Quotations To Ponder
following represent some quotations I tend to live by. Where the
author is known, attribution is given. If the quote is anonymous,
I so say. Otherwise they are mine, and you are free to use them.
Other people already have.
am always fond of saying that most of what I've learned
about leadership and management I learned from raising two
children and from flying airplanes. That will become evident
as you read the quotes.
is of little comfort to me that it is not my end of the boat that
is a calculated risk, do it often enough, and it will kill you.
Your objective is to stack the odds so much in your favor that
something else, preferably old age, will kill you first.
make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in the
world - Mark Twain.
is such a wearisome task, I prefer to leave it to someone else.
- Average American consulting his labor union, preacher, or news
anchor on how to vote.
not fair. Once you accept that fact, life's still not fair, but
you have the proper attitude to do something about it.
key to success isn't about not losing; it's about not staying
"the media": News reporters seldom lie, and rarely tell the truth.
"the media": Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
silence is the most eloquent argument.
cannot always choose our path, but we can choose how to walk it.
knowledge is knowing it all. Ultimate wisdom is what you learn
after you know it all.
is the only animal that blushes ... or needs to. - Mark Twain.
can't humiliate a humble man.
you believe first in yourself, then it doesn't matter what others
believe of you.
problem with computers, good dogs, and second lieutenants is that
they do exactly what you tell them to do, not what you want them
is nothing as dangerous as an enemy without passion.
to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the
acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme
of skill. - Sun Tzu
is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy.
Next best is to disrupt his alliances. The next best is to attack
his army. - Sun Tzu
brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of
his own works. Cervantes.
problem with most political jokes is that they get elected.
he stands up to speak, battalions of words march out of his mouth
scouring the countryside for an idea ... and when they find it,
promptly trample it to death. - Anonymous member of Warren
G. Harding's Cabinet.
first to understand, then be understood. - Steven Covey.
difficult to hear with your mouth.
problem with common sense is, it isn't. - Ben Franklin
think a lot about the future; it's where I'll be spending the
rest of my life. - Anonymous
in motion is the future. - Yoda
future ain't what it used to be. - Yogi Berra.
logic and common sense fail, lawyers take over.
is it, if we can have artificial intelligence, stupidity is always
who like sausage and respect the law shouldn't watch either being
made. - Otto Von Bismarck.
who like sausage, respect the law and rely on software shouldn't
watch either being made.
arguments with men carrying automatic weapons.
must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
- Benjamin Franklin: At the signing of the Declaration of Independence,
July 4, 1776.
life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price
of chains and slavery? - Patrick Henry.
know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty,
or give me death! - Patrick Henry
mugwump is a person educated beyond his intellect. - Horace
under 20 who isn't a liberal, doesn't have a heart Anyone over
40 who isn't a conservative, doesn't have a brain. - Winston
you are not master of yourself, somebody else will be.
I cannot trust a
man to control others who cannot control himself. - Robert
all the skills it takes to fly an airplane, discipline is the
most important. There is more to being a pilot than wiggling the
let your ego outrun your capabilities.
Never beat a man
at his own game. Make him play your game and beat him there.
No sane person would
ever run for President of the United States. I think this explains
a lot of things.
Be an example to
your men in your duty and in private life. Never spare yourself,
and let the troops see that you don't in your endurance of fatigue
and privation. Always be tactful and well-mannered, and teach
your subordinates to be the same. Avoid excessive sharpness or
harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings
of his own to hide. - Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
When the eagles
are silent, the parrots will begin to jabber. - Winston Churchill
Never tell people
how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise
you with their ingenuity - General George Patton
A good plan, violently
executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week. - General
Nearly all men can
stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give
him power. - Abraham Lincoln
People are just
as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln
We are what we repeatedly
do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. - Aristotle
It is the mark of
an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting
it. - Aristotle
We who lived in
concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the
huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.
They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof
that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last
of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set
of circumstances - to choose one's own way. -Viktor Frankl
Occam's Razor: The
more simple the explanation, the more likely it is to be true.
Flak's Blunt Instrument: The more convoluted and conspiritual
the explanation, the more likely people are to believe it.
should be like releasing a criminal from prison; it should only
get out if it demonstrates good behavior.
A terrorist is not
a martyr; martyrs die so that others may live. Terrorists are
just plain murderers; sometimes plain dead, murderers.
In war, having the
home field advantage is not necessarily a good thing.
War is a negative
sum game. Nobody ever wins a war. One side merely loses less than
You can reach higher
standing on one man's shoulders than you can standing on a heap
of the corpses of the vanquished.
What does it profit
a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul? -
Winning is not a
sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in
a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them
right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi
Beyond the barricade,
is there a world you want to see? - Les Mis (Victor Hugo)
in an organization the same way as you would handle turbulence
in an aircraft: Maintain your attitude, stay on course, and don't
react to every little bump.
The only way of
discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little
way past them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke
advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur
If truth be the
first casualty of war, then it is stillborn in politics.
It is well that
war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it.
- Robert E. Lee.
Do your duty in
all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.
- Robert E. Lee
The flame of passion
burns brightest in those who lead.
Life without passion
is merely existance.
Yelling at stupid
people doesn't make them any smarter.
That if gold ruste,
what shal iren do? - Chaucer (The Parson's Portrait)
If you think the
purpose of fishing is to catch fish, you're missing the point.
Life is a comedy
for those who think and a tragedy fot those who feel. Horace
If everyone is thinking
alike, no one is thinking. General George S. Patton, Jr.
One World. One Web.
One Program. Microsoft promotional advertisement
Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer! Adolf Hitler
We should be careful
to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it, and
stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid.
She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is
well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
If you understand
what you're doing, you're not learning anything. Abraham Lincoln
If I had thought
about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature
was full of examples that said you can't do this. Spencer
Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It"
We have two ears
and one mouth, so we may listen twice as much as we speak.
I'm inclined to
think that caffeine, sugar, fat and alcohol are the four basic
food groups. This means that an Irish coffee is the most nourishing
drink ever made, because it contains all four. Dave Brown
When you are outnumbered,
outgunned, and outmaneuvered there is only one logical thing to
do - ATTACK.
How small the universe
is when it is contained entirely within one's own skin!
Never trust a fact
until you know where it's been.
Around here, we
don't push the panic button; it's hardwired on.
Be who you are and
say what you feel, because those who matter don't mind, and those
that mind, don't matter.- Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
They that can give
up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve
neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin
Let every nation
know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any
price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend,
oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success
of liberty. - John F. Kennedy
When I was a little
boy I used to believe that anyone could grow up to be president.
Now I'm sure.