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  • "That’s what building a body of work is all about. It’s about the daily labor, the many individual acts, the choices large and small that add up over time, over a lifetime to a lasting legacy. It’s about not being satisfied with the latest achievement, the latest gold star, because the one thing I know about a body of work is that it’s never finished. It’s cumulative. It deepens and expands with each day you give your best. You may have setbacks and you may have failures, but you’re not done."
    Barack Obama (1961–), US president
    Source: Commencement address, Arizona State University (May 13, 2009)
  • "It is necessary to be slightly under-employed if you want to do something significant."
    James D. Watson (1928–), US biologist and geneticist
    Source: Quoted in Is There A Book In You? (Alison Baverstock, 2006)
  • "What the mind can believe, you can achieve."
    Lorraine Moller (1955–), New Zealand former athlete
    Source: Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock, 1996)
  • "But what those critics don't know is that these same assets that excite me in the chase often, once they are acquired, leave me bored."
    Donald J. Trump (1946–), US real estate developer and TV personality
    Source: Trump: Surviving at the Top (cowritten with Charles Leerhsen, 1990)
  • "If you do it right 51% of the time you will end up a hero."
    Alfred P. Sloan (18751966), US president of General Motors
    Source: Quoted in Corporate Cultures (Deal and Kennedy, 1982)
  • "Well, we knocked the bastard off."
    Sir Edmund Hillary (19192008), New Zealand explorer and mountaineer
    Referring to his ascent of Everest.
    Source: Press comment (1953)
  • "Man grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishment."
    John Steinbeck (19021968), US novelist
    Source: The Grapes of Wrath (1939)
  • "Happiness … lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits."
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (18821945), US president
    Source: Presidential inaugural address (March 4, 1933)
  • "They have not any difficulties on the way up because they fly, but they have many when they reach the summit."
    Niccolò Machiavelli (14691527), Italian historian, statesman, and political philosopher
    Source: The Prince (1513)

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