Best Quotes About Achievement

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. -Harold Taylor

The salary of the chief executive of a large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself. -John Kenneth Galbraith

Innocence of heart and violence of feeling are necessary in any kind of superior achievement: The arts cannot exist without them. -Louise Bogan

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. -Jimmy Carter

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. -Winston Churchill

The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing, civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary, ignorant people. -Kenneth Clark

The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality. -Benjamin Jowett

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. -C. S. Lewis

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. -Charles Kettering

You must intensify and render continuous by repeatedly presenting with suggestive ideas and mental pictures of the feast of good things, and the flowing fountain, which awaits the successful achievement or attainment of the desires. -Claude M. Bristol

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. -Denis Diderot

Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up. -George Santayana

Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch Life from the side lines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity. -Helen Hayes

Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

All great achievements require time. -Maya Angelou

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment. -Thomas Carlyle

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation. -Robert H. Schuller

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. -Woodrow Wilson

Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up. -Alfred North Whitehead

Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. -Edward de Bono

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. -Ayn Rand

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. -David Joseph Schwartz

The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, 'I was wrong'. -Sydney J. Harris

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. -Theodore Isaac Rubin

Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your won presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement. -Alice Koller

Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement. -Florence Scovel Shinn

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. -Napoleon Hill

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. -Cesar Chavez

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. -James Allen

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. -Ayn Rand

When you're young, the silliest notions seem the greatest achievements. -Pearl Bailey

Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge. -Sun Tzu

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. -Nicholas M. Butler

It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog. -Joseph Conrad

Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements. -Giacomo Puccini

The seven marvels that best represent man's achievements over the last 2,000 years will be determined by Internet vote… so look for Howard Stern's Private Parts to come in No. 1. -Jon Stewart

You must accept responsibility for your actions, but not the credit for your achievements. -Denis Waitley

The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources. -Luc de Clapiers

I believe that the testing of the student's achievements in order to see if he meets some criterion held by the teacher, is directly contrary to the implications of therapy for significant learning. -Carl Rogers

Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind. -Jean Rostand

It is probably not love that makes the world go around, but rather those mutually supportive alliances through which partners recognize their dependence on each other for the achievement of shared and private goals. -Fred Allen

Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it; most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The starting point of all achievement is desire. -Napoleon Hill

All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea. -Napoleon Hill

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. -Napoleon Hill

Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between one's origins and one's final achievement. -Michael Korda

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

The more specific and measurable your goal, the more quickly you will be able to identify, locate, create, and implement the use of the necessary resources for its achievement. -Charles J. Givens

The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite. -Edwin Hubbel Chapin

A constant struggle, a ceaseless battle to bring success from inhospitable surroundings, is the price of all great achievements. -Orison Swett Marden

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain. -Henry Drummond

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. -Nelson Mandela

I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement. -Ovid

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. -Ethel Barrymore

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. -Golda Meir

It is no great art to say something briefly when, like Tacitus, one has something to say; when one has nothing to say, however, and none the less writes a whole book and makes truth into a liar – that I call an achievement. -Horace

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. -Henry Ford

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. -Helen Keller

The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval. -Denis Waitley

For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison. -Theodore Roosevelt

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. -Napoleon Hill

Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success. -Bo Bennett

Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization. -Bo Bennett

The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself. -Bo Bennett

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. -Bo Bennett

The ability to forgive is one of man's greatest achievements. -Bryant H. McGill

Massachusetts children cannot only lead the nation in test scores, they can be competitive with the best in the world. And the gap in achievement among races can virtually disappear. -Mitt Romney

We are the only country in the world that has taken people from so many different backgrounds, which is a great achievement by itself, but an even greater achievement is that we have turned all of that variety and diversity into unity. -Lamar Alexander

There is no finer sensations in life that which comes with victory over one's self. Go forward to a goal of inward achievement, brushing aside all your old internal enemies as you advance. -Vash Young

What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team. -Benjamin Franklin Fairless

The size of your accomplishments, the quality of your achievement, will depend very largely on how big a man you see in yourself, what sort of image you get of your possible self, yourself at your best. -Orison Swett Marden

Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. -Steve Prefontaine

One of the greatest resources people cannot mobilize themselves is that they try to accomplish great things. Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction. -Nido Qubein

A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration. -Kurt Lewin

Yet, our achievements also mask many continuing failings and seem to expose more future dangers. -Hun Sen

The generation which lived through the Second World War is disappearing. Post-war generations see Europe's great achievements – liberty, peace and prosperity – as a given. -Jan Peter Balkenende

The achievements we forge in this place and in our nation will not be those of one person or one party. -Paul Martin

Humanistic values of equality and equal rights for all nations and individuals as crystallized in the principles of the United Nations Charter are mankind's great achievements in the 20th century. -Tran Duc Luong

Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why? -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I'm not the type who'll yell about my achievements from the rooftops. -Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Chess is a sport. The main object in the game of chess remains the achievement of victory. -Max Euwe

As we talk about the need to foster academic achievement, we must recognize and reward those who strive academically, just as we honor athletic champions. Meeting the President of the United States is just the honor we should bestow on our academic champions. -Brad Sherman

The thing I do, really, is a communication with audiences more than any achievement through records. -Richard Thompson

Dissatisfaction with possession and achievement is one of the requisites to further achievement. -John Hope

Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement. -Susan L. Taylor

It took the United States until 1920 to give women the franchise and another 40 or 50 years to start utilizing women's potential. How many women of incredible potential did we fail and what achievements were lost to all because we never tapped that potential? -James E. Rogers

Immortality is not a gift, Immortality is an achievement; And only those who strive mightily Shall possess it. -Edgar Lee Masters

All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. The first step is to know exactly what your problem, goal or desire is. -W. Clement Stone

Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment. -Powell Clayton

There is no personal achievement in being born beautiful. -Loretta Young

Coming to understand a painting or a symphony in an unfamiliar style, to recognize the work of an artist or school, to see or hear in new ways, is as cognitive an achievement as learning to read or write or add. -Nelson Goodman

The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue. -Arnold J. Toynbee

I think that for the highest achievements nowadays… need to have the stable as a rock scientific base. And also need to own modesty. -Alexander Alekhine

By any reasonable measure of achievement, the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified. -E. O. Wilson

The United States is a giant island of freedom, achievement, wealth and prosperity in a world hostile to our values. -Phyllis Schlafly

An egalitarian educational system is necessarily opposed to meritocracy and reward for achievement. It is inevitably opposed to procedures that might reveal differing levels of achievement. -Robert Bork

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. -Frederic Chopin

But all actors go through the process, it's hit and miss, you have achievement and failure. -Thomas Haden Church

As we take stock of this century of achievement, Ulster Unionists have every reason to feel proud. -David Trimble

The most important thing to strive for in life is some kind of personal and professional achievement. Not as a man or a woman, but as a person. -Candace Bushnell

People seem to think that life began with the achievement of personal independence. -Katharine Anthony

If quantitatively the American achievement is impressive, qualitatively it is somewhat less satisfying. -Irving Babbitt

The mechanical and social achievements of our day must not blind our eyes to the fact that, in all that relates to man, his nature and aspirations, we have added little or nothing to what has been so finely said by the great men of old. -James Loeb

To make the moral achievement implicit in science a source of strength to civilization, the scientist will have to have the cooperation also of the philosopher and the religious teacher. -Arthur Compton

Inductive reason, which alone makes man master of his environment, is an achievement; and when once born it must be reinforced by inhibiting the growth of other modes of knowledge. -Muhammad Iqbal

But the perception of life as an organic unity is a slow achievement, and depends for its growth on a people's entry into the main current of world-events. -Muhammad Iqbal

I'm sure that some of them will be very hard and I'll have a sense of achievement again, but nothing will mean the same to me – there's no other problem in mathematics that could hold me the way that this one did. -Andrew Wiles

It is my hope that as we commemorate Black History Month in the future, we will continue to celebrate the many achievements and rich culture of African-Americans. -Eliot Engel

Contemplation and wisdom are highest achievements and man is not totally at home with them. -Gabriel Marcel

Nuclear energy is the scientific achievement of the Iranian nation. -Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

I do think we know that a teacher who knows what he or she is doing, knows their subject matter, and knows how to impart knowledge to kids is a critical piece of closing the achievement gap. -Margaret Spellings

I mean, one thing I know about change is we are not going to close the achievement gap without educators. -Margaret Spellings

We want to obviously foster a relationship that we're a partner with states; that we all share the same goals of closing the achievement gap, just as the Congress does; and that we're practical and sophisticated enough to understand what they're talking about. -Margaret Spellings

Man has always needed to believe in some form of a continuity of achievement. -Robert Vaughn

I was part of it, and I am still part of it today in terms of what it means to a whole new generation of people who are interested in the enduring energy, achievements, spirit and creativity that exemplified our era. -David Amram

We all recognize that in recent decades, many important achievements have helped create a cleaner, healthier environment, yet our national needs in environmental health are not being fully met. -Samuel Wilson

I had gained so much confidence through my college achievements that I wanted to tackle the world. -Donna Rice

I would say my greatest achievement in life right now – my greatest achievement period is – and I'm still trying to achieve it – is to be a wonderful father to my kids. -Bo Jackson

Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm. -David Rockefeller

While we enjoy the benefits of living in the greatest democracy in the world, we must be ever conscious of the fact that none of the achievements or freedoms enjoyed in America would be possible without the price that has been paid for by our servicemen and women. -Mark Kennedy

Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody. -Scott Hamilton

That's what makes the Ryder Cup in golf so much better than the Masters or the U.S. Open. To be a part of something that is not about personal achievement, but about representing everyone and sharing it with the whole country, it's wonderful. -Scott Hamilton

The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals – its philosophers, its poets and its artists. -Herbert Read

It is this conception of the unity of the human career which is perhaps the greatest achievement of historical study, since it gained a place analogous to that of natural science. -James Henry Breasted

The only thing I shall talk about is my sporting achievements at school. My primary sporting achievement at school was that I dodged games for two complete years and was well through the third year before they discovered that I had completely avoided all games. -John Hume

With respect to the respective French and German traditions you are no doubt correct, although I am reluctant to see individual achievement reduced to archetypes. -Brian Ferneyhough

People really have to believe in their tax system. They have to believe that there is an equitable distribution of the burden, but there is also an important investment based upon the potential achievements that come from us paying our taxes. -Richard Neal

Emmys are wonderful and I'm thrilled to death that I have mine. But they're representative of a specific achievement, where this sort of thing is representative of how you've grown in your own industry. -Dinah Shore

My greatest achievement so far is that I've been able to continue with my normal life. I love what I do, but more so, I'm glad to have people who care about me close by. -Kim Smith

I miss that sensation of a small achievement feeling like a really big deal. -Gavin DeGraw

And it seems to me important for a country, for a nation to certainly know about its glorious achievements but also to know where its ideals failed, in order to keep that from happening again. -George Takei

He was a fantastic player, but the thing that impressed me most about Paul was his manner off the pitch. He was always very humble about his achievements and had a lot of time for the paying public and people in general. -Kenny Cunningham

Meanwhile, parents, students and teachers all report higher satisfaction with charter schools. People like them. They cost less money. They raise the academic achievement of poor kids. Go ahead, get a little enthused. -Maggie Gallagher

More than specific memories of achievements, for me I remember the feeling you get when you were just at your very best – when you felt like you were floating across the court and could put the ball wherever you wanted. -Guy Forget

After my stellar first grade academic achievements, I continued to perform well in the city primary schools – except for penmanship, which was not my forte. -Vernon L. Smith

Nixon had some large achievements in foreign affairs. They will be remembered. But a president probably gets remembered for one thing, and Watergate will head the Nixon list, I suspect. -Bob Woodward

The mean pattern of educational and economic achievement within multi-racial countries such as Canada and the United States has increasingly been found to prove valid internationally. -J. Philippe Rushton

The biological factors underlying race differences in sports have consequences for educational achievement, crime and sexual behavior. -J. Philippe Rushton

I had this big thing about guitar harmonies. I wanted to be the first to put proper three-part harmonies onto a record. That was an achievement. -Brian May

Grades are almost completely relative, in effect ranking students relative to others in their class. Thus extra achievement by one student not only raises his position, but in effect lowers the position of others. -James S. Coleman

In a high school, the norms act to hold down the achievements of those who are above average, so that the school's demands will be at a level easily maintained by the majority. -James S. Coleman

It is clear from all these data that the interests of teenagers are not focused around studies, and that scholastic achievement is at most of minor importance in giving status or prestige to an adolescent in the eyes of other adolescents. -James S. Coleman

The educational resources provided by a child's fellow students are more important for his achievement than are the resources provided by the school board. -James S. Coleman

The higher the social class of other students the higher any given student's achievement. -James S. Coleman

The results indicate that heterogeneity of race and heterogeneity of family educational background can increase the achievement of children from weak educational backgrounds with no adverse effect on children from strong educational backgrounds. -James S. Coleman

And I have lived since – as you have – in a period of cold war, during which we have ensured by our achievements in the science and technology of destruction that a third act in this tragedy of war will result in the peace of extinction. -Lester B. Pearson

On the basis of biological, sociological, and historical knowledge, we should recognize that the individual self is subject to death or decay, but the sum total of individual achievement, for better or worse, lives on in the immortality of The Larger. -Hu Shih

But no nation can base its survival and development on luck and prayers alone while its leadership fritters away every available opportunity for success and concrete achievement. -Ibrahim Babangida

It is commonly asserted and accepted that Paradise Lost is among the two or three greatest English poems; it may justly be taken as the type of supreme poetic achievement in our literature. -John Drinkwater

Men's competitive team sports focus on the balance between individual achievement and team achievement with the emphasis on team achievement. -Warren Farrell

I arise full of eagerness and energy, knowing well what achievement lies ahead of me. -Zane Grey

Painting constantly appeared to me as the one and only possible achievement. -Max Beckmann

And, I may add, from what totally unexpected sources come many of those who from the comparatively modest beginning in the chorus rise to the heights of really great achievement in the theatrical profession. -Florenz Ziegfeld

During the decades after Brown v. Board of Education there was terrific progress. Tens of thousands of public schools were integrated racially. During that time the gap between black and white achievement narrowed. -Jonathan Kozol

Proving I'm a good mother is the one achievement I'm most proud of. It's brought out the best in me. -Sheena Easton

To have united the purposes of an entire Nation, is the great historical achievement of the man in whose strong hands our President has placed the fate of our people. -Gustav Krupp

But the first the general public learned about the discovery was the news of the destruction of Hiroshima by the atom bomb. A splendid achievement of science and technology had turned malign. Science became identified with death and destruction. -Joseph Rotblat

This homage has been rendered not to me – for the Polish soil is fertile and does not lack better writers than me – but to the Polish achievement, the Polish genius. -Henryk Sienkiewicz

We will host the Asean summit in November this year. It will be an occasion to reflect on our achievements collectively and to look at how Asean can maintain its leading role in regional and international cooperation. -Hassanal Bolkiah

Records are just moments of achievement. They're like receipts for work done. Time goes on and people keep playing music. -Bill Laswell

I think the sense of family and family achievement, plus the discipline which I received there from that one-room school were really very helpful in what I did later on. -Alan Shepard

How much more must this be so in my own case for I am conscious not only of the great names and achievements of those who have preceded me, but also of the living presence of many of my masters and teachers. -Cecil Frank Powell

We have had such a letter movement on two occasions in Denmark when more than a quarter of the adult Danish population participated. Such an achievement, however, demands a really great effort and also a great deal of money. -Fredrik Bajer

I draw from my family and my friends and I feel like that small-town person. The achievements, the materialistic possessions have really become to mean less. They mean nothing. -Sheryl Crow

Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what's important. -Elle Macpherson

If there was any one achievement, it would be that we've have done it on our own terms. -Alex Lifeson

The film was fair to his musical achievement and gave him every opportunity to explain himself. -Martin Bashir

The only achievement I am really proud of is the friends I have made in this community. -Gary Cooper

The American economic, political, and social organization has given to its citizens the benefits of material prosperity, political liberty, and a wholesome natural equality; and this achievement is a gain, not only to Americans, but to the world and to civilization. -Herbert Croly

The moral and social aspiration proper to American life is, of course, the aspiration vaguely described by the word democratic; and the actual achievement of the American nation points towards an adequate and fruitful definition of the democratic ideal. -Herbert Croly

Well, perhaps the greatest achievement, and we didn't know it at the time, was we held an Earth Day in 1970, and out of that Earth Day a lot of students got involved in saving the environment, or trying to. -Pete McCloskey

No single achievement in science is possible without the painstaking work of the many hundreds who have built the foundation on which all new work is based. -Polykarp Kusch

Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that's one of the hardest things to do because you don't always know exactly where you're going, and you shouldn't. -George Lucas

As we celebrate Black History Month we should be grateful for the achievements they made and inspired by their legacies to continue their work. -Marty Meehan

Social Security is one of the greatest achievements of the American government, protecting our elderly against poverty and assuring young people of a more secure future. -Mark Foley

There are two kinds of people; those who are always well and those who are always sick. Most of the evils of the world come from the first sort and most of the achievement from the second. -Louis Dudek

The United States has made a massive effort since the end of the Second World War to secure the dominance of its films in foreign markets – an achievement generally pushed home politically, by writing clauses into various treaties and aid packages. -Fredric Jameson

First of all, just to get Diner made would have been an achievement in that I got a chance to direct. -Barry Levinson

Most achievements in science are to a certain degree group efforts. -Willard Libby

And yet the Nobel Prizes, in singling out individuals, have done a great deal of good in pointing up to the world as a whole and setting forth clearly goals for achievement. -Willard Libby

A poet or prose narrator usually looks back on what he has achieved against a backdrop of the years that have passed, generally finding that some of these achievements are acceptable, while others are less so. -Eyvind Johnson

Jazz is a music of great achievements but speed and chops serve a different function in jazz. -Marc Ribot

Not only will this make you treat each moment more preciously, but you will be more patient with yourself and with others, recognizing that there are millions of moments on the path to any worthwhile achievement. -Menachem Mendel Schneerson

And the actual achievements of biology are explanations in terms of mechanisms founded on physics and chemistry, which is not the same thing as explanations in terms of physics and chemistry. -Michael Polanyi

I know that people will remember me as Miss Universe because it was my first great achievement, but I still have my whole career ahead of me. -Alicia Machado

Internationalism on the other hand admits that spiritual achievements have their roots deep in national life; from this national consciousness art and literature derive their character and strength and on it even many of the humanistic sciences are firmly based. -Christian Lous Lange

The important achievement of Apollo was demonstrating that humanity is not forever chained to this planet and our visions go rather further than that and our opportunities are unlimited. -Neil Armstrong

My real achievement is my daughter and my three beautiful grandchildren. -Marilyn Horne

Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The charms of women were never more powerful never inspired such achievements, as in those immortal periods, when they could neither read nor write. -Hannah Cowley

You are Americans. You love this country. Together we are entrusted with the principles that represent mankind's greatest political and social achievement. -Paul Tsongas

You don't have to be rich and famous. You just have to be an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things. I'd like more people to know that it's there. Women's achievements still aren't recognised enough in many areas. -Joan Armatrading

New standards for safety are now in place and Canada has helped provide tools and techniques that were needed. Technologies like these are innovative and represent great achievements for us. -Marc Garneau

Through these ongoing activities and possibly in the future, a Canadian will go live and work on the International Space Station and we will continue to make Canadians proud of our achievements in space. -Marc Garneau

Never mistake activity for achievement. -John Wooden

Your greatest achievement is to love me. -Prince Charles

I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential. -Shirley Chisholm

In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements. -Mao Zedong

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. -Vince Lombardi

Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn't worth anything. -George Washington Carver

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. -Benjamin Franklin

It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The final wisdom of life requires not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it. -Reinhold Niebuhr

Democracy is fatal for the arts; it leads only to chaos or the achievement of new and lower common denominators of quality. -Walter Legge

Productive achievement is a consequence and an expression of health and self-esteem, not its cause. -Nathaniel Branden

Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement, all success, all achievement in real life grows. -Ben Stein

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. -W. Clement Stone

Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement. -Claude M. Bristol

Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements. -Agnes Repplier

Liberalism, on the other hand, regards life as an adventure in which we must take risks in new situations, in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true, in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability. -Morris Raphael Cohen

There are some achievements which are never done in the presence of those who hear of them. Catching salmon is one, and working all night is another. -Anthony Trollope

The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement. -Anna Garlin Spencer

Liberalism regards life as an adventure in which we must take risks in new situation, in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true, in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability. -Morris Raphael Cohen

If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements. -Mason Cooley

Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions. -Oscar Hammerstein II

Basic philosophy, spirit and drive of an organization have far more to do with its relative achievements than do technological or economic resources, organizational structure, innovation and timing. -Marvin Bower

Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned. -Jorge Luis Borges

Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement. -Willa Cather

Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In Japan, mothers insist on achievement and accomplishment as a sign of love and respect. Thus to fail places children in a highly shamed situation. -Michael Lewis

Students today are a pretty solemn lot. One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before their time. -Robertson Davies

I don't know what makes someone hip. The goal is artist achievement and the best work we can do with no limitation. -Rick Rubin

For the first time in 15 years, Georgia this winter has its electric power guaranteed without deficit. This is a historic achievement. -Mikheil Saakashvili

I want to say with the utmost of sincerity, not as a Republican, but as an American, that I have great respect for Senator Obama's historic achievement to become his party's nominee, not because of his color, but with indifference to it. -Mike Huckabee

Badges mean nothing in themselves, but they mark a certain achievement and they are a link between the rich and the poor. For when one girl sees a badge on a sister Scout's arm, if that girl has won the same badge, it at once awakens an interest and sympathy between them. -Juliette Gordon Low

The major economic policy challenges facing the nation today – pick your favorites among the usual suspects of low public and household savings, concerns about educational quality and achievement, high and rising income inequality, the large imbalances between our social insurance commitments and resources – are not about monetary policy. -Timothy Geithner

I find it hard to believe that human beings are the crowning achievement of life on earth. Something better than us has to come along. -Douglas Coupland

We have a chance to wind down and expedite the removal of 96 percent of the world's nuclear weapons. What an achievement it would be, if at the end of the next administration, we could say that the nuclear arsenals of both Russia and the United States had been reduced to the barest minimums. -Dianne Feinstein

My proudest achievement has been the success of the shows and artists I have been involved with, because they were made in Britain. -Simon Cowell

I have been in Congress for more than a half century. I have lived through times of fear and times of hope. Of despair and of achievement. I have seen our government at its best, but today I fear that we see our government at its worst. -Robert Byrd

The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus. Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a, from a bureaucrat. Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way. -Milton Friedman

This is what America is about when it comes to understanding that it is equal opportunity versus equal achievement. Each and every one of us has the opportunity for greatness in this country. -Allen West

Few can contemplate without a sense of exhilaration the splendid achievements of practical energy and technical skill, which, from the latter part of the seventeenth century, were transforming the face of material civilization, and of which England was the daring, if not too scrupulous, pioneer. -E. F. Schumacher

I think that in itself is kind of an amazing achievement to be able to say that your full-time career is in any creative arts, let alone a show that has kept people interested for coming on four seasons and hopefully more. -Anna Paquin

I will say that growing up as a kid in an urban environment and having lived in cities all my life, the one achievement that everyone can look forward to is getting the perfect parking spot. -Saul Perlmutter

Simply racing a Formula 1 car is an achievement. -Sebastian Vettel

If I stayed in this game for individual achievements, I don't think I'd still be playing. -Chili Davis

Governments cannot assume or expect that the ECB will always facilitate their funding independently of the achievement of their fiscal and other policy objectives. -Lucas Papademos

Getting through high school and college was one of my greatest achievements. -Ann Bancroft

It seemed romantic but also tragic – people would be winning but then lose it all, or crash but fight on, break bones but get back on their bikes and try to finish. Just getting to the end was seen as an achievement in itself. -David Millar

My daughter is my biggest achievement. She is a little star and my life has changed so much for the better since she came along. -Denise Van Outen

Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. -Allen West

I am very optimistic, and I wish that God almighty grants me success to get a qualifying time. Only then can I go to the Olympics. If this happens I will be the first Palestinian athlete to gain a qualifying time. This will be a big achievement. -Nader al-Masri

Denver is home to me, and to be recognized for my achievements in the sports community here is a great honor. -Carmelo Anthony

The way I look at myself, the biggest achievement in my eyes – forget winning trophies or scoring in World Cups – is that I'm still at a top club playing at a really high standard having been almost two different players. -Michael Owen

If the story is good enough, if it's imaginative enough, if it's moving enough it is going to reach deeper than the level of sheer information and change somebody's life two degrees. That is an enormous achievement. -David Remnick

I left Gorbachev's office thinking that everything about him was outsized: his achievements, his mistakes, and, now, his vanity and bitterness. -David Remnick

Good is somebody who delivered and allowed the company to overcome obstacles, without leaving a profound impact on its culture. Great is somebody who leads his company to achievements and performance and value that nobody was expecting it had. -Carlos Ghosn

One of the achievements of which I am most proud was the codification, the writing into U.S. law, of the U.S. embargo on the Castro dictatorship. -Lincoln Diaz-Balart

It's very confusing when fame comes early on in your career. You get a little bit bent out of shape in terms of what's important. Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements – it's not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work. -Adam Clayton

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together. -Paul Ryan

It will be hard for us and it will be an achievement just to get out of the group stages and through to the quarterfinals, but I am personally dreaming of reaching the final! -Andriy Shevchenko

It was in Cardiff, and the cast was 60 per cent Welsh-speaking. It's the first time I've walked into a rehearsal room speaking my mother tongue, which in itself was a breath of fresh clean air from the Welsh mountains. Singing Hans Sachs is always a milestone, but I was happy to be part of such an achievement, not personally but as a company. -Bryn Terfel

The principal achievement of Europe is peace, which we often forget about as it has become so taken for granted by Europeans. -Dominique de Villepin

Often, when you've reached a very high level of achievement, you almost become paralyzed by the idea that anything you might do might be imperfect. Perfection is just the striving, the effort, the struggle, but it's hard to remember that. -Gelsey Kirkland

And in terms of their crown jewel legislative achievement: who knew that when asked, 'will government impose a new federal mandate requiring middle class Americans to buy health insurance whether they can afford it or not?' The answer would be 'Yes we can!' -Artur Davis

Obama sees everything backward. Where Americans see individual achievement, he sees government's work. Where we see failing companies, he sees innovation worth subsidizing. Where we see the need for economic growth, he sees a need for higher taxes. -Reince Priebus

Helping someone come to a saving knowledge of Christ is the greatest achievement possible. -Charles Stanley

It seems like every year Hollywood makes an attempt to retell the Manson story, and I just couldn't be less interested in it. It's not really our crowning achievement as a civilisation. I'm not saying it shouldn't be done, but it just bores me. -John Hawkes

The Nobel Peace Prize is a powerful message. A durable peace is not a single achievement, but an environment, a process and a commitment. -Mohamed ElBaradei

Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements – it's not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work. -Adam Clayton

The middle class, one of the great achievements in history, is becoming more of a relic than a reality. -Jon Meacham

I guess that's one achievement I'm really proud of. Saving Chrysler was more than jobs, more than shareholder value. Saving Chrysler was a good idea for the whole country. -Lee Iacocca

I stood for parliament with the amazing support and help of my ex-husband, but it's not something that was handed to me like a peerage. I worked hard and was elected. So my achievements, such as they are, are my own. -Louise Mensch

I knew I would be running with so many people watching all over the world because of him. People love Bolt. He has many fans out there because of his great achievements and breaking world records in Olympics. I've done the same and it's a great honour. I'm happy and I'm happy for him. -David Rudisha

Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful – just plain happier, or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people, and that by itself would be a major achievement. -Ben Stein

I grew up in a socialist country. And I have seen what that does to people. There is no hope, no freedom. No pride in achievement. -Thomas Peterffy

Naturally it is nice to be widely known for worthwhile achievements, but it forces you to do many things which you don't like to do and these things take up time you want for other things. -Jack Nicklaus

All I've ever ended up with in terms of achievements is the movie, some really stupid anecdotes, a bunch of crosswords that I didn't finish and maybe some old bicycle that I found lying around on set. -Christian Bale

Honorary degrees and lifetime achievement awards are very encouraging. I know that it might sound strange that a writer who has published many books still needs encouragement, but this is true. -Joyce Carol Oates

You should take some responsibility for the way you present yourself. But you should not be hung up on your looks, whether you are ugly or handsome, because it isn't an achievement. -Christopher Reeve

It's crucial that I kind of keep up, without drifting into the backslapping land of cliche and lifetime achievement awards. -Robert Plant

I know that bands that haven't put out a record for 10 years are playing to 20,000 people a night. But that's not the achievement. -Robert Plant

It's become unfashionable to celebrate political achievement, and Labour achievement even less so. And it's positively uncouth to be proud of something that this Labour government is doing. So, slam me for saying so, but I'm really proud of the NHS. -Lucy Powell

Receiving the Newcombe Medal for a third year in a row is an amazing honour. The Newcombe Medal is a great occasion for the Australian tennis community to come together and celebrate our sport, recognise people's achievements and contributions to Australian tennis. -Samantha Stosur

These are important reforms. Infrastructure, education, health, hospitals, closing the gap with indigenous Australians. Also the Apology to the first Australians. As Prime Minister of the country I am proud of each and every one of these achievements. -Kevin Rudd

My father's biggest achievement was to motivate the South Korean people, to show them we could become prosperous if we worked hard. He taught me to love my country, and serve my country. -Park Geun-hye

You cannot compare your athletic achievement to the importance of children and giving them a safe environment in which to grow up and enjoy life. -Steffi Graf

I'll have to say winning the Olympic gold in Atlanta is a crowning achievement, along with the gold in the relay in the same games. -Donovan Bailey

Unfortunately, the real achievements of children on the ground became debased and devalued because Labor education secretaries sounded like Soviet commissars praising the tractor production figures when we know that those exams were not the rock-solid measures of achievement that children deserve. -Michael Gove

It is exciting to work with students thinking about issues of the day, from closing the achievement gap to finding a cure for cancer. -Freeman A. Hrabowski III

Scotland is my country, the nation that shaped me, that taught me my values. A nation whose achievements inspired and inspire me, a community whose failings drive me – drive my overwhelming desire to fight for social justice and equality. -Johann Lamont

My wife happens to be probably the greatest working woman in comedy. I can't think of anyone who even approaches her achievements and her abilities. -Nick Offerman

Although I never marched through the streets shouting for Mao, I do believe that the liberation of China at the end of the 1940s was a wonderful thing and to provide its people with a billion pairs of shoes and trousers was a fantastic achievement. -Henning Mankell

I think the fact that I made enough noise in the world that I might be remembered is an amazing achievement. You can't ask for more than that. -Nas

The silent killer of all great men and women of achievement – particularly men, I don't know why, maybe it's the testosterone – I think it's narcissism. Even more than hubris. And for women, too. Narcissism is the killer. -James Woods

For the liberal state to accommodate a diversity of beliefs while having few positive convictions is one of the more admirable achievements of civilization. -Terry Eagleton

I don't think individual achievement in business is the most meaningful way for it to operate. -Michael Eisner

Mother Teresa's detractors have accused her of overemphasizing Calcuttans' destitution and of coercing conversion from the defenseless. In the context of lost causes, Mother Teresa took on battles she knew she could win. Taken together, it seems to me, the criticisms of her work do not undermine or topple her overall achievement. -Bharati Mukherjee

Contentment does not come from achievement. It comes from a relationship with the Lord. -Paul Henderson

Theatre should be a taxing experience: the greatest achievement of a writer is to produce a character who creates anxiety. -Howard Barker

As for the single market, the E.U.'s landmark achievement, there is no question that a euro zone breakup would severely disrupt its operation in the short run. -Barry Eichengreen

One of the achievements of our generation of feminists was to emancipate women from the division between being interested in clothes and appearance, and being serious and ambitious. I am of the first generation that could go to Biba, wear miniskirts and get a degree. -Marina Warner

Only in North America is it regarded as a major achievement to speak one language moderately well. -Richard Pound

In both children and adults, there can be a hard-to-deny link between a robust sense of hope and either work productivity or academic achievement. -Jeffrey Kluger

I think protecting your family and giving to them is so important. It's the most important achievement. -Natalia Vodianova

I don't get recognised that much yet in London, but when I do I get a real sense of achievement. -Idris Elba

I have no time for specialized concerns, working themes or variations that lead to mastery… I like the indefinite, the boundless; I like continual uncertainty. Other qualities may be more conducive to achievement, publicity, success; but they are all outworn – as outworn as ideologies, opinions, concepts and names for things. -Gerhard Richter

It is time my colleagues got real. All British universities doing worthwhile research use animals, and, instead of hiding, they should be boasting of their achievements. -Robert Winston

Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. -Naveen Jain

If you ask me why I've succeeded, it's because I was in the Royal Marines. You have this unbelievable sense of achievement and of overcoming adversity. That's the confidence it breeds. -Brian McDermott

The most direct path to achievement whether you're an entrepreneur, a company executive, or a pro soccer player is to be a great performer and a great team member. This is also the secret to a meaningful career and self-fulfillment. -Maynard Webb

The privilege of a middle-class, stable, bourgeois life is that you can pretend that you are not complicated and project yourself as a solid, uncomplicated person, with refined life goals and achievements. -Aleksandar Hemon

I'm very comfortable with the idea of there being late bloomers, and for me, of course, there's no difficulty at all in the way that I think of talent and achievement and so on. -Daniel Tammet

Increased physical activity during the school day can help children's attention, classroom behavior, and achievement test scores. Meanwhile, the decline of play is closely linked to ADHD; behavioral problems; and stunted social, cognitive, and creative development. -Darell Hammond

To me the ego is the habitual and compulsive thought processes that go through everybody's mind continuously. External things like possessions or memories or failures or successes or achievements. Your personal history. -Eckhart Tolle

Whatever he does in office, no man can live up to the high expectations of the world, but we have been changed by his election. Obama's inauguration is a historic global achievement, a major milestone in the journey of a powerful nation. -Des Browne

It is extraordinary how safe flying has become. You are now statistically more likely to be elected president of the United States in your lifetime than you are to die in a plane crash. What an amazing achievement as a society! But what we end up focusing on are the catastrophic failures that are incredibly rare but happen every now and then. -Steven Johnson

Social democrats are characteristically modest – a political quality whose virtues are overestimated. We need to apologise a little less for our shortcomings and speak more assertively of achievements. That these were always incomplete should not trouble us. -Tony Judt

There is no shame in taking pride in achievements or position. But nobody gets to the top alone. -Harvey Mackay

I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things. -Tim Ferriss

Workaholics typically have a lot of achievement with very little appreciation of what they have, whether it's cars or friendships or otherwise. That is a shallow victory. Then you have people with a lot of appreciation and no achievement, which is fine, but it doesn't create a lot of good in the world. -Tim Ferriss

Technology may be traditionally perceived as a male-dominated industry, but it won't always be that way. Every day we see more and more powerful women leaders boasting outstanding achievements. -Clara Shih

The false pride of perennial celebration, of wearing flag lapel pins while betraying the values that the flag stands for, is like the self-esteem curriculum for toddlers, where everything is praised and no achievement ultimately has meaning. -Anne-Marie Slaughter

The debate that I'm interested in having is with seriously smart people about how we design institutions in the 21st century that will genuinely address problems of poverty and educational underachievement. -Niall Ferguson

You know, you don't expect everyone to be as educated as everyone else or have the same achievements, but you expect at least to be offered at least some of the opportunities, and libraries are the most simple and the most open way to give people access to books. -Zadie Smith

Don't confuse honours with achievement. -Zadie Smith

Academic achievement was something I'd always sought as a form of reward. Good grades pleased my parents, good grades pleased my teachers; you got them in order to sew up approval. -Caroline Knapp

I played college soccer before I was hurt, and just to be able to jump back into something that you could be so competitive at or you can achieve, to get to the Paralympics, that's the first really big achievement that you can have. It's the second biggest sporting event in the world. To be a part of it and to get a medal for that, it's unreal. -Mark Zupan

I probably should have a brand, but I think you can't get the best artists to work for you if you're branded. I get the trade-off, and I really would like to be more famous for my work, get more credit for my achievements. -Brian Grazer

What college is all about is some kind of 4-year game about who is going to end up with the highest grades. And I don't mean to say that academic achievement isn't important. But it is, after all, a means to an end. -Derek Bok

Not everyone realises that to write a really good piece of journalism is at least as demanding intellectually as the achievement of any scholar. -Max Weber

I could just sit back and get someone to spin my achievements, I suppose, but when I see others do it, I always think, 'Why are you telling me how successful you are?' I am always suspicious of those kinds of boasts. -Simon Cowell

Just as an individual's ability to delay gratification at a young age is a powerful predictor of future academic and professional achievement, discipline is also central to the long-run economic health of nations. -Peter Blair Henry

I hadn't realized quite how extraordinary Charles Lindbergh's achievement was in flying the Atlantic alone. He had never flown over open water before, but he flew straight to Dingle Bay in Ireland and then on to Paris, exactly as planned. -Bill Bryson

Whether people want to do business or sell things online, reach new people and be found, showcase their achievements, or communicate with their friends or family, Weebly is the best way for them to create a high-quality site that meets their goals. -David Rusenko

Once you've experienced the warmth of an audience, the achievement of getting your first laugh, and entertaining them, singing or playing piano, it just keeps it all going. -Bruce Forsyth

The idea that children are passive repositories to be shaped by their parents has been massively overstated. A child's peer group is a far greater determinant of its development and achievements than parental aspiration. -Steven Pinker

Like most parents, I think, my children have been the source of some of my most intense joys and despairs, my deepest moral dilemmas and greatest moral achievements. -Alison Gopnik

In an ideal world, nobody's work would be just about the money. People could pursue excellence in what they do, take pride in achievement, and derive meaning from knowing that their work improved the lives of others. -Barry Schwartz

Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be our best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth; it's a shield. -Brene Brown

I have been working for over 30 years and am always wondering about where I am and where I am going. It does not stop and become a fixed event of achievement. -Maira Kalman

When I went to college, as much as my parents emphasized academic achievement, they emphasized marriage even more. They told me that the most eligible women marry young to get a 'good man' before they are all taken. -Sheryl Sandberg

Women don't take enough risks. Men are just 'foot on the gas pedal.' We're not going to close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap. -Sheryl Sandberg

The journey that I have undertaken, meeting people from all walks of life and learning from them, has been my biggest achievement. -Aamir Khan

Art is a critical component in a well-rounded education. Art is the level playing field – no matter how rich or poor, tall or short, pretty or ugly to the bone, if you can draw, you can find personal fulfillment and build self-confidence. Art is the highest achievement of mankind. -Lynda Resnick

Among all the 'awards' that I have hitherto collected, I consider the title of 'patita' or 'fallen woman' to be the highest. This is an achievement of my long-struggling life as a writer and as a woman. -Taslima Nasrin

The proud depend upon the world to tell them whether they have value or not. Their self-esteem is determined by where they are judged to be on the ladders of worldly success. They feel worthwhile as individuals if the numbers beneath them in achievement, talent, beauty, or intellect are large enough. -Ezra Taft Benson

Praise your children more than you correct them. Praise them for even their smallest achievement. -Ezra Taft Benson

You know, sometimes you're jealous of other people and their achievements, and you wanna be that person, but I've come to realize that each individual on this planet has his own path. -Armin van Buuren

A strong accountability system needs to broaden, not narrow, the curriculum. That cannot happen if you only have accountability without adequate school funding. Until Tallahassee understands the need to raise the bar as well as the financial investment, Florida will continue to celebrate mediocrity at the expense of true achievement. -Dan Gelber

The lessons I learned from my mother and her friends have guided me through death, birth, loss, love, failure, and achievement, on to a Fulbright scholarship and Harvard Business School. They taught me to believe that anything was possible. They have proven to be the strongest family values I could ever have imagined. -Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Gamifaction Movement is trying to help companies engage their audience and community by using game mechanics and wrapping them around shopping or achievements, so you get achievements for coming to a store or purchasing things, like rewarding activities. -Jane McGonigal

A good game gives us meaningful accomplishment – clear achievement that we don't necessarily get from real life. In a game, you've beaten level four, the boss monster is dead, you have a badge, and now you have a super laser sword. Real life isn't like that, right? -Jesse Schell

Most remember the groundbreaking first in sports; few remember the third or fourth to follow in those tracks. That's not downplaying anyone's achievements but rather recognizing that there comes a time when simply being there is no longer good enough for the record books. -LZ Granderson

Passion is the driver of achievement in all fields. Some people love doing things they don't feel they're good at. That may be because they underestimate their talents or haven't yet put the work in to develop them. -Ken Robinson

I was desperately shy when I was wee. Totally lacked confidence socially. When I look back at school photographs, I'm always the one shrinking in the back. What I really wanted to do was become a writer, and I don't think the residue of that has ever gone away. I still feel the ultimate achievement would be to write a novel. -Anne-Marie Duff

With my academic achievement in high school, I was accepted rather readily at Princeton and equally as fast at Yale, but my test scores were not comparable to that of my classmates. And that's been shown by statistics, there are reasons for that. -Sonia Sotomayor

Meeting Stevie Wonder was a massive, lifetime achievement for me. He's one of the sweetest people. I sense a kindred spirit in him, and I hope he'd say the same. Actually, he did. -Hunter Hayes

Celebrate your child's achievement, then rotate it when the next mini-masterpiece comes along. Then chuck the old picture. Don't worry that you're throwing away a memory. Your children will remember your praise more than they will remember the picture with macaroni and glitter glued on it. -Niecy Nash

Videogames make you feel like you're actually doing something. Your brain processes the tiered game achievements as real-life achievements. Every time you get to the next level, hot jets of reward chemical coat your brain in a lathery foam, and it seems like you're actually accomplishing stuff. -Chris Hardwick

To participate in a World Cup is a great honour and achievement. I've played in three World Cups. The whole world watches you during a World Cup and expects you to play innings to win games for your country. -Virender Sehwag

We are deeply conditioned against unconditionality because we've been told in a thousand different ways that accomplishment always precedes acceptance, that achievement always precedes approval. -Tullian Tchividjian

Ultimately, my greatest achievement is maintaining my career while sustaining a happy marriage and kids. -Melina Kanakaredes

The sort of lifetime achievement stuff that I'm getting now is kind of like Tom Sawyer's funeral because they all know I'm sick. I am getting buildings named after me and awards and stuff. -Sam Simon

Test cricket is the only thing that counts. One-day and T20 performances are fine, but you rate a player by his status as a Test player. By the time I finish, I want to play at least 80 Tests and be known for my achievements in Tests. -Suresh Raina

The hardest achievement in acting – in my opinion, anyway – is nailing a role that absolutely nobody else could have played. Pacino owned Michael Corleone… but DeNiro could have owned it as well. Who else, though, but Val Kilmer could have nailed Jim Morrison? Does anyone besides Will Ferrell pull off Ron Burgundy? -Bill Simmons

I am a person who always tries not to be easily influenced by position or achievement. I thank God for the fact that I can share more kindness and a good quality of life through the popularity. Not for the popularity itself. -Mario Teguh

Jamaica is more than just the 'brand' the world recognizes so well; it's a place of pride for the people who live here, its educational institutions, its sports achievements, its science and technology growth. -Portia Simpson-Miller

I was motivated to improve the U.S. strategy of going back to the moon in 1985. That's a long time ago. Going back to the moon would be a great achievement for tourism adventure flights. -Buzz Aldrin

Monumental achievements by humanity should be done by major organizations as much together as possible. -Buzz Aldrin

Life is hard, and a lot of people come home tired from work. If they're gonna spend half an hour reading, they want some entertainment and a sense of achievement. So that's what I give them. That's all I'm trying to do. Is that really so wrong? -James Patterson

I quite like the idea of family. That's probably the greatest achievement in the world. I've got a lot to achieve workwise – I'd love to direct – but family would be good. -Matt Smith

The miniatures of the Mughal period are really the pinnacle of Indian artistic achievement. And not a single one of those paintings is done by an individual artist. -Salman Rushdie

I didn't even have a clear idea of why I wanted to go to Oxford – apart from the fact I had fallen in love with the architecture. It certainly wasn't out of some great sense of academic or intellectual achievement. In many ways, my education only began after I'd left university. -Alan Bennett

I got my first lifetime achievement award years ago, and I was very excited, but then I got a sense of: Well, can one get a second lifetime award? -Michael Palin

It's a historical phenomenon that in 250 years, a nation could move from a colony into the most prosperous nation of the world and the leader of the world. It is indeed an achievement, a tribute to the talent of the American nation, the American people and an optimal political and economic system. -Vladimir Putin

I knew very little or nothing about the Olympics. Having qualified was itself a big achievement for me, and then being there was quite overwhelming. Although I lost in the opening round, but the fact that I fought well was enough for me to take away from Athens. -Vijender Singh

Companies in the East put a lot more emphasis on human relationships, while those from the West focus on the product, the bottom line. Westerners appear to have more of a need for achievement, while in the East there's more need for affiliation. -Daniel Goleman

I sometimes wonder how many of these lifetime achievement awards you can accept before you have to do the decent thing and die. -James Taylor

It's sad that grandkids show up at the end of obituaries, way behind the list of work place achievements, social clubs and survivors. Why last? If you've got grandkids, you know they're first when it comes to the joy in your life. -Regina Brett

Something happens when you become an elder rock & roller and you're still functioning. People start to give you awards and recognize achievements. It's the life achievement period of your career. -Geddy Lee

Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art. -Wynton Marsalis

I love the song 'Into the Night.' It's Roy Orbison meets David Lynch meets Iggy Pop on amphetamines. It has a punk edge that is not HIM, per se. It is super melodic and super '60s, and that is very new to me and it is a sense of achievement to me. -Ville Valo

To be the most successful male from 'The X Factor' is a big achievement, and I'm chuffed with that. -Olly Murs

My greatest achievement is being able to write records that are real snapshots of what's going on in my life. I won't repeat myself for the sake of commerce, or to please other people. -Alanis Morissette

Without failure there is no achievement. -John C. Maxwell

The real achievement of Woody Allen was that he was making movies that felt very personal, and for a whole group of people, it spoke to them. Then he became an archetype, like Groucho Marx or Chaplin. -Noah Baumbach

Despite all the achievements of civilisation, the human being is still one of the most vulnerable creatures on earth. -Vladimir Putin

The whole world recognizes Russia's cultural achievements. It is impossible to imagine the world culture without Russian culture, without our music and literature. -Vladimir Putin

Saving Edward Snowden from prison is one of WikiLeaks' achievements of which I am most proud. -Sarah Harrison

The Vancouver Olympics was the first competition where I completed the short and free programs without any mistakes, and that in itself was a huge achievement. -Kim Yuna

When I travel around the globe, I try as hard as I can to represent the NBA and the game of basketball to the best of my abilities. I get to go around the world and not only share the game but also my philanthropic work. Building a hospital in the Congo is one of the proudest achievements of my life. -Dikembe Mutombo

Sporting achievements bestow a sense of unification on the cultures and societies in which they take place and create an outpouring of nationalism and pride. -Richard Attias

The symbolic significance of individual athletes' achievements has sometimes proved more productive than the negotiations of diplomats or politicians. -Richard Attias

Fact is, awards shows were never really about recognizing achievement. They were a publicity ploy cooked up in the late 1920s by MGM topper Louie Mayer and his newly formed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which was itself, back in the day, nothing but a front organization to discourage unionizing. -John Ridley

It is time to celebrate the New Black Americans – those who have sealed the Deal, who aren't beholden to liberal indulgence any more than they are to the disdain of the hard Right. It is time to praise blacks who are merely undeniable in their individuality and exemplary in their levels of achievement. -John Ridley

In terms of achievement, the pride is very important to me. It keeps me going every day. The money is always second to me. -Weili Dai

Music to me is mankind's greatest possible achievement because look at all the good it does. -Henry Rollins

I'm not sure my achievements have been 'great.' -Sally Phillips

We must recognize that all the civil rights laws in the world are not going to solve the problem of minority underachievement. Ultimately, blacks and Hispanics are going to have to see that their solution is largely in their own hands. -Richard Lamm

It's not that I think weddings – or marriages – are letdowns. It's just that I want to see my wedding as one awesome achievement on a continuum of achievements, all of which were, in their way, just as beautiful and profound for having led me to the current one. -Jessi Klein

It is only our humanity that can deliver us from the brutality of our achievements. -Henry Rollins

Tourists as well as natives want to see cultural achievements – whether it's the Banaue Terraces, the old churches or museums. -F. Sionil Jose

Enacted under President George W. Bush's administration with the promise to focus on individual student achievement and overall school performance, No Child Left Behind was heralded as groundbreaking. And in some ways, it was. -John Kline

I don't think I can speak of the achievements of Indian cinema because it's so large next to me. It's not stopping. It's ever-growing. We are going towards the right direction. We are evolving as a filmmaking industry as actors, directors, producers, singers, musicians. Everybody just pushing the boundaries. -Ranbir Kapoor

Pretension is a poor joke that you play on yourself. Snap out of it. Recognise your strengths, work on your weaknesses. Real achievement is liking what you see in the mirror every morning. -Virat Kohli

Every scene is a challenge. There are technical challenges, but often it's the simplest challenge where you feel a sense of achievement when you pull it off. -Roger Deakins

Some of the smallest things on a smaller film, to me, are greater achievements than on a big film when you have the resources and the time and everything else. -Roger Deakins

Research shows that there is only half as much variation in student achievement between schools as there is among classrooms in the same school. If you want your child to get the best education possible, it is actually more important to get him assigned to a great teacher than to a great school. -Bill Gates

If literary terms were about artistic merit and not the rules of convenience, about achievement and not safety, the term 'realism' would be an honorary one, conferred only on work that actually builds unsentimental reality on the page, that matches the complexity of life with an equally rich arrangement in language. -Charles J. Shields

There is nothing incompatible about laughter and demons, nor about athletic achievement and depression. Mike Flanagan made me laugh, too. But mostly, he made me brave. -Jane Leavy

Sir Gordon Richards was the most successful jockey – flat or jumps – there's ever been: champion jockey for 26 years. He set a record of 269 winners in the season 55 years before I broke it. That was my greatest achievement. -Tony McCoy

There is no tragedy more woeful than the victory of hate, nor any attainment so hopelessly barren as the sterility of that achievement; for hate is finality, and finality is the greatest evil which can happen in a world of movement. -James Stephens

One thing I like about Zen. It doesn't believe in achievement. -Agnes Martin

The world cries out for global rules that respect the achievements of science. -Jose Mujica

The fact that monasticism preceded the identification of greed as a primal sin is an important reminder that our very ability to name sin is a theological achievement. -Stanley Hauerwas

Saddam Hussein was fascinated by ancient Babylon and Assyria. He made money available to protect and develop the great archaeological sites. The great achievements of Mesopotamian civilisation were pressed into the service of the Ba'athist regime. -Neil MacGregor

I got to direct a human interest sports drama – to this day, one of my proudest achievements in my career and a source of undying pride. -Bill Paxton

I want to be known for my athletic achievements, not my celebrity. -Lindsey Vonn

The country that consistently ranks among the highest in educational achievement is Finland. A rich country, but education is free. Germany, education is free. France, education is free. -Noam Chomsky

Immediately after 11 September, the U.S. closed down the Somali charitable network Al-Barakaat on grounds that it was financing terror. This achievement was hailed one of the great successes of the 'war on terror.' In contrast, Washington's withdrawal of its charges as without merit a year later aroused little notice. -Noam Chomsky

There's a great sense of achievement, testosterone, fun, being able to live out your masculinity when you play an action role or an action-adventure or a real tough-guy role. -Gerard Butler

Commercial institutions, proud of their achievements, do not see that healthy living systems – clean air and water, healthy soil, stable climates – are integral to a functioning economy. As our living systems deteriorate, traditional forecasting and business economics become the equivalent of house rules on a sinking cruise ship. -Paul Hawken

Getting things straight in your head is a major achievement because there's so much clutter out there. You've got to push aside the static to really hear the music. -Steve Wynn

Build your self-esteem by recalling all the ways you have succeeded, and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again. Give yourself permission to toot your own horn, and don't wait for anyone to praise you. -Jack Canfield

To obfuscate the reconstruction of the effect – when a magician is fooled by another magician doing magic. In my career that's not been the major passion, but it's been the passion of a number of my mentors. The crowning achievement for them would be to create magic good enough to fool other magicians. -Ricky Jay

Indeed, the whole point of the man bun, I have surmised, is to assert a high proficiency at yoga. There are no yoga-achievement badges, no coloured belts like judo, so the male yoga expert needs some other kind of visible symbol. -Russell Smith

There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements. -Gordon B. Hinckley

Obama is like the kid brother whose only standard for judging his own achievements is the records his big brother set. -Elliott Abrams

The accession to power in Pyongyang of Kim Jong Un, son of Kim Jong Il and grandson of Kim Il Sung, is a unique achievement in world politics. -Elliott Abrams

Thousands of members of Congress have come and gone over the years, their individual achievements hidden in committee reports, private compromises, amendments pushed through or blocked, and innumerable, unnoticed meetings. -Elliott Abrams

One of the things I feel very strong about is the achievement of the Band really being a complete band. -Robbie Robertson

When I landed the first 900 at the XGames, it was just – it was a personal achievement. It was something that I have strived for for years and years and years, and in a lot of ways had given up on it. But I just didn't think of the resonance that would have. -Tony Hawk

Like the skyscraper, the automobile, and the motion-picture palace, neon signs once symbolized popular hopes for a new era of technological achievement and commercial abundance. From the 1920s to the 1950s, neon-lit streets pulsed with visual excitement from Vancouver to Miami. -Virginia Postrel

I appreciate my brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, and the Council of Ministers, who face every morning challenges, but plan and remove all obstacles to score achievements. -Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Periods of cooperation between political parties shouldn't be taken for granted; they are a stunning human achievement. -Paul Bloom

The British Fashion Awards gives us the chance to commend not only the winners but celebrate all of the individuals that contribute to the incredible achievements that make London the best fashion destination in the world. -Natalie Massenet

There's a logic today that places a greater value on celebrity the less it is accompanied by actual achievement. I don't think it's possible to touch people's imagination today by aesthetic means. -J. G. Ballard

There's no question that a great teacher can make a huge difference in a student's achievement, and we need to recruit, train and reward more such teachers. But here's what some new studies are also showing: We need better parents. Parents more focused on their children's education can also make a huge difference in a student's achievement. -Thomas Friedman

We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness. -Yvette Clarke

The fact that we haven't faced another major terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11 is a very significant achievement, and one that's easy to forget – it's the dog that doesn't bark. -Alex Berenson

Somewhere in your house is a game that could use a good beating. Pick it up. Play to the end. Get all the achievements/trophies out of it. So you've maxed out all your points. Play it again at a harder difficulty. Do something. It's startling the number of games people own but haven't beaten for one reason or another. -Rob Manuel

I was able to turn to classical music many people, who saw my programs live and on YouTube, and this is one of the nicest achievements I can have. -Aleksey Igudesman

We need a tax code that promotes savings, investment, achievement, innovation, and hard work. -Erik Paulsen

If I were to look back at my career, I think my greatest achievement is very simple. I've been able to make choices where I could glorify God. -Roma Downey

Revolution did not necessarily involve sanguinary strife. It was not a cult of bomb and pistol. They may sometimes be mere means for its achievement. -Bhagat Singh

I savored my time on top of the podium by watching the American flag rise up out of the crowd as the anthem played, thinking about how every single second of training I've done was for this minute and how many people played a role in my achievement. -Hannah Kearney

I saw 'Avatar' and liked it very much. It was a great achievement. -Bernardo Bertolucci

Sanity is surely not about normality in the statistical sense: it is about an eternal and natural idea of the healthy personality – which indeed may be a rare achievement. -Michael Leunig

To be the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four divisions would be an achievement. Gomez, Benitez, there have been a lot of good fighters from Puerto Rico before me. When I started boxing, Tito Trinidad was our big star. -Miguel Cotto

Contentment does not come from achievement. -Paul Henderson

I thought happiness came from achievement. -Paul Henderson

Someone like Roman Polanski comes with a lifetime of achievement, cinematically. -Pierce Brosnan

If the history of the western moral imagination is the story of an enduring and unending revolt against human cruelty, there are few more consequential figures than Raphael Lemkin – and few whose achievements have been more ignored by the general public. It was he who coined the word 'genocide.' He was also its victim. -Michael Ignatieff

Dad was certainly a free spirit and had his own ways. He was very proud of my golf achievements but more proud of the person I've turned into. He brought me up to lead a very balanced life. -Luke Donald

May we all, as a nation of believers, fight for the achievement of America; may we make sacrifices worthy of those proud men and women who fought for us, labored for us, bled soil from the beaches of Normandy to the fields of Gettysburg for us. -Cory Booker

Even the mundane task of washing dishes by hand is an example of the small tasks and personal activities that once filled people's daily lives with a sense of achievement. -B. F. Skinner

The conquistadors and their followers were very rough people, and they were fixated on gold and silver. They were oblivious to the astonishing achievements of the Inca civilisation. -Peter Shaffer

Certainly, I've never wanted to live on past achievements. -Buzz Aldrin

It's nice to get any awards, whether it's lifetime achievement or the Keith Richards award for being alive one more year. -Randy Bachman

When I've been asked what should be on my gravestone, I've said: 'Here lies Gandalf. He came out.' Two big achievements. -Ian Mckellen

I really admire people who have long-distance relationships. It's an incredible achievement. I couldn't do it. -Rita Ora

Maybe I was accepted to Harvard only because of my tennis skills, since I definitively had no great academic achievements. I was 17 and only thought about surfing and playing tennis. I had almost never left Rio de Janeiro and had never been to the United States. -Jorge Paulo Lemann

The cognitive skills prized by the American educational establishment and measured by achievement tests are only part of what is required for success in life. Character skills are equally important determinants of wages, education, health and many other significant aspects of flourishing lives. -James Heckman

Every great achievement is but a small peak in the mountain range of contributions. -Dale T. Mortensen

One of the achievements of the reform movement is that people realize that they can be democrats and remain faithful Muslims. Democracy is now an established idea. -Abdolkarim Soroush

My objective is to leave my family adequately catered for, but I want my children to make their own way. I want them to have pride in their own achievements. -John Caudwell

Many expanded-time schools have generated extraordinary results. In some cases, they have completely closed the achievement gap, all while installing curricula with a richness rivaled only by elite private schools and those in the most upscale suburbs. -Chris Gabrieli

While my six-song EP is unlikely to set any sales records, it's one of my biggest personal achievements – on par with starting my own company. On par with selling my own company. -Shawn Amos

If you don't measure yourself by achievement, how are you going to set achievement levels for other people? -Bing Gordon

Any degree of success or achievement for me is only ever a relief. My version of getting carried away is: 'Mmm, that wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.' -Catherine Tate

Although engineers want always to make everything better, they cannot make anything perfect. This basic characteristic flaw of the products of the profession's practitioners is what drives change and makes achievement a process rather than simply a goal. -Henry Petroski

Successful design is not the achievement of perfection but the minimization and accommodation of imperfection. -Henry Petroski

Space station is, it really is one of the more, if not the most, impressive technological achievement of the modern day, not only in what we've accomplished engineering-wise but what we've accomplished on this international scale, because anybody will tell you that half the challenge is making it all work. -Kevin A. Ford

A child's greatest achievements are possible in play, achievements that tomorrow will become her basic level of real action. -Lev Vygotsky

It is not architectural achievement that makes the structures of earlier times seem to us so full of significance but the circumstance that antique temples, Roman basilicas, and even the cathedrals of the Middle Ages are not the works of single personalities but creations of entire epochs. -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Higher education should be based on quality, not quantity; receive merit-based funding; and be free of unnecessary bureaucracy. Not the least of the benefits of educational reform is to foster the pride of achievement at national and international levels. -Ahmed Zewail

I have targets for business achievements; I do not have targets for acquisitions. Because if you have targets for acquisitions, you end up making compromises in terms of valuations, and you buy things because you have a target, and it is not good for business. -Dilip Shanghvi

If you are not happy with yourself, even the loftiest achievements won't bring you much satisfaction. -Ben Bernanke

Dedicating myself to actually following through was my single biggest achievement. -Nick Woodman

Peace is not a matter of prizes or trophies. It is not the product of a victory or command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. -Óscar Arias

Both my grandparents were officers in World War Two, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements. -David Ayer

I was born and grew up in the greatest, the noblest achievement of the human race on this planet – which was called the United States of America. -Howard Fast

To be remembered at all is an achievement of sorts. -Alastair Reynolds

Ted Baillieu certainly has served the state very well. He has served the Liberal party extraordinarily well, and he can be very, very proud of his achievements. I am honoured and proud to say that he is not just a colleague, he is a great friend. -Denis Napthine

It had to be a book that held my attention and kept me wanting to read it; when my husband finished 'The Road', I started it straight away and didn't put it down until I finished – it was such an achievement and relief to know that I could read, comprehend and, most importantly, enjoy a book! -Rachel Tucker

We had rising student achievement across the board because high standards, robust accountability, ending social promotion in third grade, real school choice across the board, challenging the teachers union and beating them is the way to go. -Jeb Bush

The idea of accumulating ambitions or achievements didn't get much further than wanting to do the next exciting thing. I really haven't set out with any list of achievements. -Kenneth Branagh

When I opened the world's largest Internet cafe, certified by the 'Guinness Book of Records,' in Times Square in New York, I was live on 'Good Morning America,' and for me, that was an achievement. -Stelios Haji-Ioannou

We've done a lot of research on the characteristics of our teachers who are the most successful. The most predictive trait is still past demonstrated achievement, and all selection research basically points to that. -Wendy Kopp

We are working essentially to build a leadership force of folks who will, during their first two years of teaching, actually put their kids on a different trajectory – not just survive as a new teacher, but actually help close the achievement gap for their kids. -Wendy Kopp

We're looking for people out there who have demonstrated that they are leaders, have track records of achievement, and want to be part of a force… of a much larger force of determined people who want to bring about, ultimately, institutional change. -Wendy Kopp

I cannot separate my achievements from what can be considered as the achievements of the ruling party. -Meles Zenawi

Purposes, plans, and achievements of men may all disappear like yon cloud upon the mountain's summit; but, like the mountain itself, the things which are of God shall stand fast for ever and ever. -Charles Spurgeon

Nearly all the great improvements, discoveries, inventions, and achievements which have elevated and blessed humanity have been the triumphs of enthusiasm. -Orison Swett Marden

It is the hopeful, buoyant, cheerful attitude of mind that wins. Optimism is a success builder; pessimism an achievement killer. -Orison Swett Marden

When the sacredness of one's word is matched in the attributes of his character throughout, all that constitutes a man, then we find that there is something in a man's life greater than his occupation or his achievements; grander than acquisition or wealth; higher than genius; more enduring than fame. -Orison Swett Marden

The secret of success lies in that old word, 'Drudgery,' in doing one thing long after it ceases to be amusing; and it is 'this one thing I do' that gathers me together from my chaos, that concentrates me from possibilities to powers, and turns powers into achievements. -Orison Swett Marden

The achievements of willpower are almost beyond computation. Scarcely anything seems impossible to the man who can will strongly enough and long enough. -Orison Swett Marden

Einstein's gravitational theory, which is said to be the greatest single achievement of theoretical physics, resulted in beautiful relations connecting gravitational phenomena with the geometry of space; this was an exciting idea. -Richard P. Feynman

The feeling of being accepted and acknowledgement and recognition and fame – I'm vain like everybody else. The feeling of achievement that I've helped the poor or somebody in need far outweighs the money. -Joe Jamail

The late Roy Jenkins was both a mentor and a personal friend. He was a man of both phenomenal intellect and political achievement in equal measure. -Charles Kennedy

I've become a lot more relaxed about my career, but maybe that's a part of growing up. I realise there are things I hold dear and value, aside from professional achievements. -Martin Henderson

We think of the 1950s as an oppressive time in the culture, and indeed it was, but it was also in many ways a more secular moment, and one in which great scientific achievements flourished. I don't want to get too gauzy about this, but there was much more respect for science as a necessary part of society. -Hanya Yanagihara

Comfort and luxury are usually the chief requirements of life for your ego – its top priorities tend to be accumulations, achievements, and the approval of others. -Wayne Dyer

I still think 'The Lord of the Rings' is the greatest literary achievement in my lifetime. Like so many other people, I couldn't wait for the second and then the third book. Nothing like it had ever been written. -Christopher Lee

In the black sororities, they celebrate achievement academically, and they really do work toward community service. As much as the white sororities claim that's the case in their groups, it's not really so. White sororities focus on relationships. -Alexandra Robbins

You get that air of satisfaction from achievement. It makes you feel good. We are only here for a very short time, and so you're crazy if you don't go out and try to milk it to the greatest extent you can. -Gerry Harvey

When I review Xerxes' achievements, I praise him, not for having yoked the Hellespont, but for having crossed it. But I can see that Nero will neither sail through the Isthmus nor complete his digging. -Apollonius of Tyana

Men make opportunity. Every great industrial achievement has been the result of individual effort – the practical development of a dream in the mind of an individual. -Charles M. Schwab

Happiness is a light, an atmosphere, an illumination. It sets a personality. I always feel that it is a creation that is difficult for some and easy for others, but essentially an achievement, never an accident. -Elizabeth Bibesco

The whole process of being one of the 10 finalists for the 'Vogue' Fashion Fund award has to be my biggest achievement to date. Meeting Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, etc., has been an amazing experience that even now gives me goose bumps when I think about it. -Simon Spurr

If Jeff Bezos and I had started in a poverty-stricken corner of Africa, there would have been no job creation because there would be no people to buy the stuff from The difference here is the American middle class, which is by every measure the most extraordinary economic achievement in the history of the world. -Nick Hanauer

One of the principal achievements of physics in the 20th century has been the revelation that the atom is not indivisible or elementary at all but has a complex structure. -Sheldon Lee Glashow

Misty Copeland is making history. During American Ballet Theatre's current season at the Metropolitan Opera House, Copeland will alight on that storied Lincoln Center stage, making her New York debut as the Swan Queen in the iconic masterpiece Swan Lake – a crowning achievement for any dancer, regardless of the color of her skin. -Heather Watts

The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity. -Paul Tillich

Many are ready, when listening to the inventor, to belittle and deny his achievements so that he will no longer be heard in honourable places, but after some months or a year, they use the inventor's words in speech or writing or design. -Filippo Brunelleschi

To disclose too much of one's inventions and achievements is one and the same thing as to give up the fruit of one's ingenuity. -Filippo Brunelleschi

I have a journal of everything I've ever climbed since 2005. For the entry about free soloing Half Dome, I put a frowny face and added some little notes about what I should have done better, and then underlined it. Turns out that is one of my biggest climbing achievements. -Alex Honnold

Listen, I believe I should be winning Sport Personality of the Year because if it's about sporting achievements and it's about personality, then I'm a winner hands down. -Tyson Fury

Even in this globalised world, London is still the standard for our times. The city has embraced the world's diversity and represents the finest in human achievements. -Narendra Modi

My guess is the great majority of teachers would welcome a system where innovation is embraced, where their hard work and their students' achievement are applauded and rewarded. -Lionel Sosa

Remember that our Spanish conquerors, for their own benefit, deliberately created an oppressed underclass whose collective psyche became rooted in passivity and underachievement. -Lionel Sosa

The construction of an airplane is simple compared with the evolutionary achievement of a bird. If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. -Charles Lindbergh

I do think human beings cannot be faulted for wishing to judge themselves and their lives and their achievements by others around them; that is a natural human feeling. -Boris Johnson

When I started on 'Roseanne,' it was a great achievement for me at the time. But I wasn't a part of building it; I wasn't a carpenter in creating that juggernaut. -Johnny Galecki

No question that 'Birdman' is a breathtaking technical achievement, not a stunt. Shot in 30 days after a long rehearsal period, with the actors' and the camera's movements calibrated to the inch and the millisecond so the action flows smoothly, the picture has the jagged energy of a long guerrilla raid choreographed by Bob Fosse. -Richard Corliss

We will find neither national purpose nor personal satisfaction in a mere continuation of economic progress, in an endless amassing of worldly goods. We cannot measure national spirit by the Dow Jones Average, nor national achievement by the Gross National Product. -Robert Kennedy

The functions of the president are prescribed by the Constitution, but his real achievements are not set by the letter of the law. They are determined rather by his personality, the weight of his influence, his capacity for managing men, and the strength and effectiveness of the party forces behind him. -Charles A. Beard

Taking chances is my job; some will connect and some won't, and certain films find their audiences in different ways. I think 'Spotlight' probably is a better movie because of 'The Cobbler.' You learn with every movie you make: you learn from your mistakes, and you learn from your achievements, and I really do have that approach to filmmaking. -Tom McCarthy

The American world had – seemingly, at least – become a Jeffersonian world by the election of 1800, which placed Thomas Jefferson in the presidency. Jefferson had been Hamilton's rival in the new government's early years, and Hamilton has figured in the public memory almost as much for that rivalry as for his positive achievements. -Edmund Morgan

From 1801, Napoleon began an ambitious programme of civil reform to standardise law and justice, centralise education, introduce uniform weights and measures and a fully functioning internal market. That achievement alone makes him one of the giants of history. -Saul David

I think every athlete wants to get sponsored. If you do really well in your sport, then I think sponsorship can help you get rewarded in that sense: doing what you can for your sponsor. It's just another achievement in life. -Bianca Walkden

I am very hopeful that my personal success in Qatar will ignite others, especially those in the so-called non-traditional sports, to try even harder because now they can see for themselves that significant achievements can be attained. But let me stress that it takes a lot of work – in fact, very hard work – mixed with very heavy doses of patience. -Alia Atkinson

In a position of utter desolation, when man cannot express himself in positive action, when his only achievement may consist in enduring his sufferings in the right way – an honorable way – in such a position man can, through loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved, achieve fulfillment. -Viktor E. Frankl

The states that have large in-migrations of Hispanics are Florida, Texas and California. And Florida and Texas are way above average in educational achievement, while California's the lowest, just about. -Arthur Laffer

The Republican party is not perfect, but if you put this party's record of achievements on one side of a balance scale and the Democrat's record on the other, the Republican side would slam the table. -Angela McGlowan

There has been a great challenge in improving educational achievement. It's a long-term issue, not a short-term one. It includes everything from getting more parents involved to addressing issues of poverty and improving what happens in the classroom. -Julian Castro

I think it's always a really stupid thing to base your achievement on someone else. I just want to base it on myself… do something that I can be proud of, and then I'll be happy. -Bronte Campbell

I feel there is a big sense of accomplishment and achievement and self worth through what you do no matter what the job, no matter what you decide to dedicate your life to. -Xochi Birch

In my career, there's many things I've won and many things I've achieved, but for me, my greatest achievement is my children and my family. It's about being a good father, a good husband, just being connected to family as much as possible. -David Beckham

A mentor enables a person to achieve. A hero shows what achievement looks like. -John C. Mather

I'm very pleased to be recognising International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the achievements of women across the world. -Theresa May

There are achievements of European integration that cannot be haggled over: for example the principle of free movement and the principle of non-discrimination. -Angela Merkel

It is Leistikow's lasting achievement – and will always remain so – that he found a style that can express the melancholy charm of the surroundings of Berlin. We see the Grunewald lakes and those on the upper Spree through his eyes; he has taught us to see their beauty. -Max Liebermann

It's so important for me to do my own stunts. The sense of achievement is so immense. But the studios don't want to take the risk. -Michelle Yeoh

I am humbled and honored to receive the Genesis Prize, recognizing not just my professional achievements and my desire to improve the world, but also my commitment to my Jewish identity, Jewish values, and Jewish culture. -Itzhak Perlman

It's not up to me to list, like a grocer, my achievements in the government and the Knesset. -Yossi Sarid

We know that school readiness programs work, and the best ones work extraordinarily well. They are effective in reducing the achievement gap, which in Connecticut is among the highest in the country. -Elizabeth Esty

Israel stands proudly at the forefront of international achievement. The world's leading corporations – Google, Intel and Motorola, to name but a few – maintain research and development facilities here, and our technology start-ups continue to be acquired by the likes of AOL, eBay and IBM. -Ehud Olmert

Without Kissinger's work in the Middle East, with Sadat especially, I doubt if the Camp David Agreements five years later would have happened. His achievements over detente, the seeds of trust he sowed in a very distrustful and hostile Moscow, helped over a long period. -Alistair Horne

My father Ted fought in North Africa, Italy, and Germany during World War II. My grandfather survived the horrors of the trenches in World War I. I truly believe that one of the E.U.'s greatest achievements is that it has kept its members out of conflict in Europe. -Richard Branson

In a thriving culture, you celebrate your achievements. In an exhausted one, you proclaim your disadvantages. -Tom Hollander

It would be great to be recognised for my achievements, but Sports Personality isn't about that. -Victoria Pendleton

I need to learn to be happy and enjoy the achievement rather than already thinking about what I could have done better. -Lizzie Armitstead

Most of my friends are non-cyclists. They are interested and proud of my achievements, but, equally, if I stopped tomorrow, they wouldn't say much about it! -Lizzie Armitstead

What I do like is action, achievements, and results. Getting things done. -Enda Kenny

I couldn't do everything in the first or second day; it took me years to be able to get to the achievement that I've had. I wasn't perfect from the beginning. -Nadia Comaneci

Integrity is critical to our lives – and to our dreams of achievement. We must remember that without integrity, nothing else matters and that with integrity, nothing else matters. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

Life should never be viewed from the vantage point of achievements. It is total folly. -John Mellencamp

Looking at the world from other species' points of view is a cure for the disease of human self-importance. You suddenly realize that consciousness – which we value and we consider the crowning achievement of nature, human consciousness – is really just another set of tools for getting along in the world. -Michael Pollan

It is no small thing for an American to be able to go into a fast-food restaurant and to buy a double cheeseburger, fries, and a large Coke for a price equal to less than an hour of labor at the minimum wage – indeed, in the long sweep of history, this represents a remarkable achievement. -Michael Pollan

I'm certainly relishing the idea of living a century. Can you imagine that? What an achievement. -Olivia De Havilland

I'd quite like to write a book about comics, actually. But trying to write about comics as literature, which I don't think anyone's really done before. Sometimes they're more like fan books, and I'd quite like to write one about the Marvel universe over the last 50 years. It's an unprecedented achievement to create that length of continuity. -Stewart Lee

I began to realize that, in spite of great achievements in wealth and military prowess, the great powers of Europe have not yet succeeded in providing the greatest happiness of the vast majority of the people; and that the reformers in these European countries were working hard for a new social revolution. -Sun Yat-sen

One of the outstanding achievements of the new constructional technique has been the abolition of the separating function of the wall. -Walter Gropius

My priorities are making sure we reduce class size and close the achievement gap. -Kate Brown

There will be no name-calling when I disagree with anyone, no disparaging remarks toward anyone, no taking sole credit for collective achievements or blaming others when things go wrong. -David Ige

I was born in 1947, and my generation, like its predecessors, was taught that since our achievements received little notice or credit from white America, we were not to discuss our faults, lapses, or uncertainties in public. -Margo Jefferson

I was taught you don't tell your secrets to strangers – certainly not secrets that expose error, weakness, failure. My generation, like its predecessors, was taught that since our achievements received little notice or credit from white America, we were not to discuss our faults, lapses, or uncertainties in public. -Margo Jefferson

My friends seem to think that an hour and a half effort a day is all they need to bring to the altar to make things work for them. I couldn't do that. I thought that if you didn't work at least as hard as the guy who runs a gas station, then you had no right to hope for achievement. You certainly had to work all day, every day. -Thomas McGuane

Some of the greatest achievements ever have been achieved as a result of the Church. The Catholic Church. I'm not Catholic but yeah, the Church, for instance, you take a walk through the Vatican, and to your right is the double helix staircase built, I think, in 1138 or something. -Kelsey Grammer

Our healthcare system has seen some of the greatest achievements of the human intellect since we started recording history: We're developing incredible devices and implantables to improve the quantity and quality of people's lives. -Dean Kamen

Laughter is an important part of a good relationship. It's an immense achievement when you can move from your thinking that your partner is merely an idiot to thinking that they are that wonderfully complex thing called a loveable idiot. And often that means having a little bit of a sense of humour about their flaws. -Alain de Botton

It's great to get an 'F', but you also want to give the sense that there's something outside achievement. I've seen a lot of so-called high-achievers who don't feel they've achieved much. -Alain de Botton

The humanities have been forced to disguise, both from themselves and their students, why their subjects really matter, for the sake of attracting money and prestige in a world obsessed by the achievements of science. -Alain de Botton

I would say that awards are for children. Because children need a tangible representation of their achievement. And as adults, you have to settle for the respect and admiration of your peers. -T. J. Miller

The height of my athletic achievement was in 8th grade when I was the point guard for my Jewish day school basketball team. We played in a public school league and, amazingly, went undefeated. I say 'amazingly' because our power forward was 5 ft. 6 in. -Nick Kroll

Illness and problems are the specialties of life. But the death of a child is a cause of mental agony which can be overcome if one concedes this world to be a stage or stadium wherein praiseworthy are those who are not proud of their achievement and those who do not cry at their defeat. -Munshi Premchand

The anti-Darwin movement has racked up one astounding achievement. It has made a significant proportion of American parents care about what their children are taught in school. -Ian Hacking

Count the dreams of your mind; if the numbers of the dreams exceeds the number of achievements, you are young. -Shimon Peres

I think that my humble beginnings were very deliberate, and I'm grateful for them because I'm not sure I would see my achievements the same way if they were handed to me. I'm not sure my work ethic would be the same. -Aldis Hodge

Bill Clinton worked with a Republican Congress. They certainly had their differences on many issues, but look at what they also accomplished. Welfare reform – that was maybe the most significant social policy achievement in two generations. -Tom Cotton

You want to please society. You want to be happy. You want to be well liked. You want to be held in high esteem and be respected. These are real things. You want respect from your peers, respect from your loved ones; you want to be looked up to for your achievements and your accomplishments. All of this requires conformity in some form or another. -Thomas Jane

The achievement is appreciation. Your ability to be surprised and awed by beauty! -William Hurt

Sonia Sotomayor has lived a remarkable life, and her achievements will prove an inspiration to readers around the world. -Sonny Mehta

'The War' is a stunning achievement in filmmaking. -Sonny Mehta

It would be nice if we could all agree to this proposition: popularity is not the same as achievement. -Howard Jacobson

We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the 'social-worker'-judge; it is on them that the universal reign of the normative is based; and each individual, wherever he may find himself, subjects to it his body, his gestures, his behavior, his aptitudes, his achievements. -Michel Foucault

Hopefully in the future, generational challenges will be measured by achievement, not gender. -Safra A. Catz

Amazingly enough, athletic achievement is one of those things that seems larger than life at points. I think we all look to sport for inspirations. -John Cena

All the political movements of our country that have hitherto played any important role in our modern history had been lacking in the ideal at the achievement of which they aimed. Revolutionary movement is no exception. -Bhagat Singh

The applause of his native land is the richest reward to which the patriot ever aspires. It is this for which 'he bears to live or dares to die.' It is the high incentive to those achievements which illustrate the page of history and give to poetry its brightest charm. -John Tyler

The results showed that Joe Mokoena and I had made history. For the first time in the history of education in South Africa, two African students had passed the JC with a First Class degree, regarded as a rare achievement for any student. -Oliver Tambo

Union can achieve everything when sustained by gallant hearts and correct principles, while anarchy and insubordination must fail in the achievement of every thing beneficial and glorious to mankind. -Sam Houston

I was raised in the '70s, and I've worked with people I love, and I've been on sets with my parents, with people who run a set and require of actors a sense of liberty and freedom and exploration and failure into brave achievement. -Laura Dern

In most professions, you build up confidence and a sense of achievement as you go along, but that's really not true for acting. -Song Hye-kyo

Let me make one thing clear. I have never considered mere survival in power as any achievement, just as I have never seen coming to power as an achievement in itself. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

I feel there is a great sense of achievement coming from a non-filmy background. But when you are going through a low phase, you don't have anybody to advice you because your parents possibly can't advice you on that. -Anushka Sharma

I had a Dan Fouts Nike poster with 'The Bomb Squad' on my wall as a kid. I was also a huge Larry Bird fan. One of my proudest art achievements is a papier-mache eagle decked out head-to-toe in Celtics gear. -Timothy Olyphant

Wherever you get to is better than where you started. To stay on the road is a massive achievement. -Anthony Joshua

I was born into the limelight. So, my biggest achievement, which I worked hard for, is to stay normal. -Twinkle Khanna

I wanted to tell my story because I believe that if I can inspire or motivate even 10 or 15 people to start losing weight, it's a very big achievement. If I've managed to do it, anybody can. -Arjun Kapoor

'Bruce Lee' didn't work, and there were apprehensions about what the fans might say. People might have commented that Charan could have waited for some time before selecting me again. But that's what makes it a real achievement to me. People want to work with me because of the comfort level; nobody would work with you again otherwise. -Rakul Preet Singh

My human rights activism has been widely met with encouragement and support. Ahangarani should earn plaudits, not only for her cinematic achievements, but also for her humanitarian deeds and her commitment to increased rights and freedoms for all. -Nazanin Boniadi

Among the achievements celebrated in Trump's first 100 days are the 59 cruise missiles launched at the Syrian airfield from which the gas attack on civilians allegedly came, and the dropping of the 22,000-pound MOAB bomb in Afghanistan. But what did these bombings accomplish? -Pat Buchanan

Schools alone are not to blame for underachievement. The breakdown of the family, poverty, and decaying cities with eroding tax bases have made a good public school education nearly impossible in many parts of the country. -Bob Beckel

If you desire something, you don't have it. It is more interesting than enjoyment, because enjoyment erases the mysteries and the vision of desire. Desire opens up possibilities but never achieves anything, whereas enjoyment is just the brutal achievement of something – and after that, it's done. -Luca Guadagnino

I am proud of my kids and happy to brag about their achievements. Their success has been an immense source of happiness for me. -Naveen Jain

I have a fan who suffered with leukemia, and apparently, the only thing that helped him through that was my music, so of course that's the ultimate sense of achievement. It's an incredible feeling. -James Arthur

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the major achievement of President Obama's first term. -Adam Cohen

I have no sympathy for debunking human achievements that, in the end, gave ordinary people liberty. -Paul Craig Roberts

I think it gets overused and tossed around in ways that aren't true. Every impressive achievement is not genius. -Ron Howard

I don't want to give myself grades. I will leave evaluation of my achievements to history. -Helmut Kohl

I'm so much more gratified by my life now that I have an expertise. I wake up every day thinking about a fairly small set of scientific questions all related to the psychology of achievement, and I'll never get bored of those questions. That's something I couldn't say to you when I was 22 or 25 or probably even 31. -Angela Duckworth

The focus on just thinking about standardized test scores as being synonymous with achievement for teenagers is ridiculous, right? There are so many things that kids care about, where they excel, where they try hard, where they learn important life lessons, that are not picked up by test scores. -Angela Duckworth

President Obama's achievements and failures must be evaluated by comparison to those chief executives who have come before him and not be measured against the prophetically moral voice of Martin Luther King Jr. -David Garrow

When 'Red Tails' came along, all I knew was that they were the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Air Force. I had no idea how deep the story went or about all their amazing achievements. There were a few Tuskegee Airmen on the set to make sure everything was as authentic as possible. -Ne-Yo

It's life, so you're a constant evolution of tragedies and achievements and ups and downs. You can probably get a little bit more immune to things, but whatever is the most amount of pain you feel at any given moment feels like the most amount of pain you'll ever feel. -Jeff Baena

I think my biggest achievement was being part of a team of outstanding, entrepreneurial military leaders and civilians who helped change the way in which America fights by transforming a global special operations task force – Task Force 714 – that I commanded. -Stanley A. McChrystal

Even if it does not become cashless economy, it will become a less cash economy, and I think that itself is going to be a good and big achievement, and I think we are, as a country, gone through many of large changes, and ICICI has been a leader in many of them. -Chanda Kochhar

Inaugural speeches are supposed to be huge and stirring. Presidents haul our heroes onstage, from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. George W. Bush brought the Liberty Bell. They use history to make greatness and achievements seem like something you can just take down from the shelf. -John Dickerson

There have been a lot of challenges, but I'm still standing on my own, and it's quite an achievement knowing that I own my own business and created my own success through hard work and vision. -Jeremy Scott

Chinese martial artists consider themselves to be gardeners, and it's an honor for them to take care of this garden, to better it and hand it over to the generations that follow. I think that's a very important message in a time when personal achievement seems to be the only criteria of success. -Wong Kar-wai

If we arrive at a saner world in which the maximum human potential is cultivated in every person, our descendants will not understand why our world produced only one Louis Pasteur, one Edison, one Tesla, or one Salk, and why great achievements in our age were the products of a relative few. -Jacque Fresco

This is the great crisis in football now. It's not just Rangers; it's a lot of clubs. Big clubs always create more debt despite the huge income they have. It's almost an achievement, isn't it? They make so much money, and yet, still, their debts rise and rise and rise. How does that happen? It's absurd. -Johan Cruyff

Depriving the oppressed of a beacon of hope could lose us the world we have built and thrived in. It could cost our reputation in history as the nation distinct from all others in our achievements, our identity, and our enduring influence on mankind. Our values are central to all three. -John McCain

Compatibility is an achievement of love; it shouldn't be its precondition. -Alain de Botton

There is that much to be done that no select or small portion of people can do; only the greater mass of the Irish nation will ensure the achievement of a Socialist Republic, and this can only be done by hard work and sacrifice. -Bobby Sands

The competition to get above the rest and be the lead commentator, or whatever you want to call it, is much fiercer than it was when I was starting out. By the same token, there were not as many jobs going back then, so to get one was an achievement in itself. -John Motson

In my opinion, the biggest achievement was by Shankar-Jaikishan. With Raj Kapoor's 'Barsaat,' they changed the way we looked at playback singing. -Lata Mangeshkar

A large part of my career achievements are due to having the courage to ask for what I needed, whether in a professional or personal context. -Cathy Engelbert

If we want to close the achievement gap, build a well-educated workforce and responsible citizenry, we must start with our youngest children. -John Hickenlooper

The genius of Rachel Dolezal's transracial achievement is that it has nearly limitless applications. Rachel is taking 'the power of positive thinking' to a whole new level. -Tom Tancredo

Columbus was above all an explorer, and his historic achievements opened the Americas to trade and the eventual English settlements, settlements which grew into the most successful bastion of freedom and prosperity in human history, the United States of America. -Tom Tancredo

Unlike the American inventions and achievements that have expanded horizons of possibility, our nation's tax code has become an excessive burden that strangles individual opportunity and economic freedom. -Kevin Brady

Despite what one might gather from the shrill rantings of the leftist commentariat, for whom religion is a sort of disease, religious difference in the United States has rarely led to serious social strife. That is no small achievement, and one that virtually no other Western democracy can boast. -Josh Hawley

I think 'Dear White People,' the show, is a tremendous artistic achievement. It's always hinting that there is something beyond the pleading and wokeness, something that the show's more militant characters can't see. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

My mum is… interesting. So, like, she's very expressive and loving, but even if she does get excited about any of my achievements, she won't show it… There's something about her that wants to keep me humble. -Malachi Kirby

Buddhism maintains that the common reaction of the human mind to pleasure and to achievement is not satisfaction; it's craving for more. -Yuval Noah Harari

It's a huge achievement to have anyone wearing your clothes, and when they are in the limelight, it's the best advertisement for your brand. -Emilia Wickstead

I'm not going to have a six-pack abs. I think it's a luxury to have six-pack abs, but I don't think I can afford it yet. It's extremely tough, and I think having it will be an achievement. -Harshvardhan Rane

Learning how to swim is the biggest achievement for me, as it helped me get rid of hydrophobia. Now I have become a complete water baby. -Nia Sharma

I've been penniless. I've had to struggle a bit. But now I enjoy thinking about that because it just makes me feel better about my achievements. -Fawad Khan

The fact that I've lived this long is not really an achievement. Time passes; we age… it's natural. This is why it annoys me when a person watches a movie and tells me that it was 'time pass.' Would time not have passed if he hadn't watched the film? -Kamal Haasan

I'm partial to epic poetry, which might be surprising given that I don't write poetry at all. The combination of rollicking storytelling with musical language seems to me the highest achievement. -Jennifer Egan

When an enlightened ruler controls his ministers, he makes it so that ministers cannot get credit for achievements gained by overstepping the bounds of their offices or make proposals and then fail to match them with actual achievements. -Han Fei

There are very few people whose names come to symbolize their achievement, even if it's a negative achievement. -Mitchell Zuckoff

The stories of accomplishments, achievements, challenges, problems, issues, concerns pass down through history, and those are things you take with you in your personal life wherever you go. -Linda Johnson Rice

In my opinion, in addition to the success we have achieved in launching new Vants and in pursuing development of a variety of drugs, one of our most important achievements has been the growth of Roivant itself as a platform to support the efficient identification and advancement of medicines across all of the companies in the Roivant family. -Vivek Ramaswamy

Gay weddings will be remembered as Tony Blair's greatest achievement! -Simon Sebag Montefiore

Yeltsin was admirable but flawed, noble but tainted, but in his own negligent grandeur, he undermined his own real achievements – and accelerated their ruin. -Simon Sebag Montefiore

When I was a kid, I was reliably informed that we'd have gone to Mars by 1985, and of course it's 2012, and we're still really no closer to a human expedition to Mars, but that shouldn't detract from the amazing achievements that are being done on a day-to-day basis by robotic envoys. -Alastair Reynolds

Turgenev's achievement lies in how he succeeded, in spite of himself, his country, and his time, in exempting his work from public duty. This has given it that unnameable quality that makes every sentence true, every silence trustworthy. -Hisham Matar

The Olympics are very important only if you gain a medal, and that's a very difficult achievement. -Dominic Thiem

Our biggest achievement was health-sector reform. The success was in making sure that primary health care was the center of gravity in our health system. -Tedros Adhanom

Claire Denis's 'Beau Travail' is one of Denis's greatest achievements. One of the most mysterious and beautiful endings in movies. -Karyn Kusama

Even if feminists tear down the bogeyman patriarchy and dominate men in all areas of life, they still won't be happy because deep down, they'll know it's a false victory. Achievement obtained by lowering your opponent to your standard as opposing to rising and surpassing their standard of output isn't achievement. It's mediocrity. -Dana Loesch

Here's one measure of the man and the scope of his achievement: No serious historian will be able to write about 20th-century America without discussing Bill Buckley. Before Buckley, there was no conservative movement. After Buckley, there was Ronald Reagan. -Bill Kristol

The Apollo program certainly had no real commercial value. It was done for very different reasons and, I think, very good reasons for the time. It's an extraordinary achievement of mankind, but it wasn't sustainable. -Jeff Bezos

Bobby Charlton's record was quite substantial. I couldn't think anybody would beat that. It is an achievement par excellence. -Alex Ferguson

John Cougar Mellencamp – I didn't like him in the beginning. I liked some of the stuff around the 'Scarecrow' period. I go back and forth on him all the time, but I think he's a good artist. I don't know if he's a great artist or not, but he rose above his original level of achievement. -Robert Hilburn

It's a really big deal to have a star on the Walk of Fame; it feels like an incredible achievement. -Jason Priestley

My kids are my greatest achievement. -Jason Priestley

I must recall with gratitude those 178 Jewish women and men who participated in the Estonian War of Independence. Both of our nations know what it means to keep your identity and freedom even under the pressure of foreign powers, and we can be proud of their achievements. -Kersti Kaljulaid

We often think our legacy will be our achievements. But often our legacy will be whether we set a moral standard. -Jake Tapper

In this achievement-based lifestyle, most of us have certain boxes we're checking to make us useful humans. But a lot of things you do as a parent are kinda invisible. There's a lot you achieve – just getting dinner on the table – that are more than making a song. -Stephen Malkmus

Instead of trying to be the queen of cool, it feels like more of an achievement to work with mainstream brands and reach as many people as possible. It's more unexpected for someone like me. -Andreja Pejic

I think the cereal milk is my most proud achievement. -Christina Tosi

When I got to sit in Big Bird's nest with Big Bird and sing the song, 'Sing. Sing a song. Sing out loud,' that was my crowning achievement. -Noah Wyle

If India breaks your heart with untold inequalities, it also surprises you with the unheralded achievements of its most humble citizens. -Amitava Kumar

Parents who press their children to succeed do so in hopes of preparing them for an adulthood of high achievement. -Alissa Quart

The extraordinary nature of individual black achievement in formerly white domain certainly does suggest that the old Jim Crow is dead, but it doesn't necessarily mean the end of racial caste – if history is any guide, it may have just taken a different form. -Michelle Alexander

It's pretty amazing to me that we have had a space shuttle program that's lasted for 30 years – for one space shuttle. That's quite an achievement. -John M. Grunsfeld

When someone tells me they want to start a diet, I'll suggest they start by aiming to drink half their body weight in ounces of water every day. It's much easier to add a habit than to take one away, but the water goal is a challenge. When they conquer that for the month, they've set a new standard for achievement and can add on something tougher. -Rachel Hollis

It is time to stop the anarchy on the Internet. We cannot allow this great technological achievement of man to be turned into an information garbage heap. -Alexander Lukashenko

After securing security, we can be confident that our achievements will be safeguarded and also have the capacity to construct infrastructure such as regional railways, airports, and highways that will facilitate trade and help us to integrate faster. -Ali Bongo Ondimba

The acquisition of literacy is one of the most important epigenetic achievements of Homo sapiens. To our knowledge, no other species ever acquired it. -Maryanne Wolf

There are, no doubt, as many conceptualizations of the good life as there are lives that aspire to it, but surely one of the most important pathways to its achievement begins with the desire to seek what is good – for the self, for those we love, for 'our neighbor,' for our earth. -Maryanne Wolf

2010 was an incredible year for me. I won the Best of the Super Juniors, and went on to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title. That was an unbelievable achievement. -Finn Balor

We must acknowledge that issues like systemic racism, economic inequality, and the achievement gap are the result of manmade policies. -Ayanna Pressley

Sue Grafton's 'A Is for Alibi', the 1982 novel that introduced the world to private detective Kinsey Millhone, wasn't seen as the pioneering achievement we now know it to be. -Sarah Weinman

The crowds, the praise, and the power are neither just nor unjust in themselves. As they are typically used in the schools, they represent the values of social order and of individual competitive achievement. -Lawrence Kohlberg

You earn the title of favourite when you win. It's not when people say you're a favourite because of past achievements; it's when you show it on the pitch. -Julen Lopetegui

I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have my achievements. -Fernando Alonso

It is true – maybe with five or seven points more, I could be five times world champion. But on the other hand, I could have zero world championships, and zero wins or zero podiums, because F1 is an extremely competitive environment. So I just take the positives, and I am happy with my achievements. -Fernando Alonso

The day that arrives the first victory or the first win for McLaren-Honda will be a massive achievement for all of us. -Fernando Alonso

I don't know why there is still any barrier between men and women in terms of achievement and success. -George Blagden

I always like to appreciate any achievement but then try and figure out how to top that the next time. -Kane Brown

My main priorities were to fight for Britain. Not a lot of Asians get selected for this country at anything, and it's a great achievement. -Amir Khan

There's a panic, a rush, to this 'achievement' of fame. There's also the ambivalence of fame: the love of it and the hatred of it. We sometimes hate the famous while, at the same time, straining to achieve fame oneself. -Justine Bateman

If I look at my family tree and follow every generation before us, going all the way back to the slaves, then Eddie Murphy is the highest achievement as far as my bloodline is concerned. How could you be jealous? You can only be proud, unless you got some serious issues. -Charlie Murphy

Burning Man is a crowning achievement of freedom in festival culture. -Alex Grey

Individual achievements are not important for me, to be honest. -Toni Kroos

I believe that thinking positively and envisioning the best possible outcome can add to your achievements. -Stella Maxwell

When I'm old, I'd like to wake up in the morning and not really do anything – just be happy to exist. I'd like to look at my accomplishments and sit back and revel in my own achievement. -Ben Gibbard

Both parents worshiped individual achievement, but because of the Depression and the war, they never achieved what they wanted and deserved. So their ambition and high expectations were transferred to me. -Benoit Mandelbrot

No matter what your background or where you are from, the one thing we can all respect is when great athletes and great passion leads to great achievements. -Samoa Joe

It's an unbelievable achievement to win the FA Cup. I've been lucky to win it before, and I'd love to win it again. -James Milner

The Olympics is still my greatest achievement… I have many belts, but there is only one Olympic gold. -Oleksandr Usyk

Although a linguist, I was always interested in, and fascinated by, Stephen's explanations of his work and proud of his discoveries and achievements. -Jane Hawking

I think self-discovery is the greatest achievement in life, because once you discover yourself and accept what you are, then you can fulfil your true potential and be happy. -Marco Pierre White

In 1990 at Harveys, when I was 28 years old, I became the youngest chef to win two Michelin stars. It was a huge achievement. -Marco Pierre White

Back home in Germany, football people think very highly of Arsene Wenger. They listen to what he has to say and admire his achievements. -Lukas Podolski

To me, life is huge and thrilling and exciting and explosive and loud. If I can make music that communicates that and reflects that, then that's an achievement. -Andrew W.K.

Even if I can take sanitary napkins to 10% of the poor women in India, it will be big achievement. -Arunachalam Muruganantham

If you raise a cool adult, that's an achievement. -Bobcat Goldthwait

We all want our children to be the best they can be; and one of the blessings of having an autistic child is that you notice every little achievement, and it becomes cause for celebration. -Didi Conn

We won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, and it was a fantastic achievement, a fantastic feeling. Once you experience that, you want to have it again. -Petr Cech

Goal setting is the most important aspect of all improvement and personal development plans. It is the key to all fulfillment and achievement. -Paul J. Meyer

I am satisfied with my achievements in terms of both development and welfare. I have not only lived up to most of the expectations of people, but also surpassed some of their expectations. -N. Chandrababu Naidu

It's an achievement I can be happy about – if you call getting old and still being in a job an achievement. -Roy Hodgson

Going back about 10 years ago, the only thing a black kid could do to get out of the ghetto was being a sports star. Now we can add music to that, which is a good achievement in itself. -Big Narstie

I set some goals: little goals first and then the big ones. I stopped thinking about big achievements. -Simona Halep

Anybody who seeks wealth as an end in itself is always going to be disappointed. What you really should be doing is seeking excellence in achievement. -Herb Kelleher

The Champions League is always special. I believe every player, every fan, every coach wants this trophy. It is unbelievable, and it is one of the greatest achievements you can have in football. -Marc-Andre ter Stegen

When you work with people, you buy into it, you work together and you pull together. It doesn't matter what your challenge is: there's a sense of achievement at the end of it. -Dick Strawbridge

I grew up in a family with three siblings. My parents were always very supportive and encouraging. It was important for them that we have meaningful and satisfying professions, but they didn't care as much about success and achievement. -Maryam Mirzakhani

Bringing a medal for the country is the biggest achievement, and that is why I am very happy. -Hima Das

I'll relish playing at Wembley in a major cup final. It's a great achievement for me, and it's why I became a footballer, because I want to win medals. -Ashley Young

Polarizing is the greatest achievement in any art form, even in cinema. -Nicolas Winding Refn

Cannes is one of the biggest film festivals across the globe, and getting your film selected for a screening is quite a big achievement. -Shweta Tripathi

People had lost trust in governance. Getting back that trust, instilling a sense of hope and belief that good governance and development would be back on track, is my biggest achievement. -Yogi Adityanath

I have to put a business model together because certain businesses are approaching me as a legend, as if I'm on my way out. Same goes for the way I get presented on the VH1 Hip Hop Honors and BET. I get lifetime achievement awards because of who I am and what I've done, but they want to put me in a place, as if I'm on my way out. -KRS-One

When Priyanka Chopra makes a mark for herself internationally, we claim her achievements as our own and then threaten to ban her films and make her apologize for a work of fiction that has been created by someone else. Can we please attempt to be larger than that? -Pooja Bhatt

I'm no role model, but I thought if I showed my frailties, which I had turned around into achievement, I could help many others. -Pooja Bhatt

My mother always told me that you should have one room in your house where you celebrate all of your achievements. You shouldn't have them spread throughout. -Iliza Shlesinger

All my achievements have been great achievements. I have been collaborating with big names and making hits – like my song 'Yosemite' with Travis Scott. -Gunna

I don't look at anything in my life as achievements. I look at them as experiences. -Jesse Itzler

As an actor, it's important to feel for the character, as you will be watched by audience, and when you start feeling your character, you share a sense of happiness and achievement. -Vikrant Massey

I'm pretty excited: to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is a massive achievement… and to be inducted with Oscar de la Hoya and Felix Trinidad, two great fighters, is a massive honour for me and my family. -Joe Calzaghe

When headlines are only about Shah Rukh, I get upset. There is no value then to what I do. His achievements are his, and I have no part in them. I do what I do. -Gauri Khan

The four and a half years I had at Stoke is something I will always look back on with pride because it was a huge achievement. To be able to last in a high profile job as long as I did showed that, for the most part, I did a decent job there. -Mark Hughes

Completing my degree in Sports Development at Liverpool's John Moores University while being full-time at Manchester City is one of my greatest achievements. -Nikita Parris

Every little girl's dream, every little boy's dream is to play at Wembley, so for a girl to do it and collect the 100th cap there was just a massive achievement. So, I think that's when it really hit me. -Karen Carney

The most important thing is to be successful on the field. Being second in the world is an unbelievable achievement. But for me, as a coach, you want to be the best – you get nothing for being second. We want to be the best in our field. -Phil Neville

I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies, but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career. -Louis van Gaal

Winning the FA Cup with Manchester United was my biggest achievement. -Louis van Gaal

I want to compliment Francesco Totti: scoring 206 goals is a great achievement. It does not matter that he has beat me, as he is a great player. -Roberto Baggio

Graduation is an important day. It is a significant achievement. -Stephanie Ruhle

International Women's Day means many things to many people. Officially, it is 'a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.' These are important points that deserve to be called out – so we all remember their significance. -Stephanie Ruhle

My brother is a great actor. Just because he doesn't harp about his achievements, people don't talk about his work. -Bobby Deol

I don't like to celebrate my own achievements. -AB de Villiers

I have no regrets about doing 'Strictly.' This is the biggest achievement of my life. -Caroline Flack

I'm very proud of my achievements, whatever they will be. -Johanna Konta

When you manage a big team like River Plate or Madrid, they are used to winning titles. The people are happy, but they are used to it. When you have an achievement like I had in Villarreal, reaching the semi-final of the Champions League, finishing second in the league, it's more than winning a title. It's more. -Manuel Pellegrini

The Ballon d'Or nomination is a good achievement for Pogba. -Massimiliano Allegri

You see people with a room full of their career achievements. Brilliant. Well done. That's just not something I do. They're in a bin bag in my mum and dad's loft. -Robert Green

Representing my country will always be one of my proudest achievements, and I feel honoured to have played for England. -Robert Green

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