The Ankenbrandt Group’s Quotable Quotes

Collection of inspirational and famous quotes by authors you know and love. Great Quotes that inspire us with work, life and family.

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Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts. A thought can do us more good than a doctor or a banker or a faithful friend. It can also do us more harm than a brick.  – Frank Crane  

The greatest and noblest pleasure which men can have in this world is to discover new truths; and the next is to shake off old prejudices.  – Fredrick the Great

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Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul. – Alexander Pope 

Extreme views are never just; something always turns up which disturbs the calculations founded on their data. – Tancred

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it – Asian proverb

The beginning is half of every action. – Greek proverb

Never put all your eggs in one basket…. unless they’re chocolate eggs and it’s my basket.– Maxine

Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of Spring? – Neltje Blanchan

From the little spark may burst a mighty flame. –  Dante 

You cannot run away from weakness. You must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand? – Robert Louis Stevenson

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. – John Lubbock

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one’s opportunities and make the most of one’s resources.  – Vauvenargues

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Here’s to the good old turkey

The bird that comes each fall

And with his sweet persuasive meat

Makes gobblers of us all.  – unknown

If we in business do not clean up our practices, the government will. We are up to our armpits with government regulations. Soon it will be over our heads. – A. W. Clausen

Give them quality. That’s the best kind of advertising. – Milton S. Hershey

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Taking calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.

– General George S. Patton

I murmured because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. – Persian proverb

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. – Chinese proverb

Always acknowledge a fault frankly.  This will throw those in authority off guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.

–  Mark Twain 

If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.– Edith Wharton

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I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and the spirit. It helps to keep a woman going. – Helena Rubenstein

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. – Oprah Winfrey

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” July 28, 1795

– George Washington

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If you can’t convince them, confuse them.”– Harry S. Truman

“We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.”– William Taft

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear, and obstacles vanish into air. – John Quincy Adams  

Do whatever you do intensley. – Robert Henri

To believe in somthing not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives; it is the only way we can leave the future open. – Lillian Smith

For the sake of making a living we forget to live. – Margaret Fuller

Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them.– Josie Bisseett

Find the passion. It takes great passion and great energy to do anything creative. I would go so far as to say you can’t do it without the passion. – Agnes Demille

Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others. – unknown

For fast acting releif try slowing down. – Lily Tomlin

If we can be thankful for what we receive,We should be thankful for what we escape. – unknown

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

You can’t wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time. – Michele Brown

The trouble in corporate America is that too many people with too much power live in a box (their home), then travel the same road every day to another box (their office).– Faith Popcorn

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What isn’t tried won’t work.  – Claude McDonald

He never knew when he was whipped… so he never was.

– Louis L’Amour

I don’t think you should ever manage something that you don’t care passionately about. – Deborah Coleman

Reality is something you rise above.– Liza Minnelli

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.  –  Margaret Drabble

If you rest you rust. – Helen Hayes

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I am not a has-been. I’m a will be. – Lauren Bacall

I can give you a six word formula for success – think things through, then follow through.- Edward Rickenbacker

I don’t want any yes-men around me. I want everyone telling me the truth – even thought it cost him his job.

– Samuel Goldwyn

The trouble with life is, you’re halfway through it before you realize it’s a “do it yourself” thing.– Annie Zadra

The idea of imposing restrictions on a free economy to assure freedom of competition is like breaking a man’s leg to make him run faster. –  Morris R. Sayre

t’s easy to be independent when you’ve got money. But to be independent when you haven’t got a thing- that’s the Lord’s test. – Mahalia Jackson 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire. – B. Williams

When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific. – Lily Tomlin

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Executive Recruiters -  The Ankenbrandt Group, Newport Beach, CA

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. 

~Cicero 

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.  ~Native American Saying

All that we behold is full of blessings.  ~William Wordsworth

I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to earth.

– Pearl S. Buck

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

– Annie Dillard

You never grow old until you’ve lost all your marvels. – Merry Browne

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end, may also be only the beginning. – Ivy Baker Priest

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The Art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.– Okakura Kakuzo

Don’t ask of your friends what you yourself can do.– Quintus Ennius

I think leaders should encourage the next generation not just to follow, but to overtake.– Anita Roddick

Experience is pure gold. Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.– Ann Landers

It takes time to succeed because success is merely the natural reward of taking time to do anything well.– Joseph Ross

People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not. – Giacomo Leopardi

Worry is form of fear. – Bertrand A. Russell

If it’s working, keep doing it. If it’s not working, stop doing it. If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything.  – Dr. Melvin Konner 

Life is always at some turning point.  – Irwin Edman 

Always speak the truth and you will never be concerned with your memory.   – Unknown

Upgrading is not limited to cars and houses. – Harvey Mackay

The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation. – Comer Cotrell

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. – Confucius

Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.

– Irving Berlin 

Help thy brother’s boat across, and lo! thine own has reached the shore. – Hindu Proverb

Mistakes are costly and somebody must pay. The time to correct a mistake is before it is made. The causes of mistakes are, first, I didn’t know; second, I didn’t think; third, I didn’t care. – Henry H. Buckley

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Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough.  – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.  -William Newton Clark

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up., – Guideposts

There are two ways of paying debt – increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out. – Thomas Carlyle

The trouble with people is not that they don’t know, but that they know so much that ain’t so. – Josh Billings

When you come to a fork in the road – take it.

– Yogi Berra

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Executive Recruiters -  The Ankenbrandt Group, Newport Beach, CA

The only man who can’t change his mind is a man who hasn’t got one.  – Edward Noyes Wescott

Everyone only goes around the track once in life, and if you don’t enjoy that trip, it’s pretty pathetic. – Gary Rogers

Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm. 

– Euripides 

You are younger today than you ever will be again. Make use of it for the sake of tomorrow. – Anon.

Where life is more terrible than death, it is the truest valor to dare to live. – Sr. Thomas Browne

Honor begets honor; trust begets trust; faith begets faith; and hope is the mainspring of life.  – Henry L. Stimson

What you can’t get out of, get into wholeheartedly. – Mignon McLaughlin

If you’re gonna be a failure, at least be one at something you enjoy.

– Sylvester Stallone

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 Courage mounteth with occasion. –  William Shakespeare

What isn’t tried won’t work. –  Claude McDonald

A man’s fortune must first be changed from within. – Chinese proverb

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When it comes to betting on yourself…you’re a chicken-livered coward if you hesitate. – B. C. Forbes

A good example is the best sermon. – Unknown

Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve. – Tehyi Hsieh

The secret of my success is at an early age I discovered I was not God. – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

– Abraham Lincoln

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Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.  – Turkish proverb

He who is afraid of a thing, gives it power over him. – Moorish proverb

If we don’t change the direction we’re going, we’re likely to wind up where we are headed.

– Chinese proverb.

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All the world is a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.– Sean O’Casey

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. – Brenden Gill

There are more important things in life than a little money, and one of them is a lot of money.  – Anonymous

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn. –  Miguel de Cervantes

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.

– George Bernard Shaw

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.  – Laurence J. Peter

If at first you do succeed – try to hide your astonishment.  – Harry F. Banks

One cannot manage too many affairs: Like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other. – Chinese proverb

Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

– John D. Rockefeller

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The guy who wrote, “A job well done never needs doing again” never weeded a garden. – Unknown

The dumbest people I now are those who – Know It All. – Malcolm Forbes

I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through –then follow through. – Capt. Edward V. Rickenbacker

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Work is a grand cure for all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind – honest work, which you intend on getting done.  – Thomas Carlyle

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare.  They are consumed in twelve minutes.  Half-times take twelve minutes.  This is not coincidence.

– Erma Bombeck

The way to judge a good comedy is by how long it will last and have people talked about it.  Now Congress has turned out some that have lived for years and people are still laughing about them. – Will Rogers

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into thin air.

 – John Quincy Adams

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In the spirit of the Irish…

May your blessings out number

The shamrocks that grow

And may trouble avoid you<

Wherever you go.

–       Irish Blessing

Happy Thanksgiving

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?

“No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981 ~Erma Bombeck, 

On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment – halftime.  ~Author Unknown

Thanksgiving is America’s national chow-down feast, the one occasion each year when gluttony becomes a patriotic duty.  ~Michael Dresser

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From the Bullpen -  The Ankenbrandt Group, Newport Beach, CA
From the Bullpen -  The Ankenbrandt Group, Newport Beach, CA
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Merry Christmas

“Life is like a grindstone: Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you’re made of.” – Anonymous

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”

— Charles M. Schulz

“It is our relation to circumstances that determines their influence over us. The same wind that carries one vessel into port may blow another off shore.” – Christian Bovee

“Give naught, get same. Give much, get same.”  –Malcolm Forbes

“Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.”

— Margaret Thatcher

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.~Proverb

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.~Anne Bradstreet

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

~Charles Dickens

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Executive Recruiters -  The Ankenbrandt Group, Newport Beach, CA

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.– Stanley J. Randall

Not only are [the fallen] commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but on the hearts of men. – Pericles, Athenian – 5th century B.C.

Very often, the only way out is through. – Robert Frost

“The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

― Malcolm S. Forbes

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There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. – Unknown

The best gifts are not things but opportunities. – “Oklahoma Cooking” 1976

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form. – Stanley J. Randall

Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.

– Albert Einstein

To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so, is worse. – John Quincy Adams

Virtues are habits of the heart. – Unknown

Great necessities call our great virtues.

– Abigail Adams

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. – G.K. Chesterton

We hold these truths to be self evident; that all men are created equal. –Thomas Jefferson

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. – Unknown

Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.

– Woodrow Wilson

Whatever you are, be a good one. – Abraham Lincoln

Life’s biggest lessons are the most expensive. – Joseph Conover Sr.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. – Cicero

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There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all American’s who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to… Thanksgiving Day…. Is the only day that is purely American. – O. Henry

No duty is more urgent that that of returning thanks. – St. Ambrose

People want change. They just don’t want it to be different. – Dale Wight

Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare to be surprised. – Denis Waitley

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

-Thomas Jefferson

Nothing focuses the mind better than the constant sight of a competitor who wants to wipe you off the map. – Wayne Calloway former CEO of PepsiCo

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. – Saint Exupery

May you have warmth in your igloo, Oil in your lamp, And peace in your heart. – Eskimo Toast

Eat wisely, but not too well, and talk well, but not too wisely. – Somerset Maugham

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Benjamin Disraeli

Minutes are worth more than dollars, spend them wisely! – Thomas P. Murphy

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Executive Recruiters -  The Ankenbrandt Group, Newport Beach, CA

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

– Aristotle

People don’t live by bread alone. They need buttering up once in a while. – Unknown

We know what we are, but know not what we may be. – Hamlet, Shakespeare

Holiday Toasts –

“May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”

Here’s to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; Here’s to the things that are yet to come and the memories that we hold.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet and words repeat

Of peace on earth, good-will to men.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

May your troubles be less And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness Come through your door. – Unknown

May the most you wish for be the least you get. – Uknown

Here’s to the holly with its bright red berry. Here’s to Christmas, let’s make it merry. – Uknown

Here’s to us all! God bless us every one! – A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

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Executive Recruiters -  The Ankenbrandt Group, Newport Beach, CA

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Executive Recruiters -  The Ankenbrandt Group, Newport Beach, CADinner out with business associates, potential clients, and co-workers is quite common in the corporate world. In fact, extending an invite to the person’s spouse is also normal. I was shocked when a candidate who was going to become a potential manager/partner, in the interview process and close to an offer, got offended by our client asking if he and his spouse would like to, “Go to dinner?”

He acted indignant and shocked. I was told it was inappropriate and asked, “Is my spouse interviewing for the job?” No, it was just dinner and then it got WEIRD. Really WEIRD.

My client was just extending a friendly offer for them to all get to know each other better. It was a small firm and they get together often. It had nothing to do with the spouse’s race, sex, education, looks, gender, interviewing the spouse, etc. It was just dinner. A basic civil small talk dinner to meet and see if a future partnership could be made. Dinner.

The offer was pulled, the hope of a new employee was smashed and I was relieved. Can you imagine the dinner conversation had they met?

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