Vince Lombardi:

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Abraham Lincoln:

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Norman Vincent Peale:

Believe that you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact.

We tend to get what we expect.

Ray Kroc:

The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

Albert Schweitzer:

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Thomas Jefferson:

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it easier to do it a second time.

A mind always employed is always happy.

Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.

Whenever you do a thing, though it can never be known but to yourself, ask yourself how you would act were all the world looking at you, and act accordingly.

Andrew Carnegie:

As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

There is no use whatsoever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.

Benjamin Franklin:

Love your neighbor – but don’t pull down your hedge.

The best way to see Faith is to shut the eye of Reason.

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. (Note: this is actually a paraphrasing of an earlier quote by John Lyly (1554-1606) “After three days, fish and guests stink.”)

There are no gains without pains.


Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.

Harry S. Truman:

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

The buck stops here.

George Washington:

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.


We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us.

Well begun is half done.

Franklin D. Roosevelt:

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Margaret Thatcher:

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

John F. Kennedy:

The time to repair a roof is when the sun is shining.

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

Charles De Gaulle:

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

John Wooden:

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail

Henry Ford:

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.

Booker T. Washington:

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.

You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.

George S. Patton, Jr.:

Always do more than is required of you

Dwight D. Eisenhower:

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.

George Carlin:

Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.

Will Rogers: (The genius of his quotes are that they need to be read twice: the first time for their humor, a second to pick out the practical advice hidden behind the joke.)

Don’t squat with your spurs on.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back in.

If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

There’s two theories to arguin’ with a woman. Neither one works.

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don’t be surprised if they learn their lesson.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.


Lazarus Long (From the author Robert Heinlein):

Never appeal to a man’s better nature – he might not have one. Invoking his self interest gives you more leverage.

Natural laws have no pity.

Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then go do it.

Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes.

Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. Homo Sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself.

Delusions are often functional. A mother’s opinions about her children’s beauty, goodness, et cetera ad nauseam, keeps her from drowning them at birth.

A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

Formal courtesy between husband and wife is even more important than it is between strangers.

An elephant: A mouse built to government specifications.

Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.

A committee is a life form with six or more legs and no brain.

“I came, I saw, SHE conquered.” (The original Latin seems to have been garbled.)

In handling a stinging insect, move slowly.

A skunk is better company than a person who prides himself on being “frank.”

Anything free is worth what you pay for it.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

Rub her feet.

Everybody lies about sex.

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors – and miss.

When the need arises – and it does – you must be able to shoot your own dog.

Don’t try to have the last word. You might get it.

Avoid making irrevocable decisions while tired or hungry.

Do not handicap your children by making their lives too easy.

The popular, but short-lived, Maverick television series of the early sixties often had Bret Maverick (James Garner) quoting pieces of sage advice from his “Old Pappy.” The best of these was: “If you don’t git while the gittin’s good, you’re gunna get got.”

Wayne M. Schmidt: (1951-?)

Humanity’s behavior suggests intelligence is an evolutionary dead end.

A little abuse keeps the joints loose.

The price for having rights is the responisibility of exercising them with consideration for others. (I’m certain someone has already said this but I have yet to find it.)

Fight Entropy: organize! (This is more of a bumper sticker than a quote.)

On a more serious note, the following story is worthy of careful consideration:

An old Cherokee was teaching his grandchildren about life. He said to them, “A battle is raging inside me … it is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The old man fixed the children with a firm stare. “This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”

They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee replied: “The one you feed.”




About the author

Imroz Baig wrote 95 articles for Techstarz.

He is one of the founder members of Techstarz. He holds an engineering degree in computer science and an mba in systems. Imroz is based in mumbai and works for a privately owned software development firm. He blogs at techstarz and his personal blog at

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