L quotations.

The penalty of success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.

Lady Astor.

Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past.

Landrum Bolling

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant.

-Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell translation.

A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with inward courage dares to live.

Lao Tzu.

The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'.

Larry Hardiman

Intelligence is a tool or tool set. Wisdom is what you do with that. I've met people who specialized their intelligence, who never developed a life.

Larry Niven.

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The 3 C's

  • Character.
  • Courage.
  • Conscience.

Laura Schlessinger (1947-01-16). Host of the radio call-in show Dr. Laura.

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

Lauren Bacall

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.

Laurence J. Peter

It is in the nature of a hypothesis when once a man has conceived it, that it assimilates everything to itself, as proper nourishment, and from the first moment of your begetting it, it generally grows stronger by everything you see, hear or understand.

Laurence Sterne.

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's how you carry it.

Lena Horne

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.

Leo J. Burke.

Boredom: the desire for desires.

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.

If you want to be happy, be.

It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life.

The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-09-09/1910-11-20). Aka Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy. Russian novelist and pacifist.

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Paint five times bluer what you want to be five times further

Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen.

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.

Leonardo da Vinci.

A child will never be as damaged by seeing a tit as they will be by adults going insane over a child having seen a tit.

Lewis Black

You can't be afraid of stepping on toes if you want to go dancing.

Lewis Freedman

Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.

-"On Societies as Organisms," Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, Viking (1974).

Lewis Thomas (1913/), U.S. educator, physician. 

I think a lot of things I don't like tend to be overdesigned. To me it's bad. Somebody spent too much time thinking and too little time doing.

I think, fundamentally, open source does tend to be more stable software. It's the right way to do things. I compare it to science vs. witchcraft. In science, the whole system builds on people looking at other people's results and building on top of them. In witchcraft, somebody had a small secret and guarded it -- but never allowed others to really understand it and build on it.

Linus Torvalds. Creator of the open source Linux operating system.

Thinking Like a CEO

How studying the masters can help you get ahead.

What is it that makes AT&T's Michael Armstrong a good CEO? And just what would Microsoft be without Bill Gates at the helm? Whatever it is that put these business lions in powerful positions, it is something that is not tangible, but ever present. By understanding the traits of the people at the top, you can improve your own success, whether you're striving for the CEO spot or some other position. Debra A. Benton's new book, "How to Think Like a CEO: The 22 Vital Traits You Need to Be the Person at the Top," explains what these traits are and which ones you need ?at any level?- to make your own way at the top.

  1. You're gutsy and a little wild, yet modest and in control. This trait reflects the need to take risks, even early in your career. "So often we are afraid to move beyond the confines of the expected," says Katherine Ponds, a senior career management consultant at Right Management Consultants. Being in control of a gutsy move or situation is important. "Control suggests you've done your homework, and therefore are prepared to manage the outcome--positive or not." Modesty is secondary when faced with a challenge.
  2. You're competitive and tenacious, yet flexible and generous. The key here is to compete against yourself, not against others. "Most successful CEOs attach their sense of self-worth towards tangible results," says Ponds. Setting clear goals and pushing to achieve them involves this competitiveness. Actually reaching those goals requires tenacity, but beware of a fine line between tenacity and inflexibility. "Success usually comes with showing responsiveness in ever-changing business environments." Generosity, especially when it comes to group achievements, is the sign of a true leader.
  3. You're willing to admit mistakes, yet unapologetic. While admitting your mistakes may be a bit strong, it's better to acknowledge what didn't work, and to make sure the same situation doesn't occur again. A good CEO will also not be afraid to examine why the situation occurred, and waste no time placing blame. By taking this approach, apologies become unnecessary because 'mistakes' become opportunities to further learn and develop.
  4. You're secure in yourself, yet constantly improving. "As you develop professionally you should accumulate a collection of skills," Ponds says. "It is with this collection of skills that you can feel secure in your job." Ponds emphasizes that these two traits go hand in hand, and that you alone are responsible for how secure you feel. "Each employee is responsible for developing and expanding our own capabilities. Success can only be achieved through a commitment to life-long learning."
  5. You're original and straightforward, yet think before you talk. These traits are very important in every aspect of life, but vital to have a successful career. Originality and straightforwardness suggest that you are innovative, action-oriented and are able to think "out-of-the-box". However, do not go overboard. Make sure your ideas and concepts are well thought out, and that you present them in an articulate way. You do not want your fumbling or inability to answer any questions to overshadow what is a great and progressive idea.

Making these traits your own can boost your career and make it gratifying. However, do not forget to make it fun. If you do not find your career exhilarating and enjoyable, there is no reason to reach for those executive stars.

Liz Schmid. Freelance writer based in Washington DC.

You've got to continue to grow, or you're just like last night's cornbread--stale and dry.

Loretta Lynn

Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.

Lou Brock

Time was away and somewhere else,
There were two glasses and two chairs
And two people with one pulse.

Louis MacNeice.

If the Third World War is fought with nuclear weapons, the fourth will be fought with bows and arrows.

-Maclean's (Toronto, Nov. 17, 1975).

Louis Mountbatten (1900/1979). 1st Earl Mountbatten Of Burma, British admiral, member of Royal Family.

I know of no higher fortitude than stubbornness in the face of overwhelming odds.

Louis Nizer.

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

Louisa May Alcott.

Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may grow.

Louise Driscoll

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

Lucille Ball

If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.

Lucy Larcom

Nowadays it is the fashion to emphasize the horrors of the last war. I didn't find it so horrible. There are just as horrible things happening all round us today, if only we had eyes to see them.

-Personal Recollections, ch. 6, ed. Rush Rhees (1981). Conversation in 1934.

What do I know about God and the purpose of life? I know that this world exists.


The whole sense of the book might be summed up the following words: what can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.

-Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. 1922. Introduction.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889/1951), Austrian philosopher.

I present myself in a form suitable to the relationship I wish to achieve with you.

Luigi Pirandello

Other people's faults are like bees—if we don't see them, they don't harm us.

Luis Vigil

All of us realize that war requires action. What is sometimes harder for us to realize is that peace and neutrality also require action.

-"Address, Armistice Day, Brenham, Texas," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (November 11, 1939).

I knew from the start that I was bound to be crucified either way I moved. If I left the woman I really loved—the Great Society—in order to get involved with that bitch of a war on the other side of the world, then I would lose everything at home. All my programs. All my hopes to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. All my dreams to provide education and medical care to the browns and the blacks and the lame and the poor. But if I left that war and let the Communists take over South Vietnam, then I would be seen as a coward and my nation would be seen as an appeaser and we would find it impossible to accomplish anything for anybody anywhere on the entire globe.

-Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, ch. 9, p. 251, Harper and Row (1976).

Lyndon B. Johnson (1908/1973). Aka Lyndon Baines Johnson; LBJ. U.S. president.

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