Sunday, November 13, 2011

just be positive

All of this sad day, I have been working on a customised diary for learners at a very prestigious Pretoria school. These goddamned things are customised to the Nth degree - every day even has to have its own inspirational quote, which I have to meticulously check against the previous 100 years' quotes used. It is an ABOMINATION to use the same positive tosh more than once every 500 years.

I'm going to e-mail it to the boss at 17:50 on a Sunday afternoon to check before I send it to the sacred client. Meaow.

Below is a copy of the regurgitated drivel I'm feeding those spoilt brats this year.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. Maya Angelou
If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you. Mohammad Ali
You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however. Richard Bach
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. Napoleon Hill
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others. Dalai Lama
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. Plato
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. Mark Twain
We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them. William Arthur Ward
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Zig Ziglar
The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work. Oprah Winfrey
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. Henry Ford
The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers. Deepak Chopra
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas Edison
Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. Benjamin Franklin
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. Gandhi
Let no man pull you low enough to hate him. Martin Luther King
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. Abraham Lincoln
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. Vince Lombardi
Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. Tony Robbins
It always seems impossible until it's done. Nelson Mandela
Begin with the end in mind. - Stephen R. Covey
“Take time to recharge your batteries. It’s hard to see where you’re going when your lights are dim”. Robert H. Connelly
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.Ayn Rand
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. William James
Always desire to learn something useful. Sophocles
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. Saint Teresa of Avila
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice. Wayne Dyer
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. William James
Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself. Swami Sivananda
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. Thomas Jefferson
Either you run the day or the day runs you. Jim Rohn
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward. Victor Kiam
Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. Alfred A. Montapert
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear. Baruch Spinoza
It's always too early to quit. Norman Vincent Peale
Know or listen to those who know. Baltasar Gracian
Leap, and the net will appear. John Burroughs
One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals. Michael Korda
Only the educated are free. Epictetus
You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win. Ted Turner
Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. Kyle Chandler
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. Walter Elliot
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Robert H. Schuller
Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle
Set your goals high, and don't stop till you get there. Bo Jackson
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. Peter Marshall
The wise does at once what the fool does at last. Baltasar Gracian
Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. John F. Kennedy
To be a good loser is to learn how to win. Carl Sandburg
True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. John W. Gardner
We make the world we live in and shape our own environment. Orison Swett Marden
What is called genius is the abundance of life and health. Henry David Thoreau
What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. Ralph Marston
Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. Gordon B. Hinckley
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis
Success comes in cans, not cant's. Author Unknown
Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. Theodore N. Vail
The individual who know the score about life sees difficulties as opportunities. Norman Vincent Peale
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
When I hear somebody sigh that life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, compared to what? Sydney J. Harris
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. Henry Ford
To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like. Mike Gafka
Troubles, like babies, grow larger by nursing. Lady Holland
For every mountain there is a miracle. Robert H. Schuller
Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors. African Proverb
It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up again. Vince Lombardi
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. Les Brown
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford
Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire. Arnold H. Glasow
If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up. J.M. Power
Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. C.D. Jackson
Life's problems wouldn't be called hurdles if there wasn't a way to get over them. Author Unknown
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. Michael Jordan
Share your sparkle wherever you are. Dodinsky
Don't find fault. Find a remedy. Henry Ford
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. Karen Kaiser Clark
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. Henry Ford
As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person. Paul Shane Spear
You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. Shira Tehran
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. Mae West
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein
Saints are sinners who kept on going. Robert Louis Stevenson
If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. Buddhist Saying
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. Theodore Roosevelt
Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years. Bob Brown
Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind. Emily P. Bissell
A well-spent day brings happy sleep. Leonardo Da Vinci
What you are will show in what you do. Thomas Edison
Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others. Danny Thomas
When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all. Theodore Roosevelt
Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water. Anatole France
Great things are done when men and mountains meet. William Blake
Success is never ending, failure is never final. Dr. Robert Schuller
You will never find time for anything. You must make it. Charles Buxton
There is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps. Peter A. Cohen
Remove failure as an option. Joan Lunden
If you don't set goals, you can't regret not reaching them. Yogi Berra
Enthusiasm is the steam that drives the engine. Napoleon Hill
Teamwork is the long word for success. Jacquelinemae A. Rudd
Opportunities multiply as they are seized. Sun Tzu
You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals. George S. Patton
Those at the top of the mountain didn't fall there. Marcus Washling
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot
No matter how small, acknowledge the achievement. Greg Henry Quinn
The difference between success and mediocrity is all in the way you think. Dean Francis
To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail. Dorothea Brande
The biggest temptation is to settle for too little. Thomas Merton
All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. Orison Swett Marden
The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones. Chinese Proverb
We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond. Marcel Proust
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell
I praise loudly; I blame softly. Queen Catherine II
Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom. George S. Patton
You've got to win in your mind before you win in your life. John Addison
Knowledge without follow-through is worse than no knowledge. Henry Charles Bukowski
The merit in action lies in finishing it to the end. Genghis Khan
Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be. Harvey Mackay
Many hands and hearts and minds generally contribute to anyone's notable achievements. Walt Disney
Winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts. Sylvester Stallone
A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy. Robert J. Lumsden
Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to stay there. William Blake
Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? Frank Scully
Live out of your imagination, not your history. Stephen Covey
One must have strategies to execute dreams. Azim Premji
Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems. Rene Descartes
If you aren't making any mistakes, it's a sure sign you're playing it too safe. John Maxwell
In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard. Theodore Roosevelt
Success... it's what you do with what you've got. Leroy Van Dyke
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. Anthony Robbins
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Will Rogers
When I was young I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work. Bernard Shaw
The history of the world is the history of a few people who had faith in themselves. Swami Vivekananda
Success is like a ladder and no one has ever climbed a ladder with their hands in their pockets. Zig Ziglar
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh
Picture yourself vividly as winning and that alone will contribute immeasurably to success. Harry Fosdick
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. Henry Ford
Success of life depends upon keeping one's mind open to opportunity and seizing it when it comes. Alice Foote MacDougall
Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it. Winston Churchill
Do it trembling if you must, but do it! Emmet Fox
The basic rule of free enterprise: You must give in order to get. Scott Alexander
We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are. Tobias Wolff
A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind. Greg Maddux
The only way to have a friend is to be one. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The two most powerful things in existence: a kind word and a thoughtful gesture. Ken Langone
If things seem under control, you’re just not going fast enough. Mario Andretti
A year from now you may wish you had started today. Karen Lamb
I experience peace whenever I choose. Deanne Repich
You can't always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. Wayne Dyer
The best way to pay for a lovely moment it to enjoy it. Richard Bach
You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you. Brian Tracy
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin
Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. Paulo Coelho
You believe that you live in the world, where in fact the world lives within you. Deepak Chopra
There is no failure. Only feedback. Robert Allen
Your incredible brain can take you from rags to riches, from loneliness to popularity, and from depression to happiness and joy – if you use it properly. Brian Tracy
Gratitude is absolutely the way to bring more into your life. Marci Shimoff
Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. Bill Meyer
There is only one success... to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it. Christopher Morley
Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully. Zig Ziglar
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. Norman Vincent Peale
The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses. Napoleon Hill
I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them. Pablo Picasso
This became a credo of mine... attempt the impossible in order to improve your work. Bette Davis
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert Francis Kennedy
Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one's levels of aspiration... and expectation. Jack Niklaus
You'll never find a better sparring partner than adversity. Golda Meir
Failure doesn't mean you are a just means you haven't succeeded yet. Dr. Robert Schuller
You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens. Louise Hay
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust
The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. Henry Bergson
Worry is like a rocking chair — it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere. Dorothy Galyean
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Buddha
Everything that is done in the world is done by hope. Martin Luther
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... The truly wise person is color- blind. Albert Schweitzer
Man's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit. William James
The world does not have to change.... The only thing that has to change is our attitude. Gerald Jampolsky
Celebrate what you want to see more of! Thomas J. Peters
The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

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