Friday, March 21, 2008


There was once a dog who boasted to his canine friends that he could run faster than anyone. One day he chased a rabbit and failed to catch it. His friends ridiculed him.
"All right," said the dog, "I did not make good on my boast. But remember, the rabbit was running for his life and I was only running for my dinner."
Incentive is all-important in motivation. -- Cited in The Best of BITS & PIECES

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fireunder you, chances are it will burn very briefly.-Stephen R. Covey (1932 - ____) US consultant, author

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.--Washington Irving

Actions are visible, though motives are secret.- Samuel Johnson: Lives of the Poets (Cowley)

Inquiries into the heart are not for man. - Samuel Johnson: Dryden (Lives of the Poets)

No, Sir; to act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive.
Samuel Johnson (Boswell: Life of Johnson

We are all prompted by the same motives, all deceived by the same fallacies, all animated by hope, obstructed by danger, entangled by desire, and seduced by pleasure. -- Samuel Johnson: Rambler #60

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