Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

William H. Danforth

American Businessman, Founder of Ralston-Purina and American Youth Foundation, Author of 'I Dare You!'

"Our most valuable possessions are those which can be shared without lessening - those which, when shared, multiply. Our least valuable possessions, on the other hand, are those which, when divided, are diminished."

"I want you to start a crusade in your life - to dare to be your best."

"Aspire nobly, adventure daringly, and serve humbly."

"Be your own self with all people whether they be King or Homeless. Always dare to share, naturally, frankly and honestly. Sharing increases."

"By now we have enough of a track record so people (know) we're doing good work, ... We have lots of friends, and I think we've got a great cause. So we'll see how well we do."

"Deep down in every heart is the desire to be somebody, to get somewhere. But so often we sit waiting for the opportunity. I have found opportunities do not come to those who wait. They are captured by those who attack."

"Hidden down in every person is the Divine -- Real faith, dreams and visions. Lift your thoughts above the commonplace and live in the Presence of the Best. Spiritual investments are repaid a thousand fold."

"History records the successes of men with objectives and a sense of direction. Oblivion is the position of small men overwhelmed by obstacles."

"I am on a voyage of discovery. I search for those of you who will go on a great adventure . . . if you are one of those audacious few willing to dare and then to share . . . then come with me."

"I dare you to develop a magnetic personality!"

"I dare you to think bigger, to act bigger, and to be bigger. I dare you to think creatively. I dare you to lead and inspire others. I dare you to build character. I dare you to share. And I promise you a richer and more exciting life if you do!"

"I dare you, boys and girls, to make life obey you, not you it. It is only a shallow dare to do the foolish things. I dare you to do the uplifting, courageous things."

"I dare you, who think life is humdrum, to become involved. I dare you who are weak to become strong; you who are dull to be sparkling; you who are slaves to be kings."

"I dare you, whoever you are, to share with others the fruits of your daring. Catch a passion for helping others, and a richer life will come back to you."

"I want you to start a crusade in you life - to dare to be your best."

"It's the kind of thing that really interests him ... preserving the environment and keeping the world inhabitable for his grandchildren,"

"Lines of least resistance make crooked rivers and crooked men."

"Our most valuable possessions are those which can be shared without lessening-those which, when shared, multiply. Our least valuable possessions, on the other hand, are those which, when divided, are diminished."

"Read the right kinds of books and don't let the author do all of your thinking for you. Interpret thoughts into something definite in your own life. How can you apply it in your work tomorrow? If you can contribute one ounce of original thought, you have dared to dream."

"Some folks are continually making changes. I flatter myself that I like new ventures and new experiences. But when it comes to fundamentals I believe in finding the right foundations and building on them. I'm a poor changer."

"The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb its routine."

"The Taylor family is one of the great assets of St. Louis, ... We just wouldn't have the kind of community we have in St. Louis if we didn't have people who had done well economically and made generous gifts."

"You have a four-fold life to live: a body, a brain, a heart and a soul. . . these are your living tools. To use and develop them is not a task. . . It is a golden opportunity."