Favorite Quotes

Memorable quotes by others about life and more

Douglas Ronald Lee’s favorite quotes (or philosophy of life after many years of experience). Sorry, I dont remember the origins of some of these.  If you do, contact me and I’ll give proper credit. Feel free to quote or share these with others!


Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

“Be prepared.” (Badden Powell, founder of Boy Scouts)

Visualize what success looks like.

Start with the end in mind.

Just start.

“Just Do It.”  (Nike)

One step at a time.

One step back, but 3 steps forward.

“Try it! You’ll like it!” (Wells, Rich, Greene for Alka-Seltzer, 1972)

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” (Stanford 2005 commencement address by Steve Jobs, 1955-2011, co-founder of Apple Inc.)

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. (Albert Einstein)

God gave you a brain; use it. (DRL)

Use it, or lose it (referring to physical abilities & muscles)

Its God’s money; we are just managers of it.

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”  (King David, Psalm 24:1 NIV)

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”(Moses, Genesis 1:1 NASB)

What would Jesus do?

“Everyone has a sweet spot. (Like a tennis ball and the center of the racket, like the baseball and the bat, like the golf ball and the driver). Your sweet spot is at the intersection of your greatest talent and your greatest passion.” (Ken Coleman, career coach, author)

“To succeed, you need to know your ‘why’ .”  (Dave Ramsey, financial coach, author)

“A budget is just telling your money where to go, instead of wondering where it went.”  (John Maxwell, pastor, author)

“In everything, give thanks…  (Apostle Paul, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NASB)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:6-7 NASB)

“Music is a form of worshipping God. Or other people or other things.” (DRL)

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord… (King David, Psalms 100:1 KJV)

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.”  (Prophet Jeremiah, Jeremiah 17:8 NASB)

“Measure twice, cut once.” (a woodworking principle)

At 4-way stops, the vehicle on the right, is right, and goes first.  (DMV manuals)

“It is better to look twice, than to crash once, when changing lanes.”  (DRL)

“Under promise, over deliver.” (a business principle)

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”  (attributed to Benjamin Franklin)

“It doesn’t matter where you came from. It matters where you are going.”  (Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, regarding her early life in interview with Dave Ramsey)

“You don’t have to be great to start. You have to start to be great.”  (Zig Ziglar)

“If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”  (Henry Ford)

“If you help enough people, you don’t have to worry about money.”  (Dave Ramsey)

“Rich people have big libraries. Poor people have big TVs.”  (Zig Ziglar)

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” (Zig Ziglar)

“For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail – it’s just the opposite – we aim too low and succeed.” (Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything)

“Do we let life happen to us? Or do we happen to life?” (Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar Inc.)

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist says the wind will change. The leader adjusts the sails.” (John Maxwell, pastor, author, leadership expert.)

“I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.” (John D. Rockefeller)

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address at Oglethorpe University, May 22, 1932)

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (St. Francis of Assisi)