Monthly Archive: February 2018

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Jack Kemp

 

We miss you Jack!

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“Democracy without morality is impossible.”

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“Every time in this century we’ve lowered the tax rates across the board, on employment, on saving, investment and risk-taking in this economy, revenues went up, not down.”

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“Republicans many times can’t get the words ‘equality of opportunity’ out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way.”

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“There are no limits to our future if we don’t put limits on our people.”

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“There is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble.”

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“When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.”

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“Winning is like shaving – you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum.”

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“Democracy is not a mathematical deduction proved once and for all time. Democracy is a just faith fervently held, commitment to be tested again and again in the fiery furnace of history.”

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“Pro football gave me a good perspective. When I entered the political arena, I had already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded, and hung in effigy.”

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“We have a chance to bring freedom to all of Asia, including China, and we should pursue it with a very positive engagement proposal of trade and strict adherence to human rights,”

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“When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.”

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“In 1984, Mario Cuomo of New York electrified the Democratic Convention with his tale of America as two cities, one rich and one poor, permanently divided into two classes. He talked about the rich growing richer and the poor becoming poorer, with the conclusion that class conflict, if not warfare, was the only result, and redistribution of wealth the solution.

With all due respect to Gov. Cuomo, he got it wrong. America is not divided immutably into two static classes. But it is separated or divided into two economies. One economy — our mainstream economy — is democratic and capitalist, market-oriented and entrepreneurial. It offers incentives for working families in labor and management. This mainstream economy rewards work, investment, saving and productivity. Incentives abound for productive economic and social behavior.

It was this economy, triggered by President Reagan’s supply-side revolution of tax cuts in 1981 that generated 21.5 million new jobs, more than four million new businesses, relatively low inflation and higher standards of living for most people. This economy has created more jobs in the past decade than all of Europe, Canada and Japan combined. And according to the U.S. Treasury, federal income taxes paid by the top 1% of taxpayers has surged by more than 80% to $92 billion in 1987 from $51 billion in 1981.

There is another economy — a second economy that is similar in respects to the East European or Third World socialist economies. It functions in a fashion opposite to the mainstream capitalist economy. It predominates in the pockets of poverty throughout urban and rural America. This economy has barriers to productive human and social activity and a virtual absence of economic incentives and rewards. It denies black, Hispanic and other minority men and women entry into the mainstream. This economy works almost as effectively as did hiring notices 50 years ago that read “No Blacks — or Hispanics or Irish or whatever — Need Apply.”

The irony is that the second economy was born of desire to help the poor, alleviate suffering, and provide a basic social safety net. The results were a counterproductive economy. Instead of independence, the second economy led to dependence. In an effort to minimize economic pain, it maximized welfare bureaucracy and social costs.” Wall Street Journal, June 12, 1990 – Jack Kemp in His Own Words, Wall Street Journal

Wikipedia:  Jack Kemp

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Nelson Mandela

 

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“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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“It always seems impossible until its done.”

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“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”

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“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

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“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

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“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

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“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

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“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

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“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”

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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  Long Walk to Freedom

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“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

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“Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.” Refusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison

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“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” Speech on the day of his release, Cape Town, February 11, 1990

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“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

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“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

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“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

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“Gandhi himself never ruled out violence absolutely and unreservedly. He conceded the necessity of arms in certain situations. He said, “Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence… I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor …”

Wikipedia:  Nelson Mandela

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, February 26, 2018 – Jimmy Stewart

 

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Mission:  Jimmy Stewart and the Fight For Europe, Robert Matzen, Amazon.com

“I’ve always been skeptical of people who say they lose themselves in a part. Someone once came up to Spencer Tracy and asked, “Aren’t you tired of always playing Tracy?” Tracy replied, “What am I supposed to do, play Bogart?” You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks.”

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“The great thing about the movies … is-you’re giving people little … tiny pieces of time … that they never forget.”

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“You must be oh-so smart, or oh-so pleasant. For years I was smart. I recommend pleasant…and you may quote me.”

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“I have my own rules and adhere to them. The rule is simple but inflexible. A James Stewart picture must have two vital ingredients. It will be clean and it will involve the triumph of the underdog over the bully.”

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“You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.”

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“Frank called me one day and said, ‘I have an idea for a movie, why don’t you come over and I’ll tell you?’ So I went over and we sat down and he said, ‘This picture starts in heaven’. That shook me.”

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“Clarence: You’ve been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.” It’s A Wonderful Life

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“Clarence: You see George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away? ” It’s A Wonderful Life

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“I always told Hitch that it would have been better to put seats around the set and sell tickets.”

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“I sort of got into Westerns… It was a sort of desperation move, really. I had several pictures that didn’t go very well, and I just realised that I would have to try something else. “

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“I was going to be an architect. I graduated with a degree in architecture and I had a scholarship to go back to Princeton and get my Masters in architecture. I’d done theatricals in college, but I’d done them because it was fun.”

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“We had an apartment on west side of Central Park. The rent was very reasonable. We found out later that it belonged to a gangster called Legs Diamond and it was a front to his headquarters. It was fine.”

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“Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.”

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“My mother approved, my father just didn’t accept the idea of my being an actor. I think that’s the reason he kept the hardware store in operation, because I think he was pretty sure that I was going to be found out sooner or later, and he wanted to have a job for me to come back to.”

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“I think one day you’ll find that you’re the hero you’ve been looking for.” An American Tail: Fievel Goes West

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“If we don’t try we don’t do. And if we don’t do, what are we on this earth for?” Shenandoah

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“There’s not much I can tell you about this war. It’s like all wars, I guess. The undertakers are winning.” Shenandoah

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“Don’t believe everything you hear and only half of what you see.” The Greatest Show on Earth

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“Liberty is too precious to be buried in books. Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say, ‘I’m free.’” Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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“He used to say to me, “Have you ever noticed how grateful you are to see daylight again after coming through a long dark tunnel?”…Always try to see life around you as if you’d just come out of a tunnel.” Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

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“You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money! Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter! In the whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!” It’s A Wonderful Life

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“I’ve always been skeptical of people who say they lose themselves in a part. Someone once came up to Spencer Tracy and asked, “Aren’t you tired of always playing Tracy?” Tracy replied, “What am I supposed to do, play Bogart?” You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks.”

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“I’d like people to remember me as someone who was good at his job and seemed to mean what he said.”

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“If a western is a good western, it gives you a sense of that world and some of the qualities those men had – their comradeship, loyalty, and physical courage. The vogue for the new kind of western seems pretty unimportant to me. They try to destroy something that has been vital to people for so long.”

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“I suppose people can relate to being me, while they dream about being John Wayne.”

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“I cannot tell you, Mr President, just how happy I am to finally be able to call you my Commander-in-Chief.” — to longtime friend Ronald Reagan, on his inauguration as US President on 1/20/81.

Wikipedia:  Jimmy Stewart

Lessons in Manliness:  Jimmy Stewart – The Art of Maniless

Life with Jimmy Stewart:  A War Hero Comes Home, 1945, Life Magazine

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Plato

 

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“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”

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“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”

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“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”

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“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

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“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

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“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”

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“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.”

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“Life must be lived as play.”

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“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

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“If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.”

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“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

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“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

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“There is truth in wine and children”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”

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“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

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“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

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“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.”

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“Character is simply habit long continued.”

Wikipedia:  Plato

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, February 24, 2018 – William Faulkner

 

“A gentleman can live through anything.”

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“A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”

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“A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”

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“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”

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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

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“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.”

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“Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”

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“Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”

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“Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief.”

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“Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.”

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“I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”

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“I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.”

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“I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.”

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“I’m inclined to think that a military background wouldn’t hurt anyone.”

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“It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can’t eat for eight hours; he can’t drink for eight hours; he can’t make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.”

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“Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.”

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“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”

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“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”

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“The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.”

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“There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need.”

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“Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday’s omissions and regrets.”

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‘We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.”

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“You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.”

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“Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.”

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“Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid. Ain’t nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.”

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“I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.” Nobel Prize Speech, December 1950

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“Mr. Khrushchev says that Communism, the police state, will bury the free ones. He is a smart gentleman, he knows that this is nonsense since freedom, man’s dim concept of and belief in the human spirit is the cause of all his troubles in his own country. But if he means that Communism will bury capitalism, he is correct. That funeral will occur about ten minutes after the police bury gambling. Because simple man, the human race, will bury both of them. That will be when we have expended the last grain, dram, and iota of our natural resources. But man himself will not be in that grave. The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.” Speech in New York, October 1959

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“No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol — cross or crescent or whatever — that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race. Its various allegories are the charts against which he measures himself and learns to know what he is. It cannot teach a man to be good as the textbook teaches him mathematics. It shows him how to discover himself, evolve for himself a moral codes and standard within his capacities and aspirations, by giving him a matchless example of suffering and sacrifice and the promise of hope.” Paris Review Interview, 1958

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The two great men in my time were Mann and Joyce. You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with “faith.”

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“Life is motion, and motion is concerned with what makes man move — which is ambition, power, pleasure. What time a man can devote to morality, he must take by force from the motion of which he is a part. He is compelled to make choices between good and evil sooner or later, because moral conscience demands that from him in order that he can live with himself tomorrow. His moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”

Wikipedia: William Faulkner

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, February 23, 2018 – Albert Camus

 

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“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

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“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”

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“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”

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“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”

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“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”

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“All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.”

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“Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road.”

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“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”

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“The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”

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“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.”

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“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.”

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“No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.”

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“Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.”

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“For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”

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“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

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“Peace is the only battle worth waging.”

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“There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for.”

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“I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”

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“The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.”

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“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.”

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“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”

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“I would rather live my life as if there is a god and die to find out there isn’t, than live my life as if there isn’t and die to find out there is.”

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“Life can be magnificent and overwhelming — that is the whole tragedy. Without beauty, love, or danger it would almost be easy to live. ”

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“At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.”

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“The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”

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“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”

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“There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined.”

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“Where there is no hope, it is incumbent on us to invent it.”

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“I rebel; therefore I exist.”

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“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”

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“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”

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“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”

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“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.”

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“There is scarcely any passion without struggle.”

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“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”

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“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”

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“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”

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“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”

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“The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”

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“He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.”

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“The habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”

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“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”

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“My chief occupation, despite appearances, has always been love.”

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“If absolute truth belongs to anyone in this world, it certainly does not belong to the man or party that claims to possess it.”

Wikipedia:  Albert Camus

Is it worth the trouble, Ralph Ammer, Medium.com

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Socrates

 

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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

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“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

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“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”

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“It is not living that matters, but living rightly.”

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“He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.”

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“By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

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“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”

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“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

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“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

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“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

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“I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy, exhorting anyone whom I meet after my manner, and convincing him, saying: O my friend, why do you who are a citizen of the great and mighty and wise city of Athens, care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all? Are you not ashamed of this? And if the person with whom I an arguing says: Yes, but I do care: I do not depart or let him go at once; I interrogate and examine and cross-examine him, and if I think that he has no virtue, but only says that he has, I reproach him with overvaluing the greater, and undervaluing the less. …For this is the command of God, as I would have you know…”

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“You will know that the divine is so great and of such a nature that it sees and hears everything at once, is present everywhere, and is concerned with everything.”

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“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

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“Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.”

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“Often when looking at a mass of things for sale, he would say to himself, ‘How many things I have no need of!””

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“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

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“I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live.  For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death.  For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything.  The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death.”  

Wikipedia Page:   Socrates

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – Billy Wilder

 

“A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.”

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“If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.”

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“I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.”

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“Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.”

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“I’d worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.”

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“Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window – that is at once interesting.”

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“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”

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“Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.”

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“The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.”

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“If there’s anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it’s being taken too seriously.”

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“My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?”

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“One’s too many, and a hundred’s not enough.”

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“France is the country where the money falls apart and you can’t tear the toilet paper.”

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“You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.”

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“An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius.”

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“Don’t be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.”

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“We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.”

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“The best director is the one you don’t see.”

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“They’ve tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won’t work. She was an original.”

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“A bad play folds and is forgotten, but in pictures we don’t bury our dead. When you think it’s out of your system, your daughter sees it on television and says, My father is an idiot.”

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“Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.”

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“The truth always reveals itself.”

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“Love is the hardest thing in the world to write about. So simple. You’ve got to catch it through details, like the early morning sunlight hitting the gray tin of the rain spout in front of her house. The ringing of a telephone that sounds like Beethoven’s “Pastoral.” A letter scribbled on her office stationery that you carry around in your pocket because it smells of all the lilacs in Ohio.”

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“I never overestimate the audience, nor do I underestimate them. I just have a very rational idea as to who we’re dealing with, and that we’re not making a picture for Harvard Law School, we’re making a picture for middle-class people, the people that you see on the subway, or the people that you see in a restaurant. Just normal people.”

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“If you don’t like what you’re doing, it’s unlikely anyone else will either, so be sure you are happy with your own work first.”

Wikipedia:  Billy Wilder

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – Louis Armstrong

 

 

“What we play is life.”

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

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

And

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

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

And

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And

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

Wikipedia:  Louis Armstrong

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, February 19, 2018 – Barbara Jordan

 

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“But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants.”

And

“Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.”

And

“Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.”

And

“For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.”

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“I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

And

“I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person.”

And

“If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. If we as public officials propose, we must produce.”

And

“If you’re going to play the game properly, you’d better know every rule.”

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“Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.”

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“Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense. If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage, we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.”

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“More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.”

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“The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.”

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“There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.”

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“There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.”

And

“We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present: unemployment, inflation… but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.”

And

“We call ourselves public servants but I’ll tell you this: we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good.”

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“We must exchange the philosophy of excuse – what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.”

And

“What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.”

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“What we have to do is strike a balance between the idea that government should do everything and the idea, the belief, that government ought to do nothing. Strike a balance.”

Wikipedia:  Barbara Jordan

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