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Georgia O’Keeffe

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Enjoy this collection of quotes about the power of Words.

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

“Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.” – Amy Tan

“Words are containers for power, you choose what kind of power they carry.” Joyce Meyer

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling

“Words are loaded pistols.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on Concentration.

“The power to concentrate was the most important thing. Living without this power would be like opening one’s eyes without seeing anything.” ― Haruki Murakami

“Concentration is the secret of strength.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Concentrated attention is the collection of units of power on a chosen point of intention.” – James Arthur Ray

“If you don’t concentrate on what you are doing then the thing that you are doing is not what you are thinking.” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“Don’t dissipate your powers; strive to concentrate them.” – Goethe

“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Anthony Robbins

“Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any.” – Plato

“The difference in men does not lie in the size of their hands, nor in the perfection of their bodies, but in this one sublime ability of concentration: to throw the weight in one blow, to live eternity in an hour.” – Elbert Hubbard

“The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication. -Michael Faraday

“Concentration is my motto — first honesty, then industry, then concentration. -Andrew Carnegie

“The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything.” – Lee Iacocca

“Singleness of purpose is one of the chief essentials for success in life, no matter what may be one’s aim.” – John D. Rockefeller

“The joy of life is born of concentration. When you are having a cup of tea, the value of that experience depends on your concentration. You have to drink the tea with 100 percent of your concentration.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“To be concentrated means to live fully in the present.” – Erich Fromm

“Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.” – Ray Knight

“Intelligence is the door to freedom and alert attention is the mother of intelligence.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Concentrate on your motivation… and the thought of what about the scene made you stop to look.” – Richard K. Kaiser

“The artist works with a concentration of his whole personality, and the conscious part of it resolves conflicts, organized memories, and prevents him from trying to walk in two directions at the same time.” – Henry Moore

To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.” -Bertrand Russell

“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time…” – Charles Dickens

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

“The only way I could work properly was by using the absolute maximum of observation and concentration that I could possible muster.” – Lucian Freud

“Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.” – Arnold Palmer

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfilment.” – Earl Nightingale

“Great art is always a way of concentrating, reinventing what is called fact, what we know of our existence – a reconcentration… tearing away the veils that fact acquires through time.” – Francis Bacon

“Who knows how many artists fail because the light that shines through them is defracted in a thousand directions and not concentrated in a single beam?” – Eric Maisel

“Nothing more wonderfully concentrates a man’s mind than the sure knowledge he is to be hanged in the morning.” – Samuel Johnson

“Concentrate: you can’t have it all.” – Twyla Tharp

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” –
Henry Ford

“Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself.” – Mark Twain

“I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest.” – Venus Williams

“Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.” Jack Nicklaus

Focusing is about saying “No”. – Steve Jobs

“Without touching my subject I want to come to the moment when, through pure concentration of seeing, the composed picture becomes more made than taken. Without a descriptive caption to justify its existence, it will speak for itself – less descriptive, more creative; less informative, more suggestive – less prose, more poetry.” – Ernst Haas

“Elegance is achieved when all that is superfluous has been discarded and the human being discovers simplicity and concentration: the simpler and more sober the posture, the more beautiful it will be.” – Paulo Coelho

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on the state of being Finished.

“There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.” – Francis Drake

“Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues.” – Robert Smithson

“A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.” – Richard M. Nixon

“It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.” – Ben Stein

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin

“A finished person is a boring person.” – Anna Quindlen

“I long for my garden to be complete. Working in it is one of my joys, but it will never be finished because it’s forever changing with the seasons.” – Mary Quant

“In many ways, theatre is more rewarding for a writer. I used to think it was like painting a wall – that when the play is finished, it’s done – but now I realize it’s more like gardening; you plant the thing, then you have to constantly tend it. You’re part of a thing that’s living.” – Lee Hall

“I know that one of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, ‘No. No, I’m finished. Bye.’ And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won’t do that.” – Maya Angelou

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on Integrity.

“Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates

“Integrity is your destiny-it is the light that guides your way.” – Plato

“Our character … is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.” – George Santayana

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny … it is the light that guides your way.” – Heraclitus

“Living with integrity means…not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships; asking for what you want and need from others; speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension; behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values; making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.” – Barbara De Angelis

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” – Douglas MacArthur

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.” – Zig Ziglar

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” – Samuel Johnson

“When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity – regardless of what others may do – you are destined for greatness.” – Napoleon Hill

“Integrity is the essence of everything successful.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.” – Thomas Paine

“Lead your life so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.” – Will Rogers

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.” – Spencer Johnson

“Integrity is conforming reality to our words – in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.” – Stephen Covey

“Integrity is keeping a commitment even after circumstances have changed.” – David Jeremiah

“The glue that holds all relationships together … is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy

“People of integrity and honesty not only practice what they preach, they are what they preach.” – David A. Bednar

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Integrity gives you real freedom because you have nothing to fear since you have nothing to hide.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” – Malcolm X

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” – Rosa Parks

“Integrity can be neither lost nor concealed nor faked nor quenched nor artificially come by nor outlived, nor, I believe, in the long run, denied.” – Eudora Welty

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” – Abraham Lincoln

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” – Mark Twain

“In any area of our lives where we fail to act from integrity or violate our own understanding of what is right or wrong for us, we fall prey to putting the outside world’s needs before our own. We then disconnect from the enormity of our power and our ability to create what we want.” – Debbie Ford

“The strongest thing that any human being has going is their own integrity and their own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need in order to be able to stand up for what you believe in and deliver what’s really inside, it’s just not going to be there.” – Herbie Hancock

“Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.” – Denis Waitley

“Laws control the lesser man… Right conduct controls the greater one.” – Mark Twain

“Truth allows you to live with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are. Let it be the Truth.” – Oprah Winfrey

“If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“One person of integrity can make a difference.” – Elie Wiesel

“On personal integrity hangs humanity’s fate” – R. Buckminster Fuller

“If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference.” – R. Buckminster Fuller

“If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.’ – Moliere

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” – Alan K. Simpson

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on Appreciation.

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” Hansa Proverb

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama

“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved – and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses – you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.” – Jack Canfield

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ― Voltaire

“The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.” ― Dale Carnegie

“The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.” – Charles M. Schwab

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.” – Louie Schwartzberg

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius

“I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” ― Elbert Hubbard

“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” ― Mark Twain

“Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.” – William Safire

“Indeed, I would feel that an appreciation of the arts in a conscious, disciplined way might help one to do science better.” – Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

“But perhaps the rest of us could have separate classes in science appreciation, the wonder of science, scientific ways of thinking, and the history of scientific ideas, rather than laboratory experience.” – Richard Dawkins

“The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.” – Igor Stravinsky

“Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn’t hurt your appreciation of the painting.” – Jodie Foster

“I learned more from my mother than from all the art historians and curators who have informed me about technical aspects of art history and art appreciation over the years.” – David Rockefeller

“Artworks are especially good at helping our psyches in a variety of ways: they rebalance our moods, lend us hope, usher in calm, stretch our sympathies, reignite our senses, and reawaken appreciation.” – Alain de Botton

“The essence of all beautiful art is gratitude.” – Friedrich Nietzche

“I’ve learned that universal acceptance and appreciation is just an unrealistic goal.” – Dan Brown

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.” – Amelia Earhart

“To be more childlike, you don’t have to give up being an adult. The fully integrated person is capable of being both an adult and a child simultaneously. Recapture the childlike feelings of wide-eyed excitement, spontaneous appreciation, cutting loose, and being full of awe and wonder at this magnificent universe.” – Wayne Dyer

“If you drive to, say, Shenandoah National Park, or the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll get some appreciation for the scale and beauty of the outdoors. When you walk into it, then you see it in a completely different way. You discover it in a much slower, more majestic sort of way.” – Bill Bryson

“Workaholics typically have a lot of achievement with very little appreciation of what they have, whether it’s cars or friendships or otherwise. That is a shallow victory. Then you have people with a lot of appreciation and no achievement, which is fine, but it doesn’t create a lot of good in the world.” – Timothy Ferriss

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ― Paulo Coelho

“The achievement is appreciation. Your ability to be surprised and awed by beauty!” – William Hurt

“I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things.” – Timothy Ferriss

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” ― Mae West

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