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Ultimate Personal Contributions

Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference. — William James

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly. — St. Francis de Sales

When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it –don’t back down and don’t give up — then you’re going to mystify a lot of folks." — Bob Dylan

Breed is stronger than pasture." — George Elliot

Be good, get good, and do good. Do all the good you can: to all the people you can; as often as you can; and as long as you can. — C.H.Spurgeon

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. — Geo. Elliot

We can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good and we must hunger for them. — George Elliot

If a man has a talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know. — Thomas Wolfe

Even if all these needs are satisfied, we may still often (if not always) expect that a new discontent and restlessness will soon develop unless the individual is doing what he is fitted for. A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be. This need we call self-actualization. — Abraham Maslow

Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have had your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had? — William James

Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake — William James

There are just two questions to ask to attain success in business: First, "What business am I in?" Second, "How’s business?" — Peter Drucker

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain. — Emily Dickinson

Our present life feels like a real fight — as if there were something really wild in the universe which we, with all our idealities and faithfulness, are needed to redeem. — William James, The Will to Believe

Everyday do something in relation to everything that’s important to you. — Ken Blanchard

Uncertainty of Life

Underdogs

We were overwhelming underdogs. — Yogi Berra

We Americans are a peculiar people. We are for the underdog no matter how much of a dog he is. A.B. Chandler

Uniqueness

The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame. — Rod Steiger

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare; My business is to create. — William Blake Source: Harper Book of Quotations, Harper 1993

A whale is as unique as a cactus. But don’t ask a whale to survive Death Valley. We all have special gifts. Where we use them and how determines whether we actually complete something. — Max DePree (Leadership is an Art, p. 145)

If we were the same, we wouldn’t be different. — Adam Hanft

All truly wise thoughts have already been thought already, thousand of times; but to truly make them ours, we must think them over again, honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. — Goethe

I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure which is: Try to please everybody. — Herbert B. Swope

Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it. — Tallulah Bankhead

In the world to come, I shall not be asked, "Why were you not Moses?" I shall be asked, "Why were you not Zusya?" — Rabbi Zusya

Each mind has its own method. — Emerson

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything." — George Lois

Why be influenced by a person when you already are one?" — Martin Mull

Cherish forever what makes you unique, cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes. — Bette Midler

People become who they are. Even Beethoven became Beethoven." — Randy Newman

Not I, not anyone else, can travel that road for you. You must travel it for yourself." — Walt Whitman

Unity

Usefulness

No man is completely worthless. He can always serve as a horrible example. — Unknown

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. — Helen Keller, Journal, 1938

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life. — Robert Louis Stevenson, Of Men and Books, 1882

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