From the Famous 1st Words File:

You ain't goin' nowhere... son. You ought to go back to driving a truck.

- Grand Ole Opry Manager firing Elvis after his first performance there.



Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

- Mark Twain




Never tell a young person that something is impossible. God may have been waiting a thousand years for someone ignorant enough of what's possible to do that thing.

- Dr. J.A. Holmes




Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.

- Theodore Roosevelt

There are only two powers in the world, the sword and the mind. In the long run the sword is always vanquished by the mind.

- Napoleon Bonaparte (attributed)


Dealing In Futures

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.

- Jose Ortega y Gasset


Many people ascend to the throne. Some because they think they are entitled to it and others because they're simply tired of standing.

- A Prince