“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne

Lee Kuan Yew

Between being loved and being feared, I have always believed Machiavelli was right. If nobody is afraid of me, I’m meaningless. ― Lee Kuan Yew

Everybody knows that in my bag I have a hatchet and a very sharp one. You take me on, I take my hatchet, we meet in the cul-de-sac. ― Lee Kuan Yew

I have never been overconcerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls. I think a leader who is, is a weak leader. If you are concerned with whether your rating will go up or down, then you are not a leader. You are just catching the wind … you will go where the wind is blowing. And that’s not what I am in this for. ― Lee Kuan Yew

“Whoever governs Singapore must have that iron in him. Or give it up. This is not a game of cards. This is your life and mine. I’ve spent a whole lifetime building this and as long as I’m in charge, nobody is going to knock it down. ― Lee Kuan Yew

I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course. ― Lee Kuan Yew

I always tried to be correct, not politically correct. ― Lee Kuan Yew

I have been accused of many things in my life, but not even my worst enemy has ever accused me of being afraid to speak my mind. ― Lee Kuan Yew

 

Muhammad Ali

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.

To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.

The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.

What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

Inside of a ring or out, ain’t nothing wrong with going down. It’s staying down that’s wrong.

If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, then they can sure make something out of you.

It’s hard to be humble when you’re as great as I am.

I’m a fighter. I believe in the eye-for-an-eye business. I’m no cheek turner. I got no respect for a man who won’t hit back. You kill my dog, you better hide your cat.

 

Jim Mattis

If in order to kill the enemy you have to kill an innocent, don’t take the shot. Don’t create more enemies than you take out by some immoral act.

I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f— with me, I’ll kill you all.

There are some people who think you have to hate them in order to shoot them. I don’t think you do. It’s just business.

For the mission’s sake, for our country’s sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division’s colours in past battles — ‘who fought for life and never lost their nerve’ — carry out your mission and keep your honour clean. Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend — No Worse Enemy’ than a US Marine.

 

Bruce Lee

If I tell you I’m good, probably you will say I’m boasting. But if I tell you I’m not good, you’ll know I’m lying.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.

If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practised one kick 10,000 times.

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

 

Mark Twain

Of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

 

Others

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. – Alexander the Great

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. – Serenity Prayer

Not all who wander are lost; not all that glitter is gold – J RR Tolkien

It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions. – Daniel Defoe

I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back. – Phillips Brooks

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. – John F. Kennedy

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We Shall Build Good Ships Here; At A Profit If We Can, At A Loss If We Must, But Always Good Ships. ― Collis Potter Huntington

A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. – Unknown

Eagles don’t flock, you have to find them one at a time. ― Ross Perot

An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. – John Stuart Mill

Change is the only constant. – Heraclitus

A leader is best when he barely exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worst when people despise him. Fail to honour people and they will fail to honour you. And when his aim fulfilled and his work is done, they will say we did it ourselves. – Lao Tze

I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

I have no idea [what my IQ is]. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.

Quiet people have the loudest minds.

Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humour.

You will go further with kind words and a gun than kind words alone. – Al Capone

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred.  Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway. The good you do today will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway. – Mother Teresa

It is a mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it.  – Aristotle

Success is what happens when your dreams get bigger than your excuses. – Unknown

The future is a fantasy that shapes our present. – The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

 

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