Yearly Archive: 2018

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, November 16, 2018 – Chester William Nimitz

“I do believe we are going to have a major war, with Japan and Germany, and that the war is going to start by a very serious surprise attack and defeat of U.S. armed forces, and that there is going to be a major revulsion on the part of the political power in Washington against all those in command at sea, and they are going to be thrown out, though it won’t be their fault necessarily. And I wish to be in a position of sufficient prominence so that I will then be considered as one to be sent to sea, because that appears to be the route.” 

And

“A ship is always referred to as “she” because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder.”

And

“Through the skill and devotion to duty of their armed forces of all branches in the Midway area our citizens can now rejoice that a momentous victory is in the making.”
After the Battle of Midway, CINCPAC Communiqué No. 3, June 6, 1942

And

“Is the proposed operation likely to succeed?
What might be the consequences of failure?
Is it in the realm of practicability in terms of material and supplies?”
“Three favorite rules of thumb” Nimitz had printed on a card he kept on his desk

And

“They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side…To them, we have a solemn obligation — the obligation to ensure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live.” Of those who died in the war in the Pacific, after ceremonies in Tokyo Bay accepting the official surrender of Japan, September 2, 1945

And

“The U.S.’s major strength factor and weapon is its economy. If you cripple it, you cripple the military.” 

And

“That is not to say that we can relax our readiness to defend ourselves. Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves.” 

And

“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.”

And

“Sir Walter Raleigh declared in the early 17th century that “whoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.” This principle is as true today as when uttered, and its effect will continue as long as ships traverse the seas.” Employment of Naval Forces, 1948

And

“The final objective in war is the destruction of the enemy’s capacity and will to fight, and thereby force him to accept the imposition of the victor’s will.”

And

“The qualities of the Nimitz character were apparent in his face, in his career, and in his heritage; combined these factors made him precisely the man he was and placed him in this particular situation at this moment in history. … He was not a cold man, or a bad tempered man — quite the contrary — to the world he presented a figure of almost total complacency; he seldom lost his temper or raised his voice. … It could be said that King was a driver who knew how to lead; it could also be said that Nimitz was a leader who conquered any personal urge to drive, and achieved his ends more by persuasion and inspiration to men under his command.” Edwin Palmer Hoyt in How They Won the War in the Pacific : Nimitz and His Admirals (2000), p. 28 – 29

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“On April 13, 1943, Allied radio intelligence intercepted a message carrying the travel itinerary of Admiral Yamamoto. The detail in the message listed flight and ground schedules and included what type of fighter escort would be provided. Major Red Lasswell of FRUPAC broke the coded message. The decision of what to do with the information was left to Admiral Nimitz. Nimitz consulted Layton as to what the ramifications would be if Yamamoto were removed. They considered that he might be replaced with a better commander, and Nimitz felt familiar with Yamamoto as his opponent. Layton felt nobody could adequately replace Yamamoto, and based on this opinion Nimitz gave Admiral Halsey the authority to carry out the intercept of Yamamoto’s aircraft. On 18 April, a flight of P-38 fighters with specially selected pilots and equipped with long-range fuel tanks shot down Yamamoto’s aircraft, killing one of Japan’s top naval leaders.” Ricky J. Nussio, in Sherman and Nimitz: Executing Modern Information Operations (2001)

And

“He surrounded himself with the ablest men he could find and sought their advice, but he made his own decisions. He was a keen strategist who never forgot that he was dealing with human beings, on both sides of the conflict. He was aggressive in war without hate, audacious while never failing to weigh the risks.” E. B. Potter, Naval historian at the US Naval Academy, quoted on the cover jacket of his book Nimitz (1976)

And

“Of the Marines on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

And

“He brought to his new job a number of advantages, including experience, a detailed knowledge of his brother officers, and a sense of inner balance and calm that steadied those around him. He had the ability to pick able subordinates and the courage to let them do their jobs without interference. He molded such disparate personalities as the quiet, introspective Raymond A. Spruance and the ebullient, aggressive William F. Halsey, Jr. into an effective team.” Robert William Love, on the rise of Nimitz to CINCPAC in The Chiefs of Naval Operations

Wikipedia: Chester William Nimitz

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Bill Gates

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

And

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

And

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

And

“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”

And

“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.”

And

“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.”

And

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

And

“If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.”

And

“At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right.”

And

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”

And

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

And

“Life is not fair; get used to it.”

And

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”

And

“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?”

And

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

And

“Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.”

And

“In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.”

And

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”

And

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

And

“Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.”

And

“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.”

And

“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines… There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.”

And

“This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.”

And

“Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.”

And

“I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. And I’m still fanatical, but now I’m a little less fanatical.”

And

“In American math classes, we teach a lot of concepts poorly over many years. In the Asian systems they teach you very few concepts very well over a few years.”

And

“Capitalism has worked very well. Anyone who wants to move to North Korea is welcome.”

And

“To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination — and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.”

Wikipedia:  Bill Gates

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – Warren Buffett

 

“Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.”

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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

And

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you.  Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.”

And

“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.”

And

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

And

“Risk is a part of God’s game, alike for men and nations.”

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“You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.”

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“The first rule is not to lose.  The second rule is not to forget the first rule.”

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“It’s never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but its not always a smooth ride.”

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“A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”

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“Our favorite holding period is forever.”

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“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

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“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”

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“Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.”

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“We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.”

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“You do things when the opportunities come along. I’ve had periods in my life when I’ve had a bundle of ideas come along, and I’ve had long dry spells. If I get an idea next week, I’ll do something. If not, I won’t do a damn thing.”

Wikipedia:  Warren Buffett

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Coaches Hot Seat NFL Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 13, 2018 – Ted Turner

“All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.”

And

“I didn’t get here for my acting… but I love show business.”

And

“I see what keeps people young: work!”

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“I’ve never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn’t prepared and didn’t have the whole program worked out.”

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“My son is now an ‘entrepreneur.’ That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.”

And

“There’s nothing wrong with being fired.”

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“You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

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“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.”

And

“Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”

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“Sports is like a war without the killing.”

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“I didn’t care what, how much adversity life threw at me. I intended to get to the top.”

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“I mean, there’s no point in sittin’ around and cryin’ about spilt milk. Gotta move on.”

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“I know what I’m having ’em put on my tombstone: ‘I have nothing more to say’.”

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“Life is like a B-movie. You don’t want to leave in the middle of it but you don’t want to see it again.”

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“The mind is just another muscle.”

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“I’m a human being, just like everybody else. I’m up some days and down others. Some days, I just refuse comment. If I’m feeling a little down, I won’t say anything. But if I’m really up, I’ll let it all hang out. I do have a slight propensity to put my foot in my mouth.”

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“I’m a millionaire, I guess, but I’m just a normal person and I like everybody, taxi drivers, whoever you are, to call me by my first name and talk to me on a man-to-man basis. I think the garbage collector is as important as the goddamned president.”

And

‘I’ve got a virtually limitless supply of bullshit.”

Wikipedia:  Ted Turner

www.tedturner.com

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Bobby Petrino Fired At Louisville – Post Week 11 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – Thank You Johnny Cash! – Happy Veterans Day!

Bobby Petrino Fired At Louisville

There is so much that we could write about Bobby Petrino being fired at Louisville which in our opinion was nothing short of…

Bobby’s Second Reign of Terror at Louisville

…which should have never happened since a coach like Petrino that had his agent shopping his wares to every school with a job opening while he was at Louisville the first time, plus his walking out on the Atlanta Falcons during the season, and Petrino having an affair with someone that worked directly for him at Arkansas and riding around on a motorcycle with the girl that was not his wife showed Petrino has…

No Damn Judgment or Even Any Damn Decency At All

….and thus why there really was No Damn Reason for former Louisville AD Tom Jurich to hire Petrino beyond Bobby could win some football games.

Sorry….that’s just not enough and Good Won and Evil Lost on this Sunday with Bobby Petrino now gone from Louisville and let’s hope Louisville finds as solid coach to lead their football team as they have coaching their basketball team in Chris Mack.

We do hope that for Louisville and any ADs out there thinking about hiring marginal people with shady characters like Bobby Petrino….Just Don’t Do It!

That’s not that hard now….is it?

Post Week 11 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

On this day we observe Veterans Day on the day after Veterans Day let’s bring out a Great American who loved our Vets…the Great Johnny Cash to give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!

Thank You Johnny!

Post Week 11 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

1.  Clay Helton, USC – Unlike Bobby Petrino the Head Football Coach at USC Clay Helton is truly a Terrific Human Being and we never take joy in being tough on folks like Clay but from the start we have been doubtful that Helton was ready for a job like USC….which was the same in our opinion with…

Lane Kiffin
AND
Steve Sarkisian

….and now in the aftermath of Pete Carroll leaving USC for the Seahawks after the 2009 season that makes for 3 straight head coaches that USC has hired that was in our opinion….

Hiring Below The Level of the USC Job

…which USC has done a lot of since John Robinson’s first-stint at USC and even a school like Alabama has done a lot of that in hiring…

Ray Perkins
Bill Curry
Mike DuBose
Dennis Franchione
Mike Price
Mike Shula

…in the Post-Bear Bryant era with only Gene Stallings truly up for all that entails being the head coach at Alabama which certainly Nick Saban has proved he can handily easily. We have a former Alabama player that played for Bryant at Alabama who is a member of Coaches Hot Seat and his opinion there about 5 coaches in college football at any given point in time that can handle the Alabama job and the same is true for USC….Hell there might not even be 5 coaches in FBS football today who can handle the USC job!

So in 3 1/2 years on the job at USC Clay Helton has put up records of…

Overall:  32 – 15

Pac-12:  24 – 9

…with one Pac-12 Title which is decent football if you are most anywhere but USC which is not one of those places where 32 – 15 is decent football…it’s Average Football…and the question for the folks at USC thinking about this situation is very simple:

What direction is the USC Football program going and will it better in Year 4 under Clay Helton than it has been in Year 3?

If you cannot answer that question with a strong YES then the folks at USC need to make a coaching change and if they do make a coaching change they need to hire someone…

That is BIG enough for the job in Coaching Ability, Personality, Presence, Recruiting Strength….Freaking Everything!

There are less than 5 coaches in College and Pro Football that can handle the USC job and win in the USC job and when we say WIN that means be in the race for the Pac-12 Title every Damn season!

When you consider someone for a job like USC when you think of the person on the sidelines coaching the Trojans you should say “YES!” as you imagine that in your mind’s eye.

If you make a change….Go Hire That Coach USC!

2.  Chris Ash, Rutgers – With the Rutgers loss to Michigan on Saturday head coach Chris Ash’s records at the school now stand at…

Overall:  7 – 27

Big Ten:  3 – 22

…..and Rutgers still has to play…

Penn State
At Michigan State

…in 2018!

Got 1 – 11 in Chris Ash’s third year at the school and in our opinion when we watch Rutgers play a…

Not Very Well Coached Football Team?

Yep…in our opinion and there’s little doubt the Rutgers football program is WORSE today than it was when Chris Ash took it over 3 years ago. 3 years is a Helluva Long Time and a football team or ANY sports team should look better after 3 years if the coach knows what the Hell he is doing and either the folks at Rutgers will admit that Truth or they can keep lying to themselves.

It really is that simple!

3.  Randy Edsall, UConn – On Saturday UConn hosted SMU which like the Huskies plays very little to no defense and the score of that game was:

SMU – 62
UConn – 50

That sound you hear is us laughing at loud as Randy Edsall in his second stint at the school has his team at 1 – 9 with games still left against…

At East Carolina
Temple

Is this UConn football program going anywhere under Randy Edsall?

Just down…that’s it’s…just down!

4.  Larry Fedora, North Carolina – Anyone at Coaches Hot Seat ever gets a FBS head coaching job one of the most important hires will be a solid defensive coordinator because we will be bringing the Bill Walsh playbook and West Coast Offense with us with a target of 35 points a game so if we can get ANY defensive play at all we are going to win a Helluva Lot of Football Games and it’s not surprising THE Problem at North Carolina is that the Tar Heels just play no defense under head coach Larry Fedora and they haven’t played defense since Gene Chizik left the DC position at UNC a couple of years ago.

The last 2 seasons with Gene Chizik gone from Chapel Hill the Tar Heels are sitting on records of…

Overall:  4 – 17

ACC:  2 – 13

…and that is primarily because Larry Fedora doesn’t seem to give a Damn about stopping the opposing teams which is also a problem at a lot of schools in the Big 12 Conference including Oklahoma which has enough talent on the offensive side of the ball to give up 40+ points a game….North Carolina does not and thus why Fedora is sitting on one of the Hottest Seats in America!

With games left against…

Western Carolina
NC State

…it looks like UNC will finish at 2 – 9 in Larry Fedora’s 7 th year at the school and that is Damning….Just So Damning….because in Year 7 you should have things rolling and there are NO excuses to fall back on especially if you don’t coach half the game = Defense!

We haven’t a clue if Larry Fedora will be fired or not after this season but save Gene Chizik coming back or some other defensive coordinator coming to Chapel Hill that knows what the Hell he is doing….Nothing Will Change in 2019….Just Nothing!

5.  Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – With the loss at home to Washington State on Saturday Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre’s record against FBS teams with .500 or better records now stands at…

10 – 41

…and MacIntyre’s overall record at CU is…

30 – 43

You do the math but it isn’t pretty math and now the 5 – 5 Buffs have games left against…

Utah
At California

…which looks like 2 losses to us and just make that record against FBS teams with .500 or better records even uglier!

We have no idea what the folks at Colorado are thinking about their head football coach but we do know for the sake of athletic department revenues meaning donations, tickets, merchandise, etc. cannot survive much more Average Football and thus why MacIntyre really needs to win at least 1 of these last 2 games to have a chance to hang on…make that maybe to hang on in Boulder!

6.  Lovie Smith, Illinois – With the loss to Nebraska on Saturday Lovie Smith’s record at Illinois in 3 years on the job now stands at…

Overall:  9 – 25

Big Ten:  4 – 21

..and the 4 – 6 Illini still have to play in 2018 games against…

Iowa
At Northwestern

Is Illinois better in 2018 than they were in 2017….maybe slightly…but a better question is Illinois better in 2018 than they were in Bill Cubit’s last season as head coach of the Illini in 2015?

No…in FACT Illinois is a Much Worse Football Team today than it was 3 years ago and anyone knows one Damn thing about football knows it!

7.  Willie Taggart, Florida State – We really like Willie Taggart here at Coaches Hot Seat but we don’t have a Damn Clue what Willie is trying to do at FSU and from afar combined with a few FSU-alums in the state of Florida we have known for decades now it’s our opinion…

FSU is one of the Worst Practicing Teams in FBS Football

…and either that will be corrected and quick or Willie Taggart’s coaching career at a BIG school like FSU will forever be over!

The 4 – 6 Seminoles have games left in 2018 against…

Boston College
Florida

…which are both homes games and against team that FSU has MORE talent than and should win but do we think FSU will win either of those games?

No…we do not!

Save Florida beating Florida State like 70 – 0 in the last game of the year Willie Taggart is not going to be fired after this season but if the Seminoles do lose their last two games Taggart will start the 2019 season on one of the Hottest Seats in American Football and he will be coaching for his job next season and when we say coaching for his job we mean…

FSU better Damn win 9+ games in 2019 or the Taggart era at FSU will be OVER before next Christmas!

8.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn – When you are paying someone $7 Million Dollars A Year when the average family income in the state of Alabama is around $50,000 a year…

You Better Damn Be Performing ALL The Time

…and yet Gus Malzahn performs at less than 50% of the time and in our opinion he has no Damn business being the head football coach at a place like Auburn that should have no peer in the SEC….including Alabama!

Consider this So Damn Average Football…in Gus Malzahn’s 2 best years at Auburn in 2013 and 2017 his combined record in those 2 years was…

Overall:  22 – 6

SEC:  14 – 2

…but in the other 4 years at Auburn Gus Malzahn’s combined records for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018 now stands at…

Overall:  29 – 20

SEC:  14 – 17

For $7 Million Dollars A Year?

Please….Auburn could have hired the person that makes the milkshakes at the diner at Toomer’s Corner and he or she could have posted at least the above records with all the Talent + Resources + Great Fans of Auburn Football which raises the obvious question:

With Auburn at 6 – 4 and games left against…

Liberty
At Alabama

…which looks like a 7 – 5 finish which will be the…

4 th Freaking Time

…that Gus Malzahn has lost 5 or more games in 6 seasons on the job we cannot help but wonder…

How much Average Football are fans of Auburn Football willing to tolerate?

It seems like a LOT….a Helluva LOT!

9.  Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – It seems Mike Gundy and his coaching staff and now along with the OSU football team have woken up from their slumber to actually Give A Damn about the 2018 football season but with yet another loss…this time to Oklahoma in the Bedlam Game….the 5 – 5 Cowboys with games left against…

West Virginia
At TCU

….may have woken up way Damn too late and might miss a bowl game which should be a Helluva Lesson for young coaches out there and that lesson is…

Don’t Be A Lazy Ass like Mike Gundy

….because if you do your ass might just miss a bowl game where the guy that shines T. Boone Pickens shoes could take Oklahoma State to a bowl game every year just practicing the team once a week!

The Great News for Mike Gundy is that the offseason is almost here and Gundy’s name will probably be up for every job opening around America and maybe this time Gundy will take one of those jobs thinking along the lines of…

If I am a Lazy Ass again next year we might not make a bowl game again and I might get my ass fired!

In our humble opinion as Combat Vets on this Veterans Day that is!

10.  Kalani Sitake, BYU – On Saturday BYU traveled across the country to beat a very mediocre UMass team by the score of…

BYU – 35
UMass – 16

….which improves the Cougars record to 5 – 5 with games left against…

New Mexico State
At Utah

Since there’s no chance at all that BYU will beat Utah in the last game of the season intense rivalry game or not the Cougars really need to beat New Mexico State on Saturday and maybe a 6 – 6 record in his 3 rd year on the job in Provo will be enough to get Kalani another year at BYU….or maybe not.

Consider this…BYU has played 7 FBS teams that have a decent shot of finishing with a .500 or better record in 2018 and the Cougars record in those games is…

2 – 5

Yes…consider that!

This is BYU FOOTBALL after all….right?

Yes….Yes It Is!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 12, 2018 – Jack London

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

And

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

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

And

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

And

“Affluence means influence.”

And

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

Wikipedia: Jack London

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 11, 2018 – 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.”

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“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.”

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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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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 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 – Friday, November 9, 2018 – John Adams

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

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

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

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

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

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“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia: John Adams

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, October 8, 2018 – Thomas Paine

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

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“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia: Thomas Paine

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