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Albert Einstein
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"A Talk with Einstein," The Listener 54, (1955) pg. 370-371
In Einstein's quest to understand the Creator's rules for the universe, he frequently spoke on discovering the underlying principles of reality.
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George Washington
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First Annual Address (8 January 1790).
Spoken by Washington to both Houses of Congress, in a line that becomes surprisingly more poignant as the United States ages.
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Richelieu (1839), Act ii, Scene ii
From a play about Cardinal Richelieu, the scene continues, "The arch-enchanters wand! — itself a nothing! — But taking sorcery from the master-hand To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword — States can be saved without it!" Here the author shows us that violence is not necessary for radical govermental change.
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Zig Ziglar
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Secrets of Closing the Sale (1984)
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Winston Churchill
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As quoted in The Prodigal Project : Book I : Genesis (2003) pg. 224
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Alexander Pope
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An Essay on Criticism (1711) Part II, Line 325
The title of the work this is contained in carries the word "Essay," it is in fact a poem that represents the literary ideals of Pope's time. It also nearly expressly addresses other writers rather than the standard "reader."
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As quoted in Building a knowledge-driven organization (2004) pg. 191
As a comedian who frequently spoke about politics, Rogers also frequently spoke about money and campaign finance.
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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As quoted in The Greatest Quotations of All-Time, (2010) pg. 297
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John F. Kennedy
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Vince Lombardi
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Civilization's quotations: life's ideal, (2002) pg. 159
Lombardi frequently spoke proactively, and positively, about success at an individual and team level, as the head coach of a champion football team.
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Winston Churchill
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As quoted in Cracking up: American humor in a time of conflict (2006) pg. 79
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The Ten Cannots (1916)
Often misattributed to Lincoln because the leaflet upon which it was published also contained words from Lincoln.
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John F. Kennedy
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As quoted in Mayor (1984)
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
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As quoted in Choosing Simplicity (2010) pg. 59
Presiding over both the end of the Great Depression and most of WWII, FDR spoke a great deal about perseverance, as in the above quote.
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John F. Kennedy
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John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address (1961)
The lines preceding the quote read, "In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans..."
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Theodore Roosevelt
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Letter to Henry L. Sprague (26 January 1900)
Roosevelt himself said he was quoting a "West African proverb," but this is the earliest recorded use of this phrase.
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Mahatma Gandhi
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As quoted in The Nobel Book of Answers, (2003) pg. 151
Originally "An-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye ... ends in making everybody blind," but there is no specific, original source available, though it is attributed to Gandhi and many, including his family, feel it authentic and in-line with his beliefs.
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The Godfather, Part II
Often misattributed to Sun Tzu, it is actually spoken by the character Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Part II. The quote begins, "My father taught me many things here...he taught me in this room. He taught me..."
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Abraham Lincoln
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Reported as an inscription quoting Lincoln in an English college in The Baptist Teacher for Sunday-school Workers : Vol. 36 (1905), pg. 483
Famed for his stance on morality, Lincoln here expounds on his views about being right and standing with those that are right.
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John F. Kennedy
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As quoted in Talent Is Never Enough Workbook (2007) pg. 59
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Mark Twain
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As quoted in I Meet Mark Twain (1938) pg. 66
The authenticity of this quote is dubious, as it was a recollection of a woman from decades before, when she was a little child. However, there is no reason to doubt that Twain himself did say something proactive and encouraging to her.
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