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Quotations on Achievement

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The cards you hold in the game of life mean very little - it's the way you play them that counts.

~ Unknown

A man's deeds are his life.

~ Unknown

- West African saying

Aiming isn't hitting.

~ Unknown

- East African saying

Getting something done is an accomplishment; getting something done right is an achievement.

~ Unknown

They said it couldn't be done, but we did it.

~ Unknown

Those who dare do; those who dare not, do not.

~ Unknown

Well done is better that well said.

~ Benjamin Franklin

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

~ George Bernard Shaw

In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

~ Oscar Wilde

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

~ Laurence J. Peter

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we call results are beginnings.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit of doing them.

~ Benjamin Jowett

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater that he is.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry, or by the weaknesses of others.

~ Jean de La Bruyère

Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.

~ Samuel Johnson

Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.

~ Samuel Johnson

No man knows what he can do till he tries.

~ Publilius Syrus

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth ligth unto all that are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

~ The Bible

- Matthew 5:14-16

Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.

~ Sam Rayburn

None climbs so high as he who knows not whither he is going.

~ Oliver Cromwell
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The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his ass.

~ General Joseph Stillwell

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

~ Gabrielle Chanel

If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you...It may break your heart, but it will fill your heart before it breaks it: it will make you a person in your own right.

~ Maxwell Anderson

Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.

~ James Matthew Barrie

Death comes to all
But great achievements build a monument
Which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

~ Georg Fabricius

Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity.

~ Gabriel Heatter

I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.

~ Jonas Salk

Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you.

~ Stewart E. White

The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.

~ Unknown

- Slogan of the United States Army Service Forces

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.

~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

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