15 Quotes by George Orwell


George Orwell was the pen name of the late author Eric Arthur Blair. As George Orwell he was and he still is widely respected as a novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. He was arguably one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, certainly in the English-speaking world. His best known novels Animal Farm and 1984 are still essential reading for anyone with aspirations of being widely read. Here are 15 quotes by George Orwell that are guaranteed to make you think.

  1. Big Brother is watching you. ~George Orwell
  2. At fifty everyone has the face he deserves. ~George Orwell
  3. No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy. ~George Orwell
  4. If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. ~George Orwell
  5. In our age there is no such thing as keeping out of politics. All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. ~George Orwell
  6. Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ~George Orwell
  7. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. ~George Orwell
  8. Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it. ~George Orwell
  9. People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf. ~George Orwell
  10. But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. ~George Orwell
  11. So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot. ~George Orwell
  12. All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. ~George Orwell
  13. Society has always to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice. ~George Orwell
  14. Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. ~George Orwell
  15. Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. ~George Orwell

Did you find these quotes interesting? Would you like to explore the work of George Orwell further? Well, both Animal Farm and 1984 are well worth reading, if you’ve not read them already. Alternatively you can explore other books by George Orwell on Amazon if you CLICK HERE.

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15 Quotes by Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, poet and philosopher. He was born in what is now Iran in the year 1048 and he was widely respected by his contemporaries and succeeding generations. In fact his work is still widely respected today and arguably he remains one of the most important cultural figures in Middle Eastern history. Here are 15 quotes by Omar Khayyam which I think reflect his philosophy.

  1. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyam
  2. My friend, let’s not think of tomorrow but let’s enjoy this fleeting moment of life. ~Omar Khayyam
  3. Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet? ~Omar Khayyam
  4. I have not asked for life but I try to accept whatever life brings without surprise and I shall depart again without having questioned anyone about my strange stay here on earth. ~Omar Khayyam
  5. The value of three things is justly appreciated by all classes of men: youth by the old; health by the diseased; and wealth by the needy. ~Omar Khayyam
  6. When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back. ~Omar Khayyam
  7. A hair divides what is false and true. ~Omar Khayyam
  8. As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others. ~Omar Khayyam
  9. Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will
    be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don’t know where you came from and you don’t know where you will be going.
    ~Omar Khayyam
  10. Give me a flagon of red wine, a book of verses, a loaf of bread, and a little idleness. If with such store I might sit by thy dear side in some lonely place, I should deem myself happier than a king in his kingdom. ~Omar Khayyam
  11. The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it. ~Omar Khayyam
  12. It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire and is deprived of the light of a heart ablaze. The day on which you are without passionate love is the most wasted day of your life. ~Omar Khayyam
  13. A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou. ~Omar Khayyam
  14. To be free of belief and unbelief is my religion. ~Omar Khayyam
  15. There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see. ~Omar Khayyam

If you found these quotes interesting and you’d like to explore the work of Omar Khayyam further then try his classic collection of poems known as The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. You can explore this on Amazon if you CLICK HERE.

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The secret to being a successful entrepreneur

How often do you hear people say that they’d love to be an entrepreneur? They’ll tell you that they’d love to be a success in business, making a difference to peoples’ lives with great products and services. Then they’ll add the caveat that unfortunately the time’s not right for them at this moment. One day they’ll have a go but their circumstances won’t allow it at present. However very few of those who say they’ll have a go, will ever actually have a go. They don’t really have the desire and they don’t understand the secret to being a successful entrepreneur.

Starting your own business can be a fantastic thing to do and, for most people, it is the only way you’ll ever have the chance to make some serious money. Certainly you’re unlikely to get rich working for someone else.

However to succeed in business you have to get started. The critical ingredient to success in business is you getting off your butt and actually doing something about it. And the best time to do it is always now. It’s simple really.

And the secret to being a successful entrepreneur is to solve problems for people. Every product you sell must solve a problem for the customer. If you can identify problems for which people need a solution and if you can offer those solutions, otherwise known as products, at value for money prices then you can be a success.

Remember this too; you don’t necessarily have to be the first with a solution. If you can improve on an existing solution in some way then you can still make some serious money. For instance, Steve Jobs and Apple were not the first to offer cellular mobile phone handsets, and nor were Samsung. Yet these two companies currently dominate the market for such handsets.

Has your appetite for business been whetted? Do you have any ideas you think might make a difference? You do? Then you have to be prepared to take action. Having ideas means nothing unless you decide to take action.

Plenty of people have ideas which never see the light of day. Occasionally they’ll have ideas but just leave it all too long and then someone else comes along with the same idea and beats them to the draw.

Having ideas is easy. Implementation is the tough bit and there are too few people with the drive and determination to turn a good idea into a business opportunity and then make money from it. So you must take action.

Not tomorrow; not next week; not next year; but right now. True entrepreneurs are doers, they’re not dreamers. So go on, get started right now. Solve peoples’ problems and you’ll be on your way down the road to riches. Good luck.

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15 Quotes by Dr Laura Schlessinger

For anyone unfamiliar with her work, Dr Laura Schlessinger is an American talk radio host, commentator and author. Her radio show consists mainly of her responses to callers’ requests for personal advice. Her presentation style is a tough love, no nonsense approach, which means to some people she can be seen as controversial. Certainly she’s a social conservative and even her own website says that her show preaches, teaches and nags about morals, values and ethics. Nevertheless she has a loyal following and many people around the world listen to her via her podcasts. Here are 15 quotes by Dr Laura Schlessinger which I think reflect her approach. You can judge for yourself whether it’s an approach that would appeal to you dear reader.

  1. It doesn’t matter how we were raised. We become the person we choose to be. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  2. In the end analysis, all we have is who we are and the way we have lived our lives. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  3. The ultimate quality of your life is not in your resumé, but in the minds and hearts of those you mean something to because you gave yourself to them. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  4. You’ve touched people and known it. You’ve touched people and you may never know it. Either way, you have something to give. It’s in giving to one another that each of our lives becomes meaningful. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  5. A woman should always be more concerned with standing up for what is right than making sure everyone likes her. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  6. Don’t worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  7. Because it’s possible to do and you have the right to do it, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  8. We as human beings should wish to be loved and embraced for our character, respected and relied on for our courage, and trusted for our conscience. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  9. The people and circumstances around me do not make me what I am, they reveal who I am. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  10. There’s no battered woman alive who didn’t know in advance that the man was bad. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  11. Men are very easy to get along with they just want to come home to something pleasant. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  12. There are so many responsible, nice, kind guys out there. Why marry a fixer-upper? ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  13. People with integrity do what they say they’re going to do. Others have excuses. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  14. Postponing happiness until all your ducks are in order means never because life is not that clean, fair or predictable. It isn’t what happens to you that defines your life, it’s what you do with it that does. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger
  15. Self-esteem must be earned! When you dare to dream, dare to follow that dream, dare to suffer through the pain, sacrifice, self-doubts, and friction from the world, you will genuinely impress yourself. ~Dr Laura Schlessinger

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15 Quotes by Dr Joy Browne

For anyone unfamiliar with her work, the late Dr Joy Browne was an American psychologist and talk show host who specialized in on-air advice counselling. She hosted a nationally syndicated call-in radio talk show for several decades, providing advice to callers and words of wisdom to her listen. Her shows achieved worldwide reach via podcasts. She had a legion of loyal fans who were devastated when she passed away suddenly in August 2016. Here are 15 quotes by Dr Joy Browne to illustrate why I believe she was an inspiration.

  1. Stupid and cheerful beats smart but angry. ~Dr Joy Browne
  2. Friendship is a relationship between equals. ~Dr Joy Browne
  3. You can only help someone who wants to be helped. ~Dr Joy Browne
  4. If you’re going to have to deal with it sooner or later then sooner is better than later. ~Dr Joy Browne
  5. Appearing to be reasonable is usually more important than being reasonable. ~Dr Joy Browne
  6. Being in a relationship that makes you unhappy is a bad idea. ~Dr Joy Browne
  7. You don’t need a reason to divorce someone you can’t stand. ~Dr Joy Browne
  8. The person who cares least about the relationship controls it. ~Dr Joy Browne
  9. Our feelings are not our responsibility but our behaviour is. ~Dr Joy Browne
  10. If we give up the notion that everybody’s life is perfect but ours, we would be a lot happier. Nobody’s life is perfect. ~Dr Joy Browne
  11. The role of parents is not to do for our children but to teach our children to do for themselves. ~Dr Joy Browne
  12. Good parenting helps our kids to walk away from us and not to depend on us. ~Dr Joy Browne
  13. Kids have to make their own mistakes because anything we tell them, even if it’s right isn’t as valuable as what they learn from doing something, even if it’s wrong. ~Dr Joy Browne
  14. If someone is being difficult, what you do is walk away because either they need some time to sort it out, and you can’t do it for them, or they don’t. If they don’t, well you might as well leave with your dignity intact. You can’t make someone love you, you really can’t. ~Dr Joy Browne
  15. The only behaviour we can ever control in this life, as much as we can control anything, is our own. Not anyone else’s. ~Dr Joy Browne

I hope you were inspired by at least some of these quotes dear reader and perhaps you’d like to explore some of her work further. An example of her on-air counselling is included here as an embedded YouTube video. This is well worth your time.

Also Dr Joy Browne’s website is still available and you can explore this by clicking on the link.

If this example from YouTube appealed to you then you can still listen to her podcasts here at TuneIn.com. Just click on this link and explore the possibilities.

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15 Quotes by Maya Angelou

If you’re unfamiliar with the late Maya Angelou, she was an American poet, writer and civil rights activist. She’s published numerous autobiographies, books of essays, books of poetry and was credited with a list of plays, movies and television shows spanning over 50 years. For me she was an inspiring thinker and I admire her work. Here are 15 quotes by Maya Angelou to illustrate why I think she was an inspiration to us all.

  1. Nothing will work unless you do. ~Maya Angelou
  2. All great achievements require time. ~Maya Angelou
  3. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou
  4. Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it. ~Maya Angelou
  5. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. ~Maya Angelou
  6. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. ~Maya Angelou
  7. If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. ~Maya Angelou
  8. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. ~Maya Angelou
  9. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~Maya Angelou
  10. A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim. ~Maya Angelou
  11. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ~Maya Angelou
  12. I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me. ~Maya Angelou
  13. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. ~Maya Angelou
  14. I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good. ~Maya Angelou
  15. The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. ~Maya Angelou

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15 Quotes by Jim Rohn

The late Jim Rohn was one of the best motivational speakers of all time in my opinion. Sadly, by the time I came across him he’d already passed away but I wished I’d discovered him years ago. I’ve read all his books, I’ve listened to all his audio recordings and I’ve also watched all the videos on YouTube which feature him and his work. And not just once, I go through his stuff regularly and I think he’s brilliant. If he’s new to you then check him out, you won’t be disappointed. He’s truly inspirational. To prove my point, here are 15 quotes by Jim Rohn to inspire you. These are some of Jim Rohn’s best loved quotes. I hope one or two of them will inspire you.

  1. Either you run the day or the day runs you. ~Jim Rohn
  2. Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. ~Jim Rohn
  3. Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Jim Rohn
  4. The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. ~Jim Rohn
  5. You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour. ~Jim Rohn
  6. Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits can make you a fortune. ~Jim Rohn
  7. Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you can’t get more time. ~Jim Rohn
  8. Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely. ~Jim Rohn
  9. If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. ~Jim Rohn
  10. We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. ~Jim Rohn
  11. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it’s something you design for the present. ~Jim Rohn
  12. If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you’ll have to settle for the ordinary. ~Jim Rohn
  13. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. ~Jim Rohn
  14. Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want. ~Jim Rohn
  15. Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals. ~Jim Rohn

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15 Quotes by Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens is remembered by us all as Mark Twain, his pen name. He was one of the greatest American writer’s as well as being a humourist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. In short he was a major talent and much of what he had to say is worthy of our attention. So here are 15 quotes by Mark Twain to emphasise my point.

  1. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain
  2. Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. ~Mark Twain
  3. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. ~Mark Twain
  4. The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. ~Mark Twain
  5. A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. ~Mark Twain
  6. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain
  7. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
  8. Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others. ~Mark Twain
  9. Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. ~Mark Twain
  10. Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. ~Mark Twain
  11. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~Mark Twain
  12. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
  13. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain
  14. The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. ~Mark Twain
  15. I never let schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain

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Rules for Business Success Simply Explained

Anyone can start their own business. You don’t need any special qualifications. You just need the desire and determination to succeed and a little appreciation of the basic rules for business success.

There are many attractions of running your own business too. When you make a profit it’s all yours. You will be building your own dream rather than helping someone else build their dream. And you will be calling the shots, rather than having to work with someone for whom you have little or no respect.

Now running your own business is not easy of course. However it’s the best chance you’re ever going to have to make some serious money. Look at any self-made millionaire and in all probably they’ve made their money by starting their own company. The chances of you getting rich as a salaried employee are slim to non-existent, unless you work on Wall Street perhaps.

Let me be honest here. There’s no easy formula for success in business; there’s no magic bullet. Business involves some risk and it also involves a lot hard work. You have to be prepared to work hard that’s for sure. Anyone suggesting there are easy ways to make money in business is either dishonest or deluded.

Nevertheless plenty of people do succeed in business, so why not you? If they can succeed then you can too with a little self-belief, surely? Believe you can and you will.

However there are some basic rules you should bear in mind. Here are 12 rules for business success that you must always bear in mind:-

  1. Always have target customers and their problems in mind
  2. Solve a problem for your customer
  3. Create a product around the solution to that problem
  4. You don’t have to be first, just build a ‘better mousetrap’
  5. Remember: Your customer is your boss
  6. Until money is coming in, spend as little as possible
  7. Money in must exceed money out to make a profit
  8. Success depends on making a profit consistently
  9. Your profit margin should be worth the risks you’re taking
  10. Use the skills and resources you’ve got
  11. Be flexible and adapt when necessary
  12. Go for activities where you can add the highest value

With self-belief and determination you can be as successful in business as anyone else. Don’t let negative talk by others put you off. Just go for it, if you think you have what it takes.

Even if you’re not quite sure whether you’ve got what it takes, it’s better to have a go and fail than to spend your life wondering what might have been. Life is too short to look back with regrets.

Business success can be achieved; people do and you can too.

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Brian Tracy: Habits of Success

If you want to be successful, then you must develop good habits. However what habits should they be? Fear not, in this video, Brian Tracy presents some interesting ideas on the habits of success.

Brian Tracy is always excellent and always full of wise words and good advice. This video is well worth your time. Let Brian tell you more about habits which he believes are consistent with achieving success.

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