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Angela C. Sontheimer, Managing Director, Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg

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Angela Sontheimer is the managing director of Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, where she is responsible for overseeing operations, marketing, and curriculum design for the Institute.

She is a graduate of Gettysburg College and holds a master’s in Leadership and Liberal Studies from Duquesne University.

Angela has a background in institutional advancement and has worked extensively in operations and events management. She is one of the developers and creators of the Institute’s experiential leadership development program, “A Transformational Journey from Gettysburg.” This three-day experience uses the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg as a metaphor for addressing modern business challenges.

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury