"We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects."
Alexis de Tocqueville

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
Calvin Coolidge

"Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory."
Emily Post

"A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him."
Samuel Johnson

"Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised."
Christian Nestell Bovee

"The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed."
Martina Navratilova

"Negotiating techniques do not work all that well with kids, because in the middle of a negotiation, they will say something completely unrelated such as, 'You know what? I have a belly button!' and completely throw you off guard."
Bo Bennett

"Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding."
David Hume

"The secret of man's success resides in his insight into the moods of people, and his tact in dealing with them."
J. G. Holland

"Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages."
Terry Pratchett

"How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win."
Gilbert K. Chesterton

"What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, or uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully."
Victor Cherbuliez

"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
Josh Billings

"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can."
Nikos Kazantzakis

"Nobody counts the number of ads you run; they just remember the impression you make."
William Bernbach

"You don't close a sale, you open a relationship if you want to build a long-term, successful enterprise."
Patricia Fripp

"Everyone lives by selling something."
Robert Louis Stevenson

"Beginning is not only a kind of action. It is also a frame of mind, a kind of work, an attitude, a consciousness."
Edward Said

"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one."
Mary Kay Ash

"People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts."
Robert Keith Leavitt

"I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hard."
Estée Lauder

"And old Dave, he'd go up to his room, y'understand, put on his green velvet slippers - I'll never forget - and pick up his phone and call the buyers, and without leaving his room, at the age of eighty-four, he made his living. And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want."
Arthur Miller (1915 - 2005), Death of a Salesman, 1949.

"Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops."
Thomas J. Watson Jr

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all."
Helen Keller

"Everyone is in business for himself, for he is selling his services, labor or ideas. Until one realizes that this is true he will not take conscious charge of his life and will always be looking outside himself for guidance."
Sidney Madwed

"You've got to be success minded. You've got to feel that things are coming your way when you're out selling; otherwise, you won't be able to sell anything."
Curtis Carlson

"It used to be that people needed products to survive. Now products need people to survive."
Nicholas Johnson

"Art is making something out of nothing and selling it."
Frank Zappa

"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge."
Jalal Uddin Rumi, Persian mystic and poet, 1207 - 1273.

"Advertising is, actually, a simple phenomenon in terms of economics. It is merely a substitute for a personal sales force - an extension, if you will, of the merchant who cries aloud his wares."
Rosser Reeves, Reality in Advertising, 1986.

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