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75 Inspiring Quotes by William Feather

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by William Feather.

Wikipedia Summary for William Feather

William A. Feather (August 25, 1889 - January 7, 1981) was an American publisher and author, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Born in Jamestown, New York, Feather relocated with his family to Cleveland in 1903. After earning a degree from Western Reserve University in 1910, he began working as a reporter for the Cleveland Press. In 1916, he established the William Feather Magazine. In addition to writing for and publishing that magazine, and writing for other magazines as H.

L. Mencken's The American Mercury, he ran a successful printing business, and wrote several books.

His large printing business, William Feather Printers produced catalogues, magazines, booklets, brochures and corporate annual reports. It moved from Cleveland to Oberlin, Ohio in 1982 after a labor dispute.

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Many of our prayers were not answered, and for this we are now grateful.

--William Feather

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Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers.

--William Feather

assorted books on wooden table

If we don't discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.

--William Feather

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The big things that come our way are the fruit of seeds planted in the daily routine of our work.

--William Feather

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A hotel isn't like a home, but it's better than being a house guest.

--William Feather


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Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious.

--William Feather

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One compensation of old age is that it excuses you from picnics.

--William Feather

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Few of us get anything without working for it.

--William Feather

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Next to a sincere compliment, I think I like a well-deserved and honest rebuke.

--William Feather

sunset grasslands

After saying our prayers, we ought to do something to make them come true.

--William Feather

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Politeness is an inexpensive way to make friends.

--William Feather

orange moon during nighttime

A determination to succeed is the only way to succeed that I know anything about.

--William Feather

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Back of ninety-nine out of one-hundred assertions that a thing cannot be done is nothing, but the unwillingness to do it.

--William Feather

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No man is a failure who is enjoying life.

--William Feather


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Every social injustice is not only cruel, but it is economic waste.

--William Feather

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Temporary success can be achieved in spite of lack of other fundamental qualities, but no advancements can be maintained without hard work.

--William Feather

moon near mountain ridge

Do each daily task the best we can; act as though the eye of opportunity were always upon us.

--William Feather

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If a man can make typewriters better than anyone else, let us, in the name of common sense, keep him on the job of making typewriters.

--William Feather

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The determination of life insurance salesmen to succeed has made life pretty soft for widows.

--William Feather

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An invitation to a wedding invokes more trouble than a summons to a police court.

--William Feather

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The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.

--William Feather

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Getting along with others is the essence of getting ahead, success being linked with cooperation.

--William Feather

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Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favourable do nothing.

--William Feather

water on seashore

Business demands faith, compels earnestness, requires courage, is honestly selfish, is penalized for mistakes, and is the essence of life.

--William Feather

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Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.

--William Feather


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BUSINESS and LIFE are like a bank account-you can't take out more than you put in.

--William Feather

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Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.

--William Feather

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It is better to rely on yourself than on your friends.

--William Feather


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One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

--William Feather

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Most of us regard good luck as our right, and bad luck as a betrayal of that right.

--William Feather

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The reward of energy, enterprise and thrift is taxes.

--William Feather

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The only thrill worthwhile is the one that comes from making something out of yourself.

--William Feather



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The hardest job of all is trying to look busy when you're not.

--William Feather

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Work is the best method devised for killing time.

--William Feather

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Business is always interfering with pleasure -- but it makes other pleasures possible.

--William Feather

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A woman seldom comes out of a sullen spell until she's sure her husband has suffered as much as she thinks he should.

--William Feather

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Mistakes occur when a man is over-worked or over-confident.

--William Feather

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When ordering lunch, the big executives are just as indecisive as the rest of us.

--William Feather

tree and ranchhouse

Concentrate on your job and you will forget your other troubles.

--William Feather

tree frog

An idea isn't worth much until a man is found who has the energy and ability to make it work.

--William Feather

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Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.

--William Feather


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The primary asset of any business is its organization.

--William Feather

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Nothing happens to you that has not happened to someone else.

--William Feather

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If at first you don't succeed, try hard work.

--William Feather

sunset

A man must not deny his manifest abilities, for that is to evade his obligations.

--William Feather

sunset

We don't need men with new ideas as much as we need men who will put energy behind the old ideas.

--William Feather



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Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.

--William Feather

blue sky and white clouds

Laziness is the one common deficiency in mankind that blocks the establishment of a perfect world in which everyone leads a happy life.

--William Feather

pink and teal striped textile

The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men -- the man he is and the man he wants to be.

--William Feather

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The wise man seeks little joys, knowing that life is long and that his quota of great joys is distinctly limited.

--William Feather

lake beside green pine trees

Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand.

--William Feather

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None of us can buy goodwill; we must earn it.

--William Feather

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Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.

--William Feather

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A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it.

--William Feather

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An uncontrolled sense of humor is often costly in business.

--William Feather

red roses on book

Success is seldom achieved by people who contemplate the possibility of failure.

--William Feather

brown wooden board

Almost any idea is good if a man has ability and is willing to work hard. The best idea is worthless if the creator is a loafer and ineffective.

--William Feather

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He isn't a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities.

--William Feather

man on running field

Achievement is by all accounts to a great extent a matter of clinging after others have given up.

--William Feather

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One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.

--William Feather


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Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.

--William Feather

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If people really liked to work, we'd still be plowing the land with sticks and transporting goods on our backs.

--William Feather


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The way to get ahead is to start now.

--William Feather

Longer Version:

The way to get ahead is to start now. If you start now, you will know a lot next year that you don't know now and that you would not have known next year if you had waited.


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Wealth flows from energy and ideas.

--William Feather

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