Quotable

Marcus Luttrell: “I can never forget, but no matter how much it hurts, how dark it gets or no matter how far you fall, you are never out of the fight.”

Mark Cuban: “I could take the time to read a fiction book, but I don’t. I would rather read websites, newspapers, magazines, looking for ideas and concepts that I can use. I spend time in bookstores because one idea from a book or magazine can make me money. I’m not going to go to dinner with you just to chat. I’m not going to give you a call to see how you are. Unless you want to talk business."

Cyrus (ABC’s Scandal): "About the President: "He can talk all he wants about a regular life. Some men aren't meant to be happy. They're meant to be great." - Cyrus

Abraham Lincoln: Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

Aristotle: Teaching is the highest form of understanding.

Emerson: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Tien T’ai: “Given enough time, any man may master the physical. With enough knowledge, any man may become wise. It is the true warrior who can master both…and surpass the result."

Col. Rich Outzen, Dartmouth College Class of 1989: “Because Americans use the world’s dominant language, and we have a culture that has been internationalized and globalized, we think we’re in the dominant position. The truth is the reverse.  Because we think in the English idiom the whole world has a window into how we think and who we are – they get us, but we don’t get them.  We are an open book to the world, and the world is a closed book to us.”

Brandon Webb: “The cold bore shot felt to me like the perfect expression of what it means to be a SEAL sniper, and it carried over into everything we did. We quickly learned that you can’t always have the ideal circumstances, or even reasonably helpful circumstances. You can’t always take practice shots. You have to be ready to perform at the very top of your abilities, instantly and without preparation, and under the very worst of circumstances. And do it over and over again—and do it perfectly every time." - , Navy SEAL

Daniel Webster: “Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.”

Cornelius Vanderbilt: "Gentlemen: You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you. Yours truly, Cornelius Vanderbilt."

Randy Pausch: “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

Daniel Webster: "Credit is the vital air of the system of modern commerce. It has done more, a thousand times, to enrich nations, than all the mines of all the world. It has excited labor, stimulated manufactures, pushed commerce over every sea, and brought every nation, every kingdom, and every small tribe, among the races of men, to be known to all the rest. It has raised armies, equipped navies, and, triumphing over the gross power of mere numbers, it has established national superiority on the foundation of intelligence, wealth, and well-directed industry. Credit is to money what money is to articles of merchandise. As hard money represents property, so credit represents hard money; and it is capable of supplying the place of money so completely, that there are writers of distinction, especially of the Scotch school, who insist that no hard money is necessary for the interests of commerce. I am not of that opinion. I do not think any government can maintain an exclusive paper system, without running to excess, and thereby causing depreciation."

Eddie Lampert: "There are moments of truth. Some people step up, others disappear."

Steve Jobs: "I’m a long-term kind of person. I have been trained to think in units of time that are measured in several years. With what I’ve chosen to do with my life, you know, even a small thing takes a few years. To do anything of magnitude takes at least five years, more likely seven or eight. Rightfully or wrongfully, that’s how I think."

Boiler Room: "There's an important phrase that we use here, and think it's time that you all learned it. Act as if. You understand what that means? Act as if you are the fucking President of this firm. Act as if you got a 9" cock. Okay? Act as if."

Thank You For Smoking: "Michael Jordan plays ball. Charles Manson kills people. I talk."

Warren Buffett: "The market, like the Lord, helps those who help themselves. But, unlike the Lord, the market does not forgive those who know not what they do. For the investor, a too-high purchase price for the stock of an excellent company can undo the effects of a subsequent decade of favorable business developments."

Gordon Gekko: "Lunch is for wimps."

Jay-Z: "I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man. Let me handle my business, damn."

Jermaine Dupri: "The party don't start 'til I walk in, and I usually don't leave until the thing ends."

Fortune Cookie: "Every good friend once was a stranger."

Jedi Master Yoda: "Do or do not. There is no try."

Jim Rogers: "Anybody who knows how much he is worth does not have enough."

Kanye West:"My God, is that a black card? Why yes, but I prefer the term African-American Express."

Robert Orben: "Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work."

Fortune Cookie: "If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before."

Richard La Ruina: "Someone who is truly great can make something happen in any situation. When someone can force a situation and a result, instead of just waiting for something to happen to them, that is when they have real power."

Ayn Rand: "The noble soul par excellence. The man as man should be. The self-sufficient, self-confident, the end of ends, the reason unto himself, the joy of living personified. Above all-the man who lives for himself, as living for oneself should be understood. And who triumphs completely. The man who is what he should be."

Adam Carolla: "Walk through your own museum. Don’t just walk along marveling along at other people’s work. Build your own museum."

Winston Churchill: "Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."

Robert Frost: “Miles to go before I sleep.”

Will Durant: "Excellence  is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly."

Leonardo da Vinci: I awoke only to find that the rest of the world is still asleep.”

Warren Buffett: “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say “no” to almost everything.”

Kobe Bryant: "There's a choice that we have to make as people, as individuals. If you want to be great at something, there's a choice you have to make. We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision.”

Kobe Bryant: “It was just...fuck everything. I am destroying everybody when I step on the court.”

Leonardo da Vinci: "Art is never finished, only abandoned."

Henry Ford: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

EB White: “I wake up in the morning unsure of whether I want to savor the world or save the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”

Jillian Lauren: “The financial district is like the lost ruins of a proud civilization.”

Esty Kashro: In America people are constantly chasing their lives instead of living it.