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DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM

Dr. Kalam became the 11th President of India on 25th July 2002. His focus is on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020

"Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life."



"Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation of the individual, organisation and the country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Knowledge with action, converts adversity into prosperity."



"When you speak, speak the truth; perform when you promise; discharge your trust... Withhold your hands from striking, and from taking that which is unlawful and bad..."



"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful and to remove the wrongs of injured..."



"Away! Fond thoughts, and vex my soul no more! Work claimed my wakeful nights, my busy days Albeit brought memories of Rameswaram shore Yet haunt my dreaming gaze!"



"I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life can be a role model for anybody; but some poor child living in an obscure place in an underprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way my destiny has been shaped. It could perhaps help such children liberate themselves from the bondage of their illusory backwardness and hopelessness?.."



"My worthiness is all my doubt His Merit- all my fear- Contrasting which my quality Does however appear"

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"If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings—and put compensation as a carrier behind it—you almost don't have to manage them."

— Jack Welch

"Make your top managers rich and they will make you rich."

— Robert H. Johnson

"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it."

— Proverbs 3:27

"Catch someone doing something right."

— Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

"Never try to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it annoys the pig."

— Paul Dickson

"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."

— Ronald Reagan

"Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end."

— Immanuel Kant

"Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven't."

— Peter Drucker

"Don't equate activity with efficiency. You are paying your key people to see the big picture. Don't let them get bogged down in a lot of meaningless meetings and paper shuffling. Announce a Friday afternoon off once in a while. Cancel a Monday morning meeting or two. Tell the cast of characters you'd like them to spend the amount of time normally spent preparing for attending the meeting at their desks, simply thinking about an original idea."

— Harvey Mackay

"Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish."

— Marcus Aurelius

"We cling to hierarchies because our place in a hierarchy is, rightly or wrongly, a major indicator of our social worth."

— Harold J. Leavitt

"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."

— Stephen R. Covey

"Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it . . . ; Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine."

— David Ogilvy

"When hiring key employees, there are only two qualities to look for: judgement and taste. Almost everything else can be bought by the yard."

— John W. Gardner

"The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided."

— Casey Stengel

"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world."

— John Le Caré

"Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them."

—Paul Hawken, Natural Capitalism

"I believe the real difference between success and failure in a corporation can be very often traced to the question of how well the organization brings out the great energies and talents of its people."

— Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

A Business and its Beliefs (1963)

"Focus on a few key objectives ... I only have three things to do. I have to choose the right people, allocate the right number of dollars, and transmit ideas from one division to another with the speed of light. So I'm really in the business of being the gatekeeper and the transmitter of ideas."

— Jack Welch

"So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work."

— Peter Drucker

"Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet."

— Henry Mintzberg

McGill University

"If you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf."

— R Buckminster Fuller

"The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work."

— Agha Hasan Abedi



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DHIRUBHAI H. AMBANI
Reliance was founded as a textile mill in 1966 by Dhirubhai H. Ambani, the founder Chairman of the Reliance group. It continued to be a textile company until the early eighties.

Reliance later started seizing opportunities thrown up by a combination of the growing Indian economy and the opening up of the regulation-driven sectors of the economy. These included petrochemicals and plastics. Beginning with the early eighties, Reliance pursued a policy of backward integration from textiles as well as diversification. It set up world-scale facilities for manufacturing polyester and textile intermediates, plastics and polymer intermediates, detergent intermediates, etc

"Only when you dream it you can do it."

"Think big, think fast, think ahead. Ideas are no one's monopoly"

"Our dreams have to be bigger. Our ambitions higher. Our commitment deeper. And our efforts greater. This is my dream for Reliance and for India."

"You do not require an invitation to make profits."

"If you work with determination and with perfection, success will follow."

"Pursue your goals even in the face of difficulties,
and convert adversities into opportunities."

"Give the youth a proper environment. Motivate them.
Extend them the support they need. Each one of them has
infinite source of energy. They will deliver."

"Between my past, the present and the future, there is one common factor: Relationship and Trust. This is the foundation of our growth"

"We bet on people."

"Meeting the deadlines is not good enough,
beating the deadlines is my expectation."

"Don't give up, courage is my conviction"

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MOTHER TERESA
Mother Teresa's work has been recognised and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972). She also received the Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action.

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.

Peace begins with a smile.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.

There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.

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SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
The valiant monk who proclaimed in America the greatness of Hinduism and of Indian culture at a time when the West regarded India as a land of barbarians. The beloved disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.He was the living embodiment of sacrifice and dedicated his life to the country and yearned for the progress of the poor, the helpless and the downtrodden. He was the great thinker and mighty man of action whose ringing words galvanized the slumbering Indians. For ages to come he will be a source of inspiration

“Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached.”

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”

“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.”

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”

“The goal of mankind is knowledge ... Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man 'knows', should, in strict psychological language, be what he 'discovers' or 'unveils'; what man 'learns' is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.”

“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

Man is higher than all animals, than all angels; none is greater than man.

One may gain political and social independence, but if one is a slave to his passions and desires, one cannot feel the pure joy of real freedom.

Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

When we really begin to live in the world, then we understand what is meant by brotherhood or mankind, and not before.

External nature is only internal nature writ large.

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free.

The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.

There is nothing beyond God, and the sense enjoyments are simply something through which we are passing now in the hope of getting better things.

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him -- that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

The goal of mankind is knowledge. . . . Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man "knows," should, in strict psychological language, be what he "discovers" or "unveils"; what man "learns" is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.

If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. Whatever you do for your own sake is not religion.

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!

The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat of cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything.

It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. First, believe in this world -- that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you are not understanding it in the right light. throw the burden on yourselves!

In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished.

Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.

Religion is the manifestation of the divinity already in man.

Religion is the idea which is raising the brute unto man, and man unto God.

The secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice. To be good and do good - that is the whole of religion.

The Vedanta teaches that Nirvana can be attained here and now, that we do not have to wait for death to reach it. Nirvana is the realization of the Self; and after having once known that, if only for an instant, never again can one be deluded by the mirage of personality.

The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin to say that you are weak, or others are weak.

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Will lived for 52 years as his biography confirms. In just 23 years, between approximately 1590 and 1613, he is attributed with writing 38 plays, Famous Shakespearean sonnets and 5 other poems. He is the most widely read of all Authors and the popularity of the Life and Works of Shakespeare, in English speaking countries, is second only to the Bible. It is therefore no surprise that Shakespeare's biography, or bio, sparks so much interest

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.

When words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain.

Where every something, being blent together turns to a wild of nothing.

Who could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

Women may fall when there's no strength in men.

Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.

'Tis better to bear the ills we have than fly to others that we know not of.

'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.

'Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.

To be, or not to be: that is the question.

To do a great right do a little wrong.

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

Truly, I would not hang a dog by my will, much more a man who hath any honesty in him.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.

Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.

We are time's subjects, and time bids be gone.

We cannot conceive of matter being formed of nothing, since things require a seed to start from... Therefore there is not anything which returns to nothing, but all things return dissolved into their elements.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Well, if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear.

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.

What is past is prologue.

What, man, defy the devil. Consider, he's an enemy to mankind.

What's done can't be undone.

What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.

The valiant never taste of death but once.

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

The wheel is come full circle.

There have been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.

There is no darkness but ignorance.

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.

There was never yet fair woman but she made mouths in a glass.

There's many a man has more hair than wit.

There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face.

There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.

There's place and means for every man alive.

They do not love that do not show their love.

They say miracles are past.

Things done well and with a care, exempt themselves from fear.

Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing.

This above all; to thine own self be true.

Time and the hour run through the roughest day.

'Tis best to weigh the enemy more mighty than he seems.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.

Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

Talking isn't doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.

Teach not thy lip such scorn, for it was made For kissing, lady, not for such contempt.

Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart.

The attempt and not the deed confounds us.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

The fashion of the world is to avoid cost, and you encounter it.

The golden age is before us, not behind us.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

The love of heaven makes one heavenly.

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.

The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

The stroke of death is as a lover's pinch, which hurts and is desired.

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil.

O, had I but followed the arts!

O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!

O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.

O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven; keep me in temper; I would not be mad!

O' What may man within him hide, though angel on the outward side!

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

Praise us as we are tasted, allow us as we prove.

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.

So foul and fair a day I have not seen.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

Speak low, if you speak love.

Such as we are made of, such we be.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.

Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.

Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.

Maids want nothing but husbands, and when they have them, they want everything.

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage.

Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.

Men shut their doors against a setting sun.

Men's vows are women's traitors!

Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.

Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise.

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.

My pride fell with my fortunes.

Nature hath framed strange fellows in her time.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.

Nothing can come of nothing.

Now is the winter of our discontent.

Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.

O God, O God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world!

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance?

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

It is the stars, The stars above us, govern our conditions.

It will have blood, they say; blood will have blood.

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.

Let every eye negotiate for itself and trust no agent.

Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.

Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.

Life is as tedious as twice-told tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Like as the waves make towards the pebbl'd shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.

Listen to many, speak to a few.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.

Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

Love is too young to know what conscience is.

I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.

I never see thy face but I think upon hell-fire.

I say there is no darkness but ignorance.

I see that the fashion wears out more apparel than the man.

I shall the effect of this good lesson keeps as watchman to my heart.

I was adored once too.

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.

I will praise any man that will praise me.

If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul.

If music be the food of love, play on.

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces.

If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honor.

If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.

If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

In time we hate that which we often fear.

Go to you bosom: Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know.

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.

God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another.

Having nothing, nothing can he lose.

He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

He that is giddy thinks the world turns round.

He that loves to be flattered is worthy o' the flatterer.

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.

Hell is empty and all the devils are here.

How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!

How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!

How well he's read, to reason against reading!

I am not bound to please thee with my answer.

I bear a charmed life.

I dote on his very absence.

I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad and to travel for it too!

I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano; A stage where every man must play a part, And mine is a sad one.

But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.

By that sin fell the angels.

Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness.

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.

Death is a fearful thing.

Desire of having is the sin of covetousness.

Everyone ought to bear patiently the results of his own conduct.

Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above.

Expectation is the root of all heartache.

Faith, there hath been many great men that have flattered the people who ne'er loved them.

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.

Farewell, fair cruelty.

Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.

For I can raise no money by vile means.

For my part, it was Greek to me.

Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.

Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me.

Give thy thoughts no tongue.

A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.

A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser.

Absence from those we love is self from self - a deadly banishment.

Alas, I am a woman friendless, hopeless!

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

An overflow of good converts to bad.

And oftentimes excusing of a fault doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.

As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.

Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

Boldness be my friend.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

But men are men; the best sometimes forget.


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BILL GATES

William Howard Gates III, better known as Bill Gates, was born on 28 October 1955 in Seattle, Washington. He is best known as co-founder of software giant Microsoft™ Corporation, a company he and Paul Allen bootstrapped in 1979. The enormous success of Microsoft has amassed the entrepreneur an astounding fortune, earning him the title of “richest man in the world” from 1995 - 2007, according to Forbes Magazine. As of 2007, Bill Gates’ worth is estimated at $59 billion US Dollars (USD)

We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.

We've got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.

When the PC was launched, people knew it was important.

When you want to do your homework, fill out your tax return, or see all the choices for a trip you want to take, you need a full-size screen.

Whether it's Google or Apple or free software, we've got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.

Windows 2000 already contains features such as the human discipline component, where the PC can send an electric shock through the keyboard if the human does something that does not please Windows.

You see, antiquated ideas of kindness and generosity are simply bugs that must be programmed out of our world. And these cold, unfeeling machines will show us the way.

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.

Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.

Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.

Life is not fair; get used to it.

Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren't so exciting.

Microsoft is not about greed. It's about innovation and fairness.

Now, we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year, over 26 billion tons. For each American, it's about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it's less than one ton. It's an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero.

People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn't they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines... There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.

People everywhere love Windows.

Security is, I would say, our top priority because for all the exciting things you will be able to do with computers - organizing your lives, staying in touch with people, being creative - if we don't solve these security problems, then people will hold back.

Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.

Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.

The U.S. couldn't even get rid of Saddam Hussein. And we all know that the EU is just a passing fad. They'll be killing each other again in less than a year. I'm sick to death of all these fascist lawsuits.

There are people who don't like capitalism, and people who don't like PCs. But there's no-one who likes the PC who doesn't like Microsoft.

This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.

Until we're educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.

We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction

Almost every way we make electricity today, except for the emerging renewables and nuclear, puts out CO2. And so, what we're going to have to do at a global scale, is create a new system. And so, we need energy miracles.

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top - I'm afraid that's not quite right.

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

DOS is ugly and interferes with users' experience.

I actually thought that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life to be in one meeting when you're trying to make money, and then go to another meeting where you're giving it away.

I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.

I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.

I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.

I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in.

I'm sorry that we have to have a Washington presence. We thrived during our first 16 years without any of this. I never made a political visit to Washington and we had no people here. It wasn't on our radar screen. We were just making great software.

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG.

If I'd had some set idea of a finish line, don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?

If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

In this business, by the time you realize you're in trouble, it's too late to save yourself. Unless you're running scared all the time, you're gone.

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.

Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.

It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.

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AZIM HASHAM PREMJI

Azim Hasham Premji, founder of Wipro Limited, India's biggest and most competitive IT company based in Bangalore, was born on July 24th 1945 in Bombay. Premji was forced to leave his studies in computer science from Stanford University, California, USA at the age of 21 to take over the family business of vegetable oils when his father M.H. Premji, suddenly passed away in 1966. He has since after a gap of over thirty years completed his degree in Electrical Engineering. Premji's story of success and prominence clearly shows how determination and perseverance, when coupled with knowledge, clear vision and proper planning, enable one to reach the peak of success and leadership

As you get bigger, you have to learn to delegate. It’s also an excellent way to get staff involved in the company’s operations.

The early years were more about learning than about acting. I had to carry on my father’s work, which was a big challenge.

As an advisor, I can say what I want. If I were a politician, I would constantly have to compromise, and I’m incapable of doing that.

I want Wipro to be among the top ten IT companies in the world.

Character is one factor that will guide all our actions and decisions. We invested in uncompromising integrity that helped us take difficult stands in some of the most difficult business situations.

There are millions of children today who don’t attend school. However, education is the only way to get ahead in this country.

In our way of working, we attach a great deal of importance to humility and honesty; With respect for human values, we promise to serve our customers with integrity
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N.R. NARAYANA MURTHY

Chairman of Infosys Technologies

“If we have to make life better for these (rural) people and give them reasonable standards of living, disposable incomes, healthcare and nutrition and education, I personally believe we have to look at low-tech manufacturing to start with and then high-tech manufacturing in a big way just as China has done because most of these people are semi-literate or educated at a very basic level.”





“This has been a happy, intense, rewarding and exhilarating journey of 25 years.”

"It doesn’t matter how bright a person is. How smart a person is. If they don’t understand the risk emanating from what they are doing, if they are not suitably regulated and if greed overtakes them it is inevitable that one sees disasters because in the end systems are much more powerful than individuals."

"When one operates at the huge scale and the pace at which the Wall Street is operating unless he has good real time control systems and have eyes on the gauge all the time it could lead to disaster. It is almost like the control centre of the rocket. That’s why they have real time control. They monitor it second by second. In some sense the complexity of what is happening in the Wall Street has become somewhat of a real time necessitated system requirement."

"In the end it is always about ethics and all about personal values. That is why it is very important for every society to create checks and balances. That is why it is very important for every society not to create incentives for people to become greedier. That is why it is very important for all of us in the corporate world to create incentives for long-term performance rather than short-term performance. When you create systems that focus on short-term performance, when you create a system that reveres money rather than decency, honesty and respect, when you make it a fashion for youngsters to revel in the power of their wealth, it is inevitable."

"We need to create a system where we can rank world corporate leaders based on their respectability.Today, we have the most powerful leaders, the best managed companies, companies by market capitalisation and all of that. But we have to move towards a regime which will rank corporate leaders based on their respectability and everybody must say that I want to become the most respected leader in the world."

"As long as the engines of innovation are alive, and they attract the best talent, the leadership will continue to be with them."

"I am a believer in the adage – performance leads to recognition, recognition leads to respect and respect leads to power."

"It is too early to say. I do believe that any economic difficulty in a market will necessitate greater need for innovation, will necessitate greater competitiveness through better value for money"

"There is only one ingredient for innovation and that is the power of the human mind. As long as a company is able to attract, enable, empower and retain the best of the brightest, it will have a play. As long as the leadership of companies ensure that the physically and mentally tired mind that leaves office at whatever 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm or 9:00 pm comes back mentally and physically reenergised and enthusiastic to add significant value to the customer next morning, the job is done"

"I have always said that a good leader simplifies business. It doesn’t matter what business he or she runs. So, I would suggest that we use simple business rules, not complex or compound ones. The good thing about simple business rules is that it is easy to understand, easy to practice, easy to communicate, and you cannot cheat anybody with simple business rules. And you can enthuse every one of your colleagues with simple business rules because there is transparency, there is fairness, and there is accountability.As far as the youth of this country is concerned, I would say that for the first time in the last 300 years, this country has received recognition in the global markets, and received certain respect. This is the time for us to work hard, this is the time for us to work smart and consolidate on the gains."

"Indians are generally not known to have the killer instinct or not known to run the last mile. Yesterday was a wonderful exception when the Indian cricketers beat the Australians. But that is a rare one."

"We have to make it a habit. We have to make it a habit of what Dhoni and others did yesterday. That is make sure that all the good things that they have achieved in the last 10 years becomes a habit. To do that, you need continued discipline, hard work, smartness, integrity and putting the interest of the country above your own personal interest."

"I believe that India is better placed than any of the leading economies of the world to recover from the mess that the world economy has got into because of a very simple reason. We are primarily a domestic economy focused nation. Our fundamentals are good. Our productivity is improving"

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