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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, December 7, 2021 – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

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“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”

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“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.”

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“I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making.”

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“I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.”

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“I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues.”

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“In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up – or else we all go down.”

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“It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose.”

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“It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.”

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“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

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“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

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“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

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“Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.”

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“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.”

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“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

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“The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion.”

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“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”

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“The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written.”

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“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”

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“There is nothing I love as much as a good fight.”

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“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”

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“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.” First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1933

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“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”

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“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson — and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of W. W. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson’s fight with the Bank of the United States — only on a far bigger and broader basis.” Letter to Col. Edward Mandell House, 21 November 1933

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“Yes, we are on the way back — not by mere chance, not by a turn of the cycle. We are coming back more soundly than ever before because we planned it that way, and don’t let anybody tell you differently.” Speech at the Citadel, 23 October 1935

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“In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression — everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way — everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants — everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor — anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation.”
The Four Freedoms Speech, January 6, 1941

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“We must scrupulously guard the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens, whatever their background. We must remember that any oppression, any injustice, any hatred, is a wedge designed to attack our civilization.”
Greeting to the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, Washington, D.C., 9 January 1940

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“There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” Speech to the Democratic National Convention, 1936

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“We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization.” Speech to the Democratic National Convention, 1936

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“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.” Response to the attack on Pearl Harbor, 1941

Wikipedia: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, December 6, 2021 – Lewis Grizzard

“I don’t think I’ll get married again. I’ll just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house. “

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“I grew up in a very large family in a very small house. I never slept alone until after I was married. “

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“Life is like a dogsled race. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

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“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. “

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“Sex hasn’t been the same since women started enjoying it. “

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“The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity. “

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“The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

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“You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, ‘What’s in it for me?’ “

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“The only way that I could figure they could improve upon Coca-Cola, one of life’s most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put rum or bourbon in it.”

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“Being a newspaper columnist is like being married to a nymphomaniac. It’s great for the first two weeks.”

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“Baptists never make love standing up. They’re afraid someone might see them and think they’re dancing.”

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“I have three ex-wives. I can’t remember any of their names, so I just call ’em Plaintiff.”

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“I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence.”

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“In the south there’s a difference between ‘Naked’ and ‘Nekkid.’ ‘Naked’ means you don’t have any clothes on. ‘Nekkid’ means you don’t have any clothes on … and you’re up to somethin’.”

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“Kinky sex involves the use of duck feathers. Perverted sex involves the whole duck.”

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“Real estate agents are God’s plague on mankind when locusts are out of season.”

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“Women who drink white wine either want to get married, sell you a piece of real estate, or redecorate your house. Either way, it’s expensive.”

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“Lewis’ advice to Atlantans in case of nuclear war: “If you live on the South side of Atlanta, get on I-75 and go south. If you live of the North side of Atlanta get on I-75 and go north. If you are a Yankee get on 285.” (Note to all you Yankees — I-285 is a continuous loop around the city)”

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“I get letters from people who say, ‘What have you got against women?’ What could I possibly have against women? I’ve married three of them.”

Wikipedia:  Lewis Grizzard

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, December 5, 2021 – Henry James

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“Deep experience is never peaceful.”

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“Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.”

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“If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.”

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“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance… and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”

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“Live all you can — it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?… What one loses one loses; make no mistake about that…The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have…. Live!”

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“To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one’s own.”

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“We work n the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

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“True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out — you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.”

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“A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.”

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“To take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived — to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that — this doubtless is the right way to live.”

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“I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.”

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“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”

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“Ideas are, in truth, force.”

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“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.”

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language”

Wikipedia:  Henry James

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, December 4, 2021 – Bo Schembechler

“When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.”

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“Those who stay will be champions”

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“If I make a mistake, I’m going to make a mistake aggressively and I’m going to make it quickly. I don’t believe in sleeping on a decision.”

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“A Michigan man will coach Michigan.”

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“We want the Big 10 championship. And we’re going to win it as a TEAM. They can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going play solely as a team. No man is more important than the team. No coach is more important than the team. THE TEAM! THE TEAM! THE TEAM! And if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do you take into consideration what effect does it have on my team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here, you will never play for a team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team. And think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is THE TEAM! We’re going to win it. We’re going to win the championship again because we’re going to play as a team better than anyone else in the conference. We’re going to play together as a TEAM. We’re going to believe in each other. We’re not going to criticize each other. We’re not going to talk about each other. We’re going to encourage each other! And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know it’s going to be Michigan again. Michigan!”

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Book Review: Bo’s Lasting Lessons, Three Star Leadership Blog – (Amazon.com Bo’s Lasting Lessons)

“Successful sports coaches seem to think that it’s part of their game plan to write books. After all, they’re celebrities of a sort and they know something about “winning” which is a popular topic with readers of all kinds.

Bo Schembechler is one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football. He coached Michigan football for twenty years, compiling a record of 234-65-8. During that time his teams won or tied for the Big Ten championship 13 times. He never had a losing season.

That’s why it’s somewhat amazing that it took so long for Bo’s Lasting Lessons to appear. But Bo Schembechler always did things his own way.

There are three big lessons in this book: values matter, keep the rules simple, and enforce them no matter what.

Values mattered for Schembechler. Honesty was the big one. He was going to be honest no matter what and he expected the same from his coaches, his players, and everyone else. The idea was simple: always do the right thing.

He kept the rules simple. He also made sure everyone who worked for him understood the rules. They included how players were to sit in team meetings and how they were expected to dress on road trips.

He enforced the rules he had. If anyone broke Bo’s rules there were consequences. And those consequences were as inevitable as nature.

Those are the big lessons, but there are lots of lessons and bits of wisdom scattered through the book. Here are some of my favorites.

If you’re the boss you have to accept the fact that you’re the bad cop and your assistants will be the good cops.

Don’t hire smart people and then not listen to their opinions.

Seek mentors, not money, especially in the early stages of your career.

Whatever your philosophy, whatever your standards, whatever your expectations, you establish those on day one. Don’t waste a second!

Recruit for character.

Develop leaders underneath you.

Goals can’t come from the top down. They’ve got to come from the people responsible for achieving them. Your job is to help them get there, and remind them every day what their goals are, and what they have to do to make their dreams come true.

Scuttle the star system. Give everyone a role and make it important.

Emphasize execution, not innovation.

There are lots more but you can find them for yourself when you read the book. I’ve got lots of things underlined, and Post-It notes dangle off lots of pages.

There are some things to watch for. First off, some of Bo’s recommendations don’t translate well to any environment other than an athletic team. Be prepared to modify them to suit.

And some things that Bo did back in the Sixties and Seventies aren’t things you can do today. Some of that involves privacy laws. Some of that is the way the world has changed. Be prepared to adapt that material, too.

Over the years, I’ve read lots of books by athletic coaches about how to achieve personal and business success. I’m almost always disappointed, but not this time.

This is an enjoyable and helpful book, in part because co-author John Bacon lets us see what I’m sure is the authentic Bo Schembechler. And Bo was a wise man and clear speaker.”

Wikipedia: Bo Schembechler

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, December 3, 2021 – Walter Hagen

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

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“There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.”

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“Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard.”

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“You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.”

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“No one remembers who came in second.”

Wikipedia: Walter Hagen

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, December 2, 2021 – Lee Trevino

“A hungry dog hunts best.”

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“I still sweat. My guts are still grinding out there. Sometimes I have enough cotton in my mouth to knit a sweater.”

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“I’m not out there just to be dancing around. I expect to win every time I tee up.”

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“I’m not scared of very much. I’ve been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years.”

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“If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.”

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“My wife doesn’t care what I do when I’m away, as long as I don’t have a good time.”

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“Pressure is playing for ten dollars when you don’t have a dime in your pocket.”

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“Putts get real difficult the day they hand out the money.”

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“There are two things that won’t last long in this world, and that’s dogs chasing cars and pros putting for pars.”

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“You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.”

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“The older I get the better I used to be!”

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“You can talk to a fade but a hook won’t listen.”

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“Nobody buy you and your caddie care what you do out there, and if your caddie is betting against you, he doesn’t care, either.”

Wikipedia:  Lee Trevino

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – Alexander the Great

“Alexander the Great, reflecting on his friends degenerating into sloth and luxury, told them that it was a most slavish thing to luxuriate, and a most royal thing to labor.”

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“I do not steal victory.”

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“Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves. There are Greek troops, to be sure, in Persian service — but how different is their cause from ours! They will be fighting for pay — and not much of at that; we, on the contrary, shall fight for Greece, and our hearts will be in it. As for our foreign troops — Thracians, Paeonians, Illyrians, Agrianes — they are the best and stoutest soldiers in Europe, and they will find as their opponents the slackest and softest of the tribes of Asia. And what, finally, of the two men in supreme command? You have Alexander, they — Darius!” Aledander addressing his troops prior to Battle of Issus

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“Are you still to learn that the end and perfection of our victories is to avoid the vices and infirmities of those whom we subdue?”

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“To the strongest!” After being asked, by his generals on his deathbed, who was to succeed him.

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“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.”

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“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

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“I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.”

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“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”

Wikipedia:  Alexander the Great

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – Knute Rockne

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

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

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

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“Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes.”

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

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

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“The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”

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

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

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

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“The best thing I ever learned in life was that things have to be worked for. A lot of people seem to think there is some sort of magic in making a winning football team. There isn’t, but there’s plenty of work.”

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

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“Win or lose, do it fairly.”

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

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“No star playing, just football.”

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“Tell the public about the boys. They’re the ones that do the work and they should get the credit. The people are interested in them, not me.”

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

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“Let’s win one for the Gipper.”

Wikipedia:  Knute Rockne

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 29, 2021 – Ted Turner

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

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

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“I see what keeps people young: work!”

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

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

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“There’s nothing wrong with being fired.”

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

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

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

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“Sports is like a war without the killing.”

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

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

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

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

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“The mind is just another muscle.”

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

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

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

Wikipedia:  Ted Turner

www.tedturner.com

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 28, 2021 – Johnny Unitas

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia:  Johnny Unitas

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