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September 2007

by Sidney C. Walker


I am a quote collector. I find them highly useful as quick reminders of what really works from people who have lots of experience.

There is a free service that offers an inspirational quote every day for salespeople, go to and sign up.

Here are 24 favorites from people who are either living or have lived in the past 100 years.

“I no longer want to work for money, but simply for the joy of the work itself.”

John Mackey (1954 - ) from a memo to his employees
founder and CEO of Whole Foods Markets


“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

Lance Armstrong (1971 - ) U.S. cyclist,
7-time winner of the Tour de France, cancer survivor


“If life teaches you nothing else, know this for sure: when you get the chance, go for it.”

Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) TV host and
producer, publisher, philanthropist


“Excellence is the gradual result of always wanting to do better.”

Pat Riley (1945 - ) NBA coach, holds five championship titles


“Every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. Success in many cases is failure turned inside out.”

Mary Kay Ash (1918 - 2001) American businessperson


“The fruits of life fall into the hands of those who climb the tree and pick them.”

Earl Tupper (1907 - 1983) American business person,
Tupperware inventor


“No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) Irish playwright and critic


“Let the perfect shot find you. The shot that only you can hit. It is looking for you, if you are open, aware, trusting, and have faith.”

Will Smith (1968 - ) American actor as Bagger Vance
in “The Legend of Bagger Vance” (2000)


“There's only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.”

Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970) Hall of Fame football coach, honored
with the designation of the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy


“Get out there and take a risk.”

Paul Potts (1971- ) Welsh mobile phone salesman
and winner of "Britain's Got Talent"


“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”

Anna Freud (1896 - 1982) Austrian psychoanalyst


“Learn your lines.”

Al Pacino (1940 - ) American actor
and Academy, Emmy & Tony Award winner


“You know what luck is? Luck is believing you're lucky, that's all.”

Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004) American actor


“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Christopher Reeve (1952-2004) from his book
"Still Me" American actor, director and advocate


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look once in a while, you could miss it.”

Matthew Broderick (1962 - ) as Ferris Bueller in
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)


“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

Wayne Gretzky (1961 - ) Canadian hockey player & coach


“Smile, it enhances your face value.”

Dolly Parton (1946 - ) American singer and actress


“True courage is facing danger when you are afraid.”

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) American writer,
author of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"


“It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

Nelson Mandela (1918 - ) South African statesman


“Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

Robin Williams (1951 - ) American actor & comedian
as Mr. Keating in "Dead Poets Society" (1989)


“Perseverance is the secret of success. Procrastination is the secret of failure.”

Milton Levine (1913 - ) invented Uncle Milton's Ant Farm,
more than 26 million sold in 50 years


“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) 35th president of the United States


“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.”

Don Shula (1930 - ) winningest coach in NFL history


“Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before.”

Bonnie Blair (1964 - ) Olympic speed skater,
U.S. history’s most decorated winter athlete

Have a productive September,

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