Stress Related Quotes
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Definitions of Stress

Stress: Everybody knows what it is, no one knows what it is.

The nonspecific response of the body to any demand put upon it.

Stress is the spice of life. - Hans Selye

That confusion created when one's mind overrides the body's desire to choke the living shit out of some asshole who desperately needs it. - Author Unknown

Stress and Perceptions

Rule 1. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Rule 2. It's all small stuff.
Rule 3. If you can't fight or flee, then flow.

If you don't mind, it don't matter - Author Unknown

Man's troubles are rooted in extreme attention to senses, thoughts, and imagination. Attention should be focused internally to experience a quiet body and a calm mind. - Buddha

Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life. - Grenville Kleiser

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens. - Thaddeus Golas

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality. - Anwar Sadat

Day by day in every way I am getting better and better. - Emile Coué

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. - Confucius

An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out? - Michel De Saint-Pierre

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. - Proverbs 23:7 of the bible

The world is such-and-such or so-and-so only because we tell ourselves that that is the way it is. - Carlos Castaneda

If we lose affection and kindliness from our life: we lose all that gives it charm. - Cicero

Its not what you think you are - but what you think, you are. - Author Unknown

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven." -John Milton

I'm an old man and I've had many troubles, most of which never happened. - Mark Twain

When it rains, I let it. - 113 year old man in response to a question about the secret of his longevity

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. - Marcus Annaeus Seneca

People see the world not as it is, but as they are. - Al Lee

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. -William James

Stress and Work

No one dies from working too hard. But when people don't get any recognition in their work, the stress of that lack of control can kill them. - Barrie S. Greiff

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. - Mother Teresa

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop. - Confucius

The only difference between a diamond and a lump of coal is that the diamond had a little more pressure put on it. - Anonymous

What isn't tried won't work. - Claude McDonald

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistance and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. - Calvin Coolidge

Time Management

I wasted time, and now time doth waste me. - Richard II

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death. - Leonardo Da Vinci

Time management' is really a misnomer - the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. - Stephen Covey: author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may delay, but time will not. - Benjamin Franklin

Live always, my friend, as if there is world enough and time. - Meyer Friedman

The best way to get something done is to begin. - Anonymous

Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in. - Confucius

Goal Setting

If you don't know where you're going any road will take you there and it doesn't matter how long it takes. - Author Unknown

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. - Albert Schweitzer

A journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step. - Chinese proverb

The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. Anonymous

Happiness, wealth, and success are the by-products of goal-setting; they cannot be the goal themselves. - John Condry

You've got to think about 'big things' while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. - Alvin Toffler

In the long run, men only hit what they aim at. - Henry David Thoreau

The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing. - Michael Gerber Think & Grow Rich

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. - Doug Larson

The thing always happens that you really belive in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Self Esteem

Self love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting. - William Shakespear

Until I accept my faults I will most certainly doubt my virtues. - Hugh Prather

Stop being humble, you are not that great. - Golda Meir

Man's self-concept is enhanced when he takes responsibility for himself. - William C. Shutz

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character! - Theodore Roosevelt

You're good enough, you're smart enough and gosh darn it people like you. - Stuart Smalley

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. - Mark Twain


The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. - Thomas Jefferson

People are as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abe Lincoln

I've have had many troubles in my life but the worst of them never came. - James A. Garfield

The Constitution of America only guarantees the pursuit of happiness--- you have to catch up with it yourself. Fortunately, happiness is something that depends not on position but on disposition, and life is what you make it.- Gill Robb Wilson


The Arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than the arrival of twenty asses laden with drugs. - Thomas Sydenham, Seventeenth-Century Physician . Jack Handey: "Deep Thoughts"

Crisis & Adversity

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity. - John F. Kennedy LEMONS/LEMONAIDE

Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott. Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan. Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty and you have an Abraham Lincoln. Srike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes Franklin Roosevelt. Burn him so severely that the doctors say he'll never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham -- who set the world's one mile record in 1934. Deafen him and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven. Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, a Marian Anderson, a George Washington Carver. Call him a slow learner, "retarded," and write him off as uneducable, and you have an Albert Einstein. As one man summed it up: Life is about 20% in what happens to us and 80% in the way we respond to the events. - Ted Engstrom

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. - Helen Keller

Obstacles cannot crush me, every obstacle yields to stern resolve. - Leonardo da Vinci

He who limps still walks. - Stanislaw Lec

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

When all else is lost, the future still remains. - Christian Bovee

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward. - Anonymous

The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles ... are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance. - William Matthews

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. - Ernest Hemingway

It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls. - Unknown

The only cure for grief is action. - George Henry Lewis

Negative Emotions

Anyone can become angry---that is easy.? But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way---this is not easy. - Aristotle

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. - Harry Truman

Holding on to anger is like holding on to a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. - Buddha

Emotions and Health

Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. - Hans Selye

"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you can not do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?" - Luke 12:25-26

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. - Samuel Goldwyn

Success and Performance

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. - Abraham Lincoln

The most vital aspect of winning is mental attitude. - Phil Mahre, 3 time World Cup, Olympic Gold Medalist

Excellence is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. - Thomas Jefferson

Success has a price tag on it, and the tag reads courage, determination, discipline, risk taking, perseverance, and consistency --- doing the right things for the right reasons and not just when we feel like it. - James M. Meston

My formula for success? Rise early, work late, strike oil. - John Paul Getty

Failure isn't failing at the project at hand. Failure is giving up on yourself. - Donna deVerona

I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work. - Ben Franklin

The successful man is the one who had the chance and took it. - Roger Babson

Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well. - Robert Louis Stevenson

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all. - Michelangelo

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. - Vince Lombardi

Winning isn't everything. Wanting to win is. - Catfish Hunter

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen. - Leonardo Da Vinci

Try not to become a man of success, but rather a man of value. - Albert Einstein

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. - Thomas Watson, Sr.

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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