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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, January 17, 2021 – Willie Mays

“Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.”

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“If you can do that – if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game – then you’re a good ballplayer.”

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“In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won’t be able to do this.”

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“They throw the ball, I hit it. They hit the ball, I catch it.”

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“Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.”

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“If you can do that – if you run, hit, run the bases, hit with power, field, throw and do all other things that are part of the game – then you’re a good ballplayer.”

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“It’s not hard. When I’m not hitting, I don’t hit nobody. But when I’m hitting, I hit anybody.”

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“At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.”

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“In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000. I bought a 1950 Mercury. I couldn’t drive, but I had it in the parking lot there, and everybody that could drive would drive the car. So it was like a community thing.”

Wikipedia Page: Willie Mays

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 16, 2021 – Jesse Owens

“A lifetime of training for just ten seconds.”

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“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”

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“I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up.”

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“I always loved running – it was something you could do by yourself and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.”

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“If you don’t try to win you might as well hold the Olympics in somebody’s back yard. The thrill of competing carries with it the thrill of a gold medal. One wants to win to prove himself the best.”

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“One chance is all you need.”

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“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.”

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“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”

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“I wanted no part of politics. And I wasn’t in Berlin to compete against any one athlete. The purpose of the Olympics, anyway, was to do your best. As I’d learned long ago from Charles Riley, the only victory that counts is the one over yourself.”

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“To a sprinter, the hundred-yard dash is over in three seconds, not nine or ten. The first ‘second’ is when you come out of the blocks. The next is when you look up and take your first few strides to attain gain position. By that time the race is actually about half over. The final ‘second’ – the longest slice of time in the world for an athlete – is that last half of the race, when you really bear down and see what you’re made of. It seems to take an eternity, yet is all over before you can think what’s happening.”

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“I fought, I fought harder . . . but one cell at a time, panic crept into my body, taking me over.”  –on almost not qualifying for the Olympic finals in long jump

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“I decided I wasn’t going to come down. I was going to fly. I was going to stay up in the air forever.”  –on his final leap in long-jump competition, a record-breaking 26 feet, 5 and 5/16 inches

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“It dawned on me with blinding brightness. I realized: I had jumped into another rare kind of stratosphere – one that only a handful of people in every generation are lucky enough to know.”  
–on his Olympic achievements

Wikipedia:  Jesse Owens

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, January 15, 2021 – Booker T. Washington

“Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

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“Character is power.”

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“Character, not circumstances, makes the man.”

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“Dignify and glorify common labor. It is at the bottom of life that we must begin, not at the top.”

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

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“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.”

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“If you can’t read, it’s going to be hard to realize dreams.”

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“No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts.”

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“No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.”

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“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”

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“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.”

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“There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.”

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“You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.”

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“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.”

Wikipedia: Booker T. Washington

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, January 14, 2021 – Henry David Thoreau

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

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“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

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“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”

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“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

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“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

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“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

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“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

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“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

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“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”

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“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

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“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

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“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

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“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.”

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“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”

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“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

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“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

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“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”

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“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

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“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

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“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

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“The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”

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“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

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“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

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“What is once well done is done forever.”

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“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

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“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

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“The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”

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“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

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“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!”

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“I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.”

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“Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defences only of freedom. It is our children’s children who may perchance be really free.”

Wikipedia:  Henry David Thoreau

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – Bum Phillips

“How do you win? By getting average players to play good and good players to play great. That’s how you win.”

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“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.”

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“Two kinds of ballplayers aren’t worth a darn: One that never does what he’s told, and one who does nothin’ except what he’s told.”

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“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.”

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“You don’t know a ladder has splinters until you slide down it.”

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“You don’t win by making sensational plays; you win by not making mistakes.”

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“He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n.” About Paul “Bear” Bryant

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“When it’s first and a mile, I won’t give it to him.” On Earl Campbell’s inability to finish a 1 mile run in training camp

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“There’s two kinds of coaches, them that’s fired and them that’s gonna be fired.”

Wikipedia:  Bum Phillips

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – Jack London

“I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself.”

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“There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.”

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“The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances.”

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“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

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“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”

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“There are things greater than our wisdom, beyond our justice. The right and wrong of this we cannot say, and it is not for us to judge.”

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“He lacked the wisdom, and the only way for him to get it was to buy it with his youth; and when wisdom was his, youth would have been spent buying it”

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“San Francisco is gone. Nothing remains of it but memories.”

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“If cash comes with fame, come fame; if cash comes without fame, come cash.”

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“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

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“Fiction pays best of all and when it is of fair quality is more easily sold. A good joke will sell quicker than a good poem, and, measured in sweat and blood, will bring better remuneration. Avoid the unhappy ending, the harsh, the brutal, the tragic, the horrible – if you care to see in print things you write. (In this connection don’t do as I do, but do as I say.) Humour is the hardest to write, easiest to sell, and best rewarded… Don’t write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen. Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.”

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“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”

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“Affluence means influence.”

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“Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear?”

Wikipedia: Jack London

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, January 11, 2021 – Knute Rockne

“A coach’s greatest asset is his sense of responsibility – the reliance placed on him by his players.”

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“Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.”

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“Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.”

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“Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes.”

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“It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle. You can hear it.”

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“The essence of football is blocking, tackling, and execution based on timing, rhythm and deception.”

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“The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”

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“We count on winning. And if we lose, don’t beef. And the best way to prevent beefing is – don’t lose.”

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“Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.”

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“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.”

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“The best thing I ever learned in life was that things have to be worked for. A lot of people seem to think there is some sort of magic in making a winning football team. There isn’t, but there’s plenty of work.”

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“I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.”

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“Win or lose, do it fairly.”

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“Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up”

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“No star playing, just football.”

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“Tell the public about the boys. They’re the ones that do the work and they should get the credit. The people are interested in them, not me.”

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“Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

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“Let’s win one for the Gipper.”

Wikipedia:  Knute Rockne

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, January 10, 2021 – Paul Brown

“A winner never whines.”

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“Football is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors in a game usually wins.”

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“The key to winning is poise under stress.”

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“What we have currently available is what we have available.”

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“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”

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“You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.”

Wikipedia:  Paul Brown

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 9, 2021 – James Madison

“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.”

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“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

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“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”

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“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

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“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

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“Philosophy is common sense with big words.”

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“America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.”

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“A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.”

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“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”

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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

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“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”

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“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

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“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

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“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”

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“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”

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“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.”

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“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.”

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“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”

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“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

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“Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.”

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“War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.”

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“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”

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“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?”

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“There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.”

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“Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”

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“The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.”

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“The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge the wants or feelings of the day-laborer. The government we mean to erect is intended to last for ages. The landed interest, at present, is prevalent; but in process of time, when we approximate to the states and kingdoms of Europe, — when the number of landholders shall be comparatively small, through the various means of trade and manufactures, will not the landed interest be overbalanced in future elections, and unless wisely provided against, what will become of your government? In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place. If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority. The senate, therefore, ought to be this body; and to answer these purposes, they ought to have permanency and stability.”

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“In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

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“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.”

Wikipedia Page:  James Madison

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, January 8, 2020 – Thomas Paine

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

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“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

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“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

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“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

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“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”

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“One good schoolmaster is of more use than a hundred priests.”

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“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.”

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“That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.”

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“There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord.”

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“These are the times that try men’s souls.”

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“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”

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“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”

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“We have every opportunity and every encouragement before us, to form the noblest purest constitution on the face of the earth. We have it in our power to begin the world over again. A situation, similar to the present, hath not happened since the days of Noah until now. The birthday of a new world is at hand, and a race of men, perhaps as numerous as all Europe contains, are to receive their portion of freedom from the event of a few months.” Common Sense, 1776

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“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” The American Crisis, 1776

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“It matters not where you live, or what rank of life you hold, the evil or the blessing will reach you all. The far and the near, the home counties and the back, the rich and the poor, will suffer or rejoice alike. The heart that feels not now is dead; the blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when a little might have saved the whole, and made them happy. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” The American Crisis, 1776

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“The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it.” The Rights of Man, 1791

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“It is the nature and intention of a constitution to prevent governing by party, by establishing a common principle that shall limit and control the power and impulse of party, and that says to all parties, thus far shalt thou go and no further. But in the absence of a constitution, men look entirely to party; and instead of principle governing party, party governs principle.” First Principles of Government, 1795

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“I never tire of reading Tom Paine.” Abraham Lincoln, as quoted in A Literary History of the American People, 1931

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“I consider Paine our greatest political thinker. As we have not advanced, and perhaps never shall advance, beyond the Declaration and Constitution, so Paine has had no successors who extended his principles.” Thomas Alva Edison

Wikipedia: Thomas Paine

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