410
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— Conor McGregor Irish mixed martial artist and boxer 1988
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„I can never join with my voice in the toast which I see in the papers attributed to one of our gallant naval heroes. I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. Fiat justitia, pereat coelum. My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.“

— John Quincy Adams American politician, 6th president of the United States (in office from 1825 to 1829) 1767 - 1848
Letter to his father, John Adams (1 August 1816), referring to the popular phrase "My Country, Right or Wrong!" based upon Stephen Decatur's famous statement "Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, but our country, right or wrong." The Latin phrase is one that can be translated as : "Let justice be done though heaven should fall" or "though heaven perish".

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„I owe my success to the fact that I never had a clock in my workroom.“

— Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931
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