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Compilation of Inspirational Quotations for Text Messaging

Updated on May 6, 2011

This collection of helpful, powerful and useful quotes, quotations, sayings or proverbs was extracted from the book by David Allen's... Ready for Anything (a one of a kind book that contains principles that is built to enhance the productivity of individual's life and work). The book is tailored to tackle and topple the rigors of work while obtaining exemplary results at the expense of employing less effort. David Allen is considered to be one of the most influential think tank when it comes to productivity without exerting too much energy and plays an important role as a keynote speaker and facilitator for organizations such as Merck, the Ford Foundation, the World Bank and the New York Life. I hope that you'll find pleasure reading the quotations below for it will surely increase the breadth and depth of your knowledge and wisdom. Moreover, the quotations which is from the selected and influential people are indeed full of substance and contains deep meanings.Here are the list or group of people that said these wonderful quotes or quotations: John F. Kennedy, Michael Eyquem de Montaigne, Albert Einstein, Peter Mere Latham, Lin Yutang, Albert Camus, Lee Segall, Charles Boyle, Mencius, Terence, Aristotle, Kin Hubbard, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Edison, Plutarch, Robert Louis Stevenson, Antonio Porchia, Henry Ford, Chinese Proverb, Susan Ertz, Thomas Edison, E.M. Forster, Andy Rooney, Gustave Flaubert, Samuel Johnson, William James, Japanese Proverb, Carl Sandburg, Robert Fritz, Henry David Thoreau, Will Rogers, Anatole France, Helen Keller, Robert Louis Stevenson, George Bernard Shaw, Henry David Thoreau, Henri Bergson, Bill Reader, Charles Mingus, Margot Fonteyn, P.D. Ouspensky, Robert Heinlein, Ambrose Bierce, Alvin Toffler, Laurence Olivier, Kerry Gleeson, W. E. Channing, De Michael McGriffy, Kio Suzaki, Def Hock, Max DepreeI, William Blake, Antonio Porchia, Norman Vincent Peale, Benjamin Disraeli, Estonian Proverb, Henry Ward Beecher, George Napper, Robert Copeland, Def Hock, Steven Snyder, Linus Pauling, Mark Twain, Mario Andreter, Steve Shull, Alan Alda, Michelangelo, Lieh-Tzu, William Arthur Ward, Ambrose Redmoon, John Madame Du Deffand, John Ruskin, Charles Darwin, Agatha Christie, Noel Coward, Alan Harrington

The great French marshal Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for one hundred years. The marshal replied, "in that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!" - John F. Kennedy

Get a purge for your brain. It will do better than for your stomach. - Michael Eyquem de Montaigne

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein

Fortunate, indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use. - Peter Mere Latham

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of none essentials. - Lin Yutang

Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present. - Albert Camus

It takes about ten years to get used to how old you are. - Unknown

It is possible to own too much. A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. - Lee Segall

If not controlled, work will flow to the competent man until he submerges. - Charles Boyle

If you know the point of balance, you can settle the details. If you can settle the details, you can stop running around. Your mind will become calm. If your mind becomes calm, you can think in front of a tiger, you will surely succeed. - Mencius

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. - Terence

What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. - Aristotle

Lots of folks confuse management with destiny. - Kin Hubbard

Finish each and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept, I forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. - Plutarch

To be what we are and to become what we are of capable of becoming, is the only end in life. - Robert Louis Stevenson

I know you have nothing. That is why I ask you of everything. So that you will have everything. - Antonio Porchia

Before anything else, getting ready is the key to success. - Henry Ford

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come - Chinese Proverb

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. - Susan Ertz

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labor of thinking. - Thomas Edison

How do I know what I think, until I hear what I say? - E.M. Forster

Anyone who waits to be struck with a a good idea has a long wait coming. If I have a deadline for a column or a television script, I sit down at the typewriter and damn well decide to have an idea. - Andy Rooney

Be steady and well ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. - Gustave Flaubert

The business of life is to go forward. - Samuel Johnson

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. - William James

One can stand still in a flowing stream, but not in the world of men - Japanese Proverb

To fight a bull when you are not scared is nothing. And to not a fight a bull when you are scared is nothing. But to fight a bull when you are scared is something. - Unknown

Nothing happens unless there is first a dream - Carl Sandburg

If you limit your choices to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself frown what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise. - Robert Fritz

If it moves, salute it. If it doesn't move, pick it up. If you can't pick it up paint it. - US Military

It is not enough to be busy... The question is. What are you busy about? - Henry David Thoreau

If you don't know what you're doing, you don't know when to stop. - Unknown

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. - Will Rogers

Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem, in my opinion, to characterize our age. - Albert Einstein

The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever. - Anatole France

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or the life of another. - Helen Keller

Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Life is a series of inspired follies. The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance. It doesn't come every day. - George Bernard Shaw

I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers. - Henry David Thoreau

The ancestor of every action is a thought. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think like a man of action, act like man of thought. - Henri Bergson

Ever stop to think and forget to start again. - Unknown

Thought is useful when it motivate for an action, and a hindrance when it substitutes for action. - Bill Reader

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple- that's creativity. - Charles Mingus

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous. - Margot Fonteyn

There are only two ways to live life your life. One is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. - Albert Einstein

It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning. - P.D. Ouspensky

Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things. - Robert Heinlein

Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live. - Ambrose Bierce

You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things so that all the small things go in the right direction. - Alvin Toffler

I'd like people to remember me for a diligent expert workman. I think a poet is a workman. Shakespeare was a workman. And God's a workman. I don't think there's anything better than a workman. - Laurence Olivier

This constant unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do is the single largest consumer of time and energy. - Kerry Gleeson

The palest ink is clearer than the fondest memory. - Chinese saying

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. - W. E. Channing

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. - De Michael McGriffy

If our work environment is easily understood even by strangers,... is also makes it easier to collect the wisdom of everyone. - Kio Suzaki

The problem is never how to get new innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get the old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. - Def Hock

The real challenge is to make a good communication a handy and well-used tool. Then you are likely to pick it up and use it without thinking. - Max DepreeI

Must create a System, or be enslav'd by another Man's. - William Blake

The chains that bind us most closely are the ones that we have broken. - Antonio Porchia

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. - Norman Vincent Peale

Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men. - Benjamin Disraeli

The work will teach you how to do it. - Estonian Proverb

The ability to convert ideas to thins is the secret of outward success. - Henry Ward Beecher

When you're up to your ass in alligators, it's hard to remember that your purpose is draining the swamp. - George Napper

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent. - Robert Copeland

People should know what you stand for. They should also know you won't stand for. - Unknown

Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior. - Def Hock

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. - Albert Einstein

No great invention started with a business plan. - Unknown

The primary tools that one needs in modern day culture are to know how to make things up, and how to figure things out. This is creativity in two of its forms. These are called imagination and problem-solving. - Steven Snyder

The best way to get a good idea is to get lots of ideas. - Linus Pauling

Whenever I am rested and feeling good, I can't help feeling frivolous. - Mark Twain

If everything's under control, you're going too slow. - Mario Andreter

Howcum little kids practice, and big kids don't? - Steve Shull

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of intuition. what you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself. - Alan Alda

Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. - Michelangelo

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. - Lieh-Tzu

The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change ; the realist adjusts the sails. - William Arthur Ward

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon

Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans. - John Lennon

Muddy water let stand sill clean. - Chinese Proverb

Nothing can be more useful to a man than a determination not to be hurried. - Henry David Thoreau

For fast acting relief, try slowing down. - Lily Tolin

Be patient. Patience is also preparation. It is the action before the act. - Noah Ben Shea

The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult. - Madame Du Deffand

He who can take no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great. - John Ruskin

A man who dares to waste one hour of tie has not discovered the value of life. - Charles Darwin

I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble. - Agatha Christie

Thousands of people have talent. I might as well congratulate you for having in your eyes in your head. The one and only thing that counts is: Do you have staying power? - Noel Coward

We are all, it seems saving ourselves for the Senior Prom. But any of us forget that somewhere along the way we must learn how to dance. - Alan Harrington

My 12th Hub in the Christmas HubChallenge


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    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Glad you like it thanks for the visit though...

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      Neil Sperling 

      8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      to achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. To be as much as we can be we must dream of being more.... K.Ravn

      You have a great collection of good quotes.

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines


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      Ahiazuemeka Anyanwu 

      9 years ago

      Cogratulations for the privilege to read ur beautiful words. It is like Atm Machine; "but the mouth dat may mocks this msg, must turn around to congratulate u;

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      You have great suggestions and I count them in... Thanks for sharing...

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      9 years ago

      What about James Russell Lowell's: 'Fate loves the fearless' which may have been inspired by Admiral Nelson's: 'I am of the opinion that the boldest measures are the safest'. However, for sheer humanity, can Winston Churchill be beaten - when he stated: 'In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnamity; in peace, goodwill'? Can this be bettered as a philosophy for business or life?

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @MTD - yeah I saw your hubs and it show you are consummate writer... Goodluck!

      @Lita - Very nice teach without teaching! Hmmm I like this phrase very much, your comments really makes me feel; real good...

      Happy New!!!

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Quotes to live by! Very nice teach without teaching! Thanks for sharing.

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      M. T. Dremer 

      9 years ago from United States

      I love collecting quotes and this is a pretty nice selection. I'm going to have to bookmark it so I can come back later and grab some more.

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      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      LOL studyo...

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      9 years ago

      i love your reply it made my day nyahahaha I love jokes yah know... BTW I've visited one of your hub for I miss you already... :D

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      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @says - thanks a lot for such great gesture... I really appreciate your kind deeds...

      @Maita - wow, I am always thankful I have a great friend like you never waver in visiting your friends' hubs as if you are not getting tired... TLC there pdh and Merry Christmas, wish you more hubs next year and best wishes...

      @anath- ROFL, i love your reply it made my day nyahahaha I love jokes yah know... BTW I've visited one of your hub for I miss you already... :D

      @dohn - you are capable of making such in the days ahead... you have what it takes to be a great writer, I've seen your works many times already and they are superb and exceptional... :D

      Thanks a lot guys... :D

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      9 years ago

      Wow, great quotes, thanks for posting. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of your hubs!

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      9 years ago from US

      Nothing happens unless there is first a dream - Carl Sandburg, I like that one GH< Maita

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      9 years ago

      "The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change ; the realist adjusts the sails." and Anath just lets her hair down and discovers a new hair style!

      Merry Christmas :)

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      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Sheesh! These guys took the best lines! Maybe one day I'll come up with a few of my own :D

      Merry Christmas, GH. It's probably December 26th in the Philippines isn't it?

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      9 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      It is my privilege Putz... Thanks too for the visit...

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      Putz Ballard 

      9 years ago

      Great stuff! Thanks for sharing these.


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