Favorite Quotes

I like to put quotes around my room. I mainly use them to motivate myself when I’m slacking.
The quotes I enjoy are simple, concise and evoke a passion for working hard or show the harsh realities of NOT working hard. Anytime I see a quote to my liking, I write it in my quotes section on Microsoft OneNote. Usually my main source of quality quotes comes from random posts on TheKirkReport.com, from which I regularly steal them.

Once I put a quote up, it helps to motivate for a while, but then quickly starts fading into the background. I then begin to stop noticing it when I walk in my room. For this reason, I’m constantly adding new ones or moving them around.

Here are some of my favorite quotes for whichever reasons, and some of the places I put them around my room:
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“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter if you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running.”

“It is a common oversight in people not to make provision for the bad times while they are experiencing good times.”
–Machiavelli

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”
–Thomas Jefferson
(Taken from How to Be An Expert)

“I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle.”
–General Dwight David Eisenhower

“A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner”

“When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger and one represents opportunity.”
–John F. Kennedy

“The wise person has long ears and a short tongue “

“If Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. Of course, no one would have remembered him either”

“…..it doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and either should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because…All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.”
–Mark Cuban

“If you think your actions are too small to make a difference, you’ve never been in a bed with a mosquito. “

“The only man who never makes a mistake is the one who never does anything.”
–Theodore Roosevelt

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”
–Barry LePatner

“Good things come to those who wait. Better things come to those who try.”

“Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty.”

“If we do not discipline ourselves the world will do it for us.”
–William Feather

Blog posted on: March 11, 2006

21 comments on “Favorite Quotes

  1. Anonymous

    Nev,

    Do you have “G.I.” up and running? Did you meet your deadline? Actually, what in the sam hill is G.I. anyway?

    I love quotes as much as the next guy, but it seems to me that in your efforts to keep yourself motivated, you might actually be wasting a lot of valuable time. That’s just my take on things, though. Continued luck in the future!

    Persephone

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  2. Chief Show Officer

    I’ve added a couple of your quotes to my quote file – thanks. Here’s my favorite.

    “A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan next week” – George S. Patton

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  3. Smart Money

    Hi Nev,

    Good quotes and nice blog! I am also a big fan at quotes collection. I have a blog on
    Trading And Investing Quotes

    One of my favorite quotes in life and trading is:

    “Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty.”

    John Finley

    Keep up the good work!

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  4. Tanya

    Hey: I’m delurking to leave my favorite quote – really my life mantra. it’s by marie Curie 9one of the smartest women to ever live).

    “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

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  5. Scott

    Greats quotes !!
    I really like them all.

    You must be running every day with these quotes !

    I like this one also :

    “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. “
    by Winston Churchill

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  6. David

    Probably my favourite quote:

    “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”

    Some great quotes, inspiring as always.

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  7. Anonymous

    Great Quotes!!!

    My favourite quote:

    “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”

    Frank Lloyd Wright

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  8. Anonymous

    Hirsch’s stock trader almanac has excellent quotations for every trading day.

    Did you ever notice that all traders are oriented toward hard work (trans. obsession), risking failure, learning from it, and ultimately they will succeed.
    I did, not that many notice, and they’re jealous. But I think luck had a lot to do with it. I’m a lot smarter than Forrest Gump, but I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right credentials, dabbled with some obsession, and got lucky. We don’t hear from the unlucky ones – that’s why it’s discounted.

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  9. Anonymous

    Hirsch’s stock trader almanac has excellent quotations for every trading day.

    Did you ever notice that all traders are oriented toward hard work (trans. obsession), risking failure, learning from it, and ultimately they will succeed.
    I did, not that many notice, and they’re jealous. But I think luck had a lot to do with it. I’m a lot smarter than Forrest Gump, but I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right credentials, dabbled with some obsession, and got lucky. We don’t hear from the unlucky ones – that’s why it’s discounted.

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  10. puri

    The blog has got really nice quotes…!!
    KEEP IT UP…!!

    and let me add a few more to your collection…
    1. when you aim for perfection, you discover that its a moving target.
    2. to improve is to change and to be perfect is to change often.
    3. you may call yourself EDUCATED, when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without loosing your temper or self-confidence.
    4. i have nothing to offer but- Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat.

    and my favourite: I DON’T FEAR FALIURE, I ONLY FEAR THE SLOWING DOWN OF THE ENGINE INSIDE ME WHICH KEEPS SAYING,” Keep going, Someone must be on the Top, why not YOU..??”.

    Regards & Respects
    Amit Puri

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  11. puri

    The blog has got really nice quotes…!!
    KEEP IT UP…!!

    and let me add a few more to your collection…
    1. when you aim for perfection, you discover that its a moving target.
    2. to improve is to change and to be perfect is to change often.
    3. you may call yourself EDUCATED, when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without loosing your temper or self-confidence.
    4. i have nothing to offer but- Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat.

    and my favourite: I DON’T FEAR FALIURE, I ONLY FEAR THE SLOWING DOWN OF THE ENGINE INSIDE ME WHICH KEEPS SAYING,” Keep going, Someone must be on the Top, why not YOU..??”.

    Regards & Respects
    Amit Puri

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  12. Anonymous

    thank you for the quote
    i m also another fan of collecting them

    here is some of the ones that i collected and like

    when i hear someone sigh ” life is hard”
    I am always tempted to ask “compare to what?”
    by Sydney Harris

    Perhaps our eyes need to be washed
    By our tears once a while
    so that we can see life with a clearer view again
    by Alex Tan

    be who you are and say what you feel
    because those who mind don’t matter,
    And those who matter don’t mind
    by Dr Seuss

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