Quotations Collection Part 32: On May 2014

“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.” — Mary Stuart


How shall I talk of the sea to the frog, if he has never left his pond? How shall I talk of the frost to the bird of the summerland, if he has never left the land of his birth? And how shall I talk of life with the sage, if he is a prisoner of his doctrine? — Chung Tzu, 4th Century BC


“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” — Audrey Hepburn


In 1948… “A person does not become a leader by virtue of the possession of some combination of traits . . . the pattern of personal characteristics of the leader must bear some relevant relationship to the characteristics, activities, and goals of the followers.” In 1974… “… there was still no evidence of universal leadership traits. Possession of some traits and skills increases the likelihood that a leader will be effective, but they do not guarantee effectiveness. A leader with certain traits could be effective in one situation but ineffective in a different situation. Furthermore, two leaders with a different pattern of traits could be successful in the same situation.” — Ralph Melvin Stogdill


“Every manager had both strengths and weaknesses. None of the successful executives had all of the strengths, and none of the derailed managers had all of the weaknesses. Sometimes the reason for derailing was obvious, but other times it appeared to be just a matter of bad luck involving events beyond a manager’s control.” — CCL Research on Manager Who Derail (Yukl, 2010, h. 197)


“I want the world to be better because I was here. I want my life, I want my work, my family, I want it to mean something and if you are not making someone else’s life better then you are wasting your time.” — Will Smith


Charisma is more likely to be attributed to leaders who advocate a vision that is highly discrepant from the status quo, but still within the latitude of acceptance by followers. That is, followers will not accept a vision that is too radical, and they are likely to view a leader who espouses such a vision as incompetent or CRAZY. — Yukl, 2010, h. 262


“If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.” — C. JoyBell C


No one can declare, “I am authentic.” That attribute must be ascribed by others. A leader cannot define herself as an authentic leader. Only the people who experience the leader can ascribe authenticity to the leader. — Karlene Kerfoot


“Thankfully, dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses.” — Stephen Colbert


I have often thought that the best way to define a man’s character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensively active and alive. At such moments, there is a voice inside which speaks and says, “This is the real me.” —William James


“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.” — Richard M. DeVos


When you change your thinking, you change your beliefs
When you change your beliefs, you change your expectations
When you change your expectations, you change your attitude
When you change your attitude, you change your behavior
When you change your behavior, you change your performance
When you change your performance, you change your destiny
When you change your destiny, you change your life “Change is the only evidence of life”

— Evelyn Waugh


“There is little reason to believe that either women or men make superior managers, or that women and men are different types of managers. Instead, there are likely to be excellent, average, and poor managerial performers within each sex. Success in today’s highly competitive marketplace calls for organizations to make best use of the talent available to them. To do this, they need to identify, develop, encourage, and promote the most effective managers, regardless of sex.” — dalam Yukl, 2010, h. 453


“Science without Religion is blind, and religion without science is lame” Ilmu pengetahuan tanpa agama buta, dan agama tanpa ilmu pengetahuan pincang.” — Albert Einstein


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop


Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.” — Joel Osteen


“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” — Thomas Jefferson


“A successful life is an authentic life. Happiness and creativity rest on a foundation of transparency to yourself and others. Knowing your own heart and speaking clearly to others keep you on the path.” — Gay Hendricks


“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt


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