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Pam Ray, Lobbyist

COLUMN = GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Pam has more than three decades of in-depth experience in policy and politics, with expertise in congressional budget/appropriations and federal grant programs.

Her select policy experience includes housing and community development, housing finance, transit/transportation, taxes, and trade.

With a focus on bridging the knowledge gap between elected officials and their constituents, Pam has achieved success in her own government relations business for 16 years and for elected officials in the US Senate, US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (1989-95), and the NYS Senate Federal Affairs Office (1986-1989).

For more information, visit www.pamrayllc.com.

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

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

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

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

– Jimi Hendrix

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

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

– Thomas Edison

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

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

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

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Zig Ziglar

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

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

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.