Like an ant carrying a morsel of bread to his dwelling place, greatness is often dragged by persons who seem too small.
— T.D. Jakes
Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
— Hugh Cameron
God does not always choose great people to accomplish what He wishes, but He chooses a person who is wholly yielded to Him.
— Henrietta C. Mears
The people we admire are ordinary people that have been able to accomplish some extraordinary things. The things that make them extraordinary are things that we all possess.
— Rolf Benirschke
God is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.
— L.B. Cowman
Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
— Admiral Hyman Rickover
The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
— Linus Pauling
A pile of rocks ceases to be a rock pile when somebody contemplates it with the idea of a cathedral in mind.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
— John Steinbeck
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
— Napoléon Bonaparte
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
— John Quincy Adams
Many times I have found that my best ideas have come when I thought I could not work for another minute and when I literally had to drive myself to finish the task before a deadline.
— Richard Nixon
It took me twenty years to become an overnight success.
— Eddie Cantor
One thing I’ve noticed in all my years of coaching is that the most successful athletes, the most successful people in all walks of life, in fact, have one thing in common – they persist. They refuse to let anyone tell them their dreams can’t come true. They never waver in their belief in themselves. They refuse to be denied.
— Rick Pitino
Goals are emotional. If a goal is not working for you, you’re not connected to it. Raise it, make it meaningful, make it touch something in you that you want. Or take it off your list.
— Howard Behar
Make certain your goals are your own. Only you can define and measure your success.
— Arnold Palmer
Establish a goal just beyond what you think you can do. When you achieve that, establish another and another. This will teach you to embrace risk.
— Robert Mondavi
In the long run, people achieve only that which they have set as goals for themselves; therefore, set the highest possible goals for yourself.
— Leo Tolstoy
Writing down your plans, goals and ideas makes them more real for you. Every step you take to define what you want and what you need to do to get it increases the chances that you will actually pursue these goals and someday achieve them.
— Dr. David Niven
All big things in this world are done by people who are naïve and have an idea that is obviously impossible.
— Frank Richards
If you go through life convinced that your way is always best, all the new ideas in the world will pass you by.
— Akio Morita
One of the major factors that differentiates creative people from less creative people is that creative people give themselves a license to pay attention to their small ideas.
— Roger von Oech
All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.
— George Seldes
Always keep paper and something to write with close at hand – whether you’re at work, at home or traveling. I’ve kept a pen and legal pad next to my bed for years because the greatest ideas I’ve ever received came when God awakened me in the middle of the night.
— John Maxwell
The art of listening is looking at someone when he or she speaks to you, not over his or her shoulder at who else might be in the room.
— Rick Pitino
The best leaders are often the best listeners and the most open to new ideas.
— Pat Riley
Real listening means taking some radical steps. Like putting the newspaper down. Or turning off the tube. It means leaning forward a little. If the speaker is little, it may mean getting down on your knees.
— Gary Smalley and John Trent
Old people love to have somebody listen to them. To listen, when nobody else wants to listen, is a very beautiful thing.
— Mother Teresa
Many of the problems I hear don’t require me to offer solutions. I solve most of them by just listening and letting the grieving party do the talking. If I listen long enough, the person will generally come up with an adequate solution.
— Mary Kay Ash
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
— Edwin Land
Where do good ideas come from? That’s simple – from differences. Creativity comes from unlikely juxtapositions. The best way to maximize differences is to mix ages, cultures and disciplines.
— Nicholas Negroponte
In the middle of a hard project, I remind people to do something else. Sometimes people need to work on something completely different to get their best ideas.
— Brad Fregger
Creativity is the source of wealth, and creativity comes from the Creator.
— T.D. Jakes
It should not surprise us that creativity arises out of the pit of life rather than the high places. For creativity is the ability to put old material into new form. And it is only when old molds and old ways of doing things are forcibly broken up by need or suffering, compelling us to regroup, to rethink, to begin again, that the creative process starts to flow.
— Catherine Marshall