Monday, August 29, 2011

Success Quotes for Your Powerpoint Presentation or Cubicle Wall

A visitor to our site recently asked us about using our formatted quotes for a Powerpoint presentation he was preparing.  We invite you to copy formatted quotes from our site for speeches, presentations, or even to tape quotes to your cubicle wall, bookcase, refrigerator, whiteboard, clipboard, notebook or bathroom mirror for personal use. Framed quotes are perfect for certain settings and gifts, but that shouldn't stop you from displaying our quotes in other settings, when an electronic copy or small clipping will do.  We make it easy for you to find the perfect quotes for any occasion, and would love to hear that you are using our designs personally in creative ways.  Here are 11 great success quotes, formatted and attached as jpg files.  To use these quotes, simply right-click (or CTRL-click on Mac), and choose Save As.. to copy them to your computer.  Visit us at to find hundreds of other quotes for your next speech, presentation, personal letters or greeting cards.   Let us know what you think of these quotes, and if you use these or others from our collection.  Thanks!
Venture a small fish to catch a great one.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance.

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go, if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.

Always do what you are afraid to do.

If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Why Being Wrong is So Right

Hi Quote Palettes fans. We will be including a FREE PRINT with every order from today until April 15, to celebrate the wonders of being wrong.  What is he talking about, you may be asking?  I recently read "Being Wrong - Adventures in the Margin of Error" by Katherine Schulz, and since then I've never been so gleefully unsure of myself.  Schulz takes you on a journey into the psychology of beliefs and miscues, how we become so convinced we are right, and more importantly, how we deal with information tending to prove otherwise. Not a "how to avoid being wrong" guide, the book is rather more about how our belief systems work and why we should forgive ourselves for mistakes, and indeed embrace the causes and effects of human error.  (Though Schulz is the first to differentiate a minor error of judgment in business that leads to an important lesson, vs. the kind of things we are witnessing today in Japan.)

Fact is, you can't live a full life without making a lot of mistakes.  Understanding how that happens and how to deal with it in a productive, and even lighthearted, way are important life lessons for ourselves as well as for our kids. I highly recommend the book and to help show why being wrong is so right, we'll be including with every order through April 15 one of the quotes listed below, for free.  Let us know which ones you like...........

"It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right." - Molière

"I err, therefore I am." - St. Augustine

"The man who is incapable of making a mistake is incapable of anything." - Abraham Lincoln

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

"Love isn't finding a perfect person. It's seeing an imperfect person perfectly." - Sam Keen

-Gary @ Quote Palettes

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dan Millman quotes now featured at

A customer recently asked us to print a quote by Dan Millman, that goes, "Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world."  We soon discovered this quote was just the tip of the iceberg.  

Millman is a former world champion gymnast and renowned coach, professor and author of 14 books including Way of the Peaceful Warrior (adapted to film in 2006 - see Peaceful Warrior starring Nick Nolte).  His books are printed in 29 languages and have influenced millions, including leaders in the fields of health, psychology, education, business, politics, sports, entertainment and the arts.  So we were more than happy to make this quote available to the Dan Millman fan who requested it. 

We emailed Mr. Millman at his website,, for consent to use his name with his quote. We were very gratified to receive Dan's approval to carry not only the one requested quote, but nine others of our choosing from his book, Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior.  

We now proudly feature the 10 Dan Millman quotes listed below among our many selections at  (The images below show a sampling of our print background and frame choices. Actual print size is 15' x 7' in the frame.)

It's also worth noting that less than 24 hours after adding the "Act happy" quote to our library, the quote was picked out and cited as a favorite by a reader of Momma Told Me, a blog now running a Quote Palettes give-away contest through March 26. What good fortune that it was here for that reader to find, just in time!

We'd love to hear what you think of the quotes below - do you have a favorite?  No doubt there are many more Dan Millman quotes worthy of a place on your wall. Let us know which ones we should be adding over time.
And finally, many thanks to Dan Millman for his generous, personal contribution to
Gary @ Quote Palettes 
"Slipping backwards? You may be backing up to get a running start." - Dan Millman
"Every choice eventually leads to wisdom." - Dan Millman
"Aim not to win or succeed, but for excellence in the moment." - Dan Millman
"Practical wisdom for life: Here and now, breathe and relax." - Dan Millman
"No need to feel brave or confident; just behave that way." - Dan Millman
"Live with a peaceful heart; cultivate a warrior's spirit." - Dan Millman
"We discover our character through decisions under pressure." - Dan Millman
"We can't control the waves of life, but we can learn to surf." - Dan Millman
"Stress happens when the mind resists what is." - Dan Millman
"Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world." - Dan Millman


Dan Millman's book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Dan Millman - Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Friday, March 4, 2011

Wisdom Discovered in Lionel Richie's Search for the Past

One of the things I love about Quote Palettes is how we can add new quotes on the fly. Tonight I watched the NBC show, Who Do You Think You Are, about Lionel Richie's ancestors, and was struck by a writing from the late 19th century attributed to Richie's great grandfather, J.L. Brown.  The archive text read, "It is only by our good qualities rightly set forth that we are to succeed in the future."  I liked it as soon as I saw it, and it took about 4 minutes to make it available at  (You can find it by clicking here.)

The quote reminded me of Burke's famous words, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."  But there was something different about J.L. Brown's words, "It is only by our good qualities RIGHTLY SET FORTH that we are to succeed in the future..."  Whereas Burke warned against passivism, J.L. Brown was saying something more.  To J.L. Brown, the future of mankind would depend not only on our being courageous, imaginative, loyal and diligent (examples of some of our "good qualities"), but also on our ability to use those qualities wisely - in the interests of fairness, justice, charity. We've heard this concept discussed in the context of science and technology and global politics.  But none of the hundreds of quotes in our collection expressed this idea so eloquently.

And so, I am very pleased that one of the unintended consequences of Lionel Richie's research was the discovery of this quote, which we will proudly attribute to the singer's great grandfather and only hope he receives the credit for generations to come.

From the archives of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Gary @ Quote Palettes

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Best Valentines Day Quotes

Valentine's Day is a few short weeks away. Here are our Top 12 Quotes for Valentines Day. These are the best quotes about love to gift to your Valentine (whether girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, partner). They are especially fit to be framed - on your wall or on a shelf. Of course these quotes are also perfect reminders of what matters most - not only on Valentines Day, but all year round. To have any of these printed for framing at Quote Palettes, just click here.

Which is your favorite? I'm particularly fond of #8 (Tagore), which is an excerpt from a poem Victoria and I had read at our wedding (a very long time ago). Happy Valentine's Day. - Gary @ Quote Palettes

1. The love we give away is the only love we keep. - Elbert Hubbard

2. There is no remedy for love, but to love more. - Henry David Thoreau

3. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. - Lao-Tzu

4. Tis love that makes the world go round. - Lewis Carroll

5. All love is sweet, Given or returned. Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

6. At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. - Plato

7. That Love is all there is, Is all we know of Love. - Emily Dickinson

8. I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, In life after life, in age after age forever. - Rabindranath Tagore

9. Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. - Robert Browning

10. Love isn't finding a perfect person. It's seeing an imperfect person perfectly. - Sam Keen

11. It's easy to understand love at first sight, but how do we explain love after two people have been looking at each other for years? – Unknown

12. Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination. - Voltaire

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thank you, Anonymous

Thousands of inspiring, enlightening and entertaining quotes cannot be traced back with certainty to one source. Here are some of our favorite quotes for the wall without a known author. If anyone can show us evidence of the original source of these quotations (sorry, we love Brainyquote but it doesn't count as a primary source), please share your research. Based on our research, however, we will continue to credit these to Anonymous, who also said, "Write a wise saying and your name will live forever." 

To see all Anonymous quotes or get any of these quotes printed for your wall, click here.

-Gary @ Quote Palettes

A friend is the first one to come in when all the world goes out.
Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.
God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them.
The smartest thing I ever said was, Help me!
I kept looking for somebody to solve the problem. Then I realized I am somebody.
I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now.
Time may be a great healer but it's a lousy beautician.
In the game of life, nothing is less important than the score at half time.
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
Life is just a phase you're going through; you'll get over it.
Smart people speak from experience. Smarter people, from experience, don't speak.
The trouble with political jokes is they get elected.
If voting changed anything they would make it illegal.
The reason academic politics are so bitter is that so little is at stake.
There ought to be a better way to start the day than by getting up in the morning.
When at night you cannot sleep, talk to the Shepherd and stop counting sheep.
The Sexes
Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition.
Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
What a shame to tiptoe carefully through life, only to arrive safely at death.
It takes seventy-two muscles to frown, but only thirteen to smile.
Nothing kills a bad product faster than great marketing.
There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go, if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client.
Amateurs practice until they can get it right; professionals practice until they can't get it wrong.
Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
If you want the best seat in the house, move the dog.
There is no snooze button on a cat who wants its breakfast

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day."

You don't have to be a sailor to understand what Henry Ward Beecher was saying. As Benjamin Franklin wrote, "The muses love the morning."  Whether or not you consider yourself to be a "morning person", the quality of a day often depends on how you spend the first one or two precious hours. You have a choice. Focus on important, long-term projects that call for creativity and concentration (good); or read all the emails you were cc'd on (for no good reason), put out fires your boss started, and schedule a bunch of useless meetings (bad). 

The first hour of the day is the best time to read anything that reminds you of your values and helps you focus on your goals. That's where great quotations come into play. A perfect place for a quote is the kitchen or office wall, right where you have your first cup of coffee or tea each day.

However you choose to spend that first hour, resolve to make the majority of your mornings count. You'll be navigating life more effectively in no time. Have a good morning and a great day.

Gary @ Quote Palettes