achievement

A Quote by General Dwight David Eisenhower on acceptance, achievement, argument, biography, company, concern, effort, government, home, individuality, leadership, liberals, life, nations, responsibility, support, thought, vacation, and writers

DEAR Tom: A thought that has occurred and reoccurred to me during my vacation is that some capable writer should do a biography of your life. This thought came to me because of my constant concern, publicly and privately, in the combating of the trend toward excessive paternalism in Government. As you know, I constantly preach individual initiative and acceptance of individual responsibility if we are in the long run to avert Statism. It seems to me that an account of your life would be a story of practicable achievement in the free enterprise system that would be far more effective in support of my argument than almost anything else could be. You have been known as one of the liberal leaders of industry; your own personal record as well as that of your company under your leadership should bring home many lessons to the participants in the industrial strife that now plagues the nation. There are undoubtedly many writers and scholars who would like to write a biography of you. It might even be done best as a "collaboration" effort by two or more writers. In any event, it is my thought that maybe you will be sufficiently interested to talk it over with me when I am in New York. Cordially, IKE

Dwight Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

Source: letter from Dwight David Eisenhower to Thomas J. Watson, August 22, 1949, Denver, Colorado

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on achievement, age, challenge, energy, simplicity, and thought

Within us all there are wells of thought and dynamos of energy which are not suspected until emergencies arise. Then oftentimes we find that it is comparatively simple to double or treble our former capacities and to amaze ourselves by the results achieved. Quotas, when set up for us by others, are challenges which goad us on to surpass ourselves. The outstanding leaders of every age are those who set up their own quotas and constantly exceed them.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on ability, achievement, business, courage, elections, government, justice, life, past, performance, reward, sales, science, and worth

A message sent to all members of the American Sales Organization at the opening of the IBM Election Prize Contest, September 1, 1932. In every walk of life, the highest places and the greatest rewards go to those who have the courage to attempt and ability to achieve big things. That is true in science. It is true in government. It is true in business. And it is true in this organization. IBM leaders in the past have proved their worth by performance, just as they will in this sales campaign.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas Moore on achievement, art, balance, earth, extremism, garden, labor, life, magic, nature, peace, pleasure, practice, spirituality, work, world, and path

The garden reconciles human art and wild nature, hard work and deep pleasure, spiritual practice and the material world. It is a magical place because it is not divided. The many divisions and polarizations that terrorize a disenchanted world find peaceful accord among mossy rock walls, rough stone paths, and trimmed bushes. Maybe a garden sometimes seems fragile, for all its earth and labor, because it achieves such an extraordinary delicate balance of nature and human life, naturalness and artificiality. It has its own liminality, its point of balance between great extremes.

Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

Source: The Re–Enchantment of Everyday Life, 1996, p. 99.

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on achievement, deed, defeat, effort, enthusiasm, errors, failure, soul, timidity, and victory

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly;  who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910

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A Quote by Theodore Parker on achievement, army, bravery, duty, home, justice, mankind, schools, skill, strength, victory, welfare, and world

Let us do our duty in our shop or our kitchen, in the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and knew that victory for mankind depended on our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that, the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world.

Theodore Parker (1810 - 1860)

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A Quote by Takuan Soho on achievement, departure, desires, failure, mind, power, and success

Consider the core of the mind to be a wagon, with will-power to be carried about in it. Push it to a place where there can be failure, and there will be failure. Push it to a place where there can be success, and there will be success. But whether there is success or failure, if one entrusts himself to the straightness of this wagon of the core of the mind, he will attain right-mindedness in either case. Severing oneself from desire and being like a rock or tree, nothing will ever be achieved. Not departing from desire, but realizing a desireless right-mindedness - this is the Way.

Takuan Soho (1573 - ?)

Source: Takuan Soho in The Unfettered Mind. Trans. W. S. Wilson. Tokyo, 1986., p 62

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A Quote by Takuan Soho on achievement and understanding

One is not likely to achieve understanding from the explanation of another.

Takuan Soho (1573 - ?)

Source: Takuan Soho in The Unfettered Mind. Trans. W. S. Wilson. Tokyo, 1986., p 62

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on achievement, curiosity, god, laziness, energy, mankind, men, and rest

The generality of mankind is lazy. What distinguishes men of genuine achievement from the rest of us is not so much their intellectual powers and aptitudes as their curiosity, their energy, their fullest use of their potentialities. Nobody really knows how smart or talented he is until he finds the incentives to use himself to the fullest. God has given us more than we know what to do with.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Sydney J. Harris on achievement, failure, and risk

All significant achievement comes from daring, from experiment, from the willingness to risk failure.

Sydney J. Harris (1917 - 1986)

Source: Newspaper clipping, Albert W. Daw Collection

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