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The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful.
Henry David Thoreau Walden
Quotes on: priorities

Every man is of importance to himself.
Samuel Johnson The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
Quotes on: self-esteem priorities

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations
Quotes on: priorities vision

A life with a single Grand Goal robs you of your freedom, because a life devoted to a single Goal demands that every action must serve that single end.
James Ogilvy Living Without a Goal: Finding the Freedom to Live a Creative and Innovative Life by James Ogilvy
Quotes on: goal priorities balance

Better to do a little well, then a great deal badly.
Socrates The Forbes Book of Business Quotations: 14,266 Thoughts on the Business of Life
Quotes on: quality priorities excellence

A day is a miniature eternity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Book of Positive Quotations
Quotes on: time life priorities

Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back.
Harvey Mackay Harvey Mackay's United Features syndicated column
Quotes on: time priorities planning

There's no such thing as not enough time if you're doing what you want to do.
Robert Half The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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You can do anything -- but not everything. The universe is full of creative projects that are waiting to be done. So, if you really care about quality of life, if you want to relax, then don't focus on values, just control your aspirations. That will simplify things. Learning to set boundaries is incredibly difficult for most people.
David Allen "You can do anything -- but not everything "by Keith H. Hammonds, Fast Company, May 2000
Quotes on: priorities balance stress

You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage--pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically--to say 'no' to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside. The enemy of the 'best' is often the 'good.'
Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Quotes on: priorities planning responsibility no

..we cannot longer afford to throw away even one "unimportant" day by not noticing the wonder of it all. We have to be willing to discover and then appreciate the authentic moments of happiness available to all of us every day.
Sarah Ban Breathnach Simple Abundance
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The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon
Turns Ashes--or it prospers; and anon;
Like Snow upon the Desert's dusty face
Lighting a little Hour or two--is gone.

Omar Khayyam The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Quotes on: hope treasure priorities spirituality

Each action can be the one on which all depends; what is decisive is only the strength and concentration of hallowing with which I do it. To the question of what hd been the most essential matter for his late teacher, a disciple answered, 'Always just what he was engaged in at the moment.'
Martin Buber Thoughts on Leadership
Quotes on: action focus balance priorities

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Thomas Carlyle The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations
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He that has much to do will do something wrong.
Samuel Johnson The Book of Positive Quotations
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...the right way is to give one's attention first to the highest good of the young, just as you expect a good gardener to give his attention first to the young plants, and after that to the others.
Socrates The Last Days of Socrates
Quotes on: children family priorities balance

And while I have learned that dreams need doing as much as they need being, I have learned that the being always comes first.
Sarah Ban Breathnach Simple Abundance
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A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
Henry David Thoreau The Book of Positive Quotations
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Men are made for happiness, and anyone who is completely happy has a right to say to himself: "I am doing God's will on earth."
Anton Chekhov The Book of Positive Quotations
Quotes on: happiness meaning life priorities

How sour sweet music is
When time is broke and no proportions kept!
So it is in the music of men's lives.

William Shakespeare (King Richard II) Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Quotes on: balance priorities focus fulfillment

Do not delay;

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow American Quotations
Quotes on: time balance priorities success

Who loses a day loses life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Book of Positive Quotations
Quotes on: life time living priorities

We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Book of Positive Quotations
Quotes on: life living balance priorities

Too often in our lives accomplishment and doing overshadow growth and becoming.
Linda Dillow Calm My Anxious Heart : A Woman's Guide to Contentment
Quotes on: focus priorities personal growth

Rather than focusing on things and time, focus on preserving and enhancing relationships and on accomplishing results.
Stephen Covey Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People: Living the Seven Habits
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He believed people were more important than schedules, and he would never make people feel uncomfortable by letting them feel they had come at a bad time. You only treat strangers or people you don't like that way. Friends are welcome any time, and everybody was a friend...
Joseph F. Girzone Joshua
Quotes on: relationships friendships balance priorities

I believe you can have whatever you really want in this life, in one form or another, sooner or later. All you have to do is take care of your health and be lucky enough to live for a while. But you can't have it all at once and you can't have it forever. No life has the room for everything in it, not on the same day.
Barbara Sher I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was
Quotes on: life living priorities health

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
Bernadette Devlin The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women
Quotes on: sacrifice priorities focus vision

The knowledge of the difference between what we can change and what we must accept in ourselves is the beginning of real change. With this knowledge, we can use our precious time to make the many rewarding changes that are possible. We can live with less self-reproach and less remorse. We can live with greater confidence. This knowledge is a new understanding of who we are and where we are going.
Martin P. Seligman What You Can Change... and What You Can't
Quotes on: change acceptance priorities confidence self-knowledge

The re-enchantment of our everyday lives then becomes a matter of seriously shifting our priorities, developing a sense of the sacredness in the particulars of ordinary life, and making them part of our personal lives more by imagination than by brute force.
Thomas Moore The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
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Curse ruthless time! Curse our mortality. How cruelly short is the allotted span for all we must cram into it.
Winston Churchill The Book of Positive Quotations
Quotes on: time life aging age balance priorities

The life without men praise and regard as successful is but one kind. Why should we exaggerate any one kind at the expense of the others?
Henry David Thoreau The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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It is a lovely thing to turn away from busy work to pay attention to our loved things and loved ones. We know how we wait to be told we are important. We should never wait to say or think something beautiful that will make someone's day easier and more secure.
Joyce Sequichie Hifler A Cherokee Feast of Days: Daily Meditations
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Don't water your weeds.
Harvey Mackay Harvey Mackay's United Features syndicated column
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You will give yourself relief if you do every act of your life as if it were the last.
Marcus Aurelius The New Encyclopedia of Christian Quotations
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Superfluous branches
We lop away that bearing boughs may live.

William Shakespeare (King Richard II) Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
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The noisome weeds, that without profit suck
The soil's fertility from wholesome flowers.

William Shakespeare (King Richard II) Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Quotes on: priorities focus planning crisis management

How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.
Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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The opposite of availability is not unavailability,
Sue Monk Kidd "Live Welcoming to All" by Sue Monk Kidd
Quotes on: balance priorities busyness friendships relationships

He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.
Socrates The Forbes Book of Business Quotations: 14,266 Thoughts on the Business of Life
Quotes on: work effort purpose goals priorities

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin Jump Start Your Brain
Quotes on: time life opportunity priorities planning

Another, equally important part of growing up is no
Elaine N. Aron The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You
Quotes on: maturity focus balance priorities choice

When you're inundated with work and you feel completely overwhelmed, the best way to gain time is to add balance.
Julie Morgenstern "Unit of One," Fast Company, November 1999
Quotes on: balance priorities time managment stress

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.
Lord Chesterfield Alexandra Stoddard's Book of Days
Quotes on: effort excellence success integrity priorities

Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other: it is our own.
Charles Caleb Cotton Light from Many Lamps
Quotes on: future happiness joy too busy balance priorities

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
Henry David Thoreau Walden
Quotes on: time priorities laziness life vision

Every day is my best day; this is my life; I'm not going to have this moment again.
Bernie Siegel, MD Handbook for the Soul
Quotes on: life attitude choice joy priorities vision

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
Dion Boucicault The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Quotes on: wasting time aging priorities balance busyness

It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.
Margaret Thatcher The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotations
Quotes on: money wealth possessions materialism priorities balance

It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while.
Don Marquis The Book of Positive Quotations
Quotes on: happiness joy beauty life boredom ennui priorities

Becoming a person of deeply grounded and rich imagination may be more desirable than being healthy, politically savvy, or well informed.
Thomas Moore The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
Quotes on: priorities balance imagination wellness politics knowledge

I have come to believe that a life enslaved to one Goal, no matter how noble, becomes a mechanism rather than an organism, a business plan rather than a biography, a tool rather than a gift.
James Ogilvy Living Without a Goal: Finding the Freedom to Live a Creative and Innovative Life by James Ogilvy
Quotes on: goal ambition balance priorities life purpose

The time of life is short;
To spend that shortness basely were too long.

William Shakespeare (King Henry IV) Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
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Every noble activity makes room for itself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
Benjamin Franklin Jump Start Your Brain
Quotes on: life energy priorities rest work effort

The majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Book of Positive Quotations
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Failures don't plan to fail; they fail to plan.
Harvey Mackay Harvey Mackay's United Features syndicated column
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You can never plan the future by the past.
Edmund Burke Body, Mind and Spirit
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It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work.
Henry David Thoreau The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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The cost of a thing is that amount of life which must be exchanged for it.
Henry David Thoreau The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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The smaller the head, the bigger the dream.
Austin O'Malley Body, Mind and Spirit
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The most effective way I know to understand and clarify life purpose is to develop a personal mission statement.
Greg Anderson The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness
Quotes on: life purpose priorities goals mission values

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
Audre Lorde Creating a Life Worth Living
Quotes on: goals priorities fear courage power vision

What the banker sighs for, the meanest clown may have--leisure and a quiet mind.
Henry David Thoreau The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of everything.
Samuel Johnson The Book of Positive Quotations
Quotes on: focus concentration vision priorities mission balance success

Priorities are not written in granite. They need to be flexible and change as we do...It takes peace of mind and clarity to recognize and reorder meaningful, personal priorities. Maybe that is why so many of us procrastinate.
Sarah Ban Breathnach Simple Abundance
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You don't have to do everything and be everything for everyone else all time. If you think you can't possibly do one more thing without screaming or crying, you're probably right.
Sarah Ban Breathnach Simple Abundance
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As the gardener, by severe pruning, forces the sap of the tree into one or two vigorous limbs, so should you stop off your miscellaneous activity and concentrate your force on one or a few points.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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We do not want riches, we want peace and love.
Red Cloud A Cherokee Feast of Days: Daily Meditations
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The airplane stays up because it doesn't have the time to fall.
Orville Wright The Guinness Chronicle of the 20th-century in Quotations edited by David Milsted
Quotes on: focus time priorities work excellence drive purpose

All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal--a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends--wisdom, money, material and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Aristotle The Forbes Book of Business Quotations: 14,266 Thoughts on the Business of Life
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This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.
Winston Churchill The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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Time is a finite resource and we all place infinite demands on it. I view time as an opportunity, as a chance to make choices about how I spend that resource -- because it is our choice. And that's something people often forget.
Maggie Wilderotter "Unit of One," Fast Company, May 2000.
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Engrossed late and soon in professional cares, getting and spending, you may so lay waste your powers that you may find, too late, with hearts given away, that there is no place in your habit-stricken souls for those gentler influences which make your life worth living.
Sir William Osler Light from Many Lamps
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Choose a subject equal to your abilities; think carefully what your shoulders may refuse, and what they are capable of bearing.
Horace The Book of Positive Quotations
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Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.
Elbert Hubbard The Book of Positive Quotations
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The greatest gains and values are the farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality.
Henry David Thoreau The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time--not tomorrow, nor next year, nor in some future life after we have died. The best preparation for a better life next year is a full, complete, harmonious, joyous life this year. Our beliefs in a rich future life are of little importance unless we coin them into a rich present life. Today should always be our most wonderful day.
Thomas Dreier Light from Many Lamps
Quotes on: balance priorities work life meaning purpose happiness future present now

What if this present were the world's last night?
John Donne Alexandra Stoddard's Book of Days
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It doesn't take a lot to make me happy. I like to work out. I like to play ball. I like to spend time with my friends. I like to make myself better every day. I like to try to learn. It doesn't take money to do that.
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns player "Stevie Wonder" by Brian Bujdos, an article in the April 1998 issue of FastBreak magazine
Quotes on: happiness materialism focus friendship growth learning change self-improvement priorities

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth--and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up--that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Simple Abundance
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Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often granted upon easier terms.
Samuel Johnson The Book of Positive Quotations
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He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life.
Henry David Thoreau The Book of Positive Quotations
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The forces of idealism and realism tug at each other in all human activities, personal, social and national, and real progress is made possible by the proper mix of these two ingredients, so that the clay is kept in the ideal pliable, plastic condition, half moist and half dry, not hardened and unmanageable, nor dissolving into mud.
Lin Yutang The Importance of Living
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To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.
Samuel Johnson Light from Many Lamps
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When we love something it is of value to us, and when something is of value to us we spend time with it, time enjoying it and time taking care of it.
M. Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled
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Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.
H.L. Hunt Franklin Seasons Planner, September 11, 1993
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Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong.
Charlotte Bronte Treasury of Women's Quotations
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Sometimes we become locked into a short-term pattern of reacting to immediate needs and missing the long-term benefits of positioning ourselves to deal with more important life issues and priorities.
Eric Allenbaugh Wake-Up Calls : You Don't Have to Sleepwalk Through Your Life, Love, or Career!
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An Italian philosopher said that "time was his estate"; an estate which will produce nothing without cultivation, but will always abundantly repay the labors of industry, and generally satisfy the most extensive desires, if no part of it be suffered to lie in waste by negligence, to be overrun with noxious plants, or laid out for show rather than for use.
Samuel Johnson The Book of Positive Quotations
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Life is but short; no time can be afforded but for the indulgence of real sorrow, or contests upon questions seriously momentous. Let us not throw away any of our day upon useless resentment, or contend who shall hold out longest in stubborn malignity. It is best not to be angry; and best, in the next place to be quickly reconciled.
Samuel Johnson The Book of Positive Quotations
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The feeling of being valuable--"I am a valuable person"--is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline...because when one considers oneself valuable one will take care of onself in all ways that are necessary. Self-discipline is self-caring.
M. Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled
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Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshiped.
Calvin Coolidge Power Quotes
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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
Margaret Young Simple Abundance
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Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
Henry David Thoreau The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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For me, all I can do is spit in the eye of my fears by living each day with as much passion and commitment as possible to what truly counts, such as love and justice. To give into the fear and hopelessness would be to declare defeat, something I am not ready to do while there is still the will to struggle.
Lawrence Paradis 'Beyond Fear and Pity' by Lawrence Paradis in the December 1998/January 1999 the issue of Mainstream magazine
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All of the most successful human beings I've know were inwardly at war with themselves. Their turmoil was at least as great as our own, and sometimes greater. What distinguished these leaders was not some inner peace but rather how they had learned to organize their lives around a noble ambition and to focus on it.
Walter Anderson The Confidence Course: Sevens Steps to Self-Fulfillment
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I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
Confucius The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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From quiet homes and first beginning,
Out to the undiscovered ends,
There's nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends.

Hilaire Belloc The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
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To live means to experience--through doing, feeling, thinking. Experience takes place in time, so time is the ultimate scarce resource we have. Over the years, the content of experience will determine the quality of life. Therefore one of the most essential decisions any of us can make is about how one's time is allocated or invested.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement With Everyday Life
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