integrity   ·   [/in-teg-ri-tee/] n.   ·   mid 15c.

The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

“Refuse to accept anything less than your best and never take advantage of anyone. Take it personally. It is your vision, your responsibility, your honor.”

Dusty Gary

“When integrity is present, action arises from within. When integrity is absent — Action comes from rules and rewards. If you need rules and rewards to act virtuously, this is a sure sign that integrity is absent and that cruelty will spring from this weakness.”

Marcus Aurelius

“Defeat in doing right is nevertheless victory.”

Frederick Robertson

“Never take advantage of anyone…you will reap what you sow.”

Unknown

“Speak the truth and your memory will never fail you.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Virtues over talent; skills can be taught, virtues cannot.”

Charles Koch

“The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

C.S. Lewis

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

Douglas Adams

   

Integrity

humility   ·   [/hyoo-mil-i-tee/] n.   ·   early 14c.

A modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness.

“Always strive to improve yourself and your craft. Once you think you have arrived, you are descending. Pursuit of perfection is a never ending journey.”

Dusty Gary

“Just as standing on your tip toes does not make you taller, neither does bragging produce accomplishment or righteousness respect.”

Lao-Tzu

“Have nothing to prove and people will trust you.”

Lao-Tzu

“Where the river is the deepest it makes the least noise.”

Italian Proverb

“You have two ears and one mouth, use them proportionately.”

American Proverb

“Substance over semblance.”

Prussian Proverb

“The smartest man in the room, is the one asking questions.”

Author Unknown

“Know that whatever it is, it will never be enough…Be content with less and you will have more.”

Author Unknown

“Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.”

Confucius

“The wise man never trusts in appearances.”

Confucius

“Great eloquence is silent.”

Lao-Tzu

   

Humility

diligence   ·   [/dil-i-juh ns/] n.   ·   mid 14c.

Careful and persistent work or effort.

“Be serious about your craft. Strive for the highest level possible always. Do this everyday and your dedication and effort will set you apart.”

Dusty Gary

“You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.”

Seth Godin

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”

Goethe

“Success is harder to overcome than failure as it is human nature to become more self-protective and conservative with success.”

Charles Koch

“Success comes from aspiration, inspiration and perspiration.”

Unknown

“Routines equal results.”

Unknown

“Voluntary discomfort is liberation…no pain, no gain.”

Stoic Maxim

“Shear will and determination will conquer most challenges.”

Unknown

“Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

Albert Einstein

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

Benjamin Franklin

“All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.”

Pope Paul VI

“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference.”

Lou Holtz

“There is no substitute for hard work.”

Thomas A. Edison

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.”

Samuel Johnson

   

Diligence

optimism   ·   [/op-tuh-miz-uh m/] n.   ·   1730

Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.”

Zen Maxim

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is one life whether we spend it laughing or weeping.”

Japanese Proverb

“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.”

Abraham Lincoln

“We act as though comfort and luxury are the chief requirements in life, when all we really need to be happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Charles Kingsley

“All things could be good or bad...we will not know until the story is over.”

Zen Maxim

“Most of my major disappointments have turned out to be blessings in disguise. So whenever anything bad does happen to me, I kind of sit back and feel, well, if I give this enough time, it'll turn out that this was good, so I shouldn't worry about it too much.”

William Gaines

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”

Benjamin Franklin

   

Optimism

creativity   ·   [/kree-ey-tiv-i-tee/] n.   ·   1859, from creative (adj.) + ity

The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.

“Fall in love with your work, dedicate yourself to mastering your craft...this is the key to success...pour your best self into it and you will turn each day into a kind of art. Where there is no passion, there is no art.”

Dusty Gary

“We believe we that luxury is the chief requirement in life, but all that we really need to be happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Charles Kingsley

“If you can imagine it, it is real.”

Pablo Picasso

“Fate assists the courageous.”

Japanese Proverb

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.”

Edwin Land

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.”

Erich Fromm

“Negativity is the enemy of creativity.”

David Lynch

“Your ego can become an obstacle to your work. If you start believing in your greatness, it is the death of your creativity.”

Marina Abramovic

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.”

Charles Mingus

“There's no perfect answer to the puzzle, and creativity is a renewable resource.”

Biz Stone

“Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.”

Earl Nightingale

“Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work I have to do between now and Tuesday.”

Ray Kroc

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”

Rita Mae Brown

“Punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity. I want people moving and shaking the earth and they're going to make mistakes.”

Ross Perot

“Properly practiced creativity must result in greater sales more economically achieved. Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted, believed, persuasive, urgent.”

William Bernbach

   

Creativity

 
  

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