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Warren Bennis Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Warren Bennis.

I wanted the influence.
In the end I wasn't very good at being a president.
I looked out of the window and thought that the man
cutting the lawn actually seemed to have more control over what he was doing.
- Warren Bennis

Leadership has become a heavy industry.
Concern and interest about leadership development is
no longer an American phenomenon.
It is truly global.
Though I will probably be in less demand,
I wanted to move on.
- Warren Bennis

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

 

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday...
I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn't let me -
Homeland Security.
- Art Buchwald

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Today is the right day to do
what you have long wanted to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

If you ask people what they've always wanted to do,
most people haven't done it.
That breaks my heart.
- Angelina Jolie

When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer.
No one thought this was a good idea.
- Constance Baker Motley

I had always wanted to be a writer who confused genre
boundaries and who was read in multiple contexts.
- Jonathan Lethem

I wanted to explore the values that are at work,
underpinning my life.
- Sidney Poitier

I wouldn't want to think people doted on us,
hung on every word, or wanted to look like us.
- Robert Smith

It is, we wanted to make a record that reflected our
love of Hard-Rock music and it is sort of Metal though
we don't really describe ourselves as Metal.
- Adam Rich

If I wanted to go be social I would.
I don't have any fear of that.
I don't feel like I'm a shy person at all.
- Tobey Maguire

I've always wanted to work with Paul Newman.
I had a couple opportunities in the past,
and I didn't take advantage of it, so it was really
fun to be working with him.
- Ed Harris

Ozzy wanted to get us back together.
It's been 20 years.
We did a couple of songs during his farewell in 1992
and that got the ball rolling.
- Geezer Butler

I wanted to separate data from programs,
because data and instructions are very different.
- Ken Thompson

In the 60s, if you wanted to be an actor,
you couldn't do just one thing.
- Barry Bostwick

The reason so many people turned up at his funeral
is that they wanted to make sure he was dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

There's always something to suggest that you'll never be who you wanted to be.
Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.
- Phylicia Rashad

I really wanted the MTV Award the most,
It was a golden popcorn container and it looks really neat.
- Kirsten Dunst

On the other hand, I was very much interested in the way people behaved,
the human dance, how they seemed to move around each other.
I wanted to play around with that.
- Octavia Butler

I picked books by their covers - the worse the cover,
the more I wanted to read it.
- Ahmet Zappa

Every prop, every shot, every pearl that rolled across
the floor was exactly how I wanted it to be.
- Melissa Joan Hart

I wanted nothing else than to make the object as perfect as possible.
- Erno Rubik

I wanted to create a picture in music of what could
be up there in outer space.
- Joe Meek

I wanted to make a film that was sophisticated and emotional,
but for a wider audience.
- Stephen Hopkins

Well, I didn't really have a plan.
I just wanted a hit.
- Wanda Jackson

I'll admit I wanted to be a pilot, originally.
- Kent McCord

I spend 90 percent of my time saying no,
and my accountant yells at me for it,
but when I started in this business,
I wanted my career to have legs.
- Omar Epps

I'm Jewish.
I don't work out.
If God had wanted us to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

I wanted to go to regular high school -
it looked like a lot of fun.
- Tommy Rettig

I wanted to do a show based on what my life would be
like if I had never become a comedian.
- Drew Carey

I wanted to be a decorator.
I wanted to interior design homes and do everything myself.
- Ursula Andress

Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find
out what I really believed.
- Walter Lippmann

I wanted to become a champ - I was surrounded by champs
in my family and in my neighborhood -
and because of this stupid accident,
I lost my opportunity.
- Olivier Martinez

I don't plan on going back to legal work.
I wanted an international career, and finance seemed
to be where some interesting career opportunities were.
- Nick Johnson

I got IRS records to finance what I wanted to do.
- Penelope Spheeris

I very much wanted to be accepted by my peers,
to be considered a serious journalist.
- Jessica Savitch

An ancient dictum says that when Zeus wanted to destroy someone,
he would first drive him mad.
- Jean-Marie Le Pen

I'm from the theater.
I never wanted to be a star.
- Sherry Stringfield

I wanted to be a star, not a gallery mascot.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat

Something in me wanted to find out how far I could run without stopping.
- Jacki Hanson

I never wanted to be a pundit.
- Robert MacNeil

But I always wound up being the damn John,
when I wanted to be the Paul.
- Courtney Love


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