Management development providers GNP publish a monthly set of handy 'quotable quotes' for anyone to use in presentations, speeches or training sessions. Arranged into 100 'themes' including vision, change, leadership, teamwork, communication, motivation and innovation. TrainingZONE has arranged to bring you the quotes on a regular basis. This month, the theme is "possibility".
"Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet (1749-1832)
"First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do."
Epictetus, Greek philosopher (55-135 AD)
"I only speak to the 'A' in people and I set as the goal the maximum capacity that people have. I settle for no less. I make myself the relentless architect of the possibilities of human beings."
Benjamin Zander, British conductor, management presenter (b. 1939)
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."
Bob Goddard, US physicist, rocketry pioneer (1882-1945)
"You wake up in the morning and your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of unmanufactured tissue of the universe of life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. No-one can take it from you. And no-one receives either more or less than you receive." Arnold Bennett, British novelist (1867-1931)
"I am inclined by nature to be optimistic about the capacity of a person to rise higher than he or she has thought possible once interest and ambition are aroused."
Dwight D Eisenhower, US President, general (1890-1969)
"Things are only impossible until they are not."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard, character in 'Star Trek'.
"If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong."
Arthur C Clarke, British author (b. 1917)
"If someone says 'can't', that shows you what to do."
John Cage, US composer (b.1912)
And finally, Murphy says:
"Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about."
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All quotations drawn from '1000 GREAT QUOTATIONS for Business, Management & Training' published by GNP Ltd.