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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 16, 2016 – Hank Stram

 

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“My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.”

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“There are few secrets in football. So execute.”

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“Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note.”

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“You can’t be fat and fast, too; so lift, run, diet and work.”

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“You cannot win if you cannot run.”

Wikipedia:  Hank Stram

Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches – For the last time in the 2015 – 2016 College Football Season…Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches

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For the last time in the 2015 – 2016 College Football Season…Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash!

Final 2015 – 2016 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings – 1 – 10 Hot Seat Head Coaches

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1.  Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – A college head coach finding his ass on the Hot Seat is usually all about “not meeting the expectations” of a school’s fan base and perhaps no coach has fallen more short of “meeting expectations” of the fans of his football team the last couple of years than…

Kevin Sumlin, head coach at Texas A&M

To get a better understanding of the “expectations” for Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M we asked a good Aggie friend of ours that is one of those guys in the “energy bidness” in Texas that could buy and sell half of Houston in an afternoon and not break as sweat while doing it about Sumlin. A few Coaches Hot Seat members were in Houston recently on business and we sat down at lunch with our Texas Aggie friend and had a conversation about “expectations” at Texas A&M:

Coaches Hot Seat:  “Tell us…what do you believe that Kevin Sumlin should have accomplished by this just completed fourth season at Texas A&M realizing that Sumlin has posted a record of 17 – 15 in SEC play and overall record of 36 – 16?”

Texas Aggie Friend:  “We (with “We” referring to a bunch of Aggie buddies of this guy that also could buy half of Houston in afternoon and not break a sweat!) thought for sure in his first four seasons that Sumlin would have won the SEC West and taken the Aggies to the SEC Championship Game at least one time.”

Coaches Hot Seat:  “So you and your buddies believe A&M should be competing to win and even win the SEC West Title on a regular basis?”

Texas Aggie Friend:  “Why Hell Yes! If Sumlin thinks we are paying him over $5 Million Dollars a year to coach .500 football in the SEC then Sumlin’s ass needs to be run out of town tonight!”

Coaches Hot Seat:  “Just a guess, but we rather doubt that Kevin Sumlin believes his A&M team can beat Alabama more than 1 ever 5 years or so and considering how tough the SEC West is the Aggies would probably be lucky to get to the SEC Title game every decade or so…our opinion of course.”

Texas Aggie Friend:  “If that’s the case then we need to hire some two-bit high school coach for $250K a year because .500 ball with the amount of talent that is on the Aggies roster right now any Damn coach could do that and for Damn sure we shouldn’t be paying Sumlin $5 Million Plus to coach .500 ball.”

Coaches Hot Seat:  “What does Kevin Sumlin have to do in 2016 to keep his job?”

Texas Aggie Friend:  “Win the SEC West…PERIOD!”

With the above in mind let’s go to Texas A&M’s 2016 schedule:

UCLA
Prairie View A&M
At Auburn
Arkansas – Dallas
At South Carolina
Tennessee
At Alabama
New Mexico State
At Mississippi State
Ole Miss
Texas San Antonio
LSU

Just a guess in January 2016 as we look at the above schedule if Kevin Sumlin has to “Win the SEC West in 2106” to keep his job…

Kevin Sumlin will be coaching his last year at Texas A&M!

Memo to Kevin Sumlin:  Soak it ALL in son….soak it ALL in!

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2.  Will Muschamp, South Carolina – After seeing Will Muchamp’s sideline behavior at Florida and Auburn the last few years both on TV and in person we wouldn’t…

Hire Will Muschamp to Shovel Shit

….and yet a college football program that is now in…

Complete Freaking Disarray

….just hired in Will Muschamp…

A Total and Completely Out-of-Freaking Control Coach

….and if you are thinking there is a…

Train Wreck to END all Train Wrecks coming down the track in Columbia, South Carolina

….you would be right!

Let’s get on that Out-of-Freaking Control Train with Gamecocks Head Coach Will Muschamp and Athletic Director Ray Tanner and see just where this train is going to Jump the Freaking Track and Dive Into an Icy River during the 2016 College Football Season!

At Vanderbilt
At Mississippi State
East Carolina
At Kentucky
Texas A&M
Georgia
UMass
Tennessee
Missouri
At Florida
Western Carolina
At Clemson

Damn…that’s a pretty tough schedule…..

Got 3 or 4 wins by South Carolina and Will Muschamp in 2016?

Memo to No One In Particular:  If South Carolina only wins 3 or 4 games in 2016 not only will Will Muschamp be fired come early December but USC AD Ray Tanner will be run out of Columbia as well….on a rail…which is fitting!

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3.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn – Gus Malzahn just completed his third season as the head coach of the Auburn Tigers and he has record on the board of…

Overall:  27 – 13

SEC:  13 – 11

….and the calculus for what Gus Malzahn and Auburn AD Jay Jacobs are facing in 2016 was explained to us by an Auburn-alum friend of ours in the Atlanta area that put it pretty plainly to us by saying…

“Anything less than 8 wins overall and 5 wins in SEC play in 2016 by Auburn and Gus Malzahn will be fired and Jay Jacobs will be re-assigned at Auburn.”

Hmmm…..8 wins overall and 5 wins in SEC play and who is Auburn playing in 2016?

Clemson
Arkansas State
Texas A&M
LSU
La. Monroe
At Mississippi State
Arkansas
At Ole Miss
Vanderbilt
At Georgia
Alabama A&M
At Alabama

Geez with that tough schedule…don’t call us Nostradamus but it sure the Hell looks like come early December…

“Gus Malzahn will be fired and Jay Jacobs will be re-assigned at Auburn!”

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4.  Darrell Hazell, Purdue – Darrell Hazell has now coached three seasons at Purdue and his records on the board are:

Overall:  6 – 30

Big Ten:  2 – 22

Please…ANYONE…tell us why Darrell Hazell is still the head football coach at Purdue?

That is what one would call the Sounds of Freaking Silence!

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5.  Steve Addazio, Boston College – After taking Boston College to bowl games in his first two seasons head coach Steve Addazio’s BC team Fell to Freaking Pieces in 2015 and posted records of…

3 – 9 overall

0 – 8 in ACC play

…..and now Addazio is coaching for his job and his future as a head coach on the FBS level in 2016 and in our opinion…

Anything less than SIX wins in 2016 and Steve Addazio is done on Chestnut Hill!

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6.  Mike MacIntyre, Colorado – Mike MacIntyre has coached for three seasons at Colorado and has on the board records of…

Overall:  10 – 27

Pac 12:  2 – 25

Damn…that is BAD when one considers we are talking about Colorado Football which should be able to win a Helluva lot more than TWO Pac-12 Conference games over a THREE year period and yet…

The CU Buffs have won TWO Pac-12 Conference Games in the last THREE seasons!

Our learned opinion on this since we have some DEEP contacts at the University of Colorado who tell us EVERYTHING that is going on with the Colorado football program….which is probably MORE than what head coach Mike MacIntyre knows or would want to know on what is going on with CU Buffs football…

2016 is either SIX wins plus or BUST for Mike MacIntyre meaning either Colorado gets to SIX wins or it’s Turn Out the Lights the Party’s Over in Boulder for Mike MacIntyre!

Oh….here is Colorado’s 2016 schedule which is not finalized on all the dates yet:

Colorado State – Denver
Idaho State
At Michigan
Arizona State
Oregon State
UCLA
Utah
Washington State
At Arizona
At Stanford
At Oregon
At USC

Geez with that tough schedule…it’s going to take a Rocky Mountain Miracle for Mike MacIntyre and the Colorado Buffs to win SIX games plus in 2016!

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7.  Les Miles, LSU – Right after the New Year a call was placed by a Coaches Hot Seat member to a “friend” in the Great State of Louisiana that we had met during our many travels to New Orleans and Baton Rouge in recent years and the following question was posed to that LSU Friend:

Coaches Hot Seat:  “So what’s up with Les Miles in 2016?”

LSU Friend:  “Anything less than 10 wins and Les Miles is done at LSU.”

Coaches Hot Seat:  “Damn….Thanks.”

LSU Friend:  “No problem….come by house when you are in New Orleans next time.”

Coaches Hot Seat:  “Absolutely.”

Damn…..with that in mind let’s go to the LSU 2016 schedule:

Wisconsin – Lambeau Field, Green Bay
Jacksonville State
Mississippi State
At Auburn
Missouri
At Florida
Southern Miss
Ole Miss
Alabama
At Arkansas
South Alabama
At Texas A&M

Les Miles has to win “10 games” in 2016 or he is done huh?

Geez with that schedule….Les Miles is DONE come December 2016!

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8.  Mark Stoops, Kentucky – After three seasons in Lexington Mark Stoops has record on the board at Kentucky of..

Overall:  12 – 24

SEC:  4 – 20

…..and those records make 2016 either…

.500 or BUST for Mark Stoops in Bluegrass Country!

Let’s go to Kentucky’s 2016 schedule:

Southern Miss
At Florida
New Mexico State
South Carolina
At Alabama
Vanderbilt
Mississippi State
At Missouri
Georgia
At Tennessee
Austin Peay
At Louisville

Damn…we just don’t see SIX wins on the Kentucky schedule in 2016 and if the Wildcats don’t get SIX wins we just might see….

THREE Stoops Brothers on the Oklahoma coaching staff in 2017!

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9.  Charlie Strong, Texas – The word on the street from our Texas-alum buddies is that the Texas Money Boys have already come to the conclusion that Charlie Strong is not going to “Cut It” at Texas and that come December 2016 the Longhorns will be in the market for a new head football coach and that this time around the Texas Money Boys are going to have…

The Money Ready to Go to Get the “Best Damn Football Coach in the Country!”

In case you were wondering that might just mean the Texas Money Boys will make another run at Nick Saban in 2016 if Charlie Strong can’t “Cut It” and since we don’t think Nick Saban to Texas will happen that means the Texas Money Boys will be going after the…

“Second Best Damn Coach in the Country”

….with Saban-Like Money so we would recommend that the Top 25 or so Head Coaches in College Football COACH LIKE HELL in 2016 because you just might get yourself in line for..

$8 Million Dollars Plus A Year

….from the Texas Money Boys come December 2016!

So what will Charlie Strong have to do to have deemed to have “Cut It” by the Texas Money Boys in 2016?

10 Plus Wins we are being told which brings us to the Texas 2016 schedule:

Notre Dame
UTEP
At California
At Oklahoma State
Oklahoma – Dallas
Iowa State
At Kansas State
Baylor
At Texas Tech
West Virginia
At Kansas
TCU

Can Charlie Strong and Texas win 10 football games in 2016 playing the above schedule to get to the “Cut It” mark?

Not Very Damn Likely…in our humble opinion!

Coach Hard Charlie Strong and if it doesn’t work out at Texas you will be RICH for ONE and you will probably be able to get another head coaching job if you want one for TWO!

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10.  Mike Riley, Nebraska – Mike Riley’s Nebraska team got a nice win over UCLA in their bowl game BUT the Huskers had MORE talent on their roster than the Bruins and in 2015 Nebraska which finished with a record of…

6 – 7

….only played ONE football team with MORE talent than the Huskers in 2015 and that was ironically a team that Nebraska beat….

Michigan State!

In 2016 with the below schedule…

Fresno State
Wyoming
Oregon
At Northwestern
Illinois
At Indiana
Purdue
At Wisconsin
At Ohio State
Minnesota
Maryland
At Iowa

….Nebraska will only play TWO football teams…Oregon and Ohio State…that have MORE talent than the Huskers so we are expecting…

A Helluva lot more than 6 wins in 2016 Mike Riley….A HELLUVA LOT MORE!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, January 15, 2016 – 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

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, January 14, 2016 – Gene Roddenberry

 

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“These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five year mission … to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

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“A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.”

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“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”

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“It isn’t all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.”

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“Reality is incredibly larger, infinitely more exciting, than the flesh and blood vehicle we travel in here. If you read science fiction, the more you read it the more you realize that you and the universe are part of the same thing. Science knows still practically nothing about the real nature of matter, energy, dimension, or time; and even less about those remarkable things called life and thought. But whatever the meaning and purpose of this universe, you are a legitimate part of it. And since you are part of the all that is, part of its purpose, there is more to you than just this brief speck of existence. You are just a visitor here in this time and this place, a traveler through it.”

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“I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We’re still just a child creature, we’re still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We’re growing up, we’re moving into adolescence now. When we grow up — man, we’re going to be something!”

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“It speaks to some basic human needs, that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over in a big flash and a bomb, that the human race is improving, that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids — human beings built them because they’re clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things.”

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“Time is the fire in which we burn.”

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“Star Trek speaks to some basic human needs: that there is a tomorrow — it’s not all going to be over with a big flash and a bomb; that the human race is improving; that we have things to be proud of as humans. No, ancient astronauts did not build the pyramids — human beings built them, because they’re clever and they work hard. And Star Trek is about those things.”

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“The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.”

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“It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will not reach our ultimate goal. The effort itself yields its own reward.”

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“If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”

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“Ancient astronauts didn’t build the pyramids. Human beings built the pyramids, because they’re clever and they work hard.”

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“PICARD: There is no greater challenge than the study of philosophy.
WESLEY: But William James won’t be in my Starfleet exams.
PICARD: The important things never will be. Anyone can be trained in the mechanics of piloting a starship.
WESLEY: But Starfleet Academy
PICARD: It takes more. Open your mind to the past. Art, history, philosophy. And all this may mean something.”

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“The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity.”

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“Space… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

Wikipedia:  Gene Roddenberry

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – John Madden

 

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“Coaches have to watch for what they don’t want to see and listen to what they don’t want to hear.”

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“Don’t worry about the horse being blind, just load the wagon.”

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“If you see a defense team with dirt and mud on their backs they’ve had a bad day.”

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“Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.”

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“The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.”

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“The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.”

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“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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“When your arm gets hit, the ball is not going to go where you want it to.”

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“A team should never practice on a field that is not lined. Your players have to become aware of the field’s boundaries.”

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“You can’t win games if you can’t get first downs.”

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“You can’t win games if the offense can’t score.”

Wikipedia:  John Madden

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – Steve Sabol

 

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“Life is great. Football is better.”

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“The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head… The autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun.”

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“I think in the NFL knowledge is power, and you try to get the knowledge by whatever means.”

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“A perfect record does not mean that someone is the greatest. Rocky Marciano never lost a fight, but I never hear anyone say he’s the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.”

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“I never thought of what I was doing as a way to sell the NFL. I was making movies about a sport that I loved, about players and coaches that I respected. I wanted to convey my love of the game through film. And most artists convey their love through art. And my art and my love was expressed through film.”

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“Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud… He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now.”

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“Look at a football field. It looks like a big movie screen. This is theatre. Football combines the strategy of chess. It’s part ballet. It’s part battleground, part playground. We clarify, amplify and glorify the game with our footage, the narration and that music, and in the end create an inspirational piece of footage.”

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“I’ve always been fascinated by Picasso and how he would look at a single image through multiple perspectives and from separate moments in time. He would look at a woman’s face and he would see almost a three-dimensional look even though it was a flat canvas. I thought, well why couldn’t we do the same thing with a football play?”

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“When my father bid $5,000 for the 1962 Championship Game, that was a huge amount. It was double the bid the year before. Pete Rozelle was flabbergasted. Who was this guy who was willing to spend so much money on what seemed like relatively worthless rights to the NFL Championship Game?”

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“If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s not being noticed.”

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“I remember when we were making ‘They Call It Pro Football,’ which was our ‘Citizen Kane.’ The first line is ‘It starts with a whistle and ends with a gun.'”

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“If you can show something as complicated as two people falling in love with just music and camera angles, well, just think about what you can do with football.”

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“Football is a sport of emotions, and we have to capture that in our films.”

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“I’ve been very lucky in the freedom that I’ve been given. Every artist needs two types of freedom: You need the freedom to – the freedom to come up with an idea or treatment – and then you need the other half of the freedom, and that’s freedom from – somebody saying, ‘This is great. This is how I want you to do it.'”

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“NFL Films has had one continuous, creative vision for 47 years. These are timeless things; timeless stories that we capture just like people go back and read Greek mythology.”

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“You know how I came up with the name ‘Road to the Super Bowl?’ It’s an homage to the old Bob Hope – Bing Crosby buddy movies – you know, like ‘Road to Zanzibar’ or ‘Road to Morocco.’ Can you tell? All I’ve done my whole life is go to movies.”

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“So they talk about heaven, and I don’t know what is waiting for me up there. But I can tell you this: Nothing will happen up there that can duplicate my life down here. Nothing. That life cannot be better than the one I’ve lived down here, the football life. It’s been perfect.”

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“To me, football is very personal. Even as a kid, I looked at football in dramaturgical terms. It wasn’t the score that interested me, it was the struggle.”

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“I’ve always believed in that famous quote from Karl Marx, something like; ‘Men make history, but not under conditions of their own choosing.”

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“The pressure is suffocating down there; there’s no air to breathe. You make a mistake or come up just short in the Super Bowl, and it feels like the end of the world.”

And

Wikipedia:  Steve Sabol

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, January 11, 2016 – Joe Namath

 

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“First, I prepare. Then I have faith.”

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“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”

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“Till I was 13, I thought my name was “Shut Up.””

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“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.”

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“We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee it.”

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“When we won the league championship, all the married guys on the club had to thank their wives for putting up with all the stress and strain all season. I had to thank all the single broads in New York.”

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“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”

And

“When you win, nothing hurts.”

And

“You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.”

Wikipedia:  Joe Namath

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 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

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 9, 2016 – William Faulkner

 

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“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

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, January 8, 2016 – Tennessee Williams

 

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“A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”

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“All of us are guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.”

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“Death is one moment, and life is so many of them.”

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“Don’t look forward to the day you stop suffering, because when it comes you’ll know you’re dead.”

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“Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”

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“For time is the longest distance between two places.”

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“Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.”

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“I have always been pushed by the negative. The apparent failure of a play sends me back to my typewriter that very night, before the reviews are out. I am more compelled to get back to work than if I had a success.”

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“I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.”

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“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.”

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“In memory everything seems to happen to music.”

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“Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.”

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“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”

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“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”

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Luck is believing you’re lucky.

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“Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.”

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“Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death’s the other.”

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“Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.”

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“Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you – gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.”

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“Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation.”

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“Some mystery should be left in the revelation of character in a play, just as a great deal of mystery is always left in the revelation of character in life, even in one’s own character to himself.”

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“Success and failure are equally disastrous.”

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“Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it… Success is shy – it won’t come out while you’re watching.”

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“The future is called ‘perhaps,’ which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.”

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“The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that’s also a hypocrite!”

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“The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that’s true of everyone, don’t you?”

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“Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal operation.”

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“To be free is to have achieved your life.”

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“We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.”

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“When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I’m only really alive when I’m writing.”

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“Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.”

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“You can be young without money but you can’t be old without it.”

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“The theatre is a place where one has time for the problems of people to whom one would show the door if they came to one’s office for a job.”

Wikipedia:  Tennessee Williams