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Fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I'll show you a perennial loser.

Fear, desire, hope still push us on toward the future.

Football games are generally won by the boys with the greatest desire.

Football linemen are motivated by a more complicated, self-determining series of factors than the simple fear of humiliation in the public gaze, which is the emotion that galvanizes the backs and receivers.

For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing.

Great men undertake great things because they are great; fools, because they think them easy.

Happiness is dependent on the taste, and not on things.-It is by having what we like that we are made happy, not by having what others think desirable.

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.

I am not sending messages with my feet. All I ever wanted was not to come up empty. I did it for the dough, and the old applause.

I believe in using words, not fists.

I don't make deals for the money. I've got enough, much more than I'll never need. I do it to do it. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks.

I never work better than when I am inspired by anger; for when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.

I praise loudly; I blame softly.

I take it that what all men are really after is some form of, perhaps only some formula of, peace.

I tried to treat them like me, and some of them weren't.

I want to do it because I want to do it.

I wish it, I command it. Let my will take the place of a reason.

If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say: "I want to be praised."

If you can learn from hard knocks, you can also learn from soft touches.

If you're good to your staff when things are going well, they'll rally when times go bad.


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