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Quotations from the AVMA VLE


Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

~Stephen R. Covey
What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

~Pericles
To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil into it.

~Mother Teresa
The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in seeing with new eyes.

~Marcel Proust
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

~William James
Remind me of moments when it is clear -if I have eyes to see- that the life I am living is not the same life that wants to live in me. In those moments, I sometimes catch a glimpse of my true life, a life hidden like the river beneath the ice. And in the spirit of the poet I wonder: What am I meant to do? Who am I meant to be?

~Parker Palmer
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.

~Viktor Frankl
One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it’s expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

~Eleanor Roosevelt
There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So, keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.

~John Wooden

Contrary to popular opinion, life does not get better by chance, life gets better by change. And this change always takes place inside; it is the change of thought that creates the better life.

~Kerry Randall

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air…work, family, health, friends and spirit. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

~Brian Dyson
Take care of your physical and emotional well-being; pay attention to what your body is saying. Most importantly, take some time for reflective inquiry…The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself. So be a witness to what and who you are.

~Deepak Chopra
The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives.

~Marilyn Ferguson
It is never too late to become what you might have been.

~George Elliot
Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do.

~Max DePree
It became clearer and clearer to me that the kind of leadership that could effect lasting change was centered around the being aspects of leadership.

~Joseph Jaworski
In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.

~John Gottman, Ph.D.
Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others, as what he does from day to day to lead himself.

~Thomas J. Watson
…effective leaders have an acute sense of their own strengths and weaknesses. They know who they are-and who they are not. They don’t try to be all things to all people. Their personalities are indistinguishable between work and home. They are genuine. It is this absence of pretense that helps them connect with others so well.

~Barry Conchie
Leaders have nothing but themselves to work with…. we are our own raw material. Only when we know what we’re made of and what we want to make of it can we begin our lives - and we must do it despite an unwitting conspiracy of people and events against us….. To become a leader, then, you must become yourself, become the maker of your own life….. Know thyself, then, means separating who you are and who you want to be from what the world thinks you are and wants you to be….. Until you make your life your own, you’re walking around in borrowed clothes.

~Warren Bennis
If people skimp on their inner work, their outer work will suffer as well.

~Parker Palmer
To the extent that people can become clear about the purpose of their lives, the mission they believe they have been placed on this earth to accomplish, and the values they hold close to their hearts, they will have more fulfilling experiences, especially if they’re able to connect those values and goals to their roles at work.

~Thomas Crane
Leadership is really not one thing. It is about authenticity, not style. It is about leading a balanced life. It is really a personal journey that we all have to take, and do take, to find out who we really are.

~Lydia Roy
Leadership is not simply something we do. It comes from somewhere inside us. Leadership is a process, an intimate expression of who we are. It is our being in action. ~Kevin Cashman
True leadership comes from authenticity and requires unflinching self-assessment and self-knowledge.

~Leader to Leader, Summer 2006

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