A man who works with his hands is a laborer. A man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
— Louis Nizer
The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.
— Robert Frost
To a young man learning to perform on the flying trapeze, a veteran circus performer once said: “Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.” In every field of endeavor those who put their hearts in their work are the real leaders. Falling in love with one’s job is the secret of success.
To be successful, have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.
— Thomas Watson
The saddest people are those who say they’ll work hard and enjoy themselves when they retire. Those are the guys you find face down in the cornflakes.
— John Reynolds III
Few people do business well who do nothing else.
— Lord Chesterfield
I took a walk on Spaulding’s farm the other afternoon. I saw the setting sun lighting up the opposite side of a stately pine wood.
— Henry David Thoreau
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
— Doug Larson
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Family life is the source of the greatest human happiness. This happiness is the simplest and least costly kind, and it cannot be purchased with money.
— Robert Havighurst
There’s nothing in life I cherish more than my wife and our three boys.
— Yogi Berra
The man who wants to build and make a contribution in the business world must not neglect his family or his church, but he can’t lead a “vacation” life.
— Bill Marriott, Sr.
Money is no big deal. What I value is my family.
— Eddie Robinson
From birth to death our first responsibility on earth is to our families, immediate and extended. They are our joy, love, friends, strength and our responsibility. A country is only as strong as its families.
— Barbara Bush
It’s when I let myself get little that I tumble head over heels into joy.
— Thomas Kinkade
Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it’s lovely to be silly at the right moment.
Businesses focus too much on “productivity” and too little on fun. I’ve made more money by having fun than I have not having fun.
— Dave Thomas
Along with everything else, you need to have fun.
— Mike Krzyzewski
Laughing, singing and dancing are the fastest ways to transform worries into celebration. Having fun together will strengthen your family and foster easy, honest relationships among all of you. And as your children grow they are much more likely to enjoy being with the family if everyone is having a good time.
— Judy Ford
The secret to success is to do the common things uncommonly well.
— John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Whoever I am or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach.
— John Gardner
I’ve never been satisfied with anything we’ve ever built. I’ve felt that dissatisfaction is the basis of progress. When we become satisfied in business, we become obsolete.
— Bill Marriott, Sr.
Excellence is not a gift given but a skill perfected.
Set higher standards for your own performance than anyone around you, and it won’t matter whether you have a tough boss or an easy one. It won’t matter whether the competition is pushing you hard, because you’ll be competing with yourself.
— Rick Pitino
Change is what keeps us fresh and innovative. Change is what keeps us from getting stale and stuck in a rut. Change is what keeps us young.
— Rick Pitino
The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
— Charles Kettering
Where there are changes, there are always business opportunities.
— Minoru Makihara
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
— Aldous Huxley
Too many people remain in a bad or stagnant situation simply because they’re afraid of any change. “This situation may not be ideal,” we think to ourselves, “but at least I know where I stand.” But unless you take the initiative to try something new, you may never know how much better things can be.
— Mary Lou Retton
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
— Johann von Schiller
The secret of patience is to do something else in the meantime.
The wayside of business is full of brilliant men who started out with a spurt, and lacked the stamina to finish. Their places were taken by patient and unshowy plodders who never knew when to quit.
— J.R. Todd
Patience and time do more than strength and passion.
— Jean de la Fontaine
Patience is not simply “teeth-clenched” endurance. It is an attitude of expectation. The farmer patiently watches his barren ground because he knows there will be results. He has patience in his labors because there will be products of his labor. So it is in the spiritual realm. God knows the final product of what is happening to us, and he would have us link patience to our faith.
— Billy Graham