Thursday, 8 October 2009

My favourite quotes

I am a big fan of well thought of words......words that combine together to form quotes with tremendous meanings. Here's some of my most favourite quotes by some amazing individuals:

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
There is no failure, except in no longer trying; no defeat, except from within; no insurmountable barrier, except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
How can you be a failure, when you've never tried anything?
Andy Capp
As far as I'm concerned, people who think they fear failure have got it wrong. They really fear success. If you really feared failure, you'd be very successful. People who truly fear anything stay as far away from it as possible.
Barbara Sher
Intelligence is not to make any mistakes, but to see quickly how to make them good.
Bertolt Brecht
You may be disappointed if you fail but you are doomed if you don't try.
Beverly Sills
Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
Brendan Francis Behan
You're less likely to lose too often than to quit too soon.
Dave Wienbaum
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.
David Viscott
Aim for success not perfection... Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.
Dr. David Burns
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next think that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt
You wouldn't worry so much about what other people thought if you realized how seldom they do.
Eleanor Roosevelt.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
Erica Jong
The only limits to our realizations of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw
I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.
George Burns
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
Helen Keller
Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
Herodotus (485 - 425BC)
A fear of commitment is perhaps the most deadly sin of all, because it's not simply your failure to commit to yourself, your dreams, your hopes. Underlying a lack of commitment is a low self-esteem. To be successful, you have to believe that you deserve success. You have to have an image of yourself so tangible that you can reach out and touch
it. Peller Marion
He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force.
James Allen
Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision.
Joe Tye
Failures are divided into two classes - those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
John Charles Salak.
There is only one real failure in life that is possible, and that is, not to be true to the best one knows.
John Farrar
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
Kahil Gibran
Failure is a success if we learn from it.
Malcolm Forbes
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.
Marilyn Ferguson
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear.
Mark Twain
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
Mary Pickford
Who feareth to suffer, suffereth already, because he feareth.
Michel de Montaigne
Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
Peter T. Mcintyre
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things
Rainer Maria Rilke
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat. 
Theodore Roosevelt
With every victory over adversity, you grow in wisdom, stature and experience. You become a better, bigger person each time you meet a problem.
W. Clement Stone
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything
William Connor Magee
The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear.
William Jennings Bryan
Sometimes you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down.
Yobi Yamada  


  1. Fantastic, particularly the Joe Tye quote. I'm also a massive fan of quotes, to quote American History X "Why make a fool of yourself when someone has already said it better".

    I've got loads that I love but my all time favourite has to be Hunter S Thompson:

    "You better take care of me Lord, because if you don't you're gonna have me on your hands."

  2. Heard this one by JFK the other day which I thought you might like...

    The word crisis in Chinese is made up of two characters. The first is "danger", the other is "opportunity".