Sunday, January 24, 2010 – Accomplishments

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific. ~ Jane Wagner

Accomplishment is socially judged by ill defined criteria so that one has to rely on others to find out how one is doing. ~ Albert Bandura

Blessedness consists in the accomplishment of our desires, and in our having only regular desires. ~ Saint Aurelius Augustine

I look upon another’s insistence on the merits of his or her life – duties, intellect, accomplishment – and see that most of it is nonsense. ~ Harold Brodkey

In Japan, mothers insist on achievement and accomplishment as a sign of love and respect. Thus to fail places children in a highly shamed situation. ~ Michael Lewis

My most important professional accomplishment to date is the ability to keep working with absolutely no skills whatsoever. ~ Colin Mochrie

Real rebels are rarely anything but second rate outside their rebellion; the drain of time and temper is ruinous to any other accomplishment. ~ James Gould Cozzens

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

The cities of America are inexpressibly tedious. The Bostonians take their learning too sadly; culture with them is an accomplishment rather than an atmosphere; their ”Hub’,’ as they call it, is the paradise of prigs. Chicago is a sort of monster-shop, full of bustles and bores. Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Baltimore is amusing for a week, but Philadelphia is dreadfully provincial; and though one can dine in New York one could not dwell there. ~ Oscar Wilde

The real accomplishment of modern science and technology consists in taking ordinary men, informing them narrowly and deeply and then, through appropriate organization, arranging to have their knowledge combined with that of other specialized but equally ordinary men. This dispenses with the need for genius. The resulting performance, though less inspiring, is far more predictable. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

My reputation grows with every failure. ~ George Bernard Shaw

There are defeats more triumphant than victories. ~ Michel de Montaigne

If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style. ~ Quentin Crisp

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. ~ Oscar Wilde

Try again. Fail again. Fail better. ~ Samuel Beckett

Women in general want to be loved for what they are and men for what they accomplish. ~ Theodor Reik

There is no personal achievement in being born beautiful. ~ Loretta Young

No man is a failure who is enjoying life. ~ William Feather

A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop. ~ Robert Hughes

Never settle with words what you can accomplish with a flamethrower. ~ Bruce Feirstein

One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism. ~ Evita Peron

Pooh is able to accomplish what he does because he is simpleminded. ~ Benjamin Hoff

It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog. ~ Joseph Conrad

God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die. ~ Bill Watterson

There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. ~ Mark Twain

I never believed in trying to do anything. Whatever I set out to do I found I had already accomplished ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe