Occasional Thought for the Day

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This is a compilation of the occasional Thought for the Day sent in by members. Please feel free to send in some inspirational/ strategic thoughts (non-religious, though) and these will be added to this list.

The possibilities in each of us

  1. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

  2. "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  3. "It only takes a dream, for that is the catalyst that moves us to action. Action creates results. That increases belief which creates more action and develops momentum." - Anonymous friend.

  4. "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain

One's role as a Citizen

  1. "Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." - Thomas Jefferson

Letting Fresh Air into the House

  1. "Come, see these people and then go and hide your faces in shame ...Sitting down these hundreds of years with an ever-increasing load of crystallized superstition on your head... Come out of your narrow holes and have a look abroad. See how nations are on the march!" Swami Vivekananda, July 10, 1893, while traveling abroad.

Importance of extensive preparation

  1. "Spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation." Robert H. Schuller

  2. "The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand." Sun Tzu

  3. "I will prepare and some day my chance will come." Abraham Lincoln

Pointers toward a successful strategy:

  1. "The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom." Sun Tzu

  2. "To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." Sun Tzu

  3. "...victorious forces first acheive victory and then conduct battle; losing forces first conduct battle and then seek victory." Sun Tzu

  4. "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." -James Dean

Who is a Winner?
  1. "The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better." Barbara Pletcher

  2. The Man who Thinks He Can
    by Waler D. Wintle

    If you think you are beaten, you are
    If you think you dare not, you don't
    If you would like to win but you think you can't
    It's almost certain you won't.

    If you think you'll lose, you've lost
    For out in the world we find
    Success begins with a fellow's will
    It's all in the state of mind.

    If you think you're outclassed, you are
    You've got to think high to rise
    You've got to be sure of yourself
    Before you can ever win a prize.

    Life's battles don't always go
    To the stronger or faster man,
    But sooner or later, the man who wins
    Is the man who thinks he can.

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