Quotes for
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None are so old as those
who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau


We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.       -Charles Kingsley


Enthusiasm is one of life's greatest qualities, but it must be practiced to become a dominant factor in one's life.  There is real magic in enthusiasm.  It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.       -Norman Vincent Peale


The Greeks have given us one of the most beautiful words of our language, the word "enthusiasm"--a god within.  The grandeur of the acts of people is measured by the inspiration from which they spring.  Happy are they who bear a God within.        -Louis Pasteur


There can be no success without enthusiasm.  The secret of a full life is lots of enthusiasm, the kind that keeps you fighting and winning over all obstacles--and enjoying every minute of it.       -Alfred Krebs

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.       -Dale Carnegie
Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm.  Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning.  Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.       -Og Mandino

One person has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the person who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his or her life.        -Edward B. Butler

Enthusiasm is not a thing which some possess and others lack.  All persons have it potentially, but only a few are able to express it.       -William K. Atkinson

Enthusiasm is the element of success in everything.  It is the light that leads and the strength that lifts people on and up in the great struggles of scientific pursuits and of professional labor.  It robs endurance of difficulty, and makes pleasure of duty.       -Bishop Doane


Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men.  Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.       -James Baldwin


Enthusiasm is the thing which makes the world go round.  Without its driving power, nothing worth doing has ever been done.  Love, friendship, religion, altruism, devotion to career or hobby—all these, and most of the other good things of life, are forms of enthusiasm.        -Robert H. Schauffler

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.  Nothing great was ever achieved without it.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Years wrinkle the skin. But to lose enthusiasm in life wrinkles the soul.       -unattributed


Greet the dawn with enthusiasm and you may expect satisfaction at sunset.       -unattributed

Enthusiasm, like measles, mumps, and the common cold, is highly contagious.        -Emory Ward

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.       -Bruce Barton

The worst bankrupt in the world is the person who has lost his or her enthusiasm.     -H.W. Arnold

Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world.  It is nothing more or less than faith in action.       -Henry Chester

Enthusiasm--from the beginning, a remarkable word.  The ancient Greeks used it to describe an inspired person:  en meaning in, and theos meaning god.  The enthusiastic person, they thought, was one who reflected the presence of an in-dwelling god. . . .

Enthusiasm is more than simple excitement.  It also involves affection for the object that arouses it.  The enthusiastic person loves the thing he or she feels excited about, great or small, important or unimportant, a marriage partner or an ice-cream cone.  When one feels enthusiasm, one gives out love, and this--I'm sure--is the indwelling deity that the Greeks had in mind--or perhaps a fragment of the Kingdom of God that the Bible says is within us. . . .

Because it has optimism in it, because it's closely allied to cheerfulness, enthusiasm has the power to lift people over the rough places in life.  Which of us does not admire some friend who has proved his or her capacity to endure staggering blows, keeping their sense of humor, their interest in things, their vitality intact?  We marvel, as a rule, that such people are able to retain their enthusiasm.  The truth probably is that their enthusiasm--the love power inside--is supporting them.

Arthur Gordon 

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No person who is enthusiastic about his or her work has anything to fear from life.  All the opportunities in the world are waiting to be grasped by people who are in love with what they're doing.     -Sam Goldwyn
Apathy can only be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things:  first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying the ideal into practice.
-Arnold Toynbee
Enthusiasm means everything.  Not just a little.  Everything.  If you are involved in some kind of project right now, or launching any personal endeavor, your enthusiasm (or lack of it) will directly determine how successful this undertaking will be.  If you are not excited at the core of your being by it, drop it right now.  If you are excited at the core of your being, demonstrate that in everything you think and say and do.     -Neale Donald Walsch
Indifference never wrote great works, nor thought out striking inventions, nor reared the solemn architecture that awes the soul, nor breathed sublime music, nor painted glorious pictures, nor undertook heroic philanthropies.  All these grandeurs are born of enthusiasm, and are done heartily.     -unattributed
Enthusiasm is the emblem of energy.  Enthusiasm tells you where you are today, and predicts where you will be tomorrow.  Without enthusiasm you are simply chasing the rainbow promise that recedes as you pursue.     -Fred Van Amburgh

Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition:  with it we are great, generous, and true; without it, we are little, false, and mean.     -L.E. Landon
Enthusiasm is the electricity of life.  How do you get it?  You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.     -Gordon Parks
Enthusiasm is the thing which makes the world go round.  Without its driving power, nothing worth doing has ever been done.  Love, friendship, religion, altruism, devotion to career or hobby—all these, and most of the other good things of life, are forms of enthusiasm.     -Robert H. Schauffler
Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.     -Isaac D'Israeli
When you go through a day utterly devoid of enthusiasm, you are like a sluggish little stream of muddy water, flowing its easiest, sluggish, downhill course.     -Fred Van Amburgh
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.  When you do a thing, do it with all your might. . . . Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be enthusiastic till it thrills you.  Display it, radiate it, till it infects all those around you.     -Homi Kharas
Nothing great or new can be done without enthusiasm.  Enthusiasm is the fly-wheel which carries your saw through the knots in the log.     -Harvey Cushing
Enthusiasm reaches out with joy, for there is nothing depressing about it; it reaches out in faith, for there is no fear in it; it reaches out with acceptance, for there is no doubt in it; it reaches out as a child for there is no uncertainty about it.     -Ernest Holmes
It has been said that "to enthuse" means "to fill with spirit," and that spirit of enthusiasm is awaiting release or manifestation.  Enthusiasm can be harnessed and activated.  It can be transferred from one person to another.  The energy of enthusiasm is similar to a radio signal that carries around the world.  It can be transmitted and received; and when enthusiasm is shared by a group of people, it can be potentiated to a higher degree of power.     -John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
From the glow of enthusiasm I let the melody escape.     -Ludwig van Beethoven


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