Best Quotes About Initiative

We must develop knowledge optimization initiatives to leverage our key learnings. -Scott Adams

You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference. -Chris Evert

During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. -Al Gore

Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things. -Jesse Jackson

Success comes from taking the initiative and following up… persisting… eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life? -Tony Robbins

A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all. -Tacitus

It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa. -Wangari Maathai

Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in leadership positions. -Bo Bennett

I think flying planes into a building was a faith-based initiative. I think religion is a neurological disorder. -Bill Maher

You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence. -William J. H. Boetcker

I've always been a strong supporter of environmental protection and initiatives in that area. But I'm willing to set priorities. If we have to make reductions in one place, we'll have to-in order to increase another place, I'm willing to do that. -Judd Gregg

The important thing is to concentrate upon what you can do – by yourself, upon your own initiative. -Harry Browne

When you believe in what you're doing and use your imagination and initiative, you can make a difference. -Samuel Dash

I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself. -Eddie Murphy

Government cannot and must not replace private initiative. -Kim Campbell

Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack. -Wilhelm Steinitz

Whether it be a matter of personal relations within a marriage or political initiatives within a peace process, there is no sure-fire do-it-yourself kit. -Seamus Heaney

Within a month I announced I was going to start this initiative: A World of Women for World Peace. -Eddie Bernice Johnson

I did not know many of the details relevant to the Iran and contra initiatives. -Fawn Hall

The strongest initiative that government can take to ensure Australia is prepared for population ageing, is to maintain a strong economy, and a secure nation. -Julie Bishop

The Microsoft actions announced today are exactly the kinds of industry initiatives we need. Microsoft is using its resources to bring real privacy protection to Internet users by creating incentives for more websites to provide strong privacy protection. -William M. Daley

Local innovation and initiative can help us better understand how to protect our environment. -Gale Norton

People who ask us when we will hold talks with Pakistan are perhaps not aware that over the last 55 years, every initiative for a dialogue with Pakistan has invariably come from India. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Further, a defensive policy involves the loss of the initiative, with all the consequent disadvantages to the defender. -Douglas Haig

You can be bound by physical things, as I am by certain sicknesses, but nevertheless you can still be free to recognize that all initiatives really come from yourself if you don't depend upon structures of government or structures of any kind. -George Woodcock

A key U.S. initiative in this trade war must be to develop reliable trading partners in the world. -Jo Ann Emerson

What you need if you want jobs are small and medium sized enterprises, local initiatives, labour intensive work, community development, service providers and the like. -Susan George

These three movements were born spontaneously and independently of the initiative of a few French patriots who had a place in the old political groups and parties. -Jean Moulin

No one should suffer from the great delusion that any form of communism or socialism which promotes the dictatorship of the few instead of the initiative of the millions can produce a happier or more prosperous society. -Charles E. Wilson

I met the president when he was president-elect at a meeting in Austin. He spoke of his faith. He spoke of his desire for a compassionate conservatism, for a faith-based initiative that would do something for poor people. -Jim Wallis

No one's interested really in knowing what policies or diplomatic initiatives or arms negotiations might have been compromised by me. -Aldrich Ames

We are seeing healing among the stolen generations, and initiatives which are enabling Indigenous people to make their distinctive contribution to our national life. -Malcolm Fraser

A theatre receives recognition through its initiative, which is indispensable for first-rate performances. -Franz Liszt

Last year, the Assembly of the League, as a result of the initiative taken by the Scandinavian nations, further limited and clarified all the provisions of the clause prescribing the duty of states to participate in sanctions. -Hjalmar Branting

I was approached by Oxfam to go to Mali as their ambassador and get involved in their various initiatives out there. But I felt that was missing the point of using me, a musician. -Damon Albarn

But thanks to the efforts, the initiative of the United States and of the several countries from the world, from Europe, including Turkey, it ended within a few weeks. -Bulent Ecevit

My view… would be that we are entering upon a new and interim society which is neither capitalist nor socialist, but in which we can achieve central planning without loss of individual initiative, by the mere process of absorbing initiative in the function of planning. -John Grierson

We must support initiatives that provide clear, concrete measures and milestones that our troops need for defeating the insurgency, building up Iraqi security forces, and handing over Iraq to the Iraqi people. -Sherrod Brown

I rejected the armed struggle because, as a Christian, I am committed to a nonviolent and peaceful struggle. But people take their own initiatives, because it is a Lebanon type of situation here. -Mangosuthu Buthelezi

We promote domestic savings by also things like the personal accounts associated with the president's Social Security initiative, which over time would generate more savings. -John W. Snow

It's been years, decades, since a president has lost a major trade initiative. That would be bad headlines. -Gwen Ifill

There has been no appreciable improvement in our country's ability to produce the kind of talent we need in this space. There have been some small initiatives around the country that have been noteworthy. -John W. Thompson

Rather than proposing a forward-looking energy initiative, House Republicans continue to push Big Oil's tired old ideas, ideas that will do absolutely nothing to lower gas prices for the American consumer. -Jan Schakowsky

We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life – in culture, in economy and in politics. -Andrzej Wajda

We created the Cabinet Committee on the Environment to review the environmental implications of all government initiatives. I think what made us successful was the fact that it was a sustained approach. We did something new every year. -Brian Mulroney

It is no coincidence that our country has not been attacked since 9-11. Our initiatives to protect the homeland and aggressively take the fight to the terrorists have been factors in that success. -Roger Wicker

The Holocaust committed by the Nazis turned this country, where most of the European Jews used to live and where their culture used to flourish, into a massive grave. This is why initiatives to revive Jewish culture in Poland is so important. -Marek Belka

At least I know that one film-maker in my career has had the initiative to come to me and thought of me as being capable of doing interesting and complicated work, and so I have a new-found belief that other film-makers will see me in a different way, the way that Patty did. -Charlize Theron

Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess, modern players like to take the initiative. Usually they are poor defenders though. -Boris Spassky

The dynamic, creative present, however conditioned and restricted by the effects of prior presents, possesses genuine initiative. -Corliss Lamont

You destroy the initiative of the working people if they don't feel they have a fighting chance to be a part of the American Dream. -James Sinegal

Ukraine has been a strong partner to the United States on international initiatives and a committed ally in fighting the War on Terrorism. -Vito Fossella

Never relinquish the initiative. -Charles de Gaulle

Genius is initiative on fire. -Holbrook Jackson

Organisation can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgement. -Louis D. Brandeis

Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves – and be free. -Cesar Chavez

Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work. -Anna Pavlova

The man whose life is devoted to paperwork has lost the initiative. He is dealing with things that are brought to his notice, having ceased to notice anything for himself. -C. Northcote Parkinson

No matter what policy initiatives we take on, we are going to need a permanent repository for nuclear fuel based on the law and sound science. -Craig Stevens

I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth, environmental protection, improvements in our educational system. -Al Gore

Dependency is death to initiative, to risk-taking and opportunity. It's time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison it is. -Mitt Romney

Actually, I have been very supportive of a very robust stimulus package from day one. I think this economy has to have a major stimulus initiative because the only group with liquidity is the federal government. -Judd Gregg

The U.S. states that allow for citizens' initiatives tend to have fewer laws and lower taxes than the ones that don't. But the beauty of the system is that it encourages the spread of best practice. -Daniel Hannan

Just as the process of repealing national alcohol prohibition began with individual states repealing their own prohibition laws, so individual states must now take the initiative with respect to repealing marijuana prohibition laws. -George Soros

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper. Under this approach, the spirit of initiative – not political clout – determines who succeeds. -Paul Ryan

What I want to do is to make sure that we fully repeal Obamacare. This will be one of the largest spending initiatives we will ever see in our country. And also, it will take away choice from the American people. -Michele Bachmann

We believe in individual initiative, personal responsibility, opportunity, freedom, small government, the Constitution. These principles, these American principles are key to getting our economy back to being successful and leading the world. -Mitt Romney

America's downgrade may serve as a wakeup call for its policymakers. It is an unambiguous and loud signal of the country's eroding economic strength and global standing. It renders urgent the need to regain the initiative through better economic policymaking and more coherent governance. -Mohamed El-Erian

This journey is not over. Our education initiatives have so much momentum, and we're committed to sharing even more stories from the Arctic when we return. -Ann Bancroft

I hope that France – and all of Europe – we would take an initiative for the year 2012 to be the year of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. -Nicolas Sarkozy

There are people in Baghdad pursuing the initiative that I started, and I want to give them every chance of success. I don't want to provide any distractions. -Scott Ritter

Big businesses can help by engaging aspiring entrepreneurs and promoting initiatives which support small businesses from within. -Tory Burch

You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. -William J. H. Boetcker

The moral case for individual initiative in a free economy holds that people have a God-given right to use their creativity to produce things that improve our lives. -Paul Ryan

The Internet didn't get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. -Barack Obama

I am climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa this Summer as a personal physical goal for myself, but also as a way to bring on sponsors and raise awareness and funds to help benefit the programs and initiatives of Chefs for Humanity. -Cat Cora

If you can defend, counter-attack and take the initiative then you become a more dangerous player. -Jo Durie

Informed opponents of Obama's healthcare initiative have expressed dismay at the low level of discourse. -Carl Hiaasen

Today, we are announcing that agencies are releasing their final regulatory reform plans, including hundreds of initiatives that will reduce costs, simplify the system, and eliminate redundancy and inconsistency. -Cass Sunstein

I like going to rifle and pistol clubs and joining them in target shooting. I also share the same respect for individual initiative and love of family. -Nan Hayworth

While I support initiatives to improve quality and efficiency in Medicare, I do not believe that these efficiencies should come at the cost of patient well being. -Shelley Berkley

There's a huge cost in being bipartisan, a tradition started by Newt Gingrich when he took over the House in 1994 and has continued forward, that you dare not vote against the Republican Party even if you're voting against your own initiatives and your own interests. -Gwen Moore

The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things. -Stephen Covey

Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves – who can take initiative and be the solution to problems. -Stephen Covey

The last six months of the Bush administration lost four million jobs and the first six months of the Obama administration lost another four million before any initiatives of the president could take action. -Valerie Jarrett

As Indiana's governor, I balanced eight budgets, never raised taxes, and left the largest surplus in state history. It wasn't always easy. Cuts had to be made and some initiatives deferred. Occasionally I had to say 'no.' -Evan Bayh

In Germany it is good if as many people as possible join initiatives and peaceful demonstrations against the rule of the financial markets. Worshipping the unfettered freedom of global markets has brought the world to the brink of ruin. We now need social and ecological rules for the market economy. -Sigmar Gabriel

The Nuclear Security Summit was President Obama's initiative born out of his vision to leave behind a safer, more prosperous world for the future generation. -Lee Myung-bak

It is rather unusual for Italy to be at the forefront of pro-market initiatives. -Mario Monti

The Palestinian people do not beg the world for a state, and the state can't be created through decisions and initiatives. States liberate their land first and then the political body can be established. -Ismail Haniyeh

Clinton's successor in the White House, George W. Bush, was committed to expanding government spending for faith-based initiatives. -Tony Campolo

The government should now launch an initiative to encourage people to join the social work profession. -Andy Sawford

Really, even in this whole Obama initiative, and everything that's going on with the economy, the only way to jump start it is we have to give each other opportunity. That's the only way to make it work. -Doug E. Fresh

The founder of the Mona Foundation actually knew my dad for years, and the more I learned about it, the more I realized I really found the perfect charity. It sponsors schools and educational initiatives all over the planet. -Rainn Wilson

If a brand genuinely wants to make a social contribution, it should start with who they are, not what they do. For only when a brand has defined itself and its core values can it identify causes or social responsibility initiatives that are in alignment with its authentic brand story. -Simon Mainwaring

Cities have to realize that whatever the federal government is going to do, it's not going to be enough. And cities that proactively take control of their own quality of life initiatives are going to be the cities that ultimately attract the highly talented young people and create the jobs. -Mick Cornett

Not since the days of George W. Bush's 'Clear Skies' and 'Healthy Forests' initiatives has America been presented with a project as cravenly corporate and backward-looking as the Keystone XL pipeline. -Jeff Goodell

I will not start an initiative until I've spent my own money. Because if I spend my own money, people who want to get on board afterwards know that I am serious about it.

By 1973, we had a space station, the Skylab, and we had multiple probes going up to planets. So, all this wonderful stuff happened in 10 to 15 years. About that time, there should have been enormous initiatives to make it affordable for people to fly in space, not just a handful of trained NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts. -Burt Rutan

Economic growth is the most important initiative every governor faces. -Dave Heineman

Most leadership strategies are doomed to failure from the outset. As people have been noting for years, the majority of strategic initiatives that are driven from the top are marginally effective – at best. -Peter Senge

Businessmen should not put their finger in politics, because they tend to think only of their own self-interest. But I worry about the low morale in Italian industry and the lack of government initiatives to help the poor. -Diego Della Valle

Again and again, universities have put a low priority on the very programs and initiatives that are needed most to increase productivity and competitiveness, improve the quality of government, and overcome the problems of illiteracy, miseducation, and unemployment. -Derek Bok

Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative – don't wait for someone else to ask you to act. -Sylvia Earle

Having a comic in the White House will assure stability in foreign relations. The world will continue to respond to foreign initiatives by saying, 'You must be joking.' -Pat Paulsen

There is no greater feeling in business than building a product which impacts people's lives in a profound way. When we look around at the thousands of people who have attended Summit gatherings, it makes us smile to see the new friendships, business partnerships and philanthropic initiatives that each event produces. -Elliott Bisnow

Even the best community organizations and faith-based initiatives and the extraordinary charity of Americans across the country can't carry the brunt of eliminating poverty. -Irwin Redlener

Leadership is happening, but it's not coming from the leaders of the old institutions. Everywhere you look, you see these extraordinary, sparkling new initiatives that are under way. -Don Tapscott

I want people to take the initiative to find veterans that need help, veterans that are suffering and in need of assistance reintegrating from combat back into society, into normal family lives and jobs. We need to take a real 'boots on the ground' approach to helping veterans in need. -Max Martini

Because of the womb being a central phenomenon in the feminine body, the whole psychology of woman differs: she is non-aggressive, non-inquiring, non-questioning, non-doubting, because all of those things are part of aggression. She will not take the initiative; she simply waits – and she can wait infinitely. -Rajneesh

It is a fantastic initiative by the ministry to develop Aakash Tablet, a mobile device that can be utilised by students anywhere. It was successfully tried out. The second and third versions have come out and the fourth version is on the anvil. -Pallam Raju

Real prosperity comes from everybody in the country working together in a growth mode. Real prosperity comes as a result of people's own initiative and efforts and so forth. Prosperity, if it comes from the government, is not prosperity. It's an existence or a subsistence or whatever, but it isn't prosperity. -Rush Limbaugh

Communism is a monopolistic system, economically and politically. The system suppresses individual initiative, and the 21st century is all about individualism and freedom. The development of technology supported these directions. -Lech Walesa

There is nothing natural, inevitable, or necessary about the labyrinth of fear. We can liberate ourselves. There are better ways to live. Someone has to take the initiative to love and trust her fellow living creature and set us all free. -Brendan Myers

I believe in carbon offset initiatives, in eco-villages, in the sustainable regeneration of the tropical rainforest. -Dasha Zhukova

The final outcome of a war is often determined by the degree of initiative shown on each side. -Chiang Kai-shek

With political will and strategic initiatives, we can prevent more and more of our global neighbors from falling into the abyss of poverty and instead give future generations the opportunities they need to rise to their fullest potential. -Helene D. Gayle

Real, sustainable community change requires the initiative and engagement of community members. -Helene D. Gayle

Most nanny-state initiatives begin on a local level. -David Harsanyi

Common Core, the initiative that claims to more accurately measure K-12 student knowledge in English and math, also encourages children to step up their 'critical thinking.' -David Harsanyi

I applaud President Obama for launching his 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative that is aimed to empower our youth to achieve success. -Charles B. Rangel

The arrival of thousands of Muslim infiltrators to Israeli territory is a clear threat to the state's Jewish identity. The refugees' place is not among us, and the initiative to transfer them to Australia is the right and just solution. -Danny Danon

During my time as a state legislator, I've pushed for significant investment in public school districts. In Congress, I would look forward to increasing federal public investment in education through initiatives like Race to the Top. -Hakeem Jeffries

A tremendous amount of the entrepreneurial initiative, if you want to call it that, comes from the dynamic state sector on which most of the economy relies to socialize costs and risks and privatize eventual profit. And that's achieved by, if you like, advertising. -Noam Chomsky

There is a heavy emphasis in Mormonism on initiative, on responsibility, on a work ethic, and on education. If you take those elements together with a free-enterprise system, you've got the chemistry for a lot of industry. -Stephen Covey

Know your priorities and identify the five powerful action steps that you intend to take to move your initiatives forward each day. If you go to a tree with an ax and take five whacks at the tree every day, it doesn't matter if it's an oak or a redwood; eventually, the tree has to fall down. -Jack Canfield

Microfinance initiatives are very high-touch models. The loan officer meets with local groups of borrowers every week, they share tips and techniques. There's a lot of training and learning that goes on, which adds to the cost of the model. -Pierre Omidyar

I think that the president of Iran has the authority wherever which – where – wherever the national interests of the country are involved and, when it is necessary and expedient and required to speak and talk with others in order to promote the rights of its nation, that the president can take that initiative. -Hassan Rouhani

There's massive government initiatives going around the world, and you see that there's a real enthusiasm for genetics. -Anne Wojcicki

U.A.E.'s continuously growing initiatives in the field of charitable and humanitarian works became a basic component of our foreign activities. -Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

At Cheney's initiative, the United States stripped terror suspects of long-established rights under domestic and international law, building a new legal edifice under exclusive White House ownership. -Barton Gellman

If a voter initiative can deny gay people access to traditional representative, democratic processes, then in California, any other small, historically disadvantaged minority group can also be denied the right of representative. -John Perez

The University of Southern California has a wonderful social work department, and I was thrilled to find out that they have a whole veterans' initiative program there. They approached me, and I set up a scholarship that would go to a military-oriented person to learn techniques and skills to better help veterans. -Gary Sinise

One has to take initiative in life to achieve what he or she wants. -Donald Johanson

In January 2013, I told the people in the Justice Department after the re-election that I wanted to focus on reforming the federal criminal justice system. I made an announcement in August of that year in San Francisco, when we rolled out the Smart on Crime initiative. -Eric Holder

In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear. Through initiatives like My Brother's Keeper, I'm personally committed to changing both perception and reality. -Barack Obama

When you take out individual initiative, individual responsibility, and the hope that every individual is born with, to better their lives, to climb the economic ladder, to pursue happiness, that is, in fact, a neoslavery. -Niger Innis

One of the best things that can happen to any cause, to any people, is to have Bill Clinton as its advocate. That is how needy and neglected causes have become global initiatives. -Mitt Romney

There's no doubt that when the Republican Party took over in 1994, the 'Contract with America' was an opportunity to implement some things – like welfare reform and some of the other initiatives. Then, it kind of lost its steam. -Marco Rubio

I suppose I arrived at my charitable commitment largely through guilt. I recognized early on that my good fortune was not due to superior personal character or initiative so much as it was to dumb luck. -George Kaiser

Let's face it. There is no setup in Pakistan to train and groom young players at the grassroots level in different sports. Those of us who did make a name for ourselves and became champions did it with our own initiative – there was no academy to back us till we reached a certain level on our own. -Jahangir Khan

Disparity is Australia's worst social problem. Thousands of lives are slowly being crushed, while billions are wasted on thousands of little initiatives trying to 'close the gap.' -Andrew Forrest

The need for air transport is real, and it's not going to change. The key is to have the right business model and have the right initiatives, in my view, to succeed. -Louis R. Chenevert

We donate time, expertise, and resources to a wide array of charitable and nonprofit organizations around the world each year through partnership initiatives that make a real difference in our communities. -Joshua Bekenstein

Football is a personal interest which has been turned into a philanthropic initiative directed at encouraging social cohesion during the difficult process of African modernisation. -Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi

I grew up with a lot of people whose whole prime mover was dad rage. I never really had it – it always seemed so empty. It always seemed to be masking something else, which was really their own lack of initiative. -Robert Downey, Jr.

With all the goodwill and local initiative in the world, we are not about to rewild anything until we change our way of thinking about our place in the creaturely world. -John Burnside

There are three lessons in philanthropy – one, involve the family, especially the spouse. She can be a remarkable driver of your initiative. Two, you need to build an institution, and you need to scale it up. Choose a leader for philanthropy whom you trust. Three, philanthropy needs patience, tenacity and time. -Azim Premji

Whatever initiatives we launch, we must always put the interests of Singaporeans and Singapore first. -Tony Tan

I've been a supporter of green initiatives for years. I've been paying more and more attention to it, you know, with three kids. I thought it was tragic when the Kyoto Protocol was killed by the U.S. It was sort of a call to action. -Barry Sternlicht

Over time, demand from Registry should help support the home product expansion initiative and vice-versa. -Richard Hayne

The B Team can catalyse initiatives. -Jochen Zeitz

The best employees are those who bring real energy and initiative to the job. I like to know whether you're the kind of person who can set priorities, take initiative, and drive results right from the beginning. -Marillyn Hewson

Impact sourcing, a new initiative piloted by the Rockefeller Foundation and several key partners, including my company Samasource, promises to connect poor and marginalized people to digital jobs on a massive scale. -Leila Janah

I believe to be a leader is to enable others to embrace a vision, initiative or assignment in a way that they feel a sense of purpose, ownership, personal engagement, and common cause. I was very affected as a child by my father's positive example as a civic leader who inspired others to share his commitment to improving our community. -Melanne Verveer

The most important initiative you could take to improve the world economy would be to stabilize the dollar-euro rate. -Robert Mundell

When Google reached out to me in 2011, they wanted me to build out their female lifestyle vertical. When they were starting with that initiative, they were giving each production house a million dollars to produce content. -Michelle Phan

I think it's great to be talked about as a woman film-maker. It's part of who I am; it affects me daily. I want it to be part of the conversation. I'm for any scheme or initiative that gives women a way in. -Sarah Gavron

While 2015 was challenging, we implemented many strategic and operational initiatives to improve our business and better position J.Crew for the future. -Mickey Drexler

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit. -Christopher McCandless

If one has fear, there can be no initiative in the creative sense of the word. To have initiative in this sense is to do something original – to do it spontaneously, naturally, without being guided, forced, controlled. It is to do something which you love to do. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

We ship owners and our predecessors, all the way back to the dawn of history, operating in majority on private initiative and at our own risk, have been linking the world together much more effectively than governments ever managed to do or will likely ever be capable of doing. -Helmut Sohmen

If the two largest economies in the world don't show us a good example on trade liberalization, then you can't expect the smaller and weaker economies to take the risks. The initiative, the momentum and the drive really do have to come from Japan and the U.S. -Helmut Sohmen

Sinn Fein is committed to promoting and enhancing reconciliation, and in recent years, I and other members of my party have taken a number of significant initiatives aimed to advance this process. -Martin McGuinness

Benjamin Netanyahu seems to avoid any initiative. -Ehud Barak

We launched our #WomenWhoWork initiative to show the world what today's modern, professional women really look like. They're invested in their careers, but they're also passionate about priorities outside the office. -Ivanka Trump

I actually support President Obama's initiatives on early childhood. He has appointed me as a commissioner to consult his administration on educational excellence for Hispanics in the U.S. We try to find ways to improve the education system for Hispanics in America, to achieve excellence. -Shakira

When I addressed international forums as prime minister, the Israeli people expected me to present bold political initiatives that would bring peace – not arguments outlining why achieving peace now is not possible. -Ehud Olmert

People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn't help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression and help people. -Deepika Padukone

Most actions derive not from your own initiative but from your family circumstances, your education, your calling, and so on. You must therefore give up a little time to performing actions which derive from yourself alone. They need not be important; quite insignificant actions fulfill the same purpose. -Rudolf Steiner

The government should train and direct the people in their acquisition of political knowledge and ability, thereby enabling them to exercise the powers of election, recall, initiative, and referendum. -Sun Yat-sen

The Small Business Administration was fundamental in helping our company. There's great initiative from the government if you know the right places to look. -Kevin Plank

Believe in individual initiatives, in courage, in risk. -Emmanuel Macron

There's no doubt that our hearts are with the residents of Gaza. We and the whole world are unable to get to a situation in which Gaza can be rehabilitated. There needs to be an international initiative with Israel's participation, in order to bring an end to the enmity against us. -Reuven Rivlin

The notion that female initiative is useless because men know what they want is particularly odd – most people don't even know what they want for dinner. -Katha Pollitt

What has too often happened in the past is that people have threatened punishment but have failed to carry it out. It's imperative in any initiative that is undertaken that punishment be real and that there be truth in sentencing, and that the truly dangerous offenders – the recidivists and the career criminals – be put away and kept away. -Janet Reno

I'm a public figure. It's up to me to take the initiative to explain things. It's my responsibility. -Isabelle Adjani

Whenever I'm given a chance to support veterans' initiatives, I try to do that. Children and veterans – if they're involved, you can pretty much count me in. -Rob Riggle

When George W. Bush tried to roll back taxpayer exposure to a housing crash via Fannie and Freddie, guess what two senators joined a filibuster of the Bush initiative? Yep… those saviors of the working class, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. They went to bat for the housing industry and voted to allow taxpayer exposure to escalate. -Lawrence Kudlow

I believe that most people would like to cooperate in reducing waste, but to encourage them, the national policy should be clear, well advertised, and consistent. Even within Greater London, there is a huge discrepancy between council policies. I believe a national waste management initiative should be designed and implemented by government. -Jeremy Irons

All Americans should take great pride in the men and women serving our nation in Iraq and in the courage, determination, resilience and initiative they demonstrate each and every day. It remains the greatest of honors to soldier with them. -David Petraeus

I'm heartened that, for the first time, we're seeing some of the Internet Service Providers and the social media sites taking action against the Islamic State. That's the kind of initiative that can very, very much augment on an industrial scale what the government is trying to do. -David Petraeus

In the 101st Airborne Division headquarters in Mosul, we had a sign on the wall. It was a question that we would ask ourselves before every new operation or policy initiative. It asked: Will this policy or operation take more bad guys off the streets than it creates by its conduct? -David Petraeus

When I was growing up, I was regularly involved in local activities such as food collections, food kitchens, and other initiatives. -Rex Tillerson

On Day One, a start-up is a faith-based initiative built on guesses. -Steve Blank

All too often, a corporate innovation initiative starts and ends with a board meeting mandate to the CEO followed by a series of memos to the staff, with lots of posters and one-day workshops. This typically creates 'innovation theater' but very little innovation. -Steve Blank

The right rules of engagement means giving our forward commanders the authority and flexibility to take the initiative and win. Trust our forward deployed warriors to do their job. Political appointees running the war from Washington is just wrong. -Ryan Zinke

Our frequent initiatives to normalise relations with Pakistan are not a sign of our weakness; rather, they are an indication of our commitment to peace. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

For nearly five years, I worked with Marquette University Law School and helped to administrate a community crime prevention initiative called Safe Streets. We used restorative justice practices to help reduce crime and violence in the Milwaukee community. -Ron Johnson

I look forward to making tangible and inspirational contributions to the Houston Technology Center's initiatives. HTC is an engine behind Houston's and Texas' continued growth. -Walter O'Brien

In 2008, we began an initiative to outsource projects from our Israeli office to three companies in the Palestinian Territories. -John T. Chambers

Federal dollars and resources come with so much red tape that state and local experts can't use that funding for initiatives that are working the best or are most needed. -Thom Tillis

We need a conservative welfare reform initiative that is focused on putting people back to work and ensures taxpayer money is only spent on programs that have been proven to work. -Todd Young

We can score political points. We can try to advance some important initiatives. But at some point, it takes sober-minded, responsible conservative leaders to identify when you've pushed as far as you can and to have the courage to go back and face the electorate and explain to them why you voted the way you did. -Todd Young

We can start with housing, the sturdiest of footholds for economic mobility. A national affordable housing program would be an anti-poverty effort, human capital investment, community improvement plan, and public health initiative all rolled into one. -Matthew Desmond

Sometimes women don't take the initiative that they should. -Kathleen Kennedy

Creativity is generating ideas that are novel and useful. I define originals as people who go beyond dreaming up the ideas and take initiative to make their visions a reality. -Adam Grant

We have all been there: we see that gorgeous person across the room, and we want to go and speak to them so badly. However, the 'rules' of society mean we usually don't end up doing it, despite our friends' best efforts to convince us to. Time for a change. Be empowered and say hi! It's proven that people really like it when you take initiative. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

I've yet to see an example of somebody standing up to Donald Trump and suggesting policy initiatives and him embracing them yet. It's not happening at scale. -Chris Sacca

We will leverage technology to collaborate with the government in its e-governance initiatives. -Chanda Kochhar

So many people are campaigning, fighting, and even dying to make a statement in the name of humanity. These people have no voice that can be heard by many. I wish more celebrities would take the initiative to be that voice. -Jameela Jamil

I found out that there was this project called the 'Great Green Wall' where they wanted to plant trees across the Sahara desert, and the idea was born that I wanted to create a support structure for that initiative. -Magnus Larsson

I'm a gay rights supporter. I'm a human-rights campaign initiative person. -Anthony Scaramucci

Giving users easy access to many different kinds of digital assets on the blockchain and, particularly, tokens that are linked to assets in the real world, is crucial to seeing blockchain adoption reach the next level, and I applaud Digix Global's initiative in being the first of many such projects to successfully launch. -Vitalik Buterin

What needs to be done is that the digital initiatives that we had started, that those get the same kind of focus, and that we now disincentivize the use of cash. If you're going to slide back into the ways that we had before this demonetization impact, then you really won't get the benefits. -Arundhati Bhattacharya

The Hyperledger Project is gaining traction on a daily basis, displaying how vital this effort is in advancing distributed ledger technology. Uniting the industry to drive this initiative forward is paramount to the success of distributed ledger technology. -Blythe Masters

The American political system is based on the president taking the initiative and Congress responding. With President Trump, it's been the opposite. -H. W. Brands

I never had any initiative or drive to be a success in business. -Bobby Riggs

We don't need a lot of initiatives for women in film; what we need is money. -Frances McDormand

Employees will tolerate a lot from a great manager. But employees are very quick to leave a manager. The manager is the way in which all broader initiatives are translated and filtered and make sense to individual employees. -Curt Coffman

If you look at the history of innovation, the innovations coming through the defence department have been some of the most important innovations ever. Little things like drones, sensors, and the Internet of Things are defence-type initiatives, but the big one is the Internet itself. -David Cohen

I found out there is a production paradise in Brazil. I was able to make my second collection for less money but without sacrificing quality. More importantly, manufacturing in Brazil also fits in with my global initiative: to provide work and empowerment in a third-world country. -Antonio Brown

I'm a teacher, so much of what I'm doing remains in the abstract. But I also support a lot of educational initiatives that support kids to really get out there and work hard in their communities. But I also think that we need poets in our country to inspire. -Maya Soetoro-Ng

As a steward of the U.S.economy and financial systems, the Treasury has helped lay the groundwork for the American economy to become a model of strength, flexibility, dynamism, resiliency. This is a system that generates growth, creates jobs and wealth, rewards initiative, and fosters innovation. -Henry Paulson

I am a fierce advocate for the economic empowerment of all women. In the Congress, I am one of the leaders of an initiative called 'When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.' It is an economic agenda for women aimed at making sure women have equal pay for equal work, paid sick leave, and affordable child care. -Jan Schakowsky

The Pacific Alliance is an initiative to align our economies. -Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal

It is no coincidence that in the wake of the Arab Spring, investment in youth-related initiatives, especially related to employment, has increased sharply. -Arancha Gonzalez

Through the SITA initiative, we are building bridges between India and East Africa by taking Indian companies to these countries to see with their own eyes what the opportunities are. -Arancha Gonzalez

Qualcomm has seen firsthand the transformative power of mobile technology as part of many projects created through its Wireless Reach initiative – programs around the world that help educators, health care workers, and entrepreneurs take advantage of mobile technology. -Peggy Johnson

My folks were very practical. They were also kind of able to think outside of the box. They were not going to let circumstance paralyze them. They knew sometimes you just had to take some new initiative. I think they passed that on to all of us… If you don't find a way, you make one. -Blase J. Cupich

We are building a country where a person's prospects are determined by their own initiative and hard work and not by the color of their skin, place of birth, gender, language, or income of their parents. -Cyril Ramaphosa

Creating a global platform for collaboration in education research and innovation has been the PISA initiative's aspiration from its conception in the late 1990s. -Jose Angel Gurria

We want to see companies making a good faith effort and putting some tangible initiatives behind their pledge for diversity. -Kimberly Bryant

I'm the spokesperson for the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees. My father was from Syria. It's an American initiative, and it's multi-faith. So, it's maybe 60-65 different organisations, Jews, Christians, Hindus… Anyway, it's very important and serious. -F. Murray Abraham

'Spinal Tap' began as a mock rock band that we four – Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and myself – developed for an appearance on a TV pilot at the end of the 1970s. On our own initiative, we wrote and recorded most of the songs and performed them live in several music clubs around L.A. before any cameras rolled. -Harry Shearer

We should all be allies to ideas or people or initiatives that we don't necessarily have a real knowledge in. -Bozoma Saint John

As chief business affairs and legal officer, I am responsible for driving Airbnb's engagement strategy and civic partnership efforts as well as overseeing the company's global public policy, community mobilization, legal, communications, compliance, social initiatives, and philanthropy efforts. -Belinda Johnson

Social actions means that you find an issue in your community, and you create an initiative to solve that issue or to help people. -Marley Dias

Social media teams can and do launch clever campaigns, but game-changing Social Business initiatives are typically driven by management teams. -Clara Shih

From an early age, my initiative took many forms – teaching myself magic so I could do magic shows, buying wholesale goods and then selling them to other kids, learning many languages. -Daniel Lubetzky

The cradle-to-grave welfare state diminishes individual initiative and can breed a pervasive sclerosis. -Jacob Weisberg

In design-led organizations, design permeates every initiative and expression. It's embedded in the culture. -Debbie Millman

The Trump administration has been characterized by adhocracy during its initial months. The initiative limiting immigration is a case in point. The new policy was not vetted fully within the administration – indeed, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates first read the decision after the text of the new executive order was published online. -Richard N. Haass

I'm always looking for people on the other side of the aisle for any initiative I'm sponsoring – men and women – to move things forward. -Martha McSally

When I was still settling into being a CEO, I wasted a lot of time driving initiatives designed to please others, acting as if someone wouldn't let me do what I wanted to do with Redfin. -Glenn Kelman

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country of few but nonetheless good films, it is almost impossible to produce a film without access to various European initiatives and funds. Creative Europe and its media program are essential for our film industry. -Danis Tanovic

My experience working the KKK assignment influenced the rest of my career in law enforcement in that it taught me to think and act on my own initiative when my superiors in the department stood in my way. -Ron Stallworth

We must take the initiative; we must be permanently on the offensive. It is the battle of class struggle. We must keep the enemy always on the defensive. -Samora Machel

As we know, menstrual hygiene is an issue women have been facing over the years. It's great that the initiative to provide low-cost sanitary napkins has been undertaken. It is an empowering step for many women. -Radhika Apte

If you're lucky enough to have a permanent position, don't feel entitled. Companies value longtime employees' institutional memory, but to be irreplaceable, you must stay invested. Take the initiative and assume new responsibilities. -Chris Gardner

I like the Common Goal initiative, the vision of football as a tool for social change and the power football has to improve the world. -Juan Mata

If you are fearful, choose courage. If you frequently procrastinate, choose to take action now. If you have always waited for others to lead, use your own initiative. -Paul J. Meyer

My publication, 'The Post,' has taken the initiative to translate many of my pieces and publish them in Arabic. For that, I am grateful. Arabs need to read in their own language so they can understand and discuss the various aspects and complications of democracy in the United States and the West. -Jamal Khashoggi

My survival case comes with a purpose and obligation, which is why I have launched Nadia's Initiative, an organisation dedicated to helping women and children who have been victimised… My initiative is trying to get support needed to get Sinjar rebuilt. -Nadia Murad

We're a company that's gone through many cycles and evolutions, and every time we have a major success, we double down and use the money from that to fund our initiatives and so forth. -Tim Sweeney

A trilateral initiative by the U.S., China, and India in the Gulf, aimed at facilitating a resolution of historic problems in the region, would benefit global growth and stability. -Sanjaya Baru

When I was younger, I thought that everything would just come to me eventually, but now I see I have to take the initiative and practise to improve myself. -Jungkook

We see our mobile initiatives as a way to bring our intellectual properties and our gameplay experiences to a larger population than the tens or hundred million consumers that own a dedicated gaming system. -Reggie Fils-Aime

One of President Reagan's first and wisest initiatives was to effectively shutdown the anti-trust division of the Justice Department. -Stephen Moore

My government's pro-women initiatives, starting from Mission Shakti to Mamata, along with 50% reservations for women in the panchayat and urban local body polls have helped empower women in political, social, and economic spheres. -Naveen Patnaik

When I moved back home, I took the initiative to involve my entire family in my career because I didn't find that anyone else was as passionate and thorough. -Mya

Within weeks of the Ebola hoax dying down, the guys at Health Africa International approached my friends George Weah, Mahamadou Diarra, and I to be part of the initiative in using various forms of communication to promote a Ebola prevention education programme. -Michael Essien

My on-set, keep-warm jacket is a Patagonia, and they make sure the people who make their clothes are paid fairly, along with a load of other great stuff and initiatives. They're a business, but they put their money where their mouth is in terms of caring and responsibility. -Aisling Bea

What's really important is to recognize when people do great things or when people pursue an initiative or show enormous generosity or heart or bravery. -Julie Payette

When I started at NBC, I'm quite sure there wasn't a plan or initiative that we need to make sure the girls are anchoring the shows. -Stephanie Ruhle

The 'One Belt, One Road' initiative has been dismissed by some as not working. But America could be becoming weaker by ignoring what is going on right under our noses. -John Layfield

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