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Sharpening Quotes

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Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
- Lao Tzu

Related topics: Wisdom Zen Simplicity

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Training is such a vital part of preparation for a game,
you really do train to play.
It tops up your ability, like sharpening a carving knife.
You can get away with not doing it for a while,
as long as you have reached a certain standard of fitness.
- Graeme Le Saux

 

I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
- Zora Neale Hurston

The hard part of writing at all is sitting your ass
down in a chair and writing it.
There's always something better to do,
like I've got an interview, sharpening the pencils,
trimming the roses.
There's always something better to do.
Going to a writer's club?
- Jerry Pournelle

A novel's whole pattern is rarely apparent at the outset of writing,
or even at the end; that is when the writer finds out what a novel is about,
and the job becomes one of understanding and deepening
or sharpening what is already written.
That is finding the theme.
- Diane Johnson

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Take time to sharpen the saw.
- Steven Covey

Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that, seize the opportunity
to sharpen those qualities even more sharply
by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen
a pencil with a blunt axe.
It is equally vain to try to do it with ten blunt axes instead.
- Edsger Dijkstra

The expectations of life depend upon diligence;
the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
- Confucius

You can work hard to sharpen your talent,
to get better at whatever it is that you do,
and I think that's what it comes back to.
- Ed Bradley

Let the master praise him, and say, "Here ye do well."
For,
I assure you, there is no such whetstone to sharpen a good wit,
and encourage a will to learning, as is praise.
- Roger Ascham

Sharpen your pencil as you create the story of your life.
Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that,
seize the opportunity to sharpen those qualities
even more sharply by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There is no such whetstone, to sharpen a good wit and
encourage a will to learning,
as is praise.
- Roger Ascham

Great literature should do some good to the reader:
must quicken his perception though dull,
and sharpen his discrimination though blunt,
and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
- A. E. Housman

Within each individual young person you meet,
you have the same fields to plow.
The trick is just to wake thmem up, to sharpen their
ears for what's already there in the music.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

As selfishness and complaint
pervert and cloud the mind,
so love with its joy
clears and sharpens the vision.
- Helen Keller

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
- Benjamin Franklin

Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost.
- Kevin Patterson

The journalistic vision sharpens to the point of maximum impact every event,
every individual and social configuration;
but the honing is uniform.
- George Steiner

As the class struggle sharpens in the U.S.
Marxism will come into its own as a great popular study.
- C. L. R. James

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
- King Solomon

Iron sharpens iron; scholar, the scholar.
- William Drummond

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves,
and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind,
so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.
- Helen Keller

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

The flame of anger, bright and brief,
sharpens the barb of love.
- Walter Savage Landor

Work in the theater sharpened my verse and my cinema.
- James Broughton

A young woman has young claws, well sharpened.
If she has character, that is.
And if she hasn't so much the worse for you.
- Henri Matisse

I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have,
to detect the music, not of the spheres,
but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that
the wind strikes upon the tree branches.
Have you ever heard the earth breathe?
- Kate Chopin

And so I put down some of the things that he said,
about keeping your tools sharpened and not letting
them lie on the ground where they get hurt or get abused
and dirty and can't find them.
And some thoughts about how his father used to do things.
- Bruce Nauman

To this wonderful page in our country's history another
more glorious still will be added,
and the slave shall show at last to his free brothers
a sharpened sword forged from the links of his fetters.
- Giuseppe Garibaldi

The anger in the Brigade against those who fought the
Republic in the rear was sharpened by reports of weapons,
even tanks, being kept from the front and hidden for treacherous purposes.
- Bill Alexander

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.
- Horace

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
- John Ruskin

There is joy in work.
There is no happiness except in the realization
that we have accomplished something.
- Henry Ford

It isn't enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn't enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

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

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Hard work pays off.
- Anonymous

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

You only live once -
but if you work it right, once is enough.
- Joe E. Lewis

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

The biggest mistake we could ever make in our lives
is to think we work for anybody but ourselves.
- Brian Tracy

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

Work as smart as you are able.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

The difference between work and play lies 100%
in the attitude of the participant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men of lofty genius,
when they are doing the least work,
are most active.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
Practice non-action. Work without doing.
- Lao Tzu

Better learn balance. Balance is key.
Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
- Vince Lombardi

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh


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