There is a fashion for people to put inspiring quotations at the bottom of emails and on blogs and web sites. The idea is a positive one but whether you like a particular quotation or not is a very personal thing. I love some quotes. Others I find irritating or prissy or sanctimonious. So, rather than sprinkling quotations around on the pages of this site, I have put a little selection below in case you might spot one that you like.
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
If you don’t like being a doormat, then get off the floor.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
-? (Not Mark Twain or Sally Berger.)
It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.
The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.
I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them a great deal.
The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.
………..We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? ………Your playing small does not serve the world.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
-Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer
You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
-Maya Angelou, poet, educator
The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.
-Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf offering advice to the 2011 graduates of Harvard University, when she was principal commencement speaker