By George’s Top-Ten Love Quotes

heartOur cupid wordsmiths at By George Journal humbly present their “Top-Ten Love Quotes” to quench your appetite for “bon-bons mots” on St. Valentine’s Day (our apologies for the pun).

  1. “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery
  2. “Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.” – Voltaire
  3. “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” – Janos Arnay
  4. “The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.” – Vi Putnam
  5. “Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.” – Og Mandino
  6. “You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.” – Sam Keen
  7. “Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin Jones
  8. “Two souls with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one.” – John Keats
  9. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert Heinlein
  10. “What greater thing is there for two human souls that to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.” – George Eliot

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20 Brian Tracy Quotes on Leadership

 

“Integrity is the most valuable and respected quality of leadership. Always keep your word.”

 

“Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people”

 

“Leaders set high standards. Refuse to tolerate mediocrity or poor performance”

 

“Clarity is the key to effective leadership. What are your goals?”

 

“The best leaders have a high Consideration Factor. They really care about their people”

 

“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.”

 

“The key responsibility of leadership is to think about the future. No one else can do it for you.”

 

“The effective leader recognizes that they are more dependent on their people than they are on them. Walk softly.”

 

“Leaders never use the word failure. They look upon setbacks as learning experiences.”

 

“Practice Golden Rule Management in everything you do. Manage others the way you would like to be managed.”

 

“Superior leaders are willing to admit a mistake and cut their losses. Be willing to admit that you’ve changed your mind. Don’t persist when the original decision turns out to be a poor one.”

 

“Leaders are anticipatory thinkers. They consider all consequences of their behaviors before they act.”

 

“The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis.”

 

“Leaders concentrate single-mindedly on one thing– the most important thing, and they stay at it until it’s complete.”

 

The three ‘C’s’ of leadership are Consideration, Caring, and Courtesy. Be polite to everyone.

 

“Respect is the key determinant of high-performance leadership. How much people respect you determines how well they perform.”

 

“Leadership is more who you are than what you do.”

 

“Entrepreneurial leadership requires the ability to move quickly when opportunity presents itself.”

 

“Leaders are innovative, entrepreneurial, and future oriented. They focus on getting the job done.”

 

“Leaders are never satisfied; they continually strive to be better.”

 

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The (disturbing) instinct of Charles Bukowski

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As cited in Wikiquotes, Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) was a Los Angeles, California poet and novelist sometimes mistakenly associated with Beat Generation writers because of alleged similarities of style and attitude. Bukowski’s writing was heavily influenced by the geography and atmosphere of his home city of Los Angeles. He wrote more than fifty books and countless smaller pieces.

For many artists today there is a real fascination with Charles Bukowski. He is one of America’s most honest writers, revealing raw, edgy insights that capture the naked truths of existence in our modern world. The scribes at By George have cherry picked 15 of these truths…

  • An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
  • Find what you love and let it kill you.
  • We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
  • People with no morals often considered themselves more free, but mostly they lacked the ability to feel hate or love.
  • I never met another man I’d rather be. And even if that’s a delusion, it’s a lucky one.
  • I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here.
  • What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death.
  • We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.
  • The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.
  • Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
  • Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.
  • The nine-to-five is one of the greatest atrocities sprung upon mankind. You give your life away to a function that doesn’t interest you. This situation so repelled me that I was driven to drink, starvation, and mad females, simply as an alternative.
  • Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It’s like killing yourself, and then you’re reborn. I guess I’ve lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now. (and to add: “I wasn’t lonely. I experienced no self-pity. I was just caught up in a life in which I could find no meaning.”)
  • You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
  • The human race exaggerates everything: its heroes, its enemies, its importance.

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Sideways quips on politics

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. – Winston Churchill

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P.J. O’Rourke

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everybody else. – Frederic Bastiat

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. – Will Rogers

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. – Voltaire

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you! – Pericles

If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. – Mark Twain

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a government. – John Adams

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. – Douglas Casey (classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University)

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. – Mark Twain

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. – Ronald Reagan

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. – Mark Twain

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. – Aesop

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free! – P.J. O’Rourke

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. – Edward Langley

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. – Thomas Jefferson

Talk is cheap…except when government does it. – Anonymous

 

(ed. – Thanks to our Ottawa friend Dick Inwood for this series of humourous political quotes.)

 

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Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (English byname Tully) was born in 106 BC in where is now Arpino, Italy. He was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer who vainly tried to uphold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises, and letters. Above all, he considered politics of utmost importance, which should be effectively influenced by philosophy. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator and innovator of what became known as Ciceronian rhetoric. Marcus Tullius Cicero was murdered by decree as an enemy of the state in 43 BC. Here is a favourite observation that should be committed to memory:

“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”

Here are some more of our favourite Tully musings:

  • “Our span of life is brief, but is long enough for us to live well and honestly.”
  • “If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it.”
  • “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
  • “Dum Spiro, spero.” – “As long as I breathe, I hope.”
  • “The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.”
  • “Politicians are not born; they are excreted.”
  • “Non nobis solum nati sumus.” – “We are not born for ourselves alone.”
  • “A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.”
  • “It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.”
  • “What an ugly beast is the ape, and how like us.”

And Marcus Tullius Cicero is also known for his love of books and reading. On this subject he espoused:

  • “Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goest out. The task of the educated mind is simply put: read to lead.”
  • “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
  • “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
  • “For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives.”

 

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More of Napoleon’s bons mots

More insight from Napoleon Bonaparte:

  • He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
  • A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
  • The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.
  • Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities.
  • To do all that one is able to do is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do is to be a god.
  • Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.
  • As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the two o’clock in the morning kind. I mean unprepared courage, that which is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the most unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgement and decision.
  • The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
  • How many really capable men are children more than once during the day?
  • All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before a single word: faith.
  • If they want peace, nations should avoid the pinpricks that precede cannon shots.
  • 10 persons who speak make more noise than 10,000 who are silent.
  • Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
  • You may ask me for anything you like except time.
  • Time is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men.
  • If you start to take Vienna – take Vienna.
  • Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances.
  • One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.
  • This man Wellington is so stupid he does not know when he is beaten, and goes on fighting.
  • The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
  • My downfall raises me to infinite heights.
  • Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

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Napoleon on the art of governing and leadership

Here are By George’s favourite 10 quotes of Napoleon Bonaparte on the subject of governing and effective leadership:

  1. The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.
  2. A leader is a dealer in hope.
  3. The heart of a statesman should be in his head.
  4. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
  5. There are two levers for moving men – interest and fear.
  6. With audacity one can undertake anything.
  7. Ability is of little account without opportunity.
  8. The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
  9. All celebrated people lose dignity on a close view.
  10. Victory belongs to the most persevering.

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Quotes to inspire, motivate and provoke

Many will know that By George Journal regularly tweet quotes to inspire, motivate and provoke. Here are some of our latest “favourite” bons mots!

  • “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.” – Mark Twain
  • “Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” – Leonard Cohen
  • “The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” – Albert Einstein
  • “You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – Anon.
  • “It is never too late to become what you might have been.” – George Eliot
  • “Character is power.”- Booker T. Washington
  • “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
  • “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” -Winston Churchill
  • “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  • “We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour, in other words, we are the hero of our own story.” – Mary McCarthy
  • “To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.” – Arnold Toynbee
  • “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.” – Albert Schweitzer
  • “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

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10 Remarkable Quotes of Ernest Hemingway

  • There’s no one thing that is true. They’re all true.
  • What is moral is what you feel good after.
  • Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
  • Man is not made for defeat.
  • Nobody knows what’s in him until he tries to pull it out. If there’s nothing or very little, the shock can kill a man.
  • Courage is grace under pressure.
  • Never mistake motion for action.
  • Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.
  • All you have to do is write one true sentence.
  • The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.

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10 Favourite Quotes of Sir John A. Macdonald

January 11th (Thursday) marks the birth date of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister and a Father of Confederation. Here are 10 of By George’s favourite quotes.

  • Politics is a game requiring great coolness and an utter abnegation of prejudice and personal feeling.
  • There were, unfortunately, no great principles on which parties were divided – politics became a mere struggle for office.
  • Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong.
  • There may be obstructions, local differences may intervene, but it matters not — the wheel is now revolving, and we are only the fly on the wheel, we cannot delay it. The union of the colonies of British America under one sovereign is a fixed fact.
  • I don’t care for office for the sake of money, but for the sake of power, and for the sake of carrying out my own views of what is best for the country.
  • When fortune empties her chamber pot on your head, smile and say, ‘We are going to have a summer shower.’
  • If you would know the depth of meanness of human nature, you have got to be a Prime Minister running a general election.
  •  [Macdonald was well known for his wit and also for his love of drink. He is known to have been drunk for many of his debates in Parliament. Here is a story from an election debate in which Macdonald was so drunk he began vomiting while on stage. His opponent quickly pointed this out.]  The opposing candidate said: “Is this the man you want running your country? A drunk!” Collecting himself, Macdonald replied “I get sick … not because of drink [but because] I am forced to listen to the ranting of my honourable opponent.”
  • My sins of omission and commission I do not deny; but I trust that it may be said of me in the ultimate issue, ‘Much is forgiven because he loved much,’ for I have loved my country with a passionate love.
  • If I had influence over the minds of the people of Canada, any power over their intellect, I would leave them this legacy: ‘Whatever you do, adhere to the Union. We are a great country, and shall become one of the greatest in the universe if we preserve it; we shall sink into insignificance and adversity if we suffer it to be broken.’

On Thursday, let’s all celebrate our country’s first Prime Minister’s birthday! Cheers to John A. Macdonald!

(Photo Credit:  National Archive)

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