Monthly Archive: October 2017

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – David Packard

 

“Take risks. Ask big questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.”

And

“Why are we here? I think many people assume, wrongly, that a company exists solely to make money. Money is an important part of a company’s existence, if the company is any good. But a result is not a cause. We have to go deeper and find the real reason for our being.”

And

“Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.”

And

“To remain static is to lose ground.”

And

“A group of people get together and exist as an institution we call a company so they are able to accomplish something collectively that they could not accomplish separately – they make a contribution to society, a phrase which sounds trite but is fundamental.”

And

“The greatest success goes to the person who is not afraid to fail in front of even the largest audience.”

And

“Set out to build a company and make a contribution, not an empire and a fortune.”

And

“A company that focuses solely on profits ultimately betrays both itself and society.”

And

11 Simple Rules

“1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation – the first requisite – for getting along with others. And it is the one truly difficult accomplishment you must make. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.”

2. Build up the other person’s sense of importance. When we make the other person seem less important, we frustrate one of his deepest urges. Allow him to feel equality or superiority, and we can easily get along with him.

3. Respect the other man’s personality rights. Respect as something sacred the other fellow’s right to be different from you. No two personalities are ever molded by precisely the same forces.

4. Give sincere appreciation. If we think someone has done a thing well, we should never hesitate to let him know it. WARNING: This does not mean promiscuous use of obvious flattery. Flattery with most intelligent people gets exactly the reaction it deserves – contempt for the egotistical “phony” who stoops to it.

5. Eliminate the negative. Criticism seldom does what its user intends, for it invariably causes resentment. The tiniest bit of disapproval can sometimes cause a resentment which will rankle – to your disadvantage – for years.

6. Avoid openly trying to reform people. Every man knows he is imperfect, but he doesn’t want someone else trying to correct his faults. If you want to improve a person, help him to embrace a higher working goal – a standard, an ideal – and he will do his own “making over” far more effectively than you can do it for him.

7. Try to understand the other person. How would you react to similar circumstances? When you begin to see the “whys” of him you can’t help but get along better with him.

8. Check first impressions. We are especially prone to dislike some people on first sight because of some vague resemblance (of which we are usually unaware) to someone else whom we have had reason to dislike. Follow Abraham Lincoln’s famous self-instruction: “I do not like that man; therefore I shall get to know him better.”

9. Take care with the little details. Watch your smile, your tone of voice, how you use your eyes, the way you greet people, the use of nicknames and remembering faces, names and dates. Little things add polish to your skill in dealing with people. Constantly, deliberately think of them until they become a natural part of your personality.

10. Develop genuine interest in people. You cannot successfully apply the foregoing suggestions unless you have a sincere desire to like, respect, and be helpful to others. Conversely, you cannot build genuine interest in people until you have experienced the pleasure of working with them in an atmosphere characterized by mutual liking and respect.

11. Keep it up. That’s all—just keep it up!”

Wikipedia:  David Packard, Stanford University BA (1934), MA (1939)

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 31, 2017 – Omar Bradley

 

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“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.”

And

“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.”

And

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

And

“This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.”

And

“Dependability, integrity, the characteristic of never knowingly doing anything wrong, that you would never cheat anyone, that you would give everybody a fair deal. Character is a sort of an all-inclusive thing. If a man has character, everyone has confidence in him. Soldiers must have confidence in their leader.”

And

“We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”

And

“Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them, must share the guilt for the dead.”

And

“The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.”

And

“With the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents.”

And

Military hero, courageous in battle, and gentle in spirit, friend of the common soldier, General of the Army, first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he embodies the best of the American military tradition with dignity, humanity, and honor. Gerald Ford, remarks upon presenting Bradley with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (10 January 1977)

And

An Armistice Day Address

By General Omar N. Bradley
Boston, Massachusetts
November 10, 1948

“TOMORROW is our day of conscience. For although it is a monument to victory, it is also a symbol of failure. Just as it honors the dead, so must it humble the living.

Armistice Day is a constant reminder that we won a war and lost a peace.

It is both a tribute and an indictment: A tribute to the men who died that their neighbors might live without fear of aggression. An indictment of those who lived and forfeited their chance for peace.

Therefore, while Armistice Day is a day for pride, it is for pride in the achievements of others—humility in our own.

Neither remorse nor logic can hide the fact that our armistice ended in failure. Not until the armistice myth exploded in the blast of a Stuka bomb did we learn that the winning of wars does not in itself make peace. And not until Pearl Harbor did we learn that non-involvement in peace means certain involvement in war.
We paid grievously for those faults of the past in deaths, disaster, and dollars.

It was a penalty we knowingly chose to risk. We made the choice when we defaulted on our task in creating and safeguarding a peace.

It is no longer possible to shield ourselves with arms alone against the ordeal of attack. For modern war visits destruction on the victor and the vanquished alike. Our only complete assurance of surviving World War III is to halt it before it starts.

For that reason we clearly have no choice but to face the challenge of these strained times. To ignore the danger of aggression is simply to invite it. It must never again be said of the American people: Once more we won a war; once more we lost a peace. If we do we shall doom our children to a struggle that may take their lives.

ARMED forces can wage wars but they cannot make peace. For there is a wide chasm between war and peace—a chasm that can only be bridged by good will, discussion, compromise, and agreement. In 1945 while still bleeding from the wounds of aggression, the nations of this world met in San Francisco to build that span from war to peace. For three years—first hopefully, then guardedly, now fearfully—free nations have labored to complete that bridge. Yet again and again they have been obstructed by a nation whose ambitions thrive best on tension, whose leaders are scornful of peace except on their own impossible terms.

The unity with which we started that structure has been riddled by fear and suspicion. In place of agreement we are wrangling dangerously over the body of that very nation whose aggression had caused us to seek each other as allies and friends.

Only three years after our soldiers first clasped hands over the Elbe, this great wartime ally has spurned friendship with recrimination, it has clenched its fists and skulked in conspiracy behind it secretive borders.

As a result today we are neither at peace nor war. Instead we are engaged in this contest of tension, seeking agreement with those who disdain it, rearming, and struggling for peace.

Time can be for or against us.

It can be for us if diligence in our search for agreement equals the vigilance with which we prepare for a storm.

It can be against us if disillusionment weakens our faith in discussion—or if our vigilance corrodes while we wait.

Disillusionment is always the enemy of peace. And today—as after World War I —disillusionment can come from expecting too much, too easily, too soon. In our impatience we must never forget that fundamental differences have divided this world; they allow no swift, no cheap, no easy solutions.

While as a prudent people we must prepare ourselves to encounter what we may be unable to prevent, we nevertheless must never surrender ourselves to the certainty of that encounter.

For if we say there is no good in arguing with what must inevitably come, then we shall be left with no choice but to create a garrison state and empty our wealth into arms. The burden of long-term total preparedness for some indefinite but inevitable war could not help but crush the freedom we prize. It would leave the American people soft victims for bloodless aggression.

BOTH the East and the West today deprecate war. Yet because of its threatening gestures, its espousal of chaos, its secretive tactics, and its habits of force—one nation has caused the rest of the world to fear that it might recklessly resort to force rather that be blocked in its greater ambitions.

The American people have said both in their aid to Greece and in the reconstruction of Europe that any threat to freedom is a threat to our own lives. For we know that unless free peoples stand boldly and united against the forces of aggression, they may fall wretchedly, one by one, into the web of oppression.

It is fear of the brutal unprincipled use of force by reckless nations that might ignore the vast reserves of our defensive strength that has caused the American people to enlarge their air, naval, and ground arms.

Reluctant as we are to muster this costly strength, we must leave no chance for miscalculation in the mind of any aggressor.

Because in the United States it is the people who are sovereign, the Government is theirs to speak their voice and to voice their will, truthfully and without distortion.

We, the American people, can stand cleanly before the entire world and say plainly to any state:

“This Government will not assail you.

“You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressor.”

Since the origin of the American people, their chief trait has been the hatred of war. And yet these American people are ready to take up their arms against aggression and destroy if need be by their might any nation which would violate the peace of the world.

There can be no compromise with aggression anywhere in the world. For aggression multiplies—in rapid succession—disregard for the rights of man. Freedom when threatened anywhere is at once threatened everywhere.

NO MORE convincing an avowal of their peaceful intentions could have been made by the American people than by their offer to submit to United Nations the secret of the atom bomb. Our willingness to surrender this trump advantage that atomic energy might be used for the peaceful welfare of mankind splintered the contentions of those word-warmakers that our atom had been teamed with the dollar for imperialistic gain.

Yet because we asked adequate guarantees and freedom of world-wide inspection by the community of nations itself, our offer was declined and the atom has been recruited into this present contest of nerves. To those people who contend that secrecy and medieval sovereignty are more precious than a system of atomic control, I can only reply that it is a cheap price to pay for peace.

The atom bomb is far more than a military weapon. It may—as Bernard Baruch once said—contain the choice between the quick and the dead. We dare not forget that the advantage in atomic warfare lies with aggression and surprise. If we become engaged in an atom bomb race, we may simply lull ourselves to sleep behind an atomic stockpile. The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts.

WITH the monstrous weapons man already has, humanity is in danger of being trapped in this world by its moral adolescents. Our knowledge of science has clearly outstripped our capacity to control it. We have many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.

This is our twentieth century’s claim to distinction and to progress.

IN OUR concentration on the tactics of strength and resourcefulness which have been used in the contest for blockaded Berlin, we must not forget that we are also engaged in a long-range conflict of ideas. Democracy can withstand ideological attacks if democracy will provide earnestly and liberally for the welfare of its people. To defend democracy against attack, men must value freedom. And to value freedom they must benefit by it in happier and more secure lives for their wives and their children.

Throughout this period of tension in which we live, the American people must demonstrate conclusively to all other peoples of the world that democracy not only guarantees man’s human freedom but that it guarantees his economic dignity and progress as well. To practice freedom and make it work, we must cherish the individual; we must provide him the opportunities for reward and impress upon him the responsibilities a free man bears to the society in which he lives.”

Wikipedia Page: Omar Bradley

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Jim McElwain Fired at Florida – Post Week 9 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

 

Jim McElwain Fired at Florida

Having known many University of Florida alumni for 30+ years we have a Helluva lot to say about the firing of Jim McElwain at Florida but the bottom-line is that…

Jim McElwain’s Unbelievable Unimaginable Over-The-Freaking-Top Arrogance

….got Jimmy’s ass fired at Florida and here’s a tip for everyone out there whether you are in coaching or in ANY kind of job for that matter….

If you are going to be a Pompous Arrogant Ass Know-It-All Who Believes He/She Spun Up the Universe

…then you better Damn be Very Damn Great at your job and if a football coach win a Helluva lot of football games and championships!

Jim McElwain was done in by his own Damn Arrogance and that’s one of the oldest stories in human history going back to the dawn of time.

Memo to Jim McElwain:  Drop the Pompous Arrogant that you are God’s Gift to the Earth already…we have plenty of those folks already in this world and one less would be a Very Damn Good Thing Jimmy!

Post Week 9 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

Thank You Mr. Man in Black!

1.  Butch Jones, Tennessee – Since beating Georgia on a last second Hail-Mary play on October 1, 2016 last season which left the Vols at 5 – 0 and on top of the SEC East Division Butch Jones Tennessee football team has posted a record of…

7 – 9

…in the last 16 games and the Vols could easily be 1 – 7 in 2017 after razor thin wins over Georgia Tech and UMass this year.

A 7 – 9 record at almost all schools in the SEC will quickly put your ass on the Hot Seat and headed for a sure-fire firing but these are interesting times at Tennessee where it seems that Butch Jones is going to both be forced to walk the plank and then pushed overboard by the UT Administration with a long pole just as he reaches the end of the board!

With games left against…

Southern Miss
At Missouri
LSU
Vanderbilt

…for the 3 – 5 Vols there is a decent chance that Tennessee will have a losing record in Jones FIFTH season on the job and that’s unacceptable at Vanderbilt so for Damn sure it’s unacceptable in Knoxville!

As all college football fans saw this past weekend the difference between Winning and Losing is many times is very small and if there is one thing we would point to that has been the difference between Tennessee losing so many close games under Butch Jones it has been Jones unique ability to cast doubt in Vols players minds if Jones knows what the Hell is doing or not, often by Jones own comments in public, and there is nothing that weakens a team more than one or more of the team members having any doubt all about their leader.

In many ways Butch Jones is a terrific case book example of how a coach SHOULD NOT handle the media and certainly a college head football coach, if he knows what the Hell he is doing, knows how to properly handle the media which just like with football players requires many different ways to handle different members of the news media. The number one rule of a public official such as a head football coach at a high profile school like Tennessee is…

Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Ass

…and Butch Jones has shot himself in the ass so much the last five years by saying so many Damn stupid things and having such an almost paranoid view of the news media, especially the news media in Knoxville, as if they were out to get him it was inevitable that Butch would work himself to his current spot which is…

A Roaring Fire Under His Ass

….and 97% chance or better that Jones will either be coaching at another school in 2018 or be out of coaching all-together!

2.  David Beaty, Kansas – It’s as obvious that the wind blows in the state of Kansas that David Beaty should have never been hired as the head football coach at Kansas nor in our opinion had David Beaty ever done anything in his coaching career up to when he was hired at KU to have EARNED the right to be the head coach of a Big 12 school but then now….Kansas also hired Charlie Weis who we wouldn’t hire to shovel shit so in some ways David Beaty was a step-up from Chubby Charlie!

With the loss to Kansas State on Saturday David Beaty’s records at Kansas now stand at…

Overall:  3 – 29

Big 12:  1 – 22

…and the Jayhawks still have to play this season games against:

Baylor
At Texas
Oklahoma
At Oklahoma State

Best Case Scenario Kansas beats Baylor at home on Saturday and then loses its last three games to finish at…

2 – 10

…in David Beaty’s THIRD year on the job and if that’s acceptable in Lawrence then those folks are beyond help and need to be committed to the nearest insane asylum!

3.  Lovie Smith, Illinois – With all the mediocre to bad head coaches in the NFL there might be an opportunity for Illini head football coach Lovie Smith to return to the pro game in the near future because there’s not a chance in Hell that anyone at Coaches Hot Seat thinks that Lovie should be coaching college football and Smith’s records at Illinois of…

Overall:  5 – 15

Big Ten:  2 – 12

….prove that as do the Illinois recruiting classes which according to Rivals.com in 2017 was…

#48

…behind Duke, Oregon State, Iowa State, and Rutgers and the Illinois current recruiting class in 2018 which according to Rivals.com is ranked…

#69

…behind Syracuse, Wake Forest, Kansas, UCF, Navy, Army, Western Kentucky, Rutgers, Iowa State….well you get the idea which is in homage to Larry David…..

Pretty…Pretty…Bad!

2 – 6 Illinois still has to play in 2017….

At Purdue
Indiana
At Ohio State
Northwestern

…which to use looks like 3 or even 4 more losses which would be a record of 3 – 9 or 2 – 10 which is following a record of 3 – 9 last season!

Lovie Smith had the respectful record of…

81 – 63 (.563)

…in coaching the Chicago Bears for 9 seasons which included one trip to a Super Bowl and three trips to the Playoffs and if we were Lovie Smith we would have our agent talking to NFL clubs about potential head coaching job opportunities because from where we sit this college gig is going to end one way and one way only…

Lovie Smith getting his ass fired!

4.  Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – For someone making $3.5 million dollars plus a year Kliff Kingsbury isn’t exactly lighting any fires in West Texas putting up records of…

Overall:  28 – 30

Big 12:  14 – 28

…..in FIVE seasons at Texas Tech and in fact instead of lighting fires Kingsbury has been a bucket of cold water for the Red Raiders who again are fighting just to get to a .500 record in 2017.

Now at 4 – 4 on the season after the loss to Oklahoma Kingsbury and his Texas Tech football team still have to play games against…

Kansas State
Baylor
TCU
At Texas

…and one has to think that even at Texas Tech when you are…

Average As Hell

….your ass will eventually get fired….right?

RIGHT!

Just by comparison the previous two head coaches at Texas Tech, Mike Leach and Tommy Tuberville posted a combined record in Big 12 play of….

56 – 50  (.528)

….which means Kingsbury took over a pretty good football program in Lubbock and Kliff has posted a winning percentage in Big 12 play of…

.333

….which is nothing short of a Total Freaking Disaster for Texas Tech Football!

5.  Bret Bielema, Arkansas – It’s not an admirable thing that in his 59 th game as the head coach at Arkansas….

Which was a MAJOR football program in the SEC when Bielema took it over

….that you have to come storming back to barely beat an Ole Miss football that had its head coach run out of town before the season and even with that win Arkansas is still sitting on a record of 3 – 5 with still games against:

Coastal Carolina
At LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri

This looks to us like a final record of 4 – 8 or 5 – 7 for Arkansas in Bret Bielema’s FIFTH year on the job when by all rights the former head coach of a team in the Big Ten that took his team to three Rose Bowl games should really be hitting his stride and competing for the SEC West and yet….

It took a last second field goal to beat an Ole Miss team had its coach get run and will most certainly have a losing season in 2017!

As one of our Arkansas-alum buddies from Ft. Smith, Arkansas told us on Sunday about the current state of Arkansas Football:

“There are some folks up in Fayetteville that would rather burn down the entire football program and university than admit they were wrong.”

Amen to that brother…Amen to that!

6.  Jim Mora, UCLA – Just how bad have things gotten at UCLA after the Bruins loss to Washington on Saturday?

In UCLA’s last 24 games under Jim Mora the Bruins have posted a record of…

9 – 15

…and UCLA still has to play in 2017 games against…

At Utah
Arizona State
At USC
California

…which at best we see the 4 – 4 Bruins splitting which would be a .500 record but is a .500 record in your SIXTH year on the job acceptable at UCLA

Well actually now…we are talking about UCLA Football here where .500 records will keep your ass employed for a Helluva long time because in case you didn’t know it…

UCLA = Average As Hell and Proud Of It!

7.  Mike Riley, Nebraska – How bad has the football gotten at Nebraska?

The NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS needed a last minute touchdown to beat PURDUE on Saturday and fans of Nebraska Football were actually surprised that the Huskers got the win over a PURDUE team that just lost to RUTGERS!

Yes…that’s the world we live in today where they throw a party in Nebraska when they beat Purdue in the last minute and now the 4 – 4…Yep…4 and Freaking 4 Cornhuskers get to go play games against..

Northwestern
At Minnesota
At Penn State
Iowa

….and if Nebraska plays its BEST football they will get to 6 wins in 2017!

Woo-Freaking-Hoo!

With that Nebraska win over PURDUE Mike Riley’s record in Lincoln now stand at…

Overall:  19 – 15

Big Ten:  12 – 10

….which with 34 games on the books puts Mike Riley’s overall winning percentage at Nebraska is…

.558

…and former and fired Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan…how in the Hell did Bill Callahan get hired at Nebraska is still a shocker to the core…had a winning percentage after 34 games of…

.618

Oh…just for kicks Bo Pelini’s winning percentage after 34 games at Nebraska was…

.706

Yep…if the folks in the Great State of Nebraska are thrilled about beating PURDUE in the last minute then we congratulate you because you are now just like UCLA Football…

Average As Hell and Proud Of It!

8.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – One really has to wonder how Kevin Sumlin could allow a football team like Mississippi State that got its ass whipped by Georgia and Auburn on the road to come into Kyle Field and whip the Hell out of his Aggies by the score of 35 – 14 when Sumlin knew his ass would be on the line if A&M lost to the Bulldogs by just one point…instead the Aggies just flat-out…

Got Their Asses Whipped

…by the Bulldogs which makes us really wonder:

Just what in the Hell is Kevin Sumlin doing to earn that $5 Million Dollars A Year because for Damn sure he didn’t seem to bother to get his team ready to play a home game against Mississippi State!

You are making $5 Million Dollars A Year Sumlin…is it too Damn much for fans of Texas A&M Football to expect you to…

Have Your Damn Team Ready To Play Football?

Kevin Sumlin now has a record at Kyle Field against Power 5 schools of..

9 – 13

….which is a stadium where Texas A&M should next to NEVER lose a football game to any team not named Alabama is something that is impossible for Sumlin nor anyone else to explain and now the 5 – 3 Aggies have to finish the season against…

Auburn
New Mexico
At Ole Miss
At LSU

Talk about a game that the outcome of will more than likely decide the future status of the two coaches this coming Saturday’s game of Auburn at Texas A&M is…

Losing Coach Is Going To Get His Ass Fired For Sure

…which should make for great TV viewing but which no doubt will be miserable for both Hot Seat coaches Gus Malzahn and Kevin Sumlin who with a loss will put their ass in a totally untenable situation that can only be avoided by doing one thing…

Winning the Damn Football Game!

Memo to Kevin Sumlin: This time Son how about getting your Texas A&M Football team ready to play against Auburn! Is that really too much to ask since after your ass is making…

$5 Million Dollars A Year?

Geez some of these coaches are getting away with Bullshit + Mediocrity that wouldn’t be tolerated in ANY company in America with workers making $40,000 a year!

9.  Larry Fedora, North Carolina – Yes…there is a GOD and that GOD has evidently decided that since the NCAA doesn’t give a Damn that the..

University of North Carolina

…wouldn’t bother to monitor the academic activities of their student athletes….i.e…UNC athletes were involved in…

Massive Academic Fraud

….that then North Carolina Football should totally crater and that’s exactly what has happened to the now 1 – 8 Tar Heels who will hopefully go straight into the bowels of Hell and be…

Totally Destroyed

…before all is said and done and let’s hope that UNC will get its ass whipped in their last three games against..

At Pitt
Western Carolina
At NC State

Hell…even this North Carolina team will be able to beat Western Carolina but then a record of…

2 – 10

…is a Total Damn Disaster and it couldn’t happen to an athletic department at North Carolina that is full of…

Worthless Bastards

…that in our opinion allowed Massive Academic Fraud to go for decades and did NOTHING!

Please God….Destroy North Carolina Football and Basketball because for Damn sure the NCAA wasn’t willing to do their duty while at the same time opening the door for other schools to commit….

Massive Academic Fraud

..and when all that Massive Academic Fraud goes before an NCAA Committee the schools will just say…

“Look at what you let North Carolina get away with!”

Go To Hell North Carolina and the NCAA too for that matter!

10.  Todd Graham, Arizona State – Todd Graham just wadded up and tossed into the trash those two nice wins over Washington and Utah with ASU’s disastrous performance against USC on Saturday night and now the 4 – 4 Sun Devils will have to play some great football down the stretch to save their head coach’s job who needs 7+ wins to hang onto his job with games left against…

Colorado
At UCLA
At Oregon State
Arizona

Since we haven’t a clue which Arizona State team will show up to play in the above last four games we haven’t a clue what the Sun Devils will finish at this season but we would recommend this to Todd Graham…

Win 3 of your last 4 games Son or it’s….

…for you Tempe!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – October 30, 2017 – Jimmy Johnson

 

“An objective truth and individual reason are feared above all.”

And

“Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?”

And

“The only thing worse than a coach or CEO who doesn’t care about his people is one who pretends to care. People can spot a phony every time.”

And

“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a person as if he were where he could be and should be, and he will become what he could be and should be.”

And

“Military leaders aren’t made. They are born, … To be a good leader, you have to have something in your character to cause people to follow you.”

And

“Give your people the feeling that if THEY don’t do the job, it won’t get done. Also let them know that when they accomplish something, they will share in the accolades.”

Wikipedia:  Jimmy Johnson

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, October 29, 2017 – Norman Mailer

 

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“Every moment of one’s existence one is growing into more or retreating into less.  One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”

And

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

And

“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.

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

“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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

“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

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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)

And

“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)

And

“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)

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

And

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

And

“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.”

And

“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.”

Wikipedia Page:  Norman Mailer

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 28, 2017 – Knute Rockne

 

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

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

“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.”

And

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

And

“Win or lose, do it fairly.”

And

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

And

“No star playing, just football.”

And

“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.”

And

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

And

“Let’s win one for the Gipper.”

Wikipedia:  Knute Rockne

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20 CFB Head Coaches Facing MUST WIN Games in Week 9 Who’s Coaches and Teams Need To Take It To The Limit! – Thanks Randy!

 

20 CFB Head Coaches Facing MUST WIN Games in Week 9 Who’s Coaches and Teams Need To Take It To The Limit!

Thanks Randy!

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State vs. Boston College – Jimbo Fisher has won a Helluva lot of football games at Florida State posting an overall record in EIGHT years on the job of…

80 – 21

…..but the 2 – 4 Seminoles suddenly look like a Very Average football team and FSU still has to play this season…

At Boston College
Syracuse
At Clemson
Delaware State
At Florida

…and with a loss to BC we rather doubt FSU can get 6 wins in 2017 so YES Jimbo…beating Florida State is a MUST Son!

Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. Florida State – In a season where Steve Addazio needs 6+ wins to return to coach Boston College in 2018 the Eagles have won 2 straight games to get to 4 – 4 on the year with games still to be played against…

Florida State
NC State
UConn
At Syracuse

….and it’s going to Damn Hard for BC to win 6+ games this season unless they beat Florida State on Saturday = MUST WIN Game!

Jim McElwain, Florida vs. Georgia – We are not quite sure what is going on in the mind of Jim McElwain but it looks to us like he is cracking-up under the pressure of coaching at a place like Florida where the expectations are HIGH and those expectations should be HIGH for Gators Football and from talking to our Florida-alum friends there is a Helluva good chance that Florida will have a new head football coach in Gainesville in 2018.

Yes…it has gotten that bad in Gainesville and the 3 – 3 Gators play Georgia on Saturday with then games left against…

At Missouri
At South Carolina
UAB
Florida State

…and it looks like there is a Helluva good chance that the Gators don’t win 6 games in 2017 in McElwain’s THIRD year on the job that even without Jimmy cracking-up….in our humble opinion…would get your ass run right out of town!

Lovie Smith, Illinois vs. Wisconsin – There is Damn Idiocy and there is Idiocy That Cannot Be Measured and that Lovie Smith has a…

$16.5 Million Dollar Buyout

…at Illinois when the guy had NEVER won a football game on the collegiate level when he was hired by the Illini is…

Idiocy That Cannot Be Measured

….and Smith now sitting on records of…

Overall:  5 – 14

Big Ten:  2 – 11

….with a 2 – 5 record in 2017 and these games still left to be played…

Wisconsin
At Purdue
Indiana
At Ohio State
Northwestern

….the Illini might not win another game this season!

$16.5 Million Dollars…..Oh the world is full of Damn Morons!

Larry Fedora, North Carolina vs. Miami – The best argument we have seen in years that there is a God is now the Total Crack-Up of the North Carolina football program in the wake of the NCAA letting the Tar Heels athletic department get away with its student-athletes commit MASSIVE academic fraud and Frankly…we hope the North Carolina football program continues its descent into the toilet with a loss to Miami on Saturday which would be followed-up with North Carolina basketball totally imploding in the upcoming season!

North Carolina is 1 – 7 on the season and still have to play games against…

Miami
At Pitt
Western Carolina
At NC State

…and we hope like Hell that North Carolina finishes at 2 – 10 in 2017 so…

Go Canes!

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame vs. NC State – Brian Kelly has done a nice job getting the Good Ship Irish Ship righted but the Irish still have to play games against…

NC State
Wake Forest
At Miami
Navy
At Stanford

….and there’s a good chance Notre Dame finishes with upwards to 4 losses in 2017 BUT if the Irish have designs on making the College Football Playoff they better Damn beat NC State on Saturday!

Oh…lose to NC State and Kelly’s ass will be right back on the Hot Seat!

Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma – The folks in Lubbock were none too happy when Tommy Tuberville posted records of…

Overall:  20 – 17

Big 12:  9 – 17

….so one would think the folks in Lubbock are none too happy with Kliff Kingsbury’s records…

Overall: 28 – 29

Big 12:  14 – 26

….and surely if Kingsbury has another sub-.500 record in 2017 his ass will be run right out of Lubbock….right?

Gotta be right!

The 4 – 3 Red Raiders still have to play games against…

At Oklahoma
Kansas State
Baylor
TCU
At Texas

….and if Tech loses to Oklahoma can they win 2 of their last 4 games against the above teams?

Not likely!

Jim Mora, UCLA vs. Washington – Jim Mora and his Bruins got a much needed win over Oregon last week but now here comes a game at Washington for 4 – 3 UCLA who are going to have a tough time even getting to 6 wins in Mora’s SIXTH year on the job with these games still left to be played:

At Washington
At Utah
Arizona State
At USC
California

Yes…Washington is a MUST WIN Game for UCLA but assuming a loss to the Bruins one has to wonder how the Bruins get to 6+ wins in 2017.

Damned if we know!

Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. USC – Todd Graham has done a nice job getting Arizona State turned around with wins over Washington and at Utah the last couple of weeks BUT all that good work would go for naught if the Sun Devils lost to a crumbling USC team in Tempe on Saturday because Graham needs 8+ wins in 2017 to return to coach ASU in 2018 and the 4 – 3 Sun Devils still have to play games against…

USC
Colorado
At UCLA
At Oregon State
Arizona

…which means ASU needs to win 4 of their last 5 games so YES beating the Trojan is a MUST for Graham!

Lance Leipold, Buffalo vs. Akron –Lance Leipold won a Helluva lot of football games as the head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater but in THREE seasons at Buffalo Leipold has records on the board of…

Overall:  10 – 22

MAC:  5 – 15

….and Leipold and his 3 – 5 Bulls need some wins and in a Helluva hurry beginning with a win at Akron on Saturday!

Can Lance Leipold survive 3 losing seasons in 3 years on the job at Buffalo?

Probably not so beat Akron Son!

Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Mississippi – It’s hard to imagine there is anyone in the Great State of Arkansas that is willing to tolerate Bret Bielema’s records at Arkansas…

Overall:  27 – 31

SEC:  10 – 26

…but there are some MASSIVE egos who are deeply invested in Bielema and who know they would look like…

Damn Fools

….if they admitted they were WRONG on Bielema, but then anyone that would tolerate these records….

Overall:  27 – 31

SEC:  10 – 26

….is a Damn Fool so folks still supporting Bielema…

You Are A Damn Fool Either Way!

The 2 – 5 Razorbacks who are 0 – 4 in SEC play still have to play games against…

At Ole Miss
Coastal Carolina
At LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri

How many games will Arkansas win in 2017?

Our guess…4…maybe 5…Hell…even if they won 6 games in 2017 is a 6 – 6 record in Bielema’s FIFTH year on the job acceptable at Arkansas?

Only to Way Damn Below Average People!

Matt Rhule, Baylor vs. Texas – Will Matt Rhule and Baylor win a football game in 2017? Well, the 0 – 7 Baylor Bears have games left against…

Texas
At Kansas
Texas Tech
Iowa State
At TCU

…and one would think Baylor could beat Kansas so it looks like to us that Baylor will finish at…

1 – 11

…in 2017 and Matt Rhule’s ass will be on one Helluva Hot Seat entering the 2018 season as Rhule tries to put out the MASSIVE Dumpster Fire that Art Briles left behind him in Waco!

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan vs. Rutgers – It’s hard for us to imagine that a Michigan team loaded with talent even without a FBS quarterback on its roster couldn’t lose at home to Rutgers but if Blue did fool around and loose to a very average Scarlett Knights team on Saturday Jim Harbaugh’s rear-end would be scorching come Monday morning so Jimmy….

Don’t Lose To Rutgers Son!

How many games will Michigan win in 2017? Well…with games left against…

Rutgers
Minnesota
At Maryland
At Wisconsin
Ohio State

….the Wolverines could finish with records running from 7 – 5 to 8 – 4 in our opinion and both records would leave Jimmy Harbaugh with a Helluva lot of work to do in the offseason if Michigan still has plans to win Big Ten and National Titles under Jimmy someday!

Bobby Petrino, Louisville vs. Wake Forest – Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino is creeping towards Hot Seat territory with the Cardinals now at 5 – 3 on the season and facing a tough game at Wake Forest on Saturday followed by games against…

Virginia
Syracuse
At Kentucky

Hell….Louisville might not win 6 games in 2017 and with a loss to Wake on Saturday…

Welcome Back to the Hot Seat Bobby Petrino!

David Beaty, Kansas vs. Kansas State – It’s clear to us that Charlie Weis + David Beaty experiment at Kansas since the 2012 season has been nothing short of a…

Complete Freaking Disaster

…with Weis and Beaty together posting records of…

Overall:  9 – 50

Big 12:  2 – 39

…with current KU head coach Beaty actually having worse records than Weis…

Overall:  3 – 28

Big 12:  1 – 21

The 1 – 6 Jayhawks still have to play in 2017….

Kansas State
Baylor
At Texas
Oklahoma
At Oklahoma State

…and we don’t see KU winning another game this season which surely would lead to David Beaty being fired….right?

Who the Hell knows because after all this is the University of Kansas we are talking about here where Average is not even talked about and…

Bad As Hell and Proud Of It

…is totally embraced!

Kalani Sitake, BYU vs. San Jose State – We have a theory on what has gone wrong with BYU football from the end of the 2016 season when the Cougars finished with a record of…

9 – 4

…and the Cougs now sitting on a record of 1 – 7 in 2017 which could explain a Helluva lot but surely the decision-makers at BYU know as much as we do about their football program which is now…

Falling Totally To Pieces

….with these games still left to be played:

San Jose State
At Fresno State
At UNLV
UMass
At Hawaii

Hell, San Jose State is so bad there are high school football teams in the San Francisco Bay area that could whip the Spartans so surely BYU will get a win on Saturday but after that…Heck….BYU might now win another game this season and that is going to leave the folks at BYU with a Heckuva problem to deal with because they can either let the Total Disaster continue or they can act!

Barry Odom, Missouri vs. Connecticut – In two seasons at Mizzou head coach Barry Odom has records on the board of…

Overall:  6 – 13

SEC:  2 – 10

…and with only wins over Missouri State and Idaho in 2017 the last Damn thing that can happen is the Tigers losing at UConn on Saturday which would mean Mizzou would have to win out over…

Florida
Tennessee
At Vanderbilt
At Arkansas

…to get bowl eligible otherwise known at Coaches Hot Seat as…

We Are Average As Hell! WooHoo!

Don’t lose to Connecticut Barry Odom!

Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Kentucky – We here at Coaches Hot Seat have slightly better knowledge of what is happening on the “College Football Hiring/Firing Street” than we have had in the past due to an important new relationship we have forged in the last year who we call “AgentThroat” and the word on the street is that Tennessee is looking at about 6 different coaches to replace Butch Jones in Knoxville and we can say it’s an impressive list of names. One intriguing name for a potential next head coach of the Tennessee Vols we have heard about in the last couple of weeks is Iowa State head coach….

Matt Campbell

….who would be a coach that other SEC head coaches wouldn’t want to see in Knoxville in our humble opinion, but who also has a $9 million dollar plus buyout!

As for Butch Jones the Vols are now 3 – 4 on the season and 0 – 4 in SEC play and they have top players smoking Gunja which says a Helluva lot about how much they care about the team and their teammates as the Vols head this week to Lexington to play an average Kentucky team that in most years a decent Tennessee team would whip with ease.

How many games can this Tennessee team win out of their remaining 5 games?

At Kentucky
Southern Miss
At Missouri
LSU
Vanderbilt

Our guess….Tennessee wins 2 more games to finish at 5 – 7 and the Vols have a new head football coach in 2018 which isn’t much of a Big Whoop prediction now is it?

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State – Kevin Sumlin has had the Aggies on a nice run since the Debacle in Pasadena to open the season getting wins over….

Nicholls
Louisiana
Arkansas
South Carolina
Florida

…with only a loss to Alabama and now at 5 – 2 Sumlin enters the most important stretch of his coaching career because anything less than 4 wins in the below 5 games….

Mississippi State
Auburn
New Mexico
At Ole Miss
At LSU

…and the Sumlin era in College Station will come to an end sometime just after Thanksgiving!

Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Purdue – Now at 3 – 4 on the season with these games left to be played….

At Purdue
Northwestern
At Minnesota
At Penn State
Iowa

….we rather doubt that even winning out and ending the season at 8 – 4 could save Mike Riley’s job at Nebraska but then does anyone think the Huskers are going to win out?

Didn’t think so and thus Nebraska will be looking to hire a new head football coach in a few weeks and the street is telling us that Scott Frost has or will get an offer soon to be the next head football coach at Nebraska that will make him one of the highest paid coaches in the Big Ten.

Our recommendation to the Good Folks of the Great State of Nebraska on the potential hiring of Scott Frost to be the next head coach of the Huskers:

Don’t Be Cheap!

Pay a market wage with a reasonable buyout on both sides and we have to think Scott Frost will the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2018!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 27, 2017 – John F. Kennedy

 

“NAURO NATIVE KNOWS POSIT HE CAN PILOT 11 ALIVE NEED SMALL BOAT KENNEDY” Message carved into a coconut after the wreck of PT-109, August, 6, 1943

And

“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.”

And

“The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people – faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but will also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgment – faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.”

And

“For without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men – such as the subjects of this book – have lived. The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality. In whatever area in life one may meet the challenges of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience – the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men – each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient – they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.”

And

“Now let me make it clear that I believe there can only be one defense policy for the United States and that is summed up in the word ‘first.’ I do not mean ‘first, but’. I do not mean ‘first, when’. I do not mean ‘first, if’. I mean ‘first –period’.”

And

“I believe in an America where the rights that I have described are enjoyed by all, regardless of their race or their creed or their national origin – where every citizen is free to think and speak as he pleases and write and worship as he pleases – and where every citizen is free to vote as he pleases, without instructions from anyone, his employer, the union leader or his clergyman.”

And

“It has been a long road from that first snowy day in New Hampshire to this crowded convention city. Now begins another long journey, taking me into your cities and homes all over America. Give me your help, your hand, your voice, your vote. Recall with me the words of Isaiah: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary.” As we face the coming challenge, we too, shall wait upon the Lord, and ask that he renew our strength. Then shall we be equal to the test. Then we shall not be weary. And then we shall prevail.”

And

“But the harsh fact of the matter is that there is also an increasingly large number of young Americans who are neglecting their bodies—whose physical fitness is not what it should be—who are getting soft. And such softness on the part of individual citizens can help to strip and destroy the vitality of a nation. For the physical vigor of our citizens is one of America’s most precious resources. If we waste and neglect this resource, if we allow it to dwindle and grow soft then we will destroy much of our ability to meet the great and vital challenges which confront our people. We will be unable to realize our full potential as a nation.”

And

“Our Constitution wisely assigns both joint and separate roles to each branch of the government; and a President and a Congress who hold each other in mutual respect will neither permit nor attempt any trespass.”

And

“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”

And

“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.
This means greater coverage and analysis of international news–for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security–and we intend to do it.”

And

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

And

“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”

And

“No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power…Quite obviously, there is a higher purpose, and that is the hope that you will turn to the service of the State the scholarship, the education, the qualities which society has helped develop in you; that you will render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or the international level a contribution to the maintenance of freedom and peace and the security of our country and those associated with it in a most critical time.”

And

“But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: “Stay, thou art so fair.” And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future.”

And

“Let us examine our attitude toward peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable—that mankind is doomed—that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are manmade—therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable—and we believe they can do it again.”

And

“The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war. We do not want a war. We do not now expect a war. This generation of Americans has already had enough—more than enough—of war and hate and oppression. We shall be prepared if others wish it. We shall be alert to try to stop it. But we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the weak are safe and the strong are just. We are not helpless before that task or hopeless of its success. Confident and unafraid, we labor on—not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace.”

And

“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

And

“This is not a sectional issue. Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city, in every State of the Union, producing in many cities a rising tide of discontent that threatens the public safety. Nor is this a partisan issue. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right. We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.”

And

“For time and the world do not stand still.  Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

And

“Do not pray for easy lives.  Pray to be stronger men.”

And

“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.”

And

“Things do not happen.  Things are made to happen.”

And

“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

And

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

And

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

And

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”

And

“A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today’s military rejects include tomorrow’s hard-core unemployed.”

And

“All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner!””

And

“Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.”

And

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

And

“History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

And

“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it.”

And

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

And

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

And

“Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.”

And

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”

And

“The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.”

And

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”

And

“The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital… the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.”

And

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

And

“There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.”

And

“Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

And

“Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.”

And

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

And

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”

And

“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”

And

“I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world.”

And

“The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be free.”

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“All students, members of the faculty, and public officials in both Mississippi and the Nation will be able, it is hoped, to return to their normal activities with full confidence in the integrity of American law. This is as it should be, for our Nation is founded on the principle that observance of the law is the eternal safeguard of liberty and defiance of the law is the surest road to tyranny. The law which we obey includes the final rulings of the courts, as well as the enactments of our legislative bodies. Even among law-abiding men few laws are universally loved, but they are uniformly respected and not resisted. Americans are free, in short, to disagree with the law but not to disobey it. For in a government of laws and not of men, no man, however prominent or powerful, and no mob however unruly or boisterous, is entitled to defy a court of law. If this country should ever reach the point where any man or group of men by force or threat of force could long defy the commands of our court and our Constitution, then no law would stand free from doubt, no judge would be sure of his writ, and no citizen would be safe from his neighbors.”

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“‘Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

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“And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worth while, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: “I served in the United States Navy.”

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“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

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“The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. Only the strong, only the industrious, only the determined, only the courageous, only the visionary who determine the real nature of our struggle can possibly survive.”

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“No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary. I am not asking your newspapers to support the Administration, but I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.
I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers–I welcome it. This Administration intends to be candid about its errors; for as a wise man once said: “An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors; and we expect you to point them out when we miss them.”

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“Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed–and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment– the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution- -not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.

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This means greater coverage and analysis of international news–for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security–and we intend to do it.”

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“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations—explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon—if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.”

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“And if there is one path above all others to war, it is the path of weakness and disunity.”

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“For a city or a people to be truly free they must have the secure right, without economic, political or police pressure, to make their own choice and to live their own lives.”

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“I pledge you that we will neither commit nor provoke aggression, that we shall neither flee nor invoke the threat of force, that we shall never negotiate out of fear, we shall never fear to negotiate.”

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“Terror is not a new weapon. Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or example. But inevitably they fail, either because men are not afraid to die for a life worth living, or because the terrorists themselves came to realize that free men cannot be frightened by threats, and that aggression would meet its own response. And it is in the light of that history that every nation today should know, be he friend or foe, that the United States has both the will and the weapons to join free men in standing up to their responsibilities.”

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“In short, we are neither “warmongers” nor “appeasers,” neither “hard” nor “soft.” We are Americans, determined to defend the frontiers of freedom, by an honorable peace if peace is possible, but by arms if arms are used against us. And if we are to move forward in that spirit, we shall need all the calm and thoughtful citizens that this great University can produce, all the light they can shed, all the wisdom they can bring to bear. It is customary, both here and around the world, to regard life in the United States as easy. Our advantages are many. But more than any other people on earth, we bear burdens and accept risks unprecedented in their size and their duration, not for ourselves alone but for all who wish to be free.”

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“As apt and applicable as the Declaration of Independence is today, we would do well to honor that other historic document drafted in this hall–the Constitution of the United States. For it stressed not independence but interdependence–not the individual liberty of one but the indivisible liberty of all.”

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“No man can fully grasp how far and how fast we have come, but condense, if you will, the 50 thousand years of man’s recorded history in a time span of but a half-century. Stated in these terms, we know very little about the first 40 years, except at the end of them advanced man had learned to use the skins of animals to cover them. Then about 10 years ago, under this standard, man emerged from his caves to construct other kinds of shelter. Only five years ago man learned to write and use a cart with wheels. Christianity began less than two years ago. The printing press came this year, and then less than two months ago, during this whole 50-year span of human history, the steam engine provided a new source of power. Newton explored the meaning of gravity. Last month electric lights and telephones and automobiles and airplanes became available. Only last week did we develop penicillin and television and nuclear power, and now if America’s new spacecraft succeeds in reaching Venus, we will have literally reached the stars before midnight tonight.”

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“Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolution, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it—we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.”

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“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”

And

“The 1930’s taught us a clear lesson: aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged ultimately leads to war.”

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“The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are; but it is one of the most consistent with our character and our courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high — but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and this is the path of surrender or submission. Our goal is not victory of might but the vindication of right — not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved. Thank you, and good night.”

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“In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours—and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest. So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

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“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

Wikipedia:  John F. Kennedy

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Henry Ford

 

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

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“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.”

And

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

And

“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.”

And

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

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“I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.”

And

“I do not believe a man can ever leave his business. He ought to think of it by day and dream of it by night.”

And

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

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“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”

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“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”

And

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”

And

“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.”

And

“There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.”

And

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.”

And

“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them.”

And

“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”

And

“You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.”

And

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

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“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”

And

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”

And

“I don’t know whether Napoleon did or did not try to get across there and I don’t care. I don’t know much about history, and I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.”

And

“An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.”

And

“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God’s great open spaces.”

And

“The average man won’t really do a day’s work unless he is caught and cannot get out of it. There is plenty of work to do if people would do it.”

And

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

And

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

And

“It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.”

And

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.”

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“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”

Wikipedia Page:  Henry Ford

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Abraham Lincoln

 

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

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“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”

And

“Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose – and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”

And

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

And

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

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“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”

And

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

And

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

And

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”

And

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

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“Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”

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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

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“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”

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“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”

And

“I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”

And

“I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”

And

“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

And

“I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.”

And

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

And

“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.”

And

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

And

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

And

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

And

“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”

And

“The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain and it was placed in the Declaration not for that, but for future use.”

And

“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”

And

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

And

“You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”

And

“Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.”

And

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”

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“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall our selves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.” Second State of the Union Address, December 1, 1862

And

“At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? — Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! — All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” Lycecum Address, 1838

And

“Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man’s nature — opposition to it, in his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. Repeal the Missouri Compromise — repeal all compromises — repeal the Declaration of Independence — repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man’s heart, that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.”

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“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

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Lincoln’s War, The Untold Story of American’s Greatest President as Commander in Chief by Geoffrey Perret

Here is a great excerpt from that book that happened just after the First Battle of Bull Run, August 1861:

“Dozens of regiments had set up impromptu around Fort Corcoran, on Arlington Heights. Every day these canvas congeries trembled like leaves in the wind as fresh rumors of an impending Confederate attack. And every day Lincoln heard fresh stories of demoralized troops, mutinous regiments, poor discipline. Some regiments were entitled to – and clamoring for – an immediate discharge, their ninety-day service complete. The War Department’s officers seemed to busy for the burdensome task of mustering them out. Unchecked, however, mutinous sentiments could spread through camps like a virulent disease.

Lincoln decided to see for himself, and Seward went with him. A few days after Bull Run, they rode across the Potomac in an open carriage on an impromptu visit to the troops. What greeted them was redoubts spreading across the landscape, tents sprouting like mushrooms in nearly every direction, dusty roads, a cross-hatching of cart tracks, men milling or lolling about, few signs of order or purpose. Yet the District, on edge for its safety, has more than enough men to defend it – if the men chose.

As the carriage rattled along towards Fort Corcoran, a red-bearded colonel strode up: William Tecumseh Sherman. He had commanded a brigade at Bull Run, superbly. Sherman asked if the President had come to see the troops. “Yes,” said Lincoln. “We heard that you had got over the big scare and we thought we would come over and see the boys.”

Sherman got into the carriage, giving the driver directions to a camp at the top of a small hill. Sitting next to Lincoln, he asked if the President intended to speak to the men. “I would like to,” said Lincoln.

Sherman said he no objection to that, but he did not want cheering, “No hurrahing, no humbug. We had enough of it before Bull Run to spoil any set of them.” None worse than the 69 th New York, filled with Irishmen angry at not being discharged. Sherman had rebuked one of the officers of lax discipline.

Standing in the carriage, Lincoln gave an impromptu talk to Sherman’s troops: bravery, sacrifice, gratitude, a glorious future. The men began to cheer, but he held up his hand. “Don’t cheer boys, I confess I rather like it myself, but Colonel Sherman says it is not military, and I guess we had better defer to his opinion.”

Closing his impromptu peroration, Lincoln said that as Commander in Chief, he was determined that every man should be treated exactly as the law required: his indirect promise that those entitled to a discharge would soon have one. As the carriage moved on, a young officer ran after it, calling out piteously, “Mr. Lincoln! Mr. Lincoln!”

Lincoln ordered the driver to stop. Here was the officer of the 69 th New York whom Sherman had criticized, panting hard. “Mr. President, I have a cause of grievance. This morning I went to speak to Colonel Sherman, and he threatened to shoot me.”

“I told him Mr. President, that if he refused to obey my order, I would shoot him on the spot,” said Sherman. “And I here repeat it, sir, that if I remain in command here, and he or any other man refuses to obey my orders, I’ll shoot him on the spot.”

Lincoln bent forward. “My lad, if I were you, and he threatened to shoot, I would not trust him, for I believe he would do it!” The troops, until then sympathetic to the officer, howled with laughter.

Both Seward and Lincoln were impressed by the comparative tidiness of the camps of Sherman’s regiments. “This is the first bright moment I’ve experienced since the battle,” Lincoln told Sherman before riding off. From his own military experience, he knew that neatness and cleanliness is an army spelled discipline; neglect was a signal of trouble to come.”

End of excerpt from Lincoln’s War

Wikipedia: Abraham Lincoln

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