Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia


Strive To Cheer Whenever Others Succeed

Sadly, it is human nature to measure success by comparison with our neighbors. A consequence of this tendency is the instinct to wish for others to fail and our own status to therefore appear higher by comparison. Strive to cheer whenever others succeed and to avoid viewing your own achievements in comparison to others.

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.

Also known at the 14th Daal Lama (born 1935)

Why Is A Woman To Be Treated Differently

American leader of the woman's suffrage movement Victoria Woodhull

Why is a woman to be treated differently? Woman suffrage will succeed, despite this miserable guerilla opposition.

American leader of the woman's suffrage movement (1838 - 1927)

Daily Reflection: One Skill

Purple flowers dot the slopes of the Altai mountains in Russia

What is the one skill you need to succeed at anything?

Try and Try Again

British glamour model Eva Wyrwal wearing a white mesh top

If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again.

Do Not Think Of Today's Failures

Portrait of Helen Keller

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.

American author, lecturer and advocate for the blind

An Empowered Organization

Brunette British actress Rachel Weisz wearing a black halter evening dress

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

Will To Win Unlocks Door To Personal Excellence

Brunette television newscaster Alycia Lane smiles

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential.... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Former long-term football coach at Grambling State University (1919 - 2007)

Greatest Weakness Lies In Giving Up

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Prolific American inventor, scientist and businessman (1847 - 1931)

Need Two Things: Ignorance And Confidence

Raven British-American actress Catherine Bell in a white dress

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Thought for Today: Positive Versus Negative

Blueish and purple stones as metaphors for positive and negative

Positive thinking and optimistic outlook will never produce bad results. Negative thinking and pessimistic approach will never produce good results. Positive thinkers will never fail. Negative thinkers will never succeed.

If At First You Do Not Succeed

Blonde Canadian actress Chelan Simmons smiles wearing a teal shirt

If at first you don't succeed....
so much for sky diving.

To Find Yourself Jilted

Brunette Canadian actress Jewel Staite wearing blue shirt and black jacket

To find yourself jilted is a blow to your pride. Do your best to forget it and if you don't succeed, at least pretend to.

Stage name for Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, French playwright and actor (1622 - 1673)

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

If We Do Not Succeed

Blonde Crystal Harris in blue dress was Playmate of the Month for December 2009

If we do not succeed, we run the risk of failure.

Get A Bigger Hammer

Blonde actress Scarlett Johansson lays back wearing a white floral dress

If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger hammer.

(Provenance of this author is uncertain)

Greater Than Fear Of Failure

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

Amazing comic genius and actor (born 1937)

Only Brigands Are Convinced

There is a certain cowardice, a certain weakness, rather, among respectable folk. Only brigands are convinced — of what? That they must succeed. And so they do succeed.

French poet who also produced notable work as an essayist, art critic, and pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe (1821 - 1867)

Men Are Born To Succeed

Brunette Danish beauty Cecilia Iftikhar was Miss Universe Denmark 2013

Men are born to succeed, not fail.

American author, poet, philospher and historian (1817 - 1862)

All Blame Is A Waste Of Time

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.

Trying To Prove Other Party Unfit To Rule

Brunette Brazilian model Karolina Szymczak sites wearing long blue dance soks

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right.

American journalist and satirist (1880 - 1956)