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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.

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

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

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

– Maureen Cook

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

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– Booker T. Washington

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

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

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

– Basil King

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

– Peter F. Drucker

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

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

– Erica Jong

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– Lewis Carroll

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

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

– Marcel Proust

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Albert Schweitzer

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

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

– Charles Darwin

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

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

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

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

– Victor Kiam