— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
— Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 a.C.
— Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727
Misattributed, Les hommes construisent trop de murs et pas assez de ponts. This became widely attributed to Isaac Newton after Dominique Pire ascribed it to "the words of Newton" in his Nobel Lecture, 11 December 1958. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1958/pire-lecture.html Pire refers not to Isaac, but to Joseph Fort Newton, who is widely reported to have said "People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges." This appears to be paraphrased from a longer passage found in his essays and addresses, The One Great Church: Adventures of Faith (1948), pp. 51–52: "Why are so many people shy, lonely, shut up within themselves, unequal to their tasks, unable to be happy? Because they are inhabited by fear, like the man in the Parable of the Talents, erecting walls around themselves instead of building bridges into the lives of others; shutting out life."
— Og Mandino American author 1923 - 1996
— Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016
„Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting — in the trying, not the triumph.“
— Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012
Context: Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting — in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard — reaching for the highest that is in us — becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success. Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. As quoted in The Subconscious Diet : It's Not What You Put in Your Mouth; It Is What You Put in Your Mind (2005) by Hugh B. Sanders, p. 104 <!-- also quoted in The First Step : A Peek at the Real World (2006) by Gudmundur O. Sigurdarson, p. 41 -->
— Randy Pausch American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design 1960 - 2008
CMU Graduation speech (2008), Context: You will need find your passion. Many of you have already done it, many of you will later, many of you may take to your thirties or forties, but don't give up on finding it. Right, then all you are doing is waiting for the reaper. Find your passion and follow it. And if there is anything that I have learned in life, you will not find that passion in things. And you will not find that passion in money. Because the more things and the more money you have, the more you will just look around and use that as the metric — and there will always be someone with more. Your passion must come from the things that fuel you from the inside. And honors and awards are nice things, but only to the extent that they regard real respect from your peers. And to be thought of well by people you think of more highly up is a tremendous honor I've been granted. Find your passion, and in my experience, no matter what you do at work or what you do in in official settings, that passion will be grounded in people. It will be grounded in the relationships you have with people and what they think of you when your time comes.
„When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.“
— Paulo Coelho, livro Brida
Context: When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. Brida (1990).
— Vince Lombardi American football player, coach, and executive 1913 - 1970
— Frank Crane American Presbyterian minister 1861 - 1928
Everyday Wisdom (1927)
„For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail - it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed.“
— Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
„Fear is how you lose your life… a little bit at a time… What we give to fear, we take away from… faith.“
— Mitch Albom, The First Phone Call from Heaven
— Ronald David Laing, livro The Politics of Experience
The Politics of Experience (1967), Context: Even facts become fictions without adequate ways of seeing "the facts". We do not need theories so much as the experience that is the source of the theory. We are not satisfied with faith, in the sense of an implausible hypothesis irrationally held: we demand to experience the "evidence". We can see other people's behaviour, but not their experience. This has led some people to insist that psychology has nothing to do with the other person's experience, but only with his behaviour. The other person's behaviour is an experience of mine. My behaviour is an experience of the other. The task of social phenomenology is to relate my experience of the other's behaviour to the other's experience of my behaviour. Its study is the relation between experience and experience: its true field is inter-experience. Ch. 1 : Experience as evidence http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/en/laing.htm
— Paulo Coelho, livro Like the Flowing River
— Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World, Or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher, Residing in London, to His Friends in the Country, by Dr. Goldsmith
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
— Les Brown American politician 1945
— Walt Disney American film producer and businessman 1901 - 1966
How to Be Like Walt : Capturing the Magic Every Day of Your Life (2004), Ch. 3 : Imagination Unlimited, p. 63; Unsourced variant: All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.