“You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.”
This is one of these inspirational quotations that is found on hundreds of websites and books without full or accurate attribution — the old “quote in search of an author” conundrum. Quite often it is mistakenly attributed to Harriett Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), the famous American abolitionist and writer. It certainly sounds like something that she might say; however, the actual source is another Harriett who lived in another century and not as famous — Harriett Woods (1927-2007), an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. The primary source of this quotation could not be found; however, a secondary source, The Last Word: A Treasury of Women’s Quotes (1992) edited by Carolyn Warner, cites Woods as the author.
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Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain (1871-1910), American author and humorist, best known for the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, considered the Great American Novel.
Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
Booker T. Washington (1856-1915), American civil rights leaders, educator, and author.
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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Attributed to American industrialist Henry Ford (1863 – 1947) by Edsel Ford II (Ford’s great grandson), in Friends, Families and Forays: Scenes from the Life and Times of Henry Ford (2002).
In your life’s journey, there will be excitement and fulfillment, boredom and routine, and even the occasional train wreck… But when you have picked a dream that is bigger than you personally, that truly reflects the ideals that you cherish, and that can positively affect others, then you will always have another reason for carrying on.
Pamela Melroy (born 1961), retired USAF officer, former test pilot, combat pilot, and NASA astronaut who served on three Space Shuttle missions between 2000 and 2007. She is currently Deputy Director of the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA.