A miscellany of maxims; Part III


Continued from Part II


To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive. ~Robert Louis Stevenson


All your life you pretend to be someone else, and it turns out that you were someone else pretending to be you. ~Robert Brault


Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. ~Oscar Wilde


You will never come up against a greater adversary than your own potential, my young friend.


"Know thyself" - a maxim as pernicious as it is odious. A person observing himself would arrest his own development. Any caterpillar who tried to "know himself" would never become a butterfly. ~André Gide, Nouvelles Nourritures


The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live. ~Nicolas Chamfort


"The most certain way to banish a negative thought is to require that it have a purpose."


"Next time you toast an anniversary, ask yourself when was the last time you toasted your plans."


"The thing about the birth of a child is that it makes every chance thing that ever happened seem to be the hand of fate."


5 reasons why poker is like life… (Newell)

1. You never know what you’ll be dealt next.

2. You have to bet in order to win.

3. Any hand can win.

4. Every hand is a new day.

5. You need to know when to fold.


The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” Muhammad Ali.


People notice when you always act from integrity (and they notice when you don’t too).

Businesses cycle. Healthy relationships endure.


If you are to become successful, you must learn the value of trying, failing and trying something different. The key word is “different” – if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.


Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for the reputation [and soul] to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally. John Maynard Keynes.


What would you do with $1,000,000 to invest? If you can’t answer, you are failing to think big. What idea do you believe in? Now think BIG!


Everything in life is luck – Donald Trump

Business requires you to make money. Making money requires you to invest to make income. I had this entirely backwards when I opened a restaurant in 1985. Shane


What market (who exactly) do you want to serve?

What will you successfully deliver to this market?

Are you willing to do it?


Motivation is the act of doing something positive before feeling like it – Shane


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power – Abraham Lincoln


Opportunities are like pennies on the sidewalk – you only see them when you’re looking for them.


You can solve problems inside your office, but the opportunities are outside.


We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit – Aristotle


By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. Socrates Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain

Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misfortune. Spike Milligan Learn from other people’s mistakes, it’s easier than making them yourself.