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Those With The Most Opinions

I am not sure I want popular opinion on my side — I have noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.

(Provenance of this author is uncertain)

Positive Thinking Unlocks Doors

Positive thinking is the key which unlocks the doors of the world.

Popular American essayist and Unitarian minister (1957 - 1927)

No Chance iPhone Gets Significant Market Share

There is no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.

Then CEO of Microsoft in an April 30, 2007 interview

If You Are Capable

American actress, comedian, and writer, best known for her skits on Saturday Night Live as Sarah Palin (born 1970)

The True Delight Is In The Finding Out

The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.

John Naisbitt on Leadership

The new leader is a facilitator, not an order giver.

American author and public speaker in the area of futures studies (born 1929)

Judgement No Better Than Underlying Information

A businessman's judgement is no better than his information.

American steel executive from the early 1900's

Doing The Right Thing

There is no man more dangerous, in a position of power, than he who refuses to accept as a working truth the idea that all a man does should make for rightness and soundness, that even the fixing of a tariff rate must be moral.

American teacher, author and journalist, a leader in what now is known as investigative journalism. (1857-1944)

Leadership and Courage To Act

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert's advice.

Tony Blair on Why He Entered Politics

I got fed up with all the sex and sleaze and backhandlers of rock 'n' roll, so I went into politics.

British prime minister (1997-2007)

President Truman on Leadership and Progress

Men make history and not the other way 'round. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Thirty-Third President of the United States (1945-1953)

An Idea In The Rough

Practical experience is not merely the ultimate test of ideas; it is also the ultimate source. At their beginnings, most ideas are dimly perceived.

Ideas are most clearly viewed when presented as abstractions, hence the common assumption that academics — who are proficient at presenting and discussing abstractions — are the source of most ideas.

One of the dangers in our system of formal education, however, is that a student can go all the way through to an advanced degree in many fields without ever having seen an idea in the rough. An academic with this kind of background may even have trouble recognizing a new idea when he has one.

From "Editor's Comment in Financial Analysts Journal (March/April 1973, page 6)

Bob Prechter on Bear Markets

Bear markets of sufficient size appear to bring about a desire to slaughter groups of successful people. In 1793-1794, radical Frenchmen guillotined countless members of high society. In the 1930s, Stalin slaughtered Ukrainians. In the 1940s, Nazis slaughtered Jews. In the 1970s, Communists in Cambodia and China slaughtered the affluent. In 1998, after their country's financial collapse, Indonesians went on a rampage and slaughtered Chinese merchants.

Author of Wave Principle of Human Social Behavior, p. 270

What Lies Within Us

What lies beneath us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Better Acceptance of Ideas

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.

Elbert Hubbard on Failure

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher

Minna Antrim on Experience

Experience has no text books nor proxies. She demands that her pupils answer her roll-call personally.

American author (1861-1950)

Everything Comes To Us

Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.

Indian writer, philosopher and mystic

Anthony Lux on High Finance

While the general public may not be totally knowledgeable on the intricacies of high finance, the financiers themselves were in over their heads as well.

Richard Ambrose on Goldman Sachs

The term “GS”, now entering the popular lexicon as a verb, meaning to lie AND make money from doing so, as opposed to “BS” — which is just to lie without the benefit of compensation.

Fred Pryor on Leadership

The ultimate responsibility of a leader is to facilitate other people's development as well as his own.

Lewis H. Lapham on Leadership

Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both the leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint.

C.J. Walker on Path To Success

There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.

Bill Gates on Vision

Vision without execution is daydreaming.

Charles Schwab on Love and Work

The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.

Founder of brokerage firm Charles Schwab Inc.