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I thought I’d start a little thread to gather some inspirational quotes. I hope this Fulfillment category didn’t mean “order fulfillment” (ha ha).
Yes, it is also an attempt to distract myself from the waiting!

From Benjamin Franklin: “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of!”

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From Zig Ziglar: “You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

As inventors we keep creating NEW things people want which makes it easier for us to get what we want =)!

DHAVAL PRAJAPATI
Ajay Reddy
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“to the world you may only be one person, but to one person you may be the world”

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Ajay Reddy
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Hello Julie,

Here is my quote for the day!!!

“In business you can’t be greedy. I much rather have 1% of the watermelon instead of 100% of the grape.” I hope you all can agree the 1% of the watermelon is much bigger then 100% of the grape and it doesn’t matter how big the grape is.

I much rather share my sucuss with others knowing their strength will help make the project more successful.

Michael

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Edison had a ton of excellent inspirational quotes but one of my favorites is:

“From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.”

It’s especially important to the US as our manufacturing jobs go overseas and we are freed up to focus on being more creative.

disclaimer: they didn’t have multi-million dollar NBA contracts back in Edison’s day.

Bassam
Ajay Reddy
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“It’s all ball bearings these days!” Fletch

Ok, ok … So I get my inspiration in strange ways!

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“Just do it” – NIKE

It’s one thing to think about doing something and analyzing it to death and it’s another to actually act on it. “Paralysis by Analysis”

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WHO TEED OFF” -Rodney Dangerfield Caddyshack

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Just start! – Quote from my Mom

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this one is for Roger, poor guy doesn’t get a break:)
we all like picking his brain:)

“Along with success comes a reputation for wisdom.”

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“What’s wrong with the way it was”
-Ted Tomaiuolo

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To Matt,

Of coarse I respect your knowledge but I think you are very wrong about us losing manufacturing. Not everyone can be an engineer or scientist. We have entire cities, entire states that are filled with people that are not creative or will never have the drive to make change. They are capable of being a part of the team in the American workplace. We need jobs for these people and U.S. manufacturing keeps jobs and profit circulating in the U.S. economic cycle. Why do you think that India and China have such a robust economy and they are eating better and driving more cars? MANUFACTURING! They are WORKING, fueling their economy by pumping money into their economic cycle. Around here we can’t drive far anymore and are all eating tube steaks because we lost our manufacturing base and in essence, much of the U.S. power in the world, obviously. All know we are the leaders worldwide in technology but it has not got us in this hole. That part we did right. We just all can’t wheel deal and steal around here and just sell each other stuff. We have to work HARD too. The inventor is said to be one out of every 10,000. What will the other 9,999 do for work if we don’t manufacture some things; not all, just some, providing jobs. I will be starting a post here as was planned….Made in The U.S. Please answer there. Thanks.

Ron Komorowski
Inventor of Handi-Straps
www.handi-straps.com

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“Women… Can’t live with ‘em – can’t shoot ’em with a cross-bow”. Ted Nugent, 1982

Gotta love Ted!

:o)

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“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Attempt the impossible, in order to improve your work”
-Bette Davis

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Ron,
I don’t want to muddy up the inspirational quote forum but I didn’t see the Made in America forum you referred to…

Just to clarify: I didn’t say all of our manufacturing jobs are going overseas. I said “as they go overseas.” There will still be plenty here but the point is that the creative types who haven’t been able to use their creativity to the fullest because of the nature of their job will be freed up to take that direction if they desire.

It’s like the book “Who moved my cheese?” (they gave that to me before laying me off of a big consulting company in the Dot Com days – and I came out much better for it). The idea is that if you lose your job, you can either seek to do the same thing you we’re doing before or seek something a little different that might be even more fulfilling.

Also note: in saying “creative” jobs, I’m not saying “inventor” per-se. Running a “make your own” pottery store is highly creative and fulfilling to a lot of people but probably not your modern day invention factory. “Creative” can also go in the analytical direction. I consider programmers extremely creative, for instance, even if they aren’t able to paint like Picasso.

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Here’s mine:
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Robert Schuller

and

“Some people see things as they are as ask ‘Why?’ Others see things that never were and ask “Why not??’” G. Carlin

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“I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull’s ass, but I’d rather take a butcher’s word for it.” Tommy Callahn (Tommy Boy)

Jill Kelly
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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

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Here are 3 quotes that my husband & I found to be inspirational after the 1st try in Chicago.

“The problem with most of us, is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”

“I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

“If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.”

Here are 2 of my favorites..

“When following your passion, No means Not Yet”

“Just Show Up and life will take care of the rest.”

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I use this one with my two sons, now 8 and 4 yrs old:

“How do we get things done? By crying? Or by TRYING?”

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I also use this one with my research staff. “Be extra careful when you THINK you have the answers. People who have the answer tend to stop looking for solutions.”

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“Upon the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions— who, when on the dawn of victory paused to rest, and there resting… …saw that someone else got ‘their’ product idea to market."

~adapted from a John Dretschmer quote
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“Don’t be afraid to take a big leap if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps”.
~ David Lloyd George (1863-1945)

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GO HARD OR GO HOME!

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“…as long as it brings in the loot” Ted Tomaiuolo Everyday Edison Season 2 Episode 5.

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“He who has a strong enough WHY can bear almost any HOW.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

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Ambition is the Incentive that makes purpose great and achievement greater.

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I really like that one Julie!

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

by Marianne Williamson

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I have two very important to me large pictures framed on my wall to inspire me with my inventions when most of the people around me will say as typical…“Your crazy…you can’t pull it off….YOU?”

The first is a big picture of Einstein. It says “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” This has helped me shun the foolish naysayers that are just jealous in the first place that they don’t have the b**** to take a shot like I am.

The second is a picture of a rock climber hanging in a reverse angle meaning he is hanging just by his hands on a rock way up in the air.

Underneath the picture it says “Fortune sides with him who dares”

I can’t tell you how many days I stopped as I went by to read these pictures when I was first starting. They meant so much to me. some day I will give these pictures to someone to help them as much as they helped me.

Ron Komorowski
Inventor of Handi-Straps
www.handi-straps.com

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“The thing about luck – you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you get some perspective…”

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I heard this one last night. “How come in a relationship, you know right away when you found the right person, but it takes a year and a half to figure out you have the wrong person?”

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“Love is the soul’s recognition of it’s counterpoint in another” – Wedding Crashers

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“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” Albert Einstein

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” Albert Einstien

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Jeff – very nice. I admire Albert.

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“I cannot fix it unless I know its broke”

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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Edison

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Thanks Toni! I too admire Albert.

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This is what I told all of my employees:

“If it’s broke, fix it. If we can’t fix it, we replace it. That is how you got your job.”

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“To find the answer to any question, simply stop seeking it. Ask the question, quiet your noisy mind, and allow the answers to come naturally. This is the secret to inspired creativity.”

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Quote of the day:

“Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket”
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“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

The way to overcome adversity is to try harder.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=35YivWEs3zw

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No risk no reward

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Don’t know who’s quote…but its so true :)

“Brilliant idea opportunities can come and go in an instant. Genius is keeping the mind open and catching them.”

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“A man must know his destiny… if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder… if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.”
Gen. George S. Patton

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How about an inspirational video. This one made me cry. It truly is inspiring.

What one little idea can accomplish!

http://www.vimeo.com/1211060

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I posted this elsewhere. But Teddy had the right idea.

It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong [person] stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the [person] 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; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself [/herself] in a worthy cause. Who at the best, knows in the end the trimph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, at least falls while daring greatly, so that his [/her] place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

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Make It….or….Break It

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This is posted on my homepage but in case you haven’t travel there…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvygwgn2c58

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“Nobody ever made MVP on walks” – Casey Stengel

and similarly;

“You can’t hit a home run without swinging at the ball” – Me.

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“Put all your eggs in one basket – and WATCH THAT BASKET !!!” Mark Twain

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We walk by faith, not by sight.

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“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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 will

fail while daring greatly

so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat" (Theodore Roosevelt)

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Heidi – that was really inspirational, thank you!

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“You can’t steal second with your foot on first!”

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“Get busy living or get busy dying”
Andy Dufresne – Shawshank

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These are my two favorites:

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”
- Robert Heinlein

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.”
- Arthur Schopenhauer

By the way, that second one, to me, means that geniuses (like a lot of us) will come up with something no one knew they needed until they see it. And then they can’t live without it. It also means not to listen to people who say, “No one will buy that!” They may just not get it.

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I spent a lot of time when I was younger,haunted by the fear of failure,inadequacy[strange word],missed personal opportunities[life experiences and women]-the tide of fortune/do -or-die syndrome.

One day I was watching a Bob Hope movie where he was rehearsing with a band.There was a lot of desperation ‘cos they weren’t getting it right,I think it was a dance routine.

There was a final,do-or-die attempt which failed,and he said’nobody’s leaving ‘til it’s fixed’.

That really changed my life.
Fortune or fate were not guests at his party.

You walked the line.That’s it.

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Mark, I didn’t get that first one. Are you really a woman? “Margaret”, maybe?

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Mark, I get it now! I expected it to be about inventing, not relationships. I wonder if it works for inventing? “You may only figure out how to make that cold call … when you open your heart to the possibility that your product idea is exactly what that company is looking for.”

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I just remembered another phrase, one I made up:

“Opportunities just keep knocking.”

That’s my rebuttal to “opportunity only knocks once.” I’ve never found that to be true. I get multiple great opportunities every day, and you probably have just as many!

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Brett, I love your wonderful outlook on life.
Keep up the great sayings :))

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What a man can conceive and believe a man can achieve and vice versa just wanted to add to the great list see yah.

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Ditto that Reyland. That seems to be working in my life lately.

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If you are looking for something good to happen,send god a knee mail.

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One of my favorite’s is more thought provoking then just a quote…

“If life was fair, then you deserve everything that happens to you. Be cautious in what you wish for.”

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The Power to Dream, is The Power to make that Dream Come True!

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“Successful people did not attain their success
without first overcoming challenges.”

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Two famous quotes from Thomas Alve Edison that I like:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration”.

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“Even if you’re on the right track, if you just sit there eventually you’ll get run over.”

Will Rogers

“The difference between the right word and almost the right word is like the difference between lightning and lightning bug.”

Mark Twain.

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It’s not the things you get,
but the hearts you touch,
that will determine
your success in life.

Belief fuels passion,
and passion rarely fails.
M. Anderson

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Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everyone around us.
Orison Swett Marden

If you wish to make a man your enemy, tell him simply, “You are wrong”. This method works every time.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is…What are you doing for others?
Martin Luther King Jr.

:-)

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Hahahaha, thats why you look so young. All that laughing and no spit on your face:-)

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Ahah! theres that quote about squandering time! Good one Julie A!

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Me n my wife just heard the hobo at the local corner store today mumble and smile, “The worst I e’er had was purdy good!” We thought that was so cool! What a great outlook on life!

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I have this on my wall it, really inspires me

success is failure turned inside out
the siver tint of the clouds of doubt
and you never can tell how close you are
it may be nearer when it seems afar
so stick to the fight when you are hardest hit
its when things seem worse that you must not quit

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Here’s an inspirational quote from myself…“F*ck Them!”

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No, “Dick ’em down!” hahaha

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I saw this today:

“Dead last finish is greater than did not finish which greatly trumps did not start” (author unknown).

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“inventing is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration”.

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“I did not fail. I succeeded in ruling out 1000 approaches that don’t work.”

(Or something like that)

Thomas Edison.

“I was pleased that I could answer his question; I told him I didn’t know.”

Mark Twain.

“On two occasions I have been asked, – “Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."

Charles Babbage

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If u shake it more than three times you’re playing with it.

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these are my 2 quotes i use everyday one from me and one from my dad the first one is:

  1. ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES =(SMOKEY THE BEAR) AND JASON WINTERS
    which means only you can change your destiny!!!!!
  1. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS “CAN’T”—- CAN’T AIN’T A WORD!!=(BARRY WINTERS)
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The pain of regret is worse than the pain of discipline.

From my Pops.

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It’s so nice to be insane, no one ask you to explain. From an insane poet.

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From playwright Edward Albee: “Sometimes you have to go a long distance out of the way to come back a short distance correctly.”

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Steffany, There is also the “Inspiration for Inventors” thread where you might want to post that great quote: that thread seems to be more current.

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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

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The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.

Elbert Hubbard

Samantha Morgan
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Failure is a success if we learn from it

Malcom Forbes
Samantha Morgan
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“If you’ve the guts to stick it out……you’re going to make it.”
Brian Hays

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“Twelve years ago, when I worked in your world, I was an inventor. I was one of a profession that came last in human history and will be the first to vanish on the way back to the sub-human. An inventor is a person who asks ‘Why?’ of the universe and let’s nothing stand between the answer and his mind”.
Ayn Rand, speaking through John Gault in her masterwork ‘Atlas Shrugged’.

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Good one, Kenneth. I was born in Wickford and lived in RI until I was 16 but still think of it as ‘home’.

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If you took half of something and continued to take half of that half and so on, you would never reach an end. Albert Einstein

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You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

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Every crucial experience can be regarded as a setback—or the start of a new kind of development."

Mary Roberts Rinehart
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“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not something to br waited for: but rather something to be achieved.”
William Jennings Bryan

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“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”– George Bernard Shaw

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When you think something, you think in pictures. You don’t think a thought in words. You think a picture that expresses your thought. Working with picture will produce it into your experience."
Grace Speare

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When you think something, you think in pictures. You don’t think a thought in words. You think a picture that expresses your thought. Working with picture will produce it into your experience."
Grace Speare

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When you think something, you think in pictures. You don’t think a thought in words. You think a picture that expresses your thought. Working with picture will produce it into your experience."
Grace Speare

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The fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness. Eckhart Tolle

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thinking precedes great achievement."
— Wilferd Peterson

“Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision.”
— Anonymous

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.”
— John Scully

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”
— Henry David Thoreau

“Vision without execution is hallucination.”
— Thomas Edison

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Carol, that last one was a laugh out loud. Very good.

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~ It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges. ~
Mike Davidson

~ Informal conversation is probably the oldest mechanism by which opinions on products and brands are developed, expressed, and spread. ~
Johan Arndt

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@Michael, I like that! I can see that quote on the bottom of our Business Cards! What is the status on the cards? Has anyone heard?

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Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.
George Washington Carver

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You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
— Albert Einstein

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“When the going gets tough … The tough get going.”

i forget who said that…but i still like it :)))) As hard as it may be !!! :))))

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A good quote from the lyrics of Smash Mouth’s Song “Hang On” and from the movie “The Cat In The Hat” …

“Hang on hang on hang on
Everybody just get on get on get on
Get started and go on go on go on
Everybody just hold on
Sometimes I want to cry and throw the towel in

They try to beat me down but I’ll take it on the chin
And everywhere I go people are the same
They just want to know that everything will be okay
If things are getting rough
Turn it back around
You gotta turn it up when they tell you to turn it down
So gather around I am here to say
You’ll never make everybody’s day
But while you’re around you might as well
Catch the tiger by its tail"

:) God’s Blessings to you

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“If we chase perfection – we can catch excellence.”

—Vince Lombardi

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Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.
— Cecil B. DeMille

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Can’t…… never did anything!

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Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.
— Mae Jemison

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You can’t make sense out of nonsense…

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One of my own quotes (yes, I’m quoting myself, egads) ; P
“Inventing is really about paying attention. Problems are all around us, just waiting for you to notice them and make your move.”
and-
“Thinking is not genius and wishing does not make it so”

This one is also on my wall:
“People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.”
-Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes cartoon)

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Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
— Edward de Bono

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The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn’t need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas.
— Abe Tannenbaum

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“There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.”
-Warren G. Bennis

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“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.” ~Albert Einstein

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” ~ Dr. Loretta Scott

~An entrepreneur gives up a few years of their life doing what others won’t, to spend the rest of their life doing what others can’t.

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Here is a Poem i love…. and live by…. :))))))))))))))))))

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

-Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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“No one is smarter than all of us put toghether.”

Some STUPID WISE GUY

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Farin:

The innovation is brilliant, and the STUPID WISE GUY, spot on!

I think wall art… The invitation…….oops, public disclosure…enjoy.

Thanks Farin & Oriah Mountain Dreamer

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Why thank you Penster… :)))) i have that poem on the fridge… i love it… there is one more that i hold dear… ill post it later… you will like it too i am sure… :))))

oh yeah… i just love stupid wise guys… they are so fun… !!! (BIG GRIN :)

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Okay…….listening to a Prokoviev piano concerto right now. Inspirational.

Here is a work I wrote on the 18th of June this year:

The Genius of Mankind

I am my Father’s Son
In His Glory I was Created
I am the pinnacle of His Genius
The Object of His Infinite Love

He created Me by His Word
Through My Words of High Praise and Worship
I bring down His GLORY to envelope Me

To Create is My Birthright
Calling forth future Ideas from Eternity
Into My Realm of Reality
Captured in Time

Ideas that are as the Sand of the Sea in number
Eager to be birthed for God’s Glory
Let all Creation Worship Him
With Hearts bowed down Lifting Him Up in Praise

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Very nice, Dominic.

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Thanks, right now I’m in between ideas….having to be patient…..looking for some synergistic ectoplasm……huh? :0)

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IMAGINATION…Is the true Magic Carpet… Norman Vincent Peale

:))))

That was a really great poem Dominic !!!!!!!!!

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The answer to any question is always NO, unless you ask it.

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LUIS… that was so funny… it brought back a memory from my dad… :)))

He said…(must have heard it somewhere i am guessing :)

What is the secret to a long happy marriage?

Remember 2 words….

YES DEAR !!!!

mom and dad were married 54 years before he passed :)))

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Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new… Albert Einstein

funny Michael… wish i could tell that to Dad… he would laugh !!!!

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Are you talking about HOP SCOTCH Ralf… thats what came to my mind with your Quote… Thats a good one…

and Yeah Michael.. i am a daddy’s girl from the gate… !!! like Fleta… her too !!!!

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Johnny Cash…“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

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“You Can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do”… Henry Ford

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Don’t make your wounds transform you into someone you are not. – Paulo Coelho

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Wow Nathan… i sure needed that this AM…. to say the least !!!! thank you !!! :))))

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Don’t get frustrated with others because…

IF EVERYONE ELSE COULD SEE IT – IT WOULDN’T BE A VISION!

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I dont know what a yester is but I do know time doesn’t pass..it’s us and all living things that pass …not time.

Time is an illusion !

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time and space too Rainer… :)))) illlusion that is… i’m haven some kind of a day today im just not sure what kind… crazy … i better not head for the lounge and have one of those funny drinks … prune something or other… :)))) LOL

OHHHHHH… Yester… is before Tod… and Tod is before Tom…….. uhhhhh

“I love my job it’s the work i hate” :))))

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Here’s a little something in time for Halloween:

Being a Believer (believing in something greater than yourself) is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in and washes all the dirt off you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff— including the seeds of doubt,hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.

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Thanks to all Veterans who served our country! May God bless all of you! Please know that your service to keep our country out of “harms way” well never go unnoticed!

While some of you may have been “scarred” to keep us safe. Please know that all of the Veterans’ SCARS have turned into STARS (in my eyes)! That is why we honor our veterans—those still living, and those who have passed on!

We are truly grateful for your service to our Country! THANK YOU!

Once again, THANK YOU, MAY GOD CONINUE TO BLESS YOU, AND MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA!

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‎"I know there’s something greater in store for me, if only I could get out of my own way." Rev. Peter J. Gomes

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Great Quote Paul… i can relate for sure !!!!!!!!!!

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Wow Julie… that was good… !!!!!!!! as you can tell i am back tracking

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Great idea! We all need inspiration!

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A quote shared with us by Ralphie May, a contemporary comedienne, from a conversation with his grandfather on marriage…“Ralphie you’re a man. In marriage you can either be right or you can be happy” : )

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In Pie we trust!

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Ah ha Kevin , knew if I was patient, the Peanutbutter Mac-nut cookie recipe would come. Hows everything?

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id rather be pied than caked :)))

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”
George Washington Carver

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“You only live once and if you do it right, that’s all you can stand.”

A friend of mine often says, “If you are not living on the edge, your taking up too much room.”

“Courage is what you have left over when your too darn scaried to think of anything else to do.”

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From Thomas A. Edison’s last public address: (during the Great Depression)

“My message to you is: Be courageous! I have lived a long time. I have seen history
repeat itself again and again. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America
has come out stronger and more prosperous. Be as brave as your fathers before you.
Have faith! Go forward.”

Happy 165th Birthday Mr. Edison!

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Happy Birthday Mr. Thomas Edison and Thank You … You devoted your life to making a difference … your inventions and wisdom have changed the world and have impacted on so many and how we found ourselves here in the first place. All in hopes of someday following in your footsteps !!

Thank you Pete for remembering this important day and sharing it and his profound words of encouragement with all of us !!

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Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.

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You know what they say….

Blood is thicker than water….

but i say

Water runs deeper…

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Thank you for that recognition Michael : )

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Talent hits a target nobody else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.

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“Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple”
~ W. Wonka

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Left handed people are in their right minds.

~ Anonymouse

(It’s sort of inspirational if you are left handed)

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“Start by doing what is necessary, the do what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” St. Francis of Assisi

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“As long as there’s death, there’s hope.” – Brother Theodore (New York)

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I love us all… :))) … even Chappy… HAR !!! xxoo chappy… you are such a good sport !!!

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“Ideas are like children: there are none so wonderful as your own”.

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A wee bit of inspiration for those of you who worry about what others think about your inventing.
“Great spirits have always encountered violent oppositions from mediocre minds” Abert Einstein

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“I DID NOT BRING YOU THIS FAR, TO LET YOU DOWN NOW!” GOD

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THE SECRETS OF ENJOYING A GOOD WINE.

1) Open bottle allow it to breath.

2)If it does not look like it’s breathing,give it mouth to mouth!

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“I wisdom dwell with prudence and find out knowledge of witty inventions.”

(Proverbs 8:12)
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“Most people are so stuck in their egos that everything revolves around me, me, and more me.
But if you want to be rich in the truest sense of the word, it can’t only be about you.
It has to include adding value to other people’s lives.”

T. Harv Eker

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Very nice Penny!

“No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal” I beleive it was Marilyn Ferguson

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Aloha Charlie! Nice one and very true. Another favorite…….

If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
– Mark Twain

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Charlie and Penster, good ones!
Each day is a new beginning :-)

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What a great way to start the day Ladies..thanks
Sorry but I have to requote this one as one of my favs…

If you don’t go within…You go without ;)

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“But lord, during the hardest trials of my life, why was there only one set of footprints?”
“Because,” said the Lord, “Sandpeople always ride single file, to hide their numbers.”

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I love the BS detector!!

Ok, this one is not inspirational but it is funny and very true IMO

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

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That was a really good one Penster. !!!

Try this one….

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true :)))))

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“In order to become truly successful, you must develop the capacity to always want to get better” D.J. Harrington.

Words to live by. Always keep moving forward.

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I don’t MIND getting old and FEEBALE
As long i can tuck my brain under my arm AND take it with me….

The Stupid Wise Guy…. :))))

This Day… 2352 ….

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" You can either take time and do it the right way, or you can take time and do it over!" My Grandfather

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Imagination
Seeing all the possibilities, seeing all that can be done, and how it can be done, marks the power of imagination.
Our imagination is our own personal laboratory.
Here we can recreate events, map out plans, and visualize overcoming obstacles.
Imagination shows us how to turn possibility into reality.
Wynn Davis

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Remember: When it comes to your children. Silence is GOLDEN but DuctTape is SILVER..

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“Forget the limitations set by your fellow man, because when you pursue your passion, provisions will be provided for your plans.”

-Kirk Nugent
“Pursue your passion”

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“Never be in a hurry,
do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.”
St. Francis de Sales
Happy Mothers Day!
Aloha Charlie

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“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

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"

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change"

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Some words of wisdom by Charles Kettering…

  • People think of the inventor as a screwball,
    but no one ever asks the inventor what he thinks of other people.
  • An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once,
    he’s in.
    He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
  • An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.
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Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams.

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“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” ~Proverb

(What a nice thread, Julie—wonderful way to distract ourselves :)

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G8 turns “caterpillar” into “butterfly .”

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Hall Of Fame NBA Coach Pat Riley:

“Hard work doesn’t guarantee anything, but without it you don’t stand a chance.”

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Fulfillment
Riches lie within us, not in material possessions.
Our real riches are riches of the head and heart.
Satisfaction comes from appreciating what we have.
Wealth without enjoyment is little consolation.
Our real prosperity lies in being thankful.

Wynn Davis

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A+ Carol.

Don’t compare your insides to others outsides.

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money
~~~Johnny Cash

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