Growing up, my Dad always had an office. He placed his roll top desk on one wall, and line all the others with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. His books never seemed to all fit on the shelves, a problem I understand better now than I did back then. But two of my favorite books in his library were collections of quotes.

Stumbling around the Internet one evening, I came across a list by Forbes Magazine: Top 100 Inspirational Quotes. I decided to pull out five of my favorites for our enjoyment today. You can read the full list here.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Emelia Earhart

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck

Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

What quote would you add to the list of the best?


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