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    "Leadership is solving problems.  The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.  They have

     either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care.  Either case is a failure of leadership.”  Colin Powell

 

 

 

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - Colin Powell

 

 

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

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“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

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“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”

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“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

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“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”

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“Get mad, then get over it.”

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

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“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

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“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”

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“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

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“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

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“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

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“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”

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“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”

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COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP

1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done!
5. Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8. Check small things.
9. Share credit.
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School

1. Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.

2. “Leadership is all about people…and getting the most out of people.”

3. Leaders should never show fear or anger. “You have to have a sense of optimism.”

4. Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

5. Leadership is about conveying a sense of purpose in a selfless manner and creating conditions of trust while displaying moral and physical courage.

6. A false leader is someone who fails to get the necessary resources for his or her staff to do their jobs.

7. “The best leaders are those who can communicate upward the fears and desires of their subordinates, and are willing to fight for what is needed. If not, the organization will weaken and crumble.”

8. When something fails, a true leader learns from the experience and puts it behind him. “You don’t get reruns in life. Don’t worry about what happened in the past.”

9. Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.

10. “You know you’re a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity.”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, April 27, 2015 - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“Character is higher than intellect.”

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“I cannot find language of sufficient energy to convey my sense of the sacredness of private integrity.”

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“A little integrity is better than any career. “

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“Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.”

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“What you do thunders so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.”

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“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

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“We are always getting ready to live but never living.”

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“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”

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“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men that is genius. “

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

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“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

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“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

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“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

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“A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.”

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“A man is what he thinks about all day long.”

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“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.”

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“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.”

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“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”

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“It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.”

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“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

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“To be great is to be misunderstood.”

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

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“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.”

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“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.”

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“If the colleges were better, if they … had the power of imparting valuable thought, creative principles, truths which become powers, thoughts which become talents, — if they could cause that a mind not profound should become profound, — we should all rush to their gates: instead of contriving inducements to draw students, you would need to set police at the gates to keep order in the in-rushing multitude.”

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“Only the great generalizations survive. The sharp words of the Declaration of Independence, lampooned then and since as ‘glittering generalities,’ have turned out blazing ubiquities that will burn forever and ever.”

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“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”

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“Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.”

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“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”

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“The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms. Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. This is the best part of these men’s farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title. To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.”

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“But genius looks forward: the eyes of men are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates.”

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“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but though his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”

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“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.”

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“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so.”

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“Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.”

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“Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now. Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. The force of character is cumulative.”

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“Hence, the less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.”

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“Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.”

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“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Hank Aaron

 

 

“I don’t feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.”

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“I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn’t throw it past me, none of them.”

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“I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That’s when you’ve got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing’s a joke to me. I don’t feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.”

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“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

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“The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Jimmy Buffett

 

 

“And I try to give the best bang for the buck. I love performing more than anything else.”

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“And you find as a writer there are certain spots on the planet where you write better than others, and I believe in that. And New Orleans is one of them.”

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“Elvis was the only man from Northeast Mississippi who could shake his hips and still be loved by rednecks, cops, and hippies.”

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“Humor has bailed me out of more tight situations than I can think of. If you go with your instincts and keep your humor, creativity follows. With luck, success comes, too.”

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“I just want to live happily ever after, every now and then.”

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“I’m inspired by people who keep on rolling, no matter their age.”

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“If I couldn’t laugh I just would go insane, If we couldn’t laugh we just would go insane, If we weren’t all crazy we would go insane.”

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“If life gives you limes, make margaritas.”

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“People who think too much before they act don’t act too much.”

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“Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.”

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“We are the people our parents warned us about.”

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“Well, I’m still here. Didn’t have to go to rehab, and I’m not broke.”

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“If it doesn’t work out there will never be any doubt that the pleasure was worth all the pain.”

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“Older and wiser voices can help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen.”

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“1. Never forget–“they” are always the enemy.
2. Just remember, assholes are born that way, and they usually don’t change.
3. You don’t want to go to jail.
4. When you start to take this job seriously, you’re in trouble.
5. It takes no more time to see the good side of life than it takes to see the bad.
6. If you decide to run the ball, just count on fumbling and getting the shit knocked out of you a lot, but never forget how much fun it is just to be able to run the ball!”
Tales from Margaritaville

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“Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late.”

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“Some of its magic, some its tragic, but I’ve had a good life along the way.”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Friday, April 24, 2015 - Louis L'Amour

 

 

“A good beginning makes a good end.”

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“A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.”

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“All loose things seem to drift down to the sea, and so did I.”

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“Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him.”

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“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.”

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“He might never really do what he said, but at least he had it in mind. He had somewhere to go.”

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“Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.”

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“No memory is ever alone; it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.”

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“No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process.”

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“Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.”

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“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.”

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“To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder.”

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“To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”

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“Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.”

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“Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.”

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“One day I was speeding along at the typewriter, and my daughter – who was a child at the time – asked me, “Daddy, why are you writing so fast?” And I replied, “Because I want to see how the story turns out!”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Thursday, April 23, 2015 - John Updike

 

 

“A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.”

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‘Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”

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‘Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”

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“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.”

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“If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money.”

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“Sex is like money; only too much is enough.”

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“We are most alive when we’re in love.”

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“When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.”

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“I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.”

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“We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.”

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“I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is — its irresistible charm — a fire.”

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‘Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself.”

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“It was true of my generation, that the movies were terribly vivid and instructive. There were all kinds of things you learned. Like the 19th century novels, you saw how other social classes lived — especially the upper classes. So in a funny way, they taught you manners almost. But also moral manners. The gallantry of a Gary Cooper or an Errol Flynn or Jimmy Stewart. It was ethical instruction of a sort that the church purported to be giving you, but in a much less digestible form. Instead of these remote, crabbed biblical verses, you had contemporary people acting out moral dilemmas. Just the grace, the grace of those stars — not just the dancing stars, but the way they all moved with a certain grace. All that sank deep into my head, and my soul.”

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“In the old movies, yes, there always was the happy ending and order was restored. As it is in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.”

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“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

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“The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.”

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“America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.”

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“Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.”

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“Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Louis Armstrong

 

 

“What we play is life.”

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“If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”

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“I never tried to prove nothing, just wanted to give a good show. My life has always been my music, it’s always come first, but the music ain’t worth nothing if you can’t lay it on the public. The main thing is to live for that audience, ’cause what you’re there for is to please the people.”

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“My whole life, my whole soul, my whole spirit is to blow that horn…”

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“We all do ‘do, re, mi,’ but you have got to find the other notes yourself.”

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“There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.”

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“There is no such thing as ‘on the way out’ as long as you are still doing something interesting and good; you’re in the business because you’re breathing”

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“All music is folk music, I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song”

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“There is two kinds of music, the good, and the bad. I play the good kind.”

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“He was the only musician who ever lived, who can’t be replaced by someone.” Bing Crosby on Louis Armstrong

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“He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone along the way.” Duke Ellington on Louis Armstrong

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“If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.”

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“Some of you young folks been saying to me, “Hey Pops, what you mean ‘What a wonderful world’? How about all them wars all over the place? You call them wonderful? And how about hunger and pollution? That aint so wonderful either.” Well how about listening to old Pops for a minute. Seems to me, it aint the world that’s so bad but what we’re doin’ to it. And all I’m saying is, see, what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love baby, love. That’s the secret, yeah. If lots more of us loved each other, we’d solve lots more problems. And then this world would be better. That’s wha’ ol’ Pops keeps saying.” Spoken intro to “What a Wonderful World”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Carl Sagan

 

 

“All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.”

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“But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

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“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”

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“For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”

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“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students.”

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“I can find in my undergraduate classes, bright students who do not know that the stars rise and set at night, or even that the Sun is a star.”

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“If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?”

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“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

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“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.”

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“Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.”

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“Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.”

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“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

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“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

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“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

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“The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.”

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“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”

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“The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.”

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“We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

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“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”

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“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”

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“The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what’s true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.”

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“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever it has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”

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“The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science.”

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“Matter is composed chiefly of nothing.”

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“Other things being equal, it is better to be smart than to be stupid.”

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“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”

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“Humans are very good at dreaming, although you’d never know it from your television.”

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“In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist’s signature.”

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“We on Earth have just awakened to the great oceans of space and time from which we have emerged. We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice: We can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us, or we can squander our 15 billion-year heritage in meaningless self-destruction. What happens in the first second of the next cosmic year depends on what we do, here and now, with our intelligence and our knowledge of the cosmos.”

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“As a boy Kepler had been captured by a vision of cosmic splendour, a harmony of the worlds which he sought so tirelessly all his life. Harmony in this world eluded him. His three laws of planetary motion represent, we now know, a real harmony of the worlds, but to Kepler they were only incidental to his quest for a cosmic system based on the Perfect Solids, a system which, it turns out, existed only in his mind. Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works. When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts, he preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions. That is the heart of science.”

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“Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

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“A scientific colleague tells me about a recent trip to the New Guinea highlands where she visited a stone age culture hardly contacted by Western civilization. They were ignorant of wristwatches, soft drinks, and frozen food. But they knew about Apollo 11. They knew that humans had walked on the Moon. They knew the names of Armstrong and Aldrin and Collins. They wanted to know who was visiting the Moon these days.”

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“Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen — or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us. In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.”

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“When we consider the founders of our nation: Jefferson, Washington, Samuel and John Adams, Madison and Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Paine and many others; we have before us a list of at least ten and maybe even dozens of great political leaders. They were well educated. Products of the European Enlightenment, they were students of history. They knew human fallibility and weakness and corruptibility. They were fluent in the English language. They wrote their own speeches. They were realistic and practical, and at the same time motivated by high principles. They were not checking the pollsters on what to think this week. They knew what to think. They were comfortable with long-term thinking, planning even further ahead than the next election. They were self-sufficient, not requiring careers as politicians or lobbyists to make a living. They were able to bring out the best in us. They were interested in and, at least two of them, fluent in science. They attempted to set a course for the United States into the far future — not so much by establishing laws as by setting limits on what kinds of laws could be passed. The Constitution and its Bill of Rights have done remarkably well, constituting, despite human weaknesses, a machine able, more often than not, to correct its own trajectory. At that time, there were only about two and a half million citizens of the United States. Today there are about a hundred times more. So if there were ten people of the caliber of Thomas Jefferson then, there ought to be 10 x 100 = 1,000 Thomas Jefferson’s today. Where are they?”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Monday, April 20, 2015 - Norman Mailer

 

 

“Growth, in some curious way, I suspect, depends on being always in motion just a little bit, one way or another.”

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“I don’t think life is absurd. I think we are all here for a huge purpose. I think we shrink from the immensity of the purpose we are here for.

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“Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor.”

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“There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

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“Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision. The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain that the devil will inhabit a part of his creation.”

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“Somerset Maugham … wrote somewhere that “Nobody is any better than he ought to be.”… I carried it along with me as a working philosophy, but I suppose that finally I would have to take exception to the thought … or else the universe is just an elaborate clock.” The Deer Park, 1955

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“The final purpose of art is to intensify, even, if necessary, to exacerbate, the moral consciousness of people.”

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“Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.”

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“With the pride of an artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists, the small trumpet of your defiance.”

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“His consolation in those hours when he was most uncharitable to himself is that taken at his very worst he was at least still worthy of being a character in a novel by Balzac, win one day, lose the next, and do it with boom! and baroque in the style.”

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“There is no greater importance in all the world like knowing you are right and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you

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“New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington blink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.”

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“There are four stages to marriage. First there’s the affair, then there’s the marriage, then children, and finally the fourth stage, without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.”

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“We think of Marilyn who was every man’s love affair with America. Marilyn Monroe who was blonde and beautiful and had a sweet little rinky-dink of a voice and all the cleanliness of all the clean American backyards.”

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“The highest prize in a world of men is the most beautiful woman available on your arm and living there in her heart loyal to you.”

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“We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time. We plow through fields of magnetism. Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods.”

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“I never saw love as luck, as that gift from the gods which put everything else in place, and allowed you to succeed. No, I saw love as reward. One could find it only after one’s virtue, or one’s courage, or self-sacrifice, or generosity, or loss, has succeeded in stirring the power of creation.”

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“Obsession is the single most wasteful human activity, because with an obsession you keep coming back and back and back to the same question and never get an answer.”

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“Booze, pot, too much sex, failure in one’s private life, too much attrition, too much recognition, too little recognition. Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice.”

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“There was that law of life so cruel and so just which demanded that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

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“The sickness of our times for me has been just this damn thing that everything has been getting smaller and smaller and less and less important, that the romantic spirit has dried up, that there is no shame today…. We’re all getting so mean and small and petty and ridiculous, and we all live under the threat of extermination.”

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“On a late-winter evening in 1983, while driving through fog along the Maine coast, recollections of old campfires began to drift into the March mist, and I thought of the Abnaki Indians of the Algonquin tribe who dwelt near Bangor a thousand years ago.”
Harry Hubbard, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

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“What if there are not only two nostrils, two eyes, two lobes, and so forth, but two psyches as well, and they are separately equipped? They go through life like Siamese twins inside one person…. They can be just a little different, like identical twins, or they can be vastly different, like good and evil.”
Kittredge Gardiner, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

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“I never saw love as luck, as that gift from the gods which put everything else in place, and allowed you to succeed. No, I saw love as reward. One could find it only after one’s virtue, or one’s courage, or self-sacrifice, or generosity, or loss, has succeeded in stirring the power of creation.”
Harry Hubbard, in Harlot’s Ghost : A Novel (1991)

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“Booze, pot, too much sex, failure in one’s private life, too much attrition, too much recognition, too little recognition. Nearly everything in the scheme of things works to dull a first-rate talent. But the worst probably is cowardice.”

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“There is one expanding horror in American life. It is that our long odyssey toward liberty, democracy and freedom-for-all may be achieved in such a way that utopia remains forever closed, and we live in freedom and hell, debased of style, not individual from one another, void of courage, our fear rationalized away.”

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“We’ve got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there’s a huge, free-floating anxiety. Our inner lives, our inner landscape is just like that sky out there — it’s full of smog. We really don’t know what we believe anymore, we’re nervous about everything.”

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“Writing can wreck your body. You sit there on the chair hour after hour and sweat your guts out to get a few words.”

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“Heaven and Hell make no sense if the majority of humans are a complex mixture of good and evil. There’s no reason to receive a reward if you’re 57/43—why sit around forever in an elevated version of Club Med? That’s almost impossible to contemplate.”

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“If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.”
 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Sunday, April 19, 2015 - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

 

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

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“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbour he is making for, no wind is the right wind.”

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“A physician is not angry at the intemperance of a mad patient, nor does he take it ill to be railed at by a man in fever. Just so should a wise man treat all mankind, as a physician does his patient, and look upon them only as sick and extravagant.”

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“Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.”

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“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”

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“It is quality rather than quantity that matters.”

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“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”

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“Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”

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“Love in its essence is spiritual fire.”

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“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”

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“A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.”

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“A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.”

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“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

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“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”

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“A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”

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“A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”

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“Everything is the product of one universal creative effort. There is nothing dead in Nature. Everything is organic and living, and therefore the whole world appears to be a living organism.”

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“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”

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“Wisdom does not show itself so much in precept as in life – in firmness of mind and a mastery of appetite. It teaches us to do as well as to talk; and to make our words and actions all of a color.”

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“Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.”

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“There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.”

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“Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.”

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“There is no great genius without some touch of madness.”

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“Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.”

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“Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.”

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“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”

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“Everywhere means nowhere. When a person spends all his time in foreign travel, he ends by having many acquaintances, but no friends.”

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“Live among men as if God beheld you; speak with God as if men were listening.”

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“Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man’s power to live long.”

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“God is near you, with you, and in you. Thus I say, Lucilius: there sits a holy spirit within us, a watcher of our right and wrong doing, and a guardian…”

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“Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.”

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“You can tell the character of every man when you see how he gives and receives praise.”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - Paul "Bear" Bryant

 

 

“Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.”

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“But it’s still a coach’s game. Make no mistake. You start at the top. If you don’t have a good one at the top, you don’t have a cut dog’s chance. If you do, the rest falls into place. You have to have good assistants, and a lot of things, but first you have to have the chairman of the board.”

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“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”

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“I think the most important thing of all for any team is a winning attitude. The coaches must have it. The players must have it. The student body must have it. If you have dedicated players who believe in themselves, you don’t need a lot of talent.”

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“The idea of molding men means a lot to me.”

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“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.”

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“If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It’s in my blood.”

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“Get the winners into the game.”

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“The old lessons (work, self-discipline, sacrifice, teamwork, fighting to achieve) aren’t being taught by many people other than football coaches these days. The football coach has a captive audience and can teach these lessons because the communication lines between himself and his players are more wide open than between kids and parents. We better teach these lessons or else the country’s future population will be made up of a majority of crooks, drug addicts, or people on relief.”

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“Sacrifice. Work. Self-discipline. I teach these things, and my boys don’t forget them when they leave.”

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“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

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“I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives up on himself. In time he will develop.”

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“Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.”

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“Don’t talk too much. Don’t pop off. Don’t talk after the game until you cool off.”

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“You have to learn what makes this or that Sammy run. For one it’s a pat on the back, for another it’s eating him out, for still another it’s a fatherly talk, or something else. You’re a fool if you think as I did as a young coach, that you can treat them all alike.”

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“If a man is a quitter, I’d rather find out in practice than in a game. I ask for all a player has so I’ll know later what I can expect.”

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“Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It’s awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it’s bad, and you’re the head coach, you’re responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I’m the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it’s up to the head coach to assume his responsibility.”

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“It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose with humility. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.”

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“Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.”

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“The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”

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“What are you doing here? Tell me why you are here. If you are not here to win a national championship, you’re in the wrong place. You boys are special. I don’t want my players to be like other students. I want special people. You can learn a lot on the football field that isn’t taught in the home, the church, or the classroom. There are going to be days when you think you’ve got no more to give and then you’re going to give plenty more. You are going to have pride and class. You are going to be very special. You are going to win the national championship for Alabama.”

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“I’m no innovator. If anything I’m a stealer, or borrower. I’ve stolen or borrowed from more people than you can shake a stick at.”

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“There is no sin in not liking to play; it’s a mistake for a boy to be there if he doesn’t want to.”

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“I’m no miracle man. I guarantee nothing but hard work.”

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“Don’t overwork your squad. If you’re going to make a mistake, under-work them.”

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“Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.”

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“If there is one thing that has helped me as a coach, it’s my ability to recognize winners, or good people who can become winners by paying the price.”

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“You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.”

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“If you whoop and holler all the time, the players just get used to it.”

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“I know what it takes to win. If I can sell them on what it takes to win, then we are not going to lose too many football games.”

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“If you want to coach you have three rules to follow to win. One, surround yourself with people who can’t live without football. I’ve had a lot of them. Two, be able to recognize winners. They come in all forms. And, three, have a plan for everything. A plan for practice, a plan for the game. A plan for being ahead, and a plan for being behind 20-0 at half, with your quarterback hurt and the phones dead, with it raining cats and dogs and no rain gear because the equipment man left it at home.”

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“My approach to the game has been the same at all the places I’ve been. Vanilla. The sure way. That means, first of all, to win physically. If you got eleven on a field, and they beat the other eleven physically, they’ll win. They will start forcing mistakes. They’ll win in the fourth quarter.”

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“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”

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“Scout yourself. Have a buddy who coaches scout you.”

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“The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.”

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“But there’s one thing about quitters you have to guard against – they are contagious. If one boy goes, the chances are he’ll take somebody with him, and you don’t want that. So when they would start acting that way, I used to pack them up and get them out, or embarrass them, or do something to turn them around.”

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“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”

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“People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.”

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“I told them my system was based on the “ant plan,” that I’d gotten the idea watching a colony of ants in Africa during the war. A whole bunch of ants working toward a common goal.”

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“We can’t have two standards, one set for the dedicated young men who want to do something ambitious and one set for those who don’t.”

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“I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.”

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“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit – you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.”

And

“Don’t ever give up on ability. Don’t give up on a player who has it.”

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“A good, quick, small team can beat a big, slow team any time.”

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“I have always tried to teach my players to be fighters. When I say that, I don’t mean put up your dukes and get in a fistfight over something. I’m talking about facing adversity in your life. There is not a person alive who isn’t going to have some awfully bad days in their lives. I tell my players that what I mean by fighting is when your house burns down, and your wife runs off with the drummer, and you’ve lost your job and all the odds are against you. What are you going to do? Most people just lay down and quit. Well, I want my people to fight back.”

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“If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them.”

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“I have tried to teach them to show class, to have pride, and to display character. I think football, winning games, takes care of itself if you do that.”

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“I always want my players to show class, knock’em down, pat on the back, and run back to the huddle.”

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“I tell young players who want to be coaches, who think they can put up with all the headaches and heartaches, can you live without it? If you can live without it, don’t get in it.
 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Friday, April 17, 2015 - H. L. Mencken

 

 

“A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.”

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“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”

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“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”

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“A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.”

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“A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.”

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“A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.”

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“All government, of course, is against liberty.”

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“All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.”

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“Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it.”

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“Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.”

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“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.”

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“Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.”

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“Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

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“Don’t overestimate the decency of the human race.”

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“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”

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“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

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“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

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“I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”

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“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”

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“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.”

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“I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.”

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“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”

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“It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.”

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“It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.”

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“It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.”

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“It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”

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“Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.”

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“Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon.”

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“Most people want security in this world, not liberty.”

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“Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.”

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“Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

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“Say what you will about the ten commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.”

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“Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.”

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“Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.”

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“The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.”

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“The cynics are right nine times out of ten.”

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“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

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“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.”

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“The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God’s children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.”

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“To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!”

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“We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.”

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‘When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before.”

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“It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”

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“To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.”

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“The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.”

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“The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.”

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“I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society.”

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“I believe in only one thing and that thing is human liberty. If ever a man is to achieve anything like dignity, it can happen only if superior men are given absolute freedom to think what they want to think and say what they want to say. I am against any man and any organization which seeks to limit or deny that freedom. . . [and] the superior man can be sure of freedom only if it is given to all men.”

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Jackie Robinson

 

 

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

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“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

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“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.”

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“It kills me to lose. If I’m a troublemaker, and I don’t think that my temper makes me one, then it’s because I can’t stand losing. That’s the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first.”

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“Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.”

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“The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it.”

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“It was a small victory, for I had learned that I was in two wars, one against the foreign enemy, the other against prejudice at home.”
On his 1944 acquittal from a court-martial for refusing to go the back of a military bus upon boarding it near Fort Hood, TX on July 6, 1944

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - John Quincy Adams

 

 

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

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“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

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

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

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“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”

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“All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.”

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“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.”

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“Civil liberty can be established on no foundation of human reason which will not at the same time demonstrate the right of religious freedom.”

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“All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.”

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“Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.”

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“In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do.”

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“To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is … the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.”

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“This is the last of Earth! I am content.” Last words, February 21, 1848

 

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - John Adams

 

 

“A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.”

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“A government of laws, and not of men.”

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“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”

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“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”

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“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

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“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.”

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“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”

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“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”

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“If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”

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“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”

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“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”

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“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”

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“Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”

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“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”

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“Tis impossible to judge with much Pręcision of the true Motives and Qualities of human Actions, or of the Propriety of Rules contrived to govern them, without considering with like Attention, all the Passions, Appetites, Affections in Nature from which they flow. An intimate Knowledge therefore of the intellectual and moral World is the sole foundation on which a stable structure of Knowledge can be erected.”

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“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”

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“Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

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“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

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“The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.”

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”

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“As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760–1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington.”

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“Power always sincerely, conscientiously, de trčs bon foi, believes itself right. Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak.”

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“Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.”

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“This is the most magnificent movement of all! There is a dignity, a majesty, a sublimity, in this last effort of the patriots that I greatly admire. The people should never rise without doing something to be remembered — something notable and striking. This destruction of the tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid and inflexible, and it must have so important consequences, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an epocha in history!”
On the Boston Tea Party (17 December 1773)

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“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”

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Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.” John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

 

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