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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.

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

– Victor Kiam

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

– Lewis Carroll

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

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

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

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

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

– Charles Dickens

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Jesse Jackson

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

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

– Thomas Edison

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

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

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

– General Omar Bradley

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

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

– T.S. Eliot

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela