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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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Enjoy this collection of quotes on Determination.

“A great book begins with an idea; a great life, with a determination.” – Louis L’Amour

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” – Calvin Coolidge

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti

“If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.” – Victor Hugo

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Enjoy this collection of quotes on photographic Prints.

“We should always remember that  the practice of printing – of using an object to control the form of a repeated picture – has had a role in human culture from its earliest days.” – Richard Benson

“Fine art prints created by the artist, or the artist’s collaborator, are important because they best represent the artist’s vision. Images displayed on digital devices are subject to the non-uniform nature of different displays and they may appear radically different then the artist intended.” – Mac Holbert

“My ideal is to achieve the ability to produce numberless prints from each negative, prints all significantly alive, yet indistinguishably alike, and to be able to circulate them at a price not higher than that of a popular magazine, or even a daily paper. To gain that ability there has been no choice but to follow the road I have chosen.” – Alfred Stieglitz

“Regarding rumors that the digital age is soon to render photographic prints as being no longer necessary or relevant (due to increasing numbers of photographic images being viewed on electronic monitors) speculators overlook the tremendous importance and historic relevance of the physical artifact as being a uniquely necessary and applicable aspect of photographic art. The electronic image could no more replace a fine photographic print, than a synthesizer could replace a violin!” —Huntington Witherill

“When you make a print, you are making an art object. You can’t hang a scan on the wall.”- George Tice

“The print is an idea made visible. For my process, a photograph isn’t a photograph until it’s a print. I love the physical presence of a print, from beginning to end. For me it’s a tactile, sensual experience. I want it to be an object of beauty, whether the subject moves you or not.” – Tillman Crane

“A photograph doesn’t feel real until it is a tangible physical object I can hold in my hand.” – Stephen Johnson

“A beautiful print is a thing in itself, not just a halfway house on the way to the page.” – Irving Penn

“A picture is worth a thousand words; A fine art print so much more.” – Steve Denby

“Mostly, I worked so quickly, I didn’t see the details of a photograph until it was printed.” – Harold Feinstein

“I was a very, very careful printer when I used 8-by-10 film. I probably spent more time on printing than anything else. The more the prints were appreciated, the more time I spent on them.” – Ruth Bernhard

“I think that it is a sensual pleasure – image making. It’s not just the finished print which is sensual in terms of the tactile qualities of the materials that I use. I’m seduced by the light, all the time.” – Elizabeth Opalenik

“You will often see that it is the unexpected accident, in tandem with your practice, that will transform the science to art.” – Christopher James

“I like to think one of art’s greatest techniques is creative stumbling, where missteps lead to creative encounters. Digital printing is an adequate place to falter — the wet darkroom is a veritable minefield of happy stumbling opportunities.” – Dan Burkholder

“A print is the photographer’s statement about the light, the mood, the space, the spirit and being of the image, and that interpretation may change with time, with technology, and with the photographer’s own interpretation of the image. A print is the completion of a photograph; without it the image is suspended in time, without interpretation.” – Eric Meola

“For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It’s that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.” – John Sexton

“To convey in the print the feeling you experienced when you exposed your film – to walk out of the darkroom and say: ‘This is it, the equivalent of what I saw and felt!’. That’s what it’s all about.” – John Sexton

“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams

“In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.” – Ansel Adams

“Some of my photographs have always been a mystery to me in terms of how I arrived at them. Even with the technical ability to produce fine prints, I am hard put to know how it happens, yet unless technique and materials are seriously investigated and experienced, I see that moving statements are seldom made.” – Paul Caponigro

“All that I have achieved are these dreams locked in silver.” – Paul Caponigro

“When you make prints you deepen your relationship with your images.” – John Paul Caponigro

“It’s the last 5% in quality that separates the good prints from the great prints.” – John Paul Caponigro

“We used to have to make prints in order to view certain images, particularly black and white ones. Now you don’t. But for many of us, prints are still very much desired – I think they always will be. Physical prints do many things that no other method of presentation does. With a print you experience an image in combination with specific materials, which enhance expression. You experience a print at specific scales, which has an impact on how an image is viewed and in many cases modifies the message the image conveys. Prints offer non-powered portability; they can be retrieved and distributed at a moments notice to anyone without the need for other supporting devices or additional communication. Prints can be displayed in ways that make an image’s presence more durable, affecting and even shaping the environments they inhabit; with sustained viewing this can add additional depth to looking. Prints are collectible. While the time-honored tradition of printmaking is currently evolving rapidly (so rapidly that it would be fair to say it is experiencing a profound paradigm shift) it is very much with us today, and will be for the foreseeable future.” – John Paul Caponigro

“When you look at a photograph that is printed, you are free of distraction allowing you to really engage and experience all that it has to offer. The experience triggers an emotional response very different from simply seeing an image for a fleeting moment on a screen. The print is finished product that engages the viewer. People want to move closer and even touch a print. Viewing a print encourages the viewer to travel into the frame imagining the experience of being in that place.” – Seth Resnick

“The fine print is much more than a mere reproduction of an image.  It is the culmination of the inspiration and vision of the photographer.  It is the clearest, most direct and powerful form of the image and has the ability to move beyond words, ideas and concepts to touch and move the viewer in the most direct and immediate way.  In its highest form, the fine print can be a transparent vehicle, boldly communicating with whispers and suggestions of worlds previously unseen and unknown.  No other form of the image can convey as powerfully the subtleties, the presence and the luminosity which exists in the fine print.” – Christopher Burkett

“Something happens between a novel and its reader which is similar to the process of developing photographs, the way they did it before the digital age. The photograph, as it was printed in the darkroom, became visible bit by bit. As you read your way through a novel, the same chemical process takes place.” – Patrick Modiano

“I consider it essential that the photographer should do his own printing and enlarging. The final effect of the finished print depends so much on these operations.” – Bill Brandt

“I set myself up in opposition to the thing that I’m going to photograph and I try and find a place to stand so that when the image is made a visual resonance is engaged between me and the subject. I can then take that image and amplify it in any number of different directions as I take it into the print making process. And then, when the print is seen by someone else, whether I’m there or not, hopefully what I’ve put into that piece will initiate another situation of resonance between the print and the viewer. That’s what’s really important to me.” – Craig Stevens

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