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Commitment cannot be taught;
by Jimmy Yen

Commitment cannot be taught;
it can only be caught.
I refer to the crusading spirit.
Without the crusading spirit,
you may have the starting power
but not the staying power.
- Jimmy Yen

Related topics: Motivational Positive

I must dedicate my life to teaching my people,
for only education would make their lot less bitter,
their latent power more strong.
- Jimmy Yen

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

"Go to the people and live among them
in order to know them and learn from them.
- Jimmy Yen

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Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Serve them
Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have.
- Jimmy Yen (Y. C. James Yen)

Technical know-how of the experts must be transformed
into practical do-how of the people.
- Jimmy Yen

A worker in the rural reconstruction must have:
The body of an athlete
The attitude of a teacher
The mind of a scientist
The heart of a missionary
The spirit of a crusader.
- Jimmy Yen


 

Outsiders can help, but insiders must do the job.
- Jimmy Yen

Relief has its place. But what the people need
is not relief, but release -
release of their own potential for development.
- Jimmy Yen

When we talk about democracy, if the people's
stomach is empty, democracy is also empty.
Democracy can not be installed by fiat;
it must be achieved by the people themselves.
- Jimmy Yen

The people are the foundation of the nation.
Our only chance for a lasting peace on earth:
the release of the strength of the common man.
- Jimmy Yen

True independence is not a gift to be received.
It can't be a hand-out to people.
It must be an achievement by the people.
- Jimmy Yen

The greatest challenge ...
is not the exploring of the mysteries of the outer space,
but the developing of the millions of God's forgotten children,
the developing peoples of the world,
so they can become our equal
and full partners to build a better world -
a world of freedom and brotherhood.
- Jimmy Yen

Life is an organic whole. The basic problems of the people -
poverty, ignorance, disease and civic inertia - interlock.
To address one problem, we must address all.
Hence our emphasis on an integrated program
of livelihood, education, health and self-government.
- Jimmy Yen

There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
- the character Morpheus in the movie The Matrix

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

I hold my course with focused attention
and relentless commitment,
as I weather the storms of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

There are a hundred valid reasons why something can't be done,
but only one reason, Commitment, why it can.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

Stirred awake by the exquisite music
of my own relentless commitment.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment.
Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.
- Paul Tsongas

It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Before you can forgive others,
you must be a person whose forgiveness matters.
Before you can have gratitude for your life,
you must believe that your life has value.
Before your choices have value,
you must feel that you yourself have value.
Before you can dream a great dream for your future,
you have to believe that your future matters.
Before you can build positive habits of resolve and commitment,
before you can begin to live into the Japanese proverb,
"Fall seven times, stand up eight,"
you must believe that your life matters.
Before you can celebrate your life, you must Honor it.
And, before you can feel unity with,
and Honor toward, Spirit and all creation,
you must Honor yourself to feel worthy of that unity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Act with Bold Courage -
Taking inspiration from the powerful vision of my future,
I boldly set sail with courage and intent.
I hold my course with focused attention and relentless commitment,
as I weather the storms of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For me, the most powerful expressions of true Christianity
in this material world are an unconditional love of all humans,
and an uncompromising commitment to caring for all
who are sick, infirm, or troubled -
as expressed in the biblical story of the Good Samaritan.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking
and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together.
And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me -
spiritually and financially.
- Denzel Washington

We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and
fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu.
We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity.
And we can help create a culture - imagine this -
where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.
- Michelle Obama

Most unhappiness comes from resisting life.
Occasionally, you have such a strong commitment
to changing the world order that it is worth
struggling against the flow of life.
But don't live your life as if each minor happening
were a matter of life and death.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work...
a woman is allowed that feeling for a man,
but not her work.
- Barbra Streisand

Illegal immigration is a genuinely national issue,
and resolving it requires a national commitment not
just on health care but also border control,
law enforcement and other resources.
- Jon Kyl

Men are distinguished from women by their commitment
to do violence rather than to be victimized by it.
- Andrea Dworkin

I'm not just a politician, I'm a guy who has a real deep,
substantive, commitment to education.
- Roy Romer

Absolutely not.
I have no problem with commitment.
In fact, I love having someone in my life.
- Matthew McConaughey

I made a commitment to myself; that I wanted to be an actress,
and I wanted to do films that make a difference.
It has to move people.
- Laura Dern

A relationship requires a lot of work and commitment.
- Greta Scacchi

To work with a director that has emotional commitment
and passion toward the characters,
and the piece, and the experiences, it only enriches your work.
- Jessica Lange

If we prove capable of showing a pioneering commitment,
we shall create a commmunity listened to around the world.
- Jacques Chirac

All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for
his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence
that changed this nation -
and world -
for the better.
- Eliot Engel

However, lifestyle intervention requires discipline
with a tangible end result that is within reach.
It requires personal resolve, a lifelong commitment.
- Tim Holden

America's greatness has been the greatness of a free
people who shared certain moral commitments.
Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
- John W. Gardner

It's time to renew our commitment to the world around us.
- Christopher Dodd

An inborn tendency toward science turning it into a lifelong commitment.
- Bruno Rossi

I'm a little commitment phobic, in that I've always
been someone who likes to take things one year at a
time because as we all know,
a year can change everything in your life.
- Debra Messing

No amount of time will weaken our allegiance to avenging
those lost in the horrible attacks.
America has a sharp memory, a firm resolve,
and a commitment to her own.
- John Doolittle

We now recognize that abuse and neglect may be as frequent
in nuclear families as love,
protection, and commitment are in nonnuclear families.
- David Elkind

What President Bush has done speaks more than words
about his feeling of compassion and commitment to people.
- Thad Cochran

I would say 90 percent of my mail and phone calls are
from people who want some kind of help or succor or
commitment from me to do something.
- Peter Coyote

Bankruptcy represents a longstanding commitment in
this country to helping people get a fresh start.
This principle has never been giving only certain people a fresh start.
- Tim Johnson

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.
- Tony Robbins

There is a firm, clear commitment to provide resources
and ideas to enable us to organize the Afghans towards
starting the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

Our children's health and well-being are dependent
on our commitment to promoting food access and good eating habits at home,
at school and in the community.
- Rod Blagojevich

Terrorism, too, must be excised wherever it exists,
which will take years, and which can't happen without
the total commitment and the everyday involvement of the American people.
- David Hackworth

When you make a commitment to a relationship,
you invest your attention and energy in it more profoundly
because you now experience ownership of that relationship.
- Barbara de Angelis

Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue:
it is an intellectual crime.
- Imre Lakatos

One of the best kept secrets in America is that people
are aching to make a commitment,
if they only had the freedom and environment in which to do so.
- John Naisbitt

When you learn something from people,
or from a culture, you accept it as a gift,
and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.
- Yo-Yo Ma

So we have a commitment to the business and to its people.
- John Kluge

The Irish Republican Army has kept every commitment made by its leadership.
- Gerry Adams

Johns Hopkins introduced me to two defining events in my life:
commitment to biomedical research and meeting my future wife,
Mary.
- Peter Agre

We will continue to count on your unwavering support
and commitment to working with leaders of our continent
in bringing about the desired renaissance of Africa.
- Thabo Mbeki

A lot affects the outcome.
It boils down to scheduling and the commitment of the network.
- David Ogden Stiers

But recently it seems that each time I vote,
I am being asked to compromise my conservative ideals
and my commitment to the American taxpayer simply for
the benefit of political gain.
- Jeff Miller

A commitment to sexual equality with males is a commitment
to becoming the rich instead of the poor,
the rapist instead of the raped, the murderer instead of the murdered.
- Andrea Dworkin

Infinitely more important than sharing one's material
wealth is sharing the wealth of ourselves -
our time and energy,
our passion and commitment, and, above all,
our love.
- William E. Simon

Americans have an expectation that the Postal Service
will abide by its well-known,
although unofficial, motto - a commitment to deliver.
- John McHugh

Prayer is commitment.
We don't merely co-operate with God with certain things held back within.
We, the total person, co-operate.
This means that co-operation equals committment.
- E. Stanley Jones


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