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229 of 6,095 quotations related to Leadership, showing Greeley to Unknown

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Greeley, Horace
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.

Haley, Alex Palmer
Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.

Hansen, Rick  
Let's not concentrate on disabilities, let's focus on abilities

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Hayek, Friedrich
The successful politician owes his power to the fact that he moves within the accepted framework of thought, that he thinks and talks conventionally. It would be almost a contradiction in terms for a politician to be a leader in the field of ideas. His task in a democracy is to find out what the opinions held by the largest number are, not to give currency to new opinions which may become the majority view in some distant future.

Heifetz, Jascha
No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.

Helms, Sen. Jesse
... thus far, I have never won a poll or lost an election.

Jan. 20, 2000 - from a speech to the United Nations General Assembly
Hitler, Adolf
The art of leadership...consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention...The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.

1925 - from Mein Kampf
Hume, John
This is about principled compromise, not compromised principles.

1998 - speaking of the Good Friday Agreement, a Catholic/Protestant peace accord
Iacocca, Lee
To solve big problems you have to be willing to do unpopular things.

Jay, Antony
Changing things is central to leadership, and changing them before anyone else is creativeness.

1967 - from Management and Machiavelli



You can judge a leader by the size of the problem he tackles... Other people can cope with the waves, it's his job to watch the tide.

1967 - from Management and Machiavelli
Jefferson, Thomas
... there is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive.

Apr. 19, 1803 - from a letter to Edward Dowse
Jones, John Paul
Sir, I have not yet begun to fight.

Sep. 23, 1779 - response to a demand from the British that he surrender in the naval battle at Flamborough Head, England
Kennedy, John F.
... our success or failure, in whatever office we may hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions: First, were we truly men of courage--with the courage to stand up to one's enemies--and the courage to stand up, when necessary, to one's associates--the courage to resist public pressure, as well as private greed? Secondly, were we truly men of judgment--with perceptive judgment of the future as well as the past--of our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others--with enough wisdom to know that we did not know, and enough candor to admit it? Third, were we truly men of integrity--men who never ran out on either the principles in which they believed or the people who believed in them--men who believed in us--men whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust? Finally, were we truly men of dedication--with an honor mortgaged to no single individual or group, and compromised by no private obligation or aim, but devoted solely to serving the public good and the national interest.

Jan. 9, 1961 - from a speech to the General Court of Massachusetts
Wisdom requires the long view.

Mar. 23, 1962 - from a speech at the University of California - Berkeley
Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom.

Nov. 22, 1963 - from a speech he was planning to deliver to the Texas Democratic Convention on the day of his assassination
A willingness to resist force, unaccompanied by a willingness to talk, could provoke belligerence -- while a willingness to talk, unaccompanied by a willingness to resist force, could invite disaster.

1961 - from a speech at Washington University
We must use time as a tool, not a couch.

quoted in Reader's Digest, Aug. 2000
Kennedy, Robert F.
There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.

1969 - quoted in Esquire Magazine
Kettering, Charles Franklin
A problem well stated is a problem half solved.




Kirk, Russell
Fourth, conservatives are guided by their principle of prudence. Burke agrees with Plato that in the statesman, prudence is chief among virtues. Any public measure ought to be judged by its probable long-run consequences, not merely by temporary advantage or popularity.

1993 - from "Ten Conservative Principles", in the second chapter of The Politics of Prudence
Kozol, Jonathon
Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

Krauthammer, Charles
Middleness is the very enemy of the bold.

quoted in Readers' Digest
I donít really care what a public figure thinks. I care about what he does. Let God probe his inner heart. Tell me about his outer acts... "Know thyself" is a highly overrated piece of wisdom. As for knowing the self of others, forget it. Know what they do and judge them by their works.

Oct. 19, 1999 - from "We should judge politicians by their deeds", Detroit News
L'Amour, Louis
Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape his life into the sort of thing he wishes it to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.

1984 - from The Walking Drum
When you have obtained position you will have influence. Otherwise you will tear at the bars until your strength is gone, and you will have accomplished nothing but rant and rave.

1984 - from The Walking Drum
Sometimes the damned fool things a man does are the ones that save his bacon.

1964 - from Mojave Crossing
A man can wait out a storm if he doesn't exhaust himself first.

1978 - from Bendigo Shafter
A ship does not sail with yesterday's wind.

1984 - from The Walking Drum
Luck comes to a man who puts himself in the way of it.

1976 - from To the Far Blue Mountains



Victory is not won in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later win a little more.

1984 - from The Walking Drum
Lippmann, Walter
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.

from a column about Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lombardi, Vince
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Jun. 22, 1970 - from his last public speech
After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence, the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.

We have to be hard sometimes to get the most out of people. We have to be tough sometimes to get the most out of ourselves...

Jun. 22, 1970 - from his last public speech
... conquests are won primarily in the hearts of men and once you have won their hearts, theyíll follow you anywhere.

Jun. 22, 1970 - from his last public speech
Lowell, James Russell
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.




In creating, the only hard thing's to begin; A grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak.

1848 - from A Fable for Critics
Machiavelli, Nicollo
There is nothing more difficult to arrange, more doubtful of success, and more dangerous to carry through, than initiating change...

1513 - from The Prince
It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones.

... men are generally incredulous, never really trusting new things unless they have tested them by experience.

1513 - from The Prince
He who desires or attempts to reform the government of a state... must at least retain the semblance of the old forms, so that it may seem to the people that there has been no change in the institutions, even though they are in fact entirely different from the old ones.

Maxwell, John C.
Leadership functions on the basis of trust. When trust is gone, the leader soon will be.

from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
McClung, Nellie  
Disturbers are never popular - nobody ever really loved an alarm clock in action - no matter how grateful they may have been afterwards for its kind service.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Educational Publishing Company
Never retreat, never explain, never apologize. Get the thing done and let them howl.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
McLaughlin, Mignon
Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

1963
Mencken, Henry Louis
Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.




Mill, John Stuart
One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.

Millay, Edna St. Vincent
My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends - It gives a lovely light!

1920 - from A Few Figs from Thistles
Milton, John
What though, the field be lost? All is not lost; th'unconquerable will, And study of revenge, immortal hate, And courage never to submit or yield.

1667 - from Paradise Lost
Mulroney, Martin Brian  
Time is the ally of leaders who placed the defense of principle ahead of the pursuit of popularity. And history has little time for the marginal roles played by the carpers and complainers and less for their options. History tends to focus on the builders, the deciders, the leaders, because they are the men and women whose contributions have shaped the destiny of nations.

Jul. 15, 1997 - from a speech at the dedication of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater
Murphy, Emily  
The world loves a peaceful man, but gives way to a strenuous kicker.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Educational Publishing Company
Newman, Peter C.  
The function of democratic leadership ... is to respect the past, grasp the present, and enlarge the future.

quoted in Canadian by Conviction, by Brune and Bulgutch, Gage Publishing
Nixon, Richard Milhouse
In assembling a staff, the conservative leader faces a greater problem than does the liberal. In general, liberals want more government and hunger to be the ones running it. Conservatives want less government and want no part of it. Liberals want to run other people's lives. Conservatives want to be left alone to run their own lives.... Liberals flock to government; conservatives have to be enticed and persuaded.

from Leaders
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

Dec. 10, 1978 - quoted in the Dallas Times-Herald
Paine, Thomas
Character is much easier kept than recovered.

1776 - from The American Crisis
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

1792 - from The Rights of Man: Part II



Pearson, Lester B.  
Diplomacy is letting someone else have your way.

Pike, Albert
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Plato
Self-conquest is the greatest of victories.

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.

Pope, Alexander
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

1711 - from An Essay on Criticism
Powell, Colin
Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

1995 - from My American Journey
Preston, Sergeant
The view only changes for the lead dog.

Pulitzer, Joseph
Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all accurately so they will be guided by its light.

Ray, John
He that fights and runs away, May turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, Will never rise to fight again.

1752 - from History of the Rebellion, see also Oliver Goldsmith
Reagan, Ronald Wilson
Without a vision the people perish.

1985 - from his State of the Union address



Redford, Robert
I think there are too few fighters around, and unless there are fighters there will be nothing but compromises.

1968 - from a documentary about the making of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Riney, Earl
The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.

Rochefoucauld, FranÁois
It is easier to appear worthy of positions that we have not got, than of those that we have.

1665 - from Reflections: Sentences and Moral Maxims
Rouchefoucauld, Francois de la
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.

1665 - from Maxims
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.

1665 - from Maxims
Say, Jean-Baptiste
Alas, how many have been persecuted for the wrong of having been right?

quoted in An Economist in Troubled Times, by R. R. Palmer
Schumacher, Ernst F.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.

We must do what we conceive to be the right thing, and not bother hour heads or burden our souls with whether we are going to be successful. Because if we don't do the right thing, we'll be doing the wrong thing, and we will just be part of the disease, and not a part of the cure.

Shakespeare, William
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly.

from Macbeth
Shaw, George Bernard
When the master has come to do everything through the slave, the slave becomes his master, since he cannot live without him.

1921 - from Back to Methuselah



Sikorsky, Igor
The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward.

Socrates
Over whatever a man may preside, he will, if he knows what he needs, and is able to provide it, be a good management, whether he have the direction of a chorus, a family, a city, or an army. Do not despise men skillful in managing a household; for the conduct of private affairs differs from that of public concerns only in magnitude; in other respects they are similar. But what is most to be observed, is that neither of them are managed without men.

St. Francis of Assisi
Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Stephen, James Fitzjames
We stand on a mountain pass in the midst of whirling snow and blinding mist, through which we get glimpses now and then of paths which may be deceptive. If we stand still, we shall be frozen to death. If we take the wrong road, we shall be dashed to pieces. We do not certainly know whether there is any right one. What must we do? 'Be strong and of a good courage.' Act for the best, hope for the best, and take what comes. Above all, let us dream no dreams, and tell no lies, but go our way, wherever it may lead, with our eyes open and our heads erect.

1873 - from Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
Taylor, Bayard
Fame is what you have taken, Character's what you give; When to this truth you waken, Then you begin to live.

from Improvisations
Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite the sounding furrows: for my purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset, and the baths of all the western stars... One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

1833 - from "Ulysses" in the first edition of Poems
Thatcher, Margaret
Iron entered my soul. You need a touch of steel. Otherwise you become like India rubber.

Mar. 01, 1980 - from an interview on BBC Radio, quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
I donít believe they [the voters] want a government to be so flexible it becomes invertebrate. You donít want a government full of flexi-toys.

1985 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Iím extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

For those of you waiting with baited breath for the favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say... U-turn if you want to, the Lady's not for turning.

1980 - from a speech to the Conservative Party conference



Thomas, Clarence
A good argument diluted to avoid criticism is not nearly as good as the undiluted argument, because we best arrive at truth through a process of honest and vigorous debate. Arguments should not sneak around in disguise, as if dissent were somehow sinister. One should not cowed by criticism. In my humble opinion, those who come to engage in debates of consequence, and who challenge accepted wisdom, should expect to be treated badly. Nonetheless, they must stand undaunted. That is required. And that should be expected. For it is bravery that is required to secure freedom.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
It does no good to argue ideas with those who will respond as brutes.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
Thoreau, Henry David
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Thorsell, William  
Achieving the last five percent of a goal costs at least 30 percent of the effort and risks 100 percent of the project.

Feb. 2, 2001 - from "The costs of getting to perfection", published in the Globe and Mail
Unknown
The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.

Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.

attributed to Agnes Allen
Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.

French proverb
Even the lion has to defend itself against flies.

African proverb
Once the game is done, both the king and the pawn go back into the same box.

Italian proverb
With lies you may go ahead in the world, but you can never go back.

Russian proverb