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The indispensable first step to getting
by Ben Stein

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

Related topics: Values Purpose Value

Faith is not believing that God can.
It is knowing that God will.
- Ben Stein

The successful people of this world take life as it comes.
They just go out and deal with the world as it is.
- Ben Stein

So many fail because they don't get started -
they don't go.
They don't overcome inertia.
They don't begin.
- Ben Stein

 

Somewhere there is a map of how it can be done.
- Ben Stein

You cannot win if you're not at the table.
You have to be where the action is.
- Ben Stein

I don't like the sound of all the lists he's making.
- Ben Stein

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Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty,
fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars.
- Ben Stein

You can do what you think you can do and you cannot
do what you think you cannot.
- Ben Stein

Nothing happens by itself...
it all will come your way, once you understand that
you have to make it come your way,
by your own exertions.
- Ben Stein

Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement,
all success, all achievement in real life grows.
- Ben Stein

If you can't stand the heat, don't go to Cancun in the summer.
- Ben Stein

It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set
out without preconceived notions.
- Ben Stein

The human spirit needs to accomplish,
to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
- Ben Stein

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life.
The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated...
it is finished when it surrenders.
- Ben Stein

A corporation's responsibility is to the shareholders,
not its retirees and employees.
Companies are doing everything they can to get rid
of pension plans and they will succeed.
- Ben Stein

Keep on beginning and failing.
Each time you fail, start all over gain,
and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose -
not the one you began with perhaps,
but one you'll be glad to remember.
- Ben Stein

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
- John F. Kennedy

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Thus Christian humanism is as indispensable to the
Christian way of life as Christian ethics and a Christian sociology.
- Christopher Dawson

Being a part of success is more important than being
personally indispensable.
- Pat Riley

The opposition is indispensable.
A good statesman, like any other sensible human being,
always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters.
- Walter Lippmann

In preparing for battle I have always found that
plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
- Charles de Gaulle

Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial,
but an indispensable experience, which entitles them
to mistake it for a universal one.
- Hannah Arendt

Co-operation between governments still plays an important
role and will remain indispensable.
- Lionel Jospin

Strong advocacy for education, health care and worker
safety will be indispensable if they are to get their
fair share of President Bush's austere budget for the next fiscal year.
- Arlen Spector

Few characters in history are indispensable.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

In complex trains of thought signs are indispensable.
- George Henry Lewes

Ideology...
is indispensable in any society if men are to be formed,
transformed and equipped to respond to the demands
of their conditions of existence.
- Louis Althusser

I don't think success is harmful, as so many people say.
Rather, I believe it indispensable to talent,
if for nothing else than to increase the talent.
- Jeanne Moreau

The New York Quarterly is an amazing,
intelligent, crazy, creative, strange,
and indispensable magazine.
- James Dickey

A theatre receives recognition through its initiative,
which is indispensable for first-rate performances.
- Franz Liszt

Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel
is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Self-denial is indispensable to a strong character,
and the highest kind comes from a religious stock.
- Theodore Parker

Judaism boasts of no exclusive revelation of eternal
truths that are indispensable to salvation,
of no revealed religion in the sense in which that
term is usually understood.
- Moses Mendelssohn

Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing
out the best in human personality.
- Alexis Carrel

I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights.
The indispensable elements in a democratic society -
and well worth fighting for.
- Helen Suzman

The business of a scientific school is the dissemination of useful knowledge,
and this is a noble enterprise and indispensable withal;
society can not exist unless it goes on.
- Albert J. Nock

Democracy is indispensable to socialism.
- Vladimir Lenin

A doctrine serves no purpose in itself,
but it is indispensable to have one if only to avoid
being deceived by false doctrines.
- Simone Weil

So long as we are loved by others I should say that
we are almost indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Generality is, indeed, an indispensable ingredient of reality;
for mere individual existence or actuality without
any regularity whatever is a nullity.
Chaos is pure nothing.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

So long as war is the main business of nations,
temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign -
is indispensable.
- Walter Bagehot

Like all revolutions, the surrealist revolution was a reversion,
a restitution, an expression of vital and indispensable spiritual needs.
- Eugene Ionesco

You cannot sift out the poor from the community.
The poor are indispensable to the rich.
- Henry Ward Beecher

If we have to use force, it is because we are America.
We are the indispensable nation.
We stand tall.
We see further into the future.
- Madeleine Albright

Direct observation of the luminous essence of nature is for me indispensable.
- Robert Delaunay

Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.
- Jean Cocteau

'Charm' - which means the power to effect work without employing brute force -
is indispensable to women.
Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.
- Henry Ellis

If you combat an international phenomenon,
it is indispensable to share information internationally.
- Gijs de Vries

So long as we love, we serve; so long as we are loved by others,
I should say that we are almost indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize
that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing.
- James Harvey Robinson

Women are not pals enough with men, so we must make ourselves indispensable.
After all, we have the greatest weapon in our hands by just being women.
- Maria Callas

Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
- Eric Hoffer

To have a man who can flirt is next thing to indispensable to a leader of society.
- Margaret Oliphant

International cooperation, multilateralism is indispensable.
- Hans Blix

In fact, effective solidarity with the poor,
both individual persons and entire nations,
is indispensable for the construction of peace.
- Claudio Hummes

Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition
for building up a sound education.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror
of spiders are our indispensable stock-in-trade with the men.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible.
As Charles De Gaulle said, the cemeteries of the world
are full of indispensable men.
- Donald Rumsfeld

Freedom of expression is the matrix,
the indispensable condition,
of nearly every other form of freedom.
- Benjamin Cardozo

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
- Bertrand Russell

An easy-going husband is the one indispensable comfort of life.
- Ouida

No part of the education of a politician is more indispensable
than the fighting of elections.
- Winston Churchill

Firefighters are indispensable foot soldiers here at home.
- Christopher Dodd

Only useless things are indispensable.
- Francis Picabia

Some folks can look so busy doing nothing that they seem indispensable.
- Kin Hubbard

Nothing is more indispensable to true religiosity than
a mediator that links us with divinity.
- Novalis


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