Monthly Archive: November 2017

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 6, 2017 – Johnny Unitas

 

“There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.”

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“I always thought I could play pro ball. I had confidence in my ability, You have to. If you don’t who will?”

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“My father was totally dedicated to this game and made sure everybody on the team was just as dedicated, because it is the ultimate team sport.”

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“Anything I do, I always have a reason for.”

Wikipedia:  Johnny Unitas

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 5, 2017  – Tom Clancy

 

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“America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.”

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“Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle.”

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“I was one of the first generations to watch television. TV exposes people to news, to information, to knowledge, to entertainment. How is it bad?”

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“I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real, that’s the spooky part.”

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“In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything.”

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“It’s not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain. But lessons were learned. And they were the right lessons.”

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“Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.”

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“Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.”

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“No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there’s something bad about it.”

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“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.”

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“People live longer today than they ever have. They live happier lives, have more knowledge, more information. All this is the result of communications technology. How is any of that bad?”

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“Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn’t beat us.”

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“Show me an elitist, and I’ll show you a loser.”

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“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”

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“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

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“The good old days are now.”

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“The human condition today is better than it’s ever been, and technology is one of the reasons for that.”

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“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.”

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“There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.”

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“There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it’s not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.”

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“There was a time when nails were high-tech. There was a time when people had to be told how to use a telephone. Technology is just a tool. People use tools to improve their lives.”

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“Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there’s somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, Oh, you can’t do that.”

Wikipedia:  Tom Clancy

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 4, 2017 – George Washington Carver

 

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

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“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”

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“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

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“No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving something behind.”

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“Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.”

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“There is no short cut to achievement. Life requires thorough preparation – veneer isn’t worth anything.”

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“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.”

Wikipedia: George Washington Carver

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16 CFB Head Coaches Facing MUST WIN Games in Week 10 Whose Coaches + Teams Need To Take It To the Limit!

 

16 CFB Head Coaches Facing MUST WIN Games in Week 10 Whose Coaches + Teams Need To Take It To the Limit!

Thanks Randy!

Jim Mora, UCLA vs. Utah – It’s bad enough that Jim Mora is 9 – 15 in his last 24 games coaching the UCLA Bruins but now Jim is fighting ESPN commentator and former Washington Husky QB Brock Huard who made some accurate comments about Pretty Boy Bruin QB Josh Rosen and here comes a game at Utah…which is having a Helluva lot of problems itself….for the 4 – 4 Bruins who may not get to a .500+ season and a bowl game for the second straight year.

How many games will UCLA win out of its last 4 games?

At Utah
Arizona State
At USC
California

Our guess 2 games which means the Bruins might just get their coveted 6 wins in 2017 and when you get 6 wins at UCLA which is…

Average As Hell

…at most places BUT you are Golden in Westwood because after this is…

UCLA we are talking about here = Average As Hell and Proud of It!

Gus Malzahn, Auburn vs. Texas A&M – This is very simple for Gus Malzahn on Saturday against Texas A&M:

Gus Malzahn and his Auburn Tigers cannot lose this game because with these games left to be played…

At Texas A&M
Georgia
La. Monroe
Alabama

….a loss in this spot with the Dawgs and Bama still on the docket and that looks a Helluva lot like…

7 – 5

….to us for Auburn in 2017 and we have been told by someone on The Plains we trust that…

“Anything less than 9 wins and Gus Malzahn is DONE at Auburn and one of those 9 wins better Damn be over Georgia or Alabama!”

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. Auburn – Not only can Gus Malzahn not afford to lose the games to the Aggies on the Saturday Kevin Sumlin and his A&M team just flat-out…

CANNOT Lose to Auburn!

We have had the feeling for awhile now the that money folks in and around Texas A&M Athletics have had their eye on one particular coach to replace Kevin Sumlin if Sumlin didn’t…

“Meet Expectations”

…in 2017 and from where we sit “Meet Expectations” is…

9+ Wins

…and the Aggies now at 5 – 3 on the year still have 4 games against…

Auburn
New Mexico
At Ole Miss
At LSU

…and since A&M would have to win out the rest of their games to get to 9 wins it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to understand that a loss to Auburn on Saturday and the Kevin Sumlin era in College Station will end shortly after the Aggies play LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday, November 25.

Don’t Lose to Auburn Son!

Barry Odom, Missouri vs. Florida – Mizzou head coach Barry Odom has had some luck go his way the last couple of weeks with that luck primarily being that the Tigers got to play doormats…

Idaho and UConn

…in the middle of the 2017 college football season which raised Mizzou’s record to…

3 – 5

…on the year and Odom got some more luck this past week when now former Florida head coach Jim McElwain went running like a Damn Coward from the Gators head coaching job…in our opinion Jimmy…which leaves Florida with Randy Shannon as the interim-head coach which may end up being bad luck for Odom and the Tigers since Shannon might actually have the Florida football team ready to play on Saturday!

With these games left on the schedule for Mizzou…

Florida
Tennessee
At Vanderbilt
At Arkansas

…we have been told by a bird that if Odom win less than 2 of the remaining 4 games there’s a better than 50 – 50 chance his ass gets run out of Columbia in late November.

No…don’t lose to the Florida Gators on Saturday Barry Odom…Son!

Lovie Smith, Illinois vs. Purdue – With the Illini’s loss to Wisconsin last week that drops Lovie Smith’s record at Illinois now to…

Overall:  5 – 15

Big Ten:  2 – 12

…and the Illini are 2 – 6 on the 2017 with these games left to be played:

At Purdue
Indiana
Ohio State
Northwestern

Hell….if Illinois doesn’t beat Purdue on Saturday the Illini will not win another game in 2017 and finish at 2 – 10 and the Lovie Smith era at Illinois will then be nothing short of a…

Complete and Total Disaster!

Don’t lose to Purdue Lovie!

Derek Mason, Vanderbilt vs. Western Kentucky – It seems like it was only yesterday that Vanderbilt was 3 – 0 and playing Alabama in Nashville on CBS Sports but after the Tide whipped the Commodores by the score of…

59 – 0

….Vandy has now lost 5 straight football games to be 3 – 5 on the year with a CRITICAL game on Saturday against Western Kentucky that Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason can just flat-out..

CANNOT LOSE!

With…

Kentucky
Missouri
At Tennessee

…to finish the year for Vandy after Western Kentucky as loss in this spot and there’s little chance that the Commodores will be returning to a bowl game this season and for Damn sure if that doesn’t happen Derek Mason’s ass…

Will Be on a Roaring Hot Seat!

David Beaty, Kansas vs. Baylor – Just look at these Win/Loss numbers for Kansas head coach David Beaty in 3 seasons at Kansas:

Overall:  3 – 29

Big 12: 1 – 22

Kansas Football is now 1 – 7 on the 2017 season and have left to play in 2017…

Baylor
At Texas
Oklahoma
At Oklahoma State

…and if the Jayhawks lose to a winless Baylor team on Saturday at home they will finish this year at….

1 – 11

….and No One In Kansas or Across College Football Will Give A Damn!

What a Damn Shame….but then when you hire coaches that are clearly NOT qualified to be the head coach of a school in the Big 12 what else would one expect to happen?

What a Crying and Disgraceful Damn Shame Kansas Football is today!

Matt Rhule, Baylor vs. Kansas – Maybe the Baptists that run Baylor University will let the football program run wild for years will allow the current head coach Matt Rhule to win very few games and also get his ass kissed…like they kissed Art Briles Precious Ass for years….but we here at Coaches Hot Seat will sure the Hell not do that since we were raised by Americans and when your ass is…

0 – 8

…on the season your ass is on the Hot Seat!

Baylor is now 0 – 8 in the first year under Matt Rhule and the Bears got their asses whipped last week by Texas by the score of 38 – 7 and we are getting a whiff of…

A Team Totally Quitting

…and if Baylor loses to a Totally Damn Hapless Kansas team on Saturday it will be confirmed…

The Bears Have QUIT on their head coach Matt Rhule!

Let’s all see if the Bears Totally QUIT on Saturday as we expect them to do and lose to Kansas!

Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech vs. Kansas State – We never thought Kliff Kingsbury would win big as the head coach at Texas Tech but we did think he would have .500+ records by his SIXTH year on the job but right now Kingsbury is sitting on Win/Loss records of…

Overall:  28 – 30

Big 12:  14 – 28

….which we would label as…

Below Damn Average

….and we don’t know many head coaches at Power 5 Conference Schools that can survive for long being…

Below Damn Average!

Texas Tech at 4 – 4 on the season has left to play in 2017….

Kansas State
Baylor
TCU
At Texas

…and anything less than 2 more wins in the last 4 games and the Kingsbury era at Texas Tech will come to an end before December 1 arrives on the calendar and even if Kingsbury goes 6 – 6 in 2017 that will still be…

Below Damn Average

…for Texas Tech Football!

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State vs. Syracuse – A few years ago someone that has known Jimbo Fisher for a couple of decades now told us about Jimbo….

“Forget LSU…if Jimbo Fisher ever leaves Florida State it will be for Auburn.”

The above makes sense considering Jimbo coached at Auburn under Terry Bowden but would Auburn want Jimbo Fisher now who has a football team in a Total and Complete Meltdown in 2017 with a 2 – 5 record with still a few tough games left on the board against…

Syracuse
At Clemson
Delaware State
At Florida

Hell…if FSU loses to Syracuse on Saturday they will more than likely end up with only 3 wins on the board in 2017 and this is a team that coming into this season had won under Fisher…

61 of their last 70 games!

What’s gone wrong for FSU in 2017 besides losing their starting QB against Alabama in the opening game of the season?

Try some Very Average Football after the Alabama game thru the Duke game and then some Disgraceful Football the last two weeks against Louisville and Boston College which could turn into a…

FSU Team Totally Quitting on the year if they lose to Syracuse on Saturday!

Don’t let your 2017 Florida State football team QUIT Jimbo…not if you are planning on winning a Damn thing in 2018 Son!

Mark Stoops, Kentucky vs. Ole Miss – Mark Stoops has been cruising along winning a lot of close games at Kentucky in 2017 and the Cats are 6 – 2 on the year but they still have games against…

Ole Miss
At Vanderbilt
At Georgia
Louisville

…and a loss to Ole Miss on Saturday with 3 more losable games still left on the schedule and Stoops might just wake-up on Monday morning with his ass back on the Hot Seat so Mark Stoops…

Don’t Lose to Ole Miss Son!

Luke Fickell, Cincinnati vs. Tulane – Cincinnati is paying head coach Luke Fickell a Helluva lot of money….

$1.9 Million Dollars A Year

…with a current buyout of…

$9.1 Million Dollars

…which is AMAZING when one considers that Fickell did very little as interim head coach at Ohio State in 2011 and now Fickell is 2 – 6 in his first season with the Bearcats and they still have to play in 2017….

At Tulane
Temple
At East Carolina
UConn

….and if Cincinnati did lose in New Orleans to Tulane on Saturday Fickell is going to find his ass on a…

Roaring Hot Seat

…of EPIC proportions come Monday morning!

Don’t lose to Tulane Son!

Bret Bielema, Arkansas vs. Coastal Carolina – We cannot imagine Arkansas losing to a Below Average Coastal Carolina football team that is without its head coach Joe Moglia in 2017 so all we have to say about this is…

Don’t Lose To Coastal Carolina Bielema

…especially with these games left to end the season after CC for the 3 – 5 Hogs:

At LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri

Will Arkansas even get to 6 wins in his FIFTH year on the job when Any Random Stumble Bum could easily win 6+ games in his FIFTH year coaching the Hogs?

Who knows and there’s the problem with Arkansas Football today and it’s our opinion that there are people working for the University of Arkansas right now that…

Burn Down the Entire State of Arkansas just to avoid having to admit they are WRONG!

Yes…there are Pompous Arrogant Asses and then there are folks like Arkansas AD Jeff Long who in our opinion believes that he spun up the Universe and everyone should get down on their knees and kiss his…

NEVER worked a day in his life in the Real World Precious Ass!

Most…no make that EVERY…company in America if you have hired…

Bobby Petrino – Damn Disaster
John L. Smith – Damn Disaster
Bret Bielema – Damn Disaster

…you are ass would have been fired long ago but then Jeff Long works for the University of Arkansas where…

We Are A Total Damn Disaster and Proud Of It!

Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. Southern Miss – The Tennessee Vols are…

3 – 5 Overall

0 – 5 in SEC

…in 2017 and we are not quite sure why Butch Jones is still employed in Knoxville considering his records now stand at…

Overall:  33 – 26

SEC:  14 – 23

….which is certainly You Ass Should Be Fired Worth at a place like Tennessee and we are guessing that Jones and Vols AD John Currie are just playing out some kind of crazy string that no one with a working brain can possibly understand over these last four games…

Southern Miss
At Missouri
LSU
Vanderbilt

Memo to Tennessee AD John Currie:  Don’t mess up this head coaching hire Son or your athletic director career will be over before you turn 50 Son!

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan vs. Minnesota – Jim Harbaugh is now coaching in a Knife’s Edge at Michigan where one bad loss could send Jimmy and Blue spiraling out-of-control and a loss to a Very Average Minnesota team at home is the kind of bad loss that could blow the whole Damn thing up in Ann Arbor!

Now at 6 – 2 on the year and still having to play these games…

Minnesota
At Maryland
At Wisconsin
Ohio State

…that looks like a record of 8 – 4 for Jim in his THIRD year on the job which is…

Average As Hell

….at Michigan Jimmy!

Don’t lose to Minnesota Son!

Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Colorado – Since the end of the 2014 season Todd Graham is now sitting on a combined record over the past THREE seasons of…

15 – 18

…and the now 4 – 4 Sun Devils better Damn find at least 3 more wins for their head coach or Todd Graham is going to be out of a job come December.

With these games left to be played…

Colorado
At UCLA
At Oregon State
Arizona

….and having to win 3 of their last 4 games do you think beating Colorado is a MUST?

You bet your ass it is!

Kalani Sitake, BYU vs. Fresno State – BYU got their MUST WIN over Hapless San Jose State last week and now the 2 – 7 Cougars have games left against…

At Fresno State
At UNLV
UMass
At Hawaii

….and if head coach Kalani Sitake has any plans on getting to a .500+ record in 2018 or even being the head coach at BYU in 2018 he better Damn have his team playing hard down the stretch in their last 4 games against teams that even an AVERAGE BYU Football team would have a decent chance of sweeping….the 2017 BYU team…might Damn lose all 4 games left on the docket!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, November 3, 2017 – Epictetus

 

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“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, “He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.”

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“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. ”

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“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

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“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”

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“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

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“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.”

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“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”

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“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems”

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“Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.”

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“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

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“Any person capable of angering you becomes your master; he can anger you only when you permit yourself to be disturbed by him.”

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“He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at.”

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“All religions must be tolerated… for every man must get to heaven in his own way.”

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“People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.”

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“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.”

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“Only the educated are free.”

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“To accuse others for one’s own misfortune is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one’s education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one’s education is complete.”

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“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. ”

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“Circumstances don’t make the man, they only reveal him to himself.”

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“Attach yourself to what is spiritually superior, regardless of what other people think or do. Hold to your true aspirations no matter what is going on around you.”

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“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

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“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. ”

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“You are a little soul carrying around a corpse”

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“Seek not the good in external things; seek it in yourselves.”

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“Caretake this moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now.”

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“If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it.”

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“Do not try to seem wise to others. ”

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“Don’t seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen, and all will be well with you.”

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“No man is free who is not master of himself.”

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“If you would be a reader, read; if a writer, write.”

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“Difficulty shows what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. Why? So that you may become an Olympic conqueror; but it is not accomplished without sweat.”

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“Nature hath given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.”

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“In a word, neither death, nor exile, nor pain, nor anything of this kind is the real cause of our doing or not doing any action, but our inward opinions and principles.”

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“Reason is not measured by size or height, but by principle.”

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“Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.”

Wikipedia:  Epictetus

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Ulysses S. Grant

 

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“Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”

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“I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.”

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“If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.”

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“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”

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“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

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“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

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“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

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“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

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“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”

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“The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.”

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“…but for a soldier his duty is plain. He is to obey the orders of all those placed over him and whip the enemy wherever he meets him.”

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“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.”

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“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”

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“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.”

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“I never held a council of war in my life. I heard what men had to say – the stream of talk at headquarters – but I made up my own mind, and from my written orders my staff got their first knowledge of what was to be done. No living man knew of plans”

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“I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.”

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“The one thing I never want to see again is a military parade. When I resigned from the army and went to a farm I was happy. When the rebellion came, I returned to the service because it was a duty. I had no thought of rank; all I did was try and make”

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“No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”
To General S.B. Buckner, Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862

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“God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.”
A toast made by Grant before his operations in the Vicksburg Campaign, February 22, 1863

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“I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.”
Dispatch to Washington, during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. May 11, 1864

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“I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate. One copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.”
Terms of surrender, given to General Robert E. Lee after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, April 9, 1865

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“Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences, instead of keeping large standing armies as they do in Europe.”

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“The will of the people is the best law.”

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“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.”

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I had known General Lee in the old army, and had served with him in the Mexican War; but did not suppose, owing to the difference in our age and rank, that he would remember me, while I would more naturally remember him distinctly, because he was the chief of staff of General Scott in the Mexican War.

When I had left camp that morning I had not expected so soon the result that was then taking place, and consequently was in rough garb. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier’s blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. When I went into the house I found General Lee. We greeted each other, and after shaking hands took our seats. I had my staff with me, a good portion of whom were in the room during the whole of the interview.

What General Lee’s feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too manly to show it. Whatever his feelings, they were entirely concealed from my observation; but my own feelings, which had been quite jubilant on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us.

Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting. After the conversation had run on in this style for some time, General Lee called my attention to the object of our meeting, and said that he had asked for this interview for the purpose of getting from me the terms I proposed to give his army. I said that I meant merely that his army should lay down their arms, not to take them up again during the continuance of the war unless duly and properly exchanged. He said that he had so understood my letter. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, 1885

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“The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United Status will have to be attributed to slavery. For some years before the war began it was a trite saying among some politicians that “A state half slave and half free cannot exist.” All must become slave or all free, or the state will go down. I took no part myself in any such view of the case at the time, but since the war is over, reviewing the whole question, I have come to the conclusion that the saying is quite true.”

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We must go back to the campaigns of Napoleon to find equally brillant results accomplished in the same space of time with such a small loss.
Francis Vinton Greene in The Mississippi (1882) on Grant’s role in the Vicksburg campaign

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If Grant only does this thing right down there — I don’t care how, so long as he does it right — why, Grant is my man and I am his the rest of the war!
Abraham Lincoln on Grant’s Vicksburg campaign, July 5, 1863

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I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
Statement attributed to Abraham Lincoln in response to complaints about Grant’s drinking habits, November 1863

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“He (Grant) habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall, and was about to do it.”
Col. Theodore Lyman. in Meade’s headquarters, 1863-1865

Wikipedia Page:  Ulysses S. Grant

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