"I don’t know anyone who is passionate and unsuccessful."
Jean-Pierre Garnier (1947–), French former CEO of GlaxoSmithKline
Source: The Times (London) (September 26, 2005)
"If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, then you will be fired with enthusiasm."
Vince Lombardi (1913–1970), US football coach
Source: Quoted in The Instant Manager (Cyril Charney, 2004)
"To run this business … you need … optimism, humanism, enthusiasm, intuition, curiosity, love, humour, magic and fun, and that secret ingredient—euphoria."
Dame Anita Roddick (1942–2007), British entrepreneur and founder of The Body Shop
Source: Body and Soul (co-written with Russell Miller, 1991)
"My advice to anyone in any field is to be faithful to your obsessions. Identify them and be faithful to them, let them guide you like a sleepwalker."
J. G. Ballard (1930–2010), British novelist
Source: Quoted in I-D (London) (1987)
"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one."
Mary Kay Ash (1915–2001), US entrepreneur, business executive, and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
Source: On People Management (1984)
"People who never get carried away, should be."
Steve Forbes (1947–), US publishing executive
Source: Town and Country (November 1976)
"Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success."
Dale Carnegie (1888–1955), US consultant and author
Source: How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), US essayist, lecturer, and poet
Source: “Circles,” Essays: First Series (1841)
"There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly."
Terence (185?–159 bc), Roman comic playwright
Source: The Self-Tormenter (163 bc), l. 805
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
Charles Kingsley (1819–1875), British clergyman and novelist
"I find that when you have a real interest in life that sleep is not the most important thing."
Martha Stewart (1941–), US businesswoman, TV personality, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
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