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Quotations from the AVMA VLE


A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others.

~Hans Selye, endocrinologist
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

~Socrates
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

~Goethe
It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head -- it is the unique intersection of both.

~David Caruso
As human beings, our greatness lays not so much in being able to remake the world ... as in being able to remake ourselves.

~Mahatma Gandhi
Leaders we admire do not place themselves at the center, they place others there. They do not seek the attention of people, they give it to others…they focus on the constituent.

~Kouzes and Posner, 1993
When the gift I give to the other is integral to my own nature, when it comes from a place of organic reality within me, it will renew itself - and me - even as I give it away.

~Parker Palmer
Purpose is that deepest dimension within us - our central core or essence - where we have a profound sense of who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. Purpose is the quality we choose to shape our lives around. Purpose is a source of energy and direction.

~Richard Leider
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending.

~ Carl Bard
The challenges that I keep waiting for to pass so that I can begin living are in fact the real substance of my life. As I encounter each of these challenges, I have a choice.

~Charles Manz
Life is a place of service. Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.

~Leo Tolstoy
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.

~John Quincy Adams
It could be argued that all leadership is appreciative leadership. It's the capacity to see the best in the world around us, in our colleagues, and in the groups we are trying to lead...It's the capacity to see with an appreciative eye the true and the good, the better, and the possible.

~David L. Cooperrider
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

~ Steve Jobs
It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.

~Ursula K. Le Guin
In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

~Max DePree
Leadership is always from the inside out. It is the tone and quality of your heart that determines the tone and quality of your leadership.

~Robert E. Staub, II
The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict? Try to think about a leader as one who serves.

~Max DePree
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton) Do or not. There is no try.

~Yoda
In circumstances had the power to bless or harm, they would bless and harm all men alike, but the fact that the same circumstances will be alike good and bad to different souls proves that the good or bad is not in the circumstance, but only in the mind of him that encounters it.

~James Allen
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.”

~Old Native American Saying

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Last Edited: Jun 12, 2008 4:45 PM
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