Monthly Archive: March 2018

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Will Rogers

 

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“A difference of opinion is what makes horse racing and missionaries.”

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“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”

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“A remark generally hurts in proportion to its truth.”

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“Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.”

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“Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.”

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“An economist’s guess is liable to be as good as anybody else’s.”

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“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?”

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“Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.”

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“Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.”

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“Communism to me is one-third practice and two-thirds explanation.”

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“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”

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“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

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“I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him “father.””

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“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.”

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“I have a scheme for stopping war. It’s this – no nation is allowed to enter a war till they have paid for the last one.”

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“If advertisers spent the same amount of money on improving their products as they do on advertising then they wouldn’t have to advertise them.”

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“If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.”

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“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”

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“Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.”

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“Money and women are the most sought after and the least known about of any two things we have.”

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“Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.”

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“The fellow that can only see a week ahead is always the popular fellow, for he is looking with the crowd. But the one that can see years ahead, he has a telescope but he can’t make anybody believe that he has it.”

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“The more that learn to read the less learn how to make a living. That’s one thing about a little education. It spoils you for actual work. The more you know the more you think somebody owes you a living.”

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“The more you observe politics, the more you’ve got to admit that each party is worse than the other.”

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“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”

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“Things in our country run in spite of government, not by aid of it.”

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“You can’t say that civilization don’t advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.”

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“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”

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“We are the first nation to starve to death in a storehouse that’s overfilled with everything we want.”

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“We are here just for a spell and then pass on. So get a few laughs and do the best you can. Live your life so that whenever you lose it, you are ahead.”

Wiikipedia:  Will Rogers

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Mark Twain

 

“At last the lake burst upon us–a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea, and walled in by a rim of snow-clad mountain peaks that towered aloft three thousand feet higher still! As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface, I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole world affords.”  Mark Twain on Lake Tahoe, Roughing It, 1861

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“It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.”

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“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

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“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”

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

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“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.”

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“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. “

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“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.”

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“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”

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“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”

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“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

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“Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.”

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“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

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“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

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“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”

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“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

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“There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”

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“The lack of money is the root of all evil.”

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“A man’s character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.”

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“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”

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“All you need is ignorance and confidence and the success is sure.”

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“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”

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“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”

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“The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”

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“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”

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“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

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“The trouble ain’t that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain’t distributed right.”

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“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

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“Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”

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“When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.”

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“Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”

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‘There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”

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“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

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“I don’t give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.”

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“Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”

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“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”

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“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”

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“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

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“The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.”

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“The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.”

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“I haven’t a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever.”

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‘Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

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“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.”

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“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away and a sunny spirit takes their place.”

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“I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself.”

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“Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”

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“The only reason why God created man is because he was disappointed with the monkey.”

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“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”

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“Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more.”

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“Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered — either by themselves or by others. But for the Civil War, Lincoln and Grant and Sherman and Sheridan would not have been discovered, nor have risen into notice. … I have touched upon this matter in a small book which I wrote a generation ago and which I have not published as yet — Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven. When Stormfield arrived in heaven he … was told that … a shoemaker … was the most prodigious military genius the planet had ever produced.”

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” The Innocents Abroad, 1869

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“He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it — namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.” The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

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“Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and…Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

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“France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.”

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“Familiarity breeds contempt — and children.”

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“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot”

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“Never let your schooling interfere with your education.”

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“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

Wikipedia:  Mark Twain

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, March 9, 2018 – John Updike

 

“A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.”

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‘Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”

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‘Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”

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“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.”

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“If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money.”

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“Sex is like money; only too much is enough.”

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“We are most alive when we’re in love.”

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“When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.”

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“I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.”

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“We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.”

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“I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is — its irresistible charm — a fire.”

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‘Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself.”

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“It was true of my generation, that the movies were terribly vivid and instructive. There were all kinds of things you learned. Like the 19th century novels, you saw how other social classes lived — especially the upper classes. So in a funny way, they taught you manners almost. But also moral manners. The gallantry of a Gary Cooper or an Errol Flynn or Jimmy Stewart. It was ethical instruction of a sort that the church purported to be giving you, but in a much less digestible form. Instead of these remote, crabbed biblical verses, you had contemporary people acting out moral dilemmas. Just the grace, the grace of those stars — not just the dancing stars, but the way they all moved with a certain grace. All that sank deep into my head, and my soul.”

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“In the old movies, yes, there always was the happy ending and order was restored. As it is in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.”

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“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

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“The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.”

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“America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.”

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“Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.”

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“Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.”

Wikipedia Page:  John Updike

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, March 8, 2018 – Mike Krzyzewski – “Coach K”

 

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“Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.”

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“A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.”

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“I define passion as extreme emotion.”

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“When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!”

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“I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.”

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“Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.”

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“Believe that the loose ball that you are chasing has your name on it.”

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“It takes courage not only to make decisions, but to live with those decisions afterward.”

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“During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions.”

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“You have to work hard at staying in contact with your friends so that the relationships will continue and live on… Friendships, along with love, make life worth living.”

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“In our program, the truth is the basis of all that we do. There is nothing more important than the truth because there’s nothing more powerful than the truth. Consequently, on our team, we always tell one another the truth. We must be honest with one another. There is no other way.”

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“Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.”

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“In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”

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“Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.”

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“There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable.”

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“Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation.”

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“Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.”

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“Courage and confidence are what decision making is all about.”

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“Encourage members of your team to take the initiative and act on their own.”

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“People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.”

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“That’s what I do now: I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that’s great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.”

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“When we don’t match another team’s intensity—that doesn’t happen very often—then all of a sudden we do ‘J.J.-watching,’ where we’re watching J.J. play. We might as well get tickets and sit behind the bench. No one is doing anything out there.”

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“The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.”

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“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.”

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“I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it’s tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody.”

Wikipedia:  Mike Krzyzewski – “Coach K”

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Benjamin Franklin

 

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Remarks of Benjamin Franklin after the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787 in the words of James Madison:

“Whilst the last members were signing it Doctor Franklin looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. I have, said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.”

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“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”

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“Do not fear mistakes.  You will know failure.  Continue to reach out.”

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“Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.”

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“Hide not your talents.  They for use were made.  What’s a sundial in the shade?”

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“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

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“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”

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“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”

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“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

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“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”

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“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

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“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”

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“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.”

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“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

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“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”

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“Where liberty is, there is my country.”

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“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

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“I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being. … I believe He is pleased and delights in the happiness of those He has created; and since without virtue man can have no happiness in this world, I firmly believe He delights to see me virtuous.”

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“I think opinions should be judged of by their influences and effects, and if a man holds none that tend to make him less virtuous or more vicious, it may be concluded that he holds none that are dangerous; which I hope is the case with me.”

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“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”

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“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

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“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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“Let me add, that only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

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“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

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“These Names of Virtues with their Precepts were
1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to Dulness. Drink not to Elevation.
2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling Conversation.
3. ORDER. Let all your Things have their Places. Let each part of your Business have its Time.
4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
5. FRUGALITY. Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing.
6. INDUSTRY. Lose no Time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. JUSTICE. Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
9. MODERATION. Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation.
11. TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.
12. CHASTITY. Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation.
13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”

Wikipedia Page:  Benjamin Franklin

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – Andrew Grove

 

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“Leaders have to act more quickly today. The pressure comes much faster.”

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“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”

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“So give me a turbulent world as opposed to a quiet world and I’ll take the turbulent one.”

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“There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the next level of performance. Miss that moment – and you start to decline.”

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“It’s not enough to make time for your children. There are certain stages in their lives when you have to give them the time when they want it. You can’t run your family like a company. It doesn’t work.”

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“A fundamental rule in technology says that whatever can be done will be done.”

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“A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.”

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“You have to pretend you’re 100 percent sure. You have to take action; you can’t hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure.”

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“Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.”

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“Our biggest competition in achieving our ambitions, … is a television set.”

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“Technology happens, it’s not good, it’s not bad. Is steel good or bad?”

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“Your career is your business, and you are its CEO.”

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“The Lesson is, we all need to expose ourselves to the winds of change”

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“Strategic changes doesn’t just start at the top. It starts with your calender”

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“The person who is the star of previous era is often the last one to adapt to change, the last one to yield to logic of a strategic inflection point and tends to fall harder than most.”

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“If you’re wrong, you will die. But most companies don’t die because they are wrong; most die because they don’t commit themselves. They fritter away their valuable resources while attempting to make a decision. The greatest danger is in Standing still”

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“Selectivity – the determination to choose what we will attempt to get done and what we won’t – is the only way out of the panic that excessive demands on our time can create.”

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“Business success contains the seeds of its own destruction. The more Successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing”

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“People in the trenches are usually in touch with impending changes early”

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“It’s harder to be the best of class in several fields than in just one”

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“How can you motivate yourself to continue to follow a leader when he appears to be going around in circles?”

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“A strategic inflection point is a time in the life of business when its fundamentals are about to change. that change can mean an opportunity to rise to new heights. But it may just as likely signal the beginning of the end”

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“As we throw ourselves into raw actions, our senses and instincts will rapidly be honed again”

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“Just as you would not permit a fellow employee to steal a piece of office equipment worth $2,000, you shouldn’t let anyone walk away with the time of his fellow managers.”

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“Bad companies are destroyed by crisis, Good companies survive them, Great companies are improved by them.”

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“You need to try to do the impossible, to anticipate the unexpected. And when the unexpected happens, you should double the efforts to make order from the disorder it creates in your life. The motto I’m advocating is — Let chaos reign, then rein chaos. Does that mean that you shouldn’t plan? Not at all. You need to plan the way a fire department plans. It cannot anticipate fires, so it has to shape a flexible organization that is capable of responding to unpredictable events.”

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“You have no choice but to operate in a world shaped by globalization and the information revolution. There are two options: adapt or die.”

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“I think it is very important for you to do two things: act on your temporary conviction as if it was a real conviction; and when you realize that you are wrong, correct course very quickly”

Wikipedia:  Andrew Grove

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, March 5, 2018 – Harry Truman

 

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“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

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“A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.”

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“All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.”

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“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

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“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything.”

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“I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.”

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“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”

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“I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.”

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“I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here.”

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“If I hadn’t been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.”

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“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

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“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.”

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“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”

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“My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”

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“My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.”

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“The buck stops here!”

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“The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.”

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“The President is always abused. If he isn’t, he isn’t doing anything.”

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“The reward of suffering is experience.”

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“When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth – then all Americans are in peril.”

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“When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn’t for you. It’s for the Presidency.”

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“You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.”

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“You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.”

Wikipedia: Harry Truman

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, March 4, 2018 – H. L. Mencken

 

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“A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.”

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“A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.”

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“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”

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“A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.”

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“A professor must have a theory as a dog must have fleas.”

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“A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.”

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“All government, of course, is against liberty.”

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“All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.”

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“Before a man speaks it is always safe to assume that he is a fool. After he speaks, it is seldom necessary to assume it.”

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“Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.”

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“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.”

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“Democracy is also a form of worship. It is the worship of Jackals by Jackasses.”

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“Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.”

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“Don’t overestimate the decency of the human race.”

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“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.”

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“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

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“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

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“I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.”

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“I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”

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“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.”

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“I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs.”

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“If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.”

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“It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.”

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“It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.”

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“It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.”

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“It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”

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“Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.”

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“Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon.”

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“Most people want security in this world, not liberty.”

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“Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.”

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“Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

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“Say what you will about the ten commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.”

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“Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.”

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“Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.”

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“The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.”

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“The cynics are right nine times out of ten.”

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“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.”

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“The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear – fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety.”

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“The theory seems to be that as long as a man is a failure he is one of God’s children, but that as soon as he succeeds he is taken over by the Devil.”

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“To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!”

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“We must be willing to pay a price for freedom.”

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‘When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before.”

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“It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”

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“To sum up: 1. The cosmos is a gigantic fly-wheel making 10,000 revolutions a minute. 2. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it. 3. Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed and set spinning to give him the ride.”

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“The fact is that the average man’s love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. He is not actually happy when free; he is uncomfortable, a bit alarmed, and intolerably lonely. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty — and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies.”

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“The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.”

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“I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society.”

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“I believe in only one thing and that thing is human liberty. If ever a man is to achieve anything like dignity, it can happen only if superior men are given absolute freedom to think what they want to think and say what they want to say. I am against any man and any organization which seeks to limit or deny that freedom. . . [and] the superior man can be sure of freedom only if it is given to all men.”

Wikipedia:  H. L. Mencken

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, March 3, 2018 – John Paul Jones

 

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“An honorable Peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human Blood; but, if this War should continue, I wish to have the most active part in it.”

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“I have not yet begun to fight!”

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“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

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“If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”

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“It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.”

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“Whoever can surprise well must conquer.”

Wikipedia:  John Paul Jones

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, March 2, 2018 – Calvin Coolidge

 

“After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world.”

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“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

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“I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.”

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“If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.”

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“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.”

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“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.  The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

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“Parties do not maintain themselves. They are maintained by effort. The government is not self-existent. It is maintained by the effort of those who believe in it. The people of America believe in American institutions, the American form of government and the American method of transacting business.”

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“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.”

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“The chief business of the American people is business.”

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“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.”

Wikipedia Page: Calvin Coolidge

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