Francis Bacon

We are much beholden to Machiavelli and others that write what men do, not what they ought to do.

Howard Zinn (Philosopher)

To have hope, one doesn’t need certainty, only possibility.


Those who can’t laugh at themselves leave the job to others.

Dr. Dennis R. Deaton

We think, and with those thoughts, we create. We create the world we live in … We harvest in life, only and exactly, what we sow in our minds.

Dr. Nathaniel Branden

Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is as important as the one we pass on ourselves. Nearly every psychological problem – from anxiety and depression to self-sabotage at work or at school, from fear of intimacy to chronic hostility – is traceable to low self-esteem. In the chaotic and competitive world we face today, both personal happiness and economic survival rest on … [ Read more ]

W. Douglas, US Supreme Court

90% of any decision is emotional. The rational part of us supplies the reason for supporting our predilections.

T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

Neuman / Martha Bayles

Neuman surveyed the available evidence and found what advertisers and educators already knew–that most human beings are “obdurate, impenetrable, resourcefully resistant” toward any message, regardless of medium, that does not fit “the cognitive makeup of the minds receiving it.”

Wrote Neuman: “The mass citizenry, for most issues, simply will not take the time to learn more or understand more deeply, no matter how inexpensive or convenient … [ Read more ]

Richard Farson (psychologist) / David McIntosh

Although people profess to learn from their mistakes, their behavior is shaped by their successes. This is why change is hard for people. Confronted with failure, or with a new world where the old tricks aren’t working any more, most people keep doing what they have been doing, only harder.

Manfred Kets de Vries

There are few universals in life, but transference is one. What transference says is that no relationship we have is a new relationship; all relationships are colored by previous relationships.

Bill Veeck

When they listen to your ravings with indulgence, and, heaven help me, affection, you know you’ve joined the herd.

Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it the superficial appearance of being right.

Russell Lynes

Cynicism is the intellectual cripple’s substitute for intelligence.

John W. Newbern

The world is made up of three types of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened!


Greed and excess always end in tears for some–usually the inexperienced and last to join the party.

David Komansky, Chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch

Our industry is full of unpleasant type-A personalities such as myself…Never stand between me and a place I want to go. Don’t confuse my civility with complacency.

Timothy Haas

The problem is arrogance doesn’t knock on the door and walk in—it sneaks in under the door. You never see it and you never feel it.

Alfred Adler

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.