Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.


You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.


Business Leaders

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company

The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.

Robert P. Vanderpoel, Notable Financier and Conservationist

Political Leaders

No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, Statesman, Soldier & Writer

Sports Leaders

If you have everything under control, you’re not moving fast enough.

Mario Andretti, Italian-born American Race Car Driver

During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.

Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees Baseball Player

Military Leaders

Out of every 100 men, 10 should not even be there; 80 are just targets; 9 are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the 1 is a warrior who will bring the others back.