15 amusing quotes by Mae West to make you smile

Mae West was one of the most controversial movie stars of her day, making comedy out of the prudish, conventional mores of her era. And those Depression-era audiences loved her for it.

Born Mary Jane West in Brooklyn, New York in 1893 she was an actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades.

Some might dismiss her for her light-hearted bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence but she knew what she was doing and she was clearly very smart.

She was a woman who lived life on her own terms and in that sense she was way ahead of her time.

Asked about the various efforts to impede her career, Mae West replied, “I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.”

Here are 15 quotes by Mae West, many of which I’m sure will make you smile.

Quotes by Mae West:

  1. A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up. ~Mae West
  2. I used to be Snow White but I drifted. ~Mae West
  3. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful. ~Mae West
  4. To err is human but it feels divine. ~Mae West
  5. I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it. ~Mae West
  6. It is better to be looked over than overlooked. ~Mae West
  7. You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough. ~Mae West
  8. Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly. ~Mae West
  9. I never loved another person the way I loved myself. ~Mae West
  10. He who hesitates is a damned fool. ~Mae West
  11. Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office. ~Mae West
  12. Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before. ~Mae West
  13. When I’m good, I’m very good but when I’m bad I’m better. ~Mae West
  14. I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure. ~Mae West
  15. Marriage is a great institution but I’m not ready for an institution. ~Mae West

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21 Quotes by Jay Leno that are quite amusing

Funnyman Jay Leno is one of American television’s biggest personalities and he is recognised as a major star around the world.

Born James Douglas Muir Leno in New Rochelle, New York, he’s a comedian, actor, writer and producer, as well as a television host best known for his years hosting The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992–2009.

Quick with a joke or a funny quip he always made me smile. So today I thought I’d explore some of his wit and wisdom.

And let’s face it wisdom is always at the heart of every witty quote.

So here are 21 quotes by Jay Leno to brighten your day.

Quotes by Jay Leno (1-11):

  1. Politics is just show business for ugly people.
  2. You’re not famous until my mother has heard of you.
  3. You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.
  4. The best way to ruin a comedy is to throw a lot of money at it.
  5. If I have one advantage, it’s that I will try to work harder than the next guy.
  6. People don’t mind if you have a lot of money if they know you’re working for it.
  7. In America, we like everyone to know about the good work we’re doing anonymously.
  8. Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?
  9. New Year’s Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot unless, of course, those tests come back positive.
  10. The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot.
  11. I think high self-esteem is overrated. A little low self-esteem is actually quite good. Maybe you’re not the best, so you should work a little harder.

Quotes by Jay Leno (12-21):

  1. If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.
  2. Don’t forget Mother’s Day. Or as they call it in Beverly Hills, Dad’s Third Wife Day.
  3. The crime problem in New York is getting really serious. The other day the Statue of Liberty had both hands up.
  4. For the first time ever, overweight people outnumber average people in America. Doesn’t that make overweight the average then? Last month you were fat, now you’re average – hey, let’s get a pizza!
  5. Magic Johnson, a former basketball player, may run for mayor of L.A. in the next election. Remember the good ole days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers?
  6. Nineteen per cent of doctors say that they’d be able to give their patients a lethal injection. But they also went on to say that the patient would have to be really, really behind on payments.
  7. The Washington Bullets are changing their name. They don’t want their team to be associated with crime. From now on, they’ll just be known as the Bullets.
  8. I went into a McDonald’s yesterday and said, ‘I’d like some fries.’ The girl at the counter said, ‘Would you like some fries with that?’ 
  9. The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver.
  10. The University of Nebraska says that elderly people that drink beer or wine at least four times a week have the highest bone density. They need it – they’re the ones falling down the most.

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50 Quotes by Dale Carnegie to inspire you today

Today I’ve curated some inspirational quotes By Dale Carnegie.

Dale Carnegie was an American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

Born into poverty on a farm in Missouri, Dale Carnegie went on to write some of the best self-help books I’ve ever read. His book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, should, in my opinion, be mandatory reading for any young person who wants to get on in the world. If you haven’t read it yet, then you should.

Anyway, with further ado, here are 50 great quotes by Dale Carnegie, and I hope at least some of them will inspire you.

Quotes by Dale Carnegie (1-10):

Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.

Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.

The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.

Tell the audience what you’re going to say, say it; then tell them what you’ve said.

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration, and resentment.

We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.

The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home, and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Quotes by Dale Carnegie (11-20):

If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home, and think about it. Go out and get busy.

There is only one way to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.

If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.

Today is life; the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.

Quotes by Dale Carnegie (21-30):

Applause is a receipt, not a bill.

Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.

If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.

You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.

You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Quotes by Dale Carnegie (31-40):

Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.

The expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.

First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.

If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.

Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

Quotes by Dale Carnegie (41-50):

Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.

Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism – and wars.

The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions; it is governed by our mental attitude.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colourful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.

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15 quotes about failure to put it into perspective

Today I offer you 15 quotes about failure to put it into perspective.

What is failure? We hear this word frequently, but what does it mean?

It’s easy to be crushed by what we believe is failure. However, in my opinion, there is no such thing as failure. There are only outcomes that we didn’t want and lessons to be learned.

It’s not about how many times you get knocked down, dear reader; it’s how many times you can get back up again and have another go until you get it right.

You cannot truly enjoy victory if you have not first known defeat.

And you cannot achieve anything without the experience of at least the occasional failure along the way.

Lessons to be learned:

Every master of their craft started as a complete beginner.

Before anyone was a success, they started as a beginner. And the road from beginner to achiever and master of your craft is inevitably littered with mistakes and failures. These are significant only for the lessons they teach us.

If you’re determined, persistent, and hungry for success, keep trying until you get where you want to go. And if you want to succeed, you’ll learn the lessons and then find a way to achieve your goal and realize your dream. If not, you’ll make excuses.

Never allow yourself to be overwhelmed by a sense of failure. It’s never fatal; at most, it’s just a minor setback from which you can recover. Above all, never, ever give up until you get to where you were trying to go.

Success can be yours if you want it badly enough. And remember this; it is better to try and fail than never to have tried at all.

Here are 15 quotes to help you put the idea of failure into perspective.

Quotes about failure (1-10):

  1. There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. ~Tony Robbins
  2. I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. ~Michael Jordan
  3. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill 
  4. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  5. It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. ~Bill Gates
  6. A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. ~John Burroughs
  7. Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. ~Paulo Coelho
  8. Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. ~Napoleon Hill
  9. A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. ~B.F. Skinner
  10. You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. ~Johnny Cash

Quotes about failure (11-15):

  1. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. ~Colin Powell
  2. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  3. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. ~Steve Jobs
  4. It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. ~JK Rowling
  5. Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday. ~Wilma Rudolph
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25 Quotes by Rumi to inspire you today

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, known simply as Rumi, was a 13th-century poet.

Rumi is believed to have been a man of immense talent.

His work highlights literature’s power to transcend time, language, and geography.

Incredibly, Rumi covered many topics, in a few words. And his work inspires us to this day. His legacy is likely to inspire future generations for years to come.

Today I offer you 25 quotes by Rumi that showcase his wisdom.

I hope they inspire you to harness the power of positive thinking. Reflect on them and use the lessons they offer in your everyday life.

Quotes by Rumi (1-12):

  1. What you seek is seeking you.
  2. We are born of love. Love is our mother.
  3. Where there’s ruin there’s hope for a treasure.
  4. There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.
  5. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
  6. Love will find its way through all languages on its own.
  7. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.
  8. You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?
  9. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes around in another form.
  10. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing.
  11. Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life
  12. Why should I be unhappy? Every parcel of my being is in full bloom.

Quotes by Rumi (13-25):

  1. Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
  2. Before death takes away what you are given, give away what there is to give.
  3. Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
  4. Beauty surrounds us, but usually, we need to be walking in a garden to know it.
  5. That which is false troubles the heart, but truth brings joyous tranquillity.
  6. When someone beats a rug, the blows are not against the rug, but against the dust in it.
  7. Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees.
  8. Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
  9. There is an invisible strength within us; when it recognizes two opposing objects of desire, it grows stronger.
  10. Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
  11. You know the value of every article of merchandise, but if you don’t know the value of your own soul, it’s all foolishness.
  12. Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
  13. It may be that the satisfaction I need depends on my going away so that when I’ve gone and come back, I’ll find it at home.

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21 Quotes by Marie Curie

I’m always intrigued by people who achieve success despite all the odds working against them. One such person is Marie Curie, a woman who made a name for herself in what was then an exclusively male profession in an age when women were very much second-class citizens. So, let’s explore some quotes by Marie Curie.

Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist who made pioneering contributions to the study of radioactivity.

She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and is the only person to have won Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields (Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911).

Marie Curie’s research laid the foundation for the development of nuclear physics and the treatment of cancer. She discovered two new elements, Polonium and Radium, and conducted ground-breaking research on their properties.

Marie Curie offers us some lessons worthy of note. What are the key lessons? (1) Find something that matters to you, (2) Pursue your interest with passion, and (3) Don’t let anyone or anything stop you.

Anyway, without further ado, here are 21 quotes by Marie Curie to get you thinking today.

Quotes by Marie Curie (1-10):

  1. Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
  2. I am among those who think that science has great beauty.
  3. In science, we must be interested in things, not in persons.
  4. I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.
  5. One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
  6. There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth.
  7. I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.
  8. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
  9. If I see anything vital around me, it is precisely that spirit of adventure, which seems indestructible and is akin to curiosity.
  10. After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it.

Quotes by Marie Curie (11-21):

  1. I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy.
  2. A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.
  3. I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory.
  4. Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing must be attained.
  5. You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity.
  6. Unknown in Paris, I was lost in the great city, but the feeling of living there alone, taking care of myself without any aid, did not at all depress me. If sometimes I felt lonesome, my usual state of mind was one of calm and great moral satisfaction.
  7. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery also has its beauty. Neither do I believe that the spirit of adventure runs any risk of disappearing in our world.
  8. In 1906, just as we were definitely giving up the old shed laboratory where we had been so happy, there came the dreadful catastrophe which took my husband away from me and left me alone to bring up our children and, at the same time, to continue our work of research.
  9. I tried out various experiments described in treatises on physics and chemistry, and the results were sometimes unexpected. At times, I would be encouraged by a little unhoped-for success; at others, I would be in the deepest despair because of accidents and failures resulting from my inexperience.
  10. Sometimes I had to spend a whole day mixing a boiling mass with a heavy iron rod nearly as large as myself. I would be broken with fatigue at the day’s end. Other days, on the contrary, the work would be a most minute and delicate fractional crystallization, in the effort to concentrate the radium.
  11. All my mind was centred on my studies, which, especially at the beginning, were difficult. In fact, I was insufficiently prepared to follow the physical science course at the Sorbonne, for, despite all my efforts, I had not succeeded in acquiring in Poland a preparation as complete as that of the French students following the same course.

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25 Quotes by Zig Ziglar to inspire you

Today, I thought exploring some quotes by Zig Ziglar would be interesting.

Hilary Hinton Ziglar, or Zig Ziglar as he was better known, was an American authorsalesman, and motivational speaker.

As a motivational speaker, he had an almost evangelical style of delivery, which, for some people, was a little disconcerting. However, for those who could get beyond his delivery style, Zig Ziglar was a great motivational speaker, and he had plenty of genuine wisdom to offer. Well, I think so anyway.

Sadly, Zig Ziglar passed away in 2012, but we still have his words of wisdom to inspire us.

So take a moment to be inspired by some of these brilliant quotes by Zig Ziglar and please feel free to pass them on.

Quotes by Zig Ziglar:

  1. Every choice you make has an end result.
  2. Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.
  3. If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.
  4. If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. 
  5. Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
  6. Yesterday ended last night. Today is a brand-new day. 
  7. Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
  8. The first step in solving a problem is to recognise that it does exist. 
  9. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
  10. When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.
  11. Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
  12. Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
  13. Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission.
  14. Do more than you are being paid to do, and you’ll eventually be paid more for what you do. 
  15. You can have everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want. 
  16. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
  17. Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale.
  18. You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.
  19. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.
  20. If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.
  21. It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
  22. Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining. It bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems. 
  23. With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.
  24. You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind.
  25. When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference.

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25 Quotes by Richard Branson to inspire you to do great things

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, or simply Richard Branson as he’s better known, is a British billionaire, entrepreneur, and business magnate. By any measure, he’s a successful, self-made man, and therefore we can learn from him. So, some quotes by Richard Branson are worth exploring.

He expressed a desire to become an entrepreneur at an early age. In the 1970s, Richard Branson founded the Virgin Group, which today controls more than 400 companies in various fields.

Over the years, his interests have extended across retail, music, and transport (including land, air, sea, and space travel), and his taste for adventure and his humanitarian work have resulted in him becoming a prominent global figure.

So here are 25 quotes by Richard Branson to inspire you to do great things.

Quotes by Richard Branson (1-10):

  1. A good leader doesn’t get stuck behind a desk.
  2. Material things are delightful but they’re not important.
  3. Starting your own business isn’t just a job it’s a way of life. 
  4. In business, if you realise you’ve made a bad decision, you change it.
  5. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.
  6. Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.
  7. You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.
  8. One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.
  9. If you’re embarking around the world in a hot-air balloon, don’t forget the toilet paper.
  10. My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.

Quotes by Richard Branson (11-20):

  1. I always find the time to exercise – kitesurfing, tennis or cycling – and to spend time with my loved ones.
  2. Every successful businessman will have experienced setbacks and failures. They’re lying if they say they haven’t.  
  3. It’s a common misconception that money is every entrepreneur’s metric for success. It’s not, and nor should it be.
  4. My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.
  5. Being a good listener is absolutely critical to being a good leader; you have to listen to the people who are on the front line.
  6. Entrepreneurs are natural problem-solvers, which means that we always have ideas for new businesses popping into our heads. 
  7. My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.
  8. It’s rare for a start-up to make money immediately, so you need to make sure that you have enough saved or that you have another income stream that can support you. 
  9. Fun is one of the most important and underrated ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.
  10. Most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But I know I am successful, wealthy, and connected because I am happy.

Quotes by Richard Branson (21-25):

  1. Treat failure as a lesson on how not to approach achieving a goal and then use that learning to improve your chances of success when you try again. Failure is only the end if you decide to stop.
  2. Too many people measure how successful they are by how much money they make or the people that they associate with. In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.
  3. There’s an inherent danger in letting people think that they have perfected something. When they believe they’ve ‘nailed it,’ most people tend to sit back and rest on their laurels while countless others will be labouring furiously to better their work!
  4. From a young age, I learned to focus on the things I was good at and delegate to others what I was not good at. That’s how Virgin is run. Fantastic people throughout the Virgin Group run our businesses, allowing me to think creatively and strategically.
  5. If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, it’s important to ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, but it has served me well for five decades in business.

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Success and why you should never quit

Today I want you to consider success and why you should never quit, dear reader.

Achieving any form of success requires determination and a lot of hard work. Anything you want can be yours if you want it badly enough, but nothing’s for free.

The price you’ll pay is in blood, sweat and tears. Long days, late nights and a laser-sharp focus on your goals.

The road to success will also inevitably involve occasional setbacks. That’s the nature of the game we call success. And it is a game where the best players become the winners.

So you’ll need to be single-minded and you’ll need to push yourself very hard. It’s not easy and nor is it meant to be.

From time to time self-doubt will creep into your mind. You’ll start to imagine that maybe you’re not quite good enough. Siren voices in your head will start telling you that it’s all too difficult and that maybe it’s time to quit.

You may even start asking yourself, “Why am I putting myself through all the hard work when I could just spend my life cruising along and having fun?

The problem is, no pain, no gain. And if you quit, you’ll spend your life wondering what might have been.

So just keep your eye on the prize. Nothing worth having was ever easy to achieve. However, it can be done and people do.

You can do it too. All you need is a little self-belief and a genuine desire to make your mark on life.

Just ignore any setbacks; ignore any siren voices in your head, and refuse to give up until you get to where you want to be.

Remember this; quitters never win and winners never quit. Greatness lies within you. So go on, be a winner.

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29 interesting quotes by J.K. Rowling to inspire you

Quotes by JK Rowling

Welcome, dear reader. Today I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by J.K. Rowling.

Joanne Rowling, or J.K. Rowling as she’s better known, is a British author who famously wrote the Harry Potter series of books. I’m sure you know that already, dear reader.

She has written many books both as J.K. Rowling and under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, and commercially, she must be one of the most successful authors of all time.

That said, before her writing success, she had endured a challenging life, which made her success even more impressive.

I am an admirer of J.K. Rowling, both as an author and a person. She’s very smart, and she’s always prepared to say what she thinks, regardless of whether it meets the fashionable dogma of the day.

So here are 29 interesting quotes by J.K. Rowling that I hope you will find inspiring. Enjoy them all, and feel free to share them.

Quotes by J.K. Rowling (1-20):

  1. There’s no formula.
  2. I’m not a natural joiner.
  3. I always felt an outsider.
  4. Death is just life’s next big adventure.
  5. I’m opposed to fundamentalism in any form.
  6. Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.
  7. I think you’re working and learning until you die.
  8. I’m a writer, and I will write what I want to write.
  9. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
  10. I don’t think about who the audience is for my books.
  11. In a novel, you have to resist the urge to tell everything.
  12. The internet has been a boon and a curse for teenagers.
  13. It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
  14. I was convinced that the only thing I wanted to do ever was write novels.
  15. Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.
  16. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.
  17. Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.
  18. Never be ashamed! There are some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth bothering with.
  19. The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing and must therefore be treated with great caution.
  20. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.

Quotes by J.K. Rowling (21-29):

  1. The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous.
  2. The idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for a while is just bliss.
  3. I pay a lot of tax, and I feel that one of the reasons I stay and pay – why I’m not based in Monaco – I think my country helped me.
  4. I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.
  5. In fact, you couldn’t give me anything to make me go back to being a teenager. Never. No, I hated it.
  6. If you’re holding out for universal popularity, I’m afraid you will be in this cabin for a very long time.
  7. I just write what I wanted to write. I write what amuses me. It’s totally for myself. I never in my wildest dreams expected this popularity.
  8. The poor are discussed as this homogeneous mash, like porridge. The idea that they might be individuals, and be where they are for very different, diverse reasons, again seems to escape some people.
  9. Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

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