This page on our site is reserved for thought-provoking quotes about anything and everything. Some of them are from Jim, and some are from others. In the event that you find a quote here that may not be attributed to its original author, speaker, philosopher, teacher, etc..., feel free to send Jim an email about it. Or, if you have any favorite quotes of your own that you would like to contribute for this page, send it along via email.
Here are two of Jim's favorite quotes, one that is attributed to one of the greatest thinkers of all time...
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
"The primary objective of education is not the gathering of information, but rather learning how to think."
And these are two more of Jim's favorites, especially when they're applied to career aspirations of supervisors and service managers.
"More often than not, it's easier to seek forgiveness afterward than it is to obtain permission beforehand."
"No one is so good that there is no bad in him, and no one is so bad that there is no good in him."
Here are some quotes on writing, speaking and training...
"The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug." Mark Twain
"Know your stuff. Know whom you are stuffing. Know when they are stuffed."
Regarding web sites and doing business on the Internet...
"Building a site is just the beginning. Keeping it updated, fresh, and working like it's supposed to is what ultimately allows you to do business on the web." Jim Johnson
"Everything should be as simple as possible but not simpler." Albert Einstein
"Your reputation is what people think you are. Your character is what you are."
"Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain
"I don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member." Groucho Marx
"If you're only willing to buy something on the condition that there is an 'iron-clad money-back guarantee if you're not 100% satisfied', plan on paying a higher price for that item."
"There are three types of lies: lies, damnable lies, and statistics." Mark Twain"
"Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start of old habits." Unknown
"Take the attitude of a student; never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new."
"The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who knows why will always be his boss."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway." John Wayne
"Find the good and praise it." Alex Haley
"There is nothing more marvelous than doing something you love to do and getting paid for it. It ceases to become work, money and effort: and it becomes fun, your expression of the joy of life." Stuart Wilde
"A gold mine is a hole in the ground with a liar at the bottom" Mark Twain
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go." Oscar Wilde
"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse." Florence Nightingale
"Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withdraw his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions of his sphere." Theodore Roosevelt
"Being maniacal about something is very helpful" Bill Gates
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain (and most fools do)" Dale Carnegie
"Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather it becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind." Leonardo da Vinci
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" Vincent van Gough, Dutch Painter 1853-1890
"The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil" Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Worry about being better; bigger will take care of itself." Gary Comer, Lands End
"Faith is an active state of mind. This belief in yourself is applied to achieving a definite major purpose in life. Faith is an abstract idea, a purely mental concept. Faith is the activity of individual minds facing themselves and establishing a working association with Infinite Intelligence. When a plan comes through to your conscious mind while you are open to the guidance of Infinite Intelligence, accept it with appreciation and gratitude and act on it at once. Do not hesitate, do not argue, challenge, worry, fret about it, or wonder if it’s right. Act on it! Action is the first requirement of all faith."
"The problem with taking offense is that it's really hard to figure out what to do with it after you're done using it. Better to just leave it on the table and walk away. Umbrage untaken quietly disappears."
"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm is terrible, but they have never found these dangers to be sufficient reason for remaining ashore."
Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter, 1853-1890
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
"Do not think a man has done is full duty when he has performed the work assigned to him....promotion comes from exceptional work."
Andrew Carnegie 1835- 1919
"If you are a leader, you have the ability to manage things, but being a manger doesn't mean that you know how to lead people."
"There ain't no rules around here. We're trying to accomplish something."
"The first thing is to keep an untroubled spirit....the second thing is to look things in the face and know them for what they are."
Marcus Aurelius (121- 180) Roman emperor and philosopher
"The accumulation of a great fortune calls for power. And, power is acquired through highly organized and intelligently directed specialized knowledge. But that knowledge does not necessarily have to be in the possession of the man who accumulates the fortune."
"Those who do no more than they are paid for have no real basis for requesting more pay because they are already getting all they deserve to earn."
"Champions are made from something deep inside- a desire, a dream, and a vision."
"Men are all alike in their promises. It is in their deeds that they differ."
Jean-Baptiste Moliere, French Playwright, 1622-1673
"There is only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best."
Dorris Lessing, English Writer, 1919-2013
"Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat."
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
"The universe will eventually reward honest effort."
"The fellow who says he'll meet you half way usually thinks he's standing on the dividing line."
Orlando Aloysius Battiste
"The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher."
Thomas Henry Huxley, 1825-1895
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so."
"Knowledge will not attract money unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the definite end of accumulation of money."
From The Works of Napoleon Hill
"An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."
Orlando Aloysius Battiste
"Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but the highest form of intelligence."
"I simply hold the thought steadily in my mind's eye until a clear light dawns upon me."
Sir Issac Newton
"Any sufficiently advanced technology will appear as magic."
"Train people well enough so they can leave, and treat them well enough so they don't want to."
"Knowledge can make you a technician, but only experience can make you an expert."
"It's not the load you carry that breaks you down. It's the way you carry it."
"A little initiative will improve your luck nine days out of ten."
"To feel alive and fulfilled, your soul needs growth.
Growth requires risk.
Risk requires faith.
Faith requires action. "