COACHES HOT SEAT

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, February 3, 2017 – Don Shula

 

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“The superior man blames himself.  The inferior man blames others.”

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“One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.”

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“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.”

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“Sure, luck means a lot in football.  Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”

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“I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning.  And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach.”

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“The ultimate goal is victory.  And if you refuse to work as hard as you possibly can toward that aim, or if you do anything that keeps you from achieving that goal, then you are just cheating yourself.”

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“You know it’s only 50 miles from Grand River to Canton, but it took me 67 years to travel that distance.”

Wikipedia Page:  Don Shula

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, February 2, 2017 – LeRoy Neiman

 

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“I had a go at changing history – maybe not all by myself – I fought at the battle of Normandy, I slogged through the Ardennes, and I celebrated the liberation of Paris on the streets with beautiful French girls throwing flowers at me. I said good-bye to my first true love and discovered what I really wanted to do with my life.”

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‘Every time I started painting it was like a new experience, but they all came out the same.”

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“I hold doors open for all the women. Men can open the doors for themselves.”

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“Imagination comes of not having things.”

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“Boxing is my real passion. I can go to ballet, theatre, movies, or other sporting events… and nothing is like the fights to me. I’m excited by the visual beauty of it. A boxer can look so spectacular by doing a good job.”

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“I’ve met and sketched most of the great athletes from the past five decades and their movement, grace and energy have kept me captivated over the years. That’s what the ancient Greeks first saw and that’s what caught my interest.”

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“I always stayed in tune with my own ambitions and attitudes and I’m still my intractable old self, for better or worse.”

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“Eating is one of the great beauties in life. One of my favorite recreations… eating with friends, the service, the ambience.”

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“But ‘Playboy’ was liberating. I was drawn to it and went for it full throttle.”

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“I guess I created LeRoy Neiman. Nobody else told me how to do it. Well, I’m a believer in the theory that the artist is as important as his work.”

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“It’s a nice feeling to go out in the world and look for excellence – the best in man. My subject is very valid. It’s about people, and about life.”

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“I’ve got the public. I don’t care about the critics. I did at one time. I don’t any more. I did when I needed compliments. But if you get a lot of compliments, you don’t need a critic to tell you, ‘This should be done another way.'”

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“The businessman says ‘If I don’t do it first, somebody else will.’ The artist says ‘If I don’t do it first, nobody else will.'”

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“I can easily ignore my detractors and feel the people who respond favorably.”

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“It’s been fun. I’ve had a lucky life. Art has made me pull the best out of myself.”

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“I don’t know if I’m an impressionist or an expressionist. You can call me an American first… I’ve been labeled doing neimanism, so that’s what it is, I guess.”

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“I’ve zeroed in on what you would call action and excellence… Everybody who does anything to try to succeed has to give the best of themselves, and art has made me pull the best out of myself.”

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“The people who love my paintings, that respond to them the most, they’re spectators, they’re not viewers.”

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“I draw all the time. Drawing is my backbone. I don’t think a painter has to be able to draw, I just think that if you draw, you better draw well.”

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“I love the passion you go through while you’re creating.”

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“You can’t take yourself too seriously.”

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“No, I never had any dreams. The process of art is a dream in itself. The artist just doesn’t… you work out something. It’s yours. You don’t have to go to sleep to do that. You do that on the canvas.”

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“When I paint, I seriously consider the public presence of a person – the surface facade. I am less concerned with how people look when they wake up or how they act at home. A person’s public presence reflects his own efforts at image development.”

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“‘Playboy’ made the good life a reality for me and made it the subject matter of my paintings – not affluence and luxury as such, but joie de vivre itself.”

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“It has been difficult to hold onto many paintings but I have retained a few. Possibly the current favorite is titled ‘Big Band’ completed in 2005. It measures 13 feet x 9 feet. It has 18 nearly life size recognizable portraits of the biggest jazz stars that I knew and saw perform in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and includes Wynton Marsalis.”

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“The most important thing is to just do it. If I work at a higher level I have responsibility to do better than what I’ve done before. Sometimes the best happens – beyond possibility. Just do it. Can’t worry about it.”

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“You know what I like about San Francisco? The women are beautiful, fashionable and smart. San Francisco is one of the only cities I like to visit. I love New York and Chicago – I studied there, and L.A. has the same people as New York.”

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“There’s no greatest moment in the arts. It’s a life, it’s a continuity thing. You can’t have a great moment because it’s spiritual. It’s a belief, it’s a calling. If you’re an artist, doing your own thing on your own, it’s while you’re doing it that counts. It’s a process. If you get too elated, you can get too depressed.”

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“The big shock of my life was Abstract Expressionism – Pollock, de Kooning, those guys. It changed my work. I was an academically trained student, and suddenly you could pour paint, smear it on, broom it on!”

Wikipedia: LeRoy Neiman

www.leroyneiman.com

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – Aristotle

 

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“All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.”

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“All men by nature desire knowledge.”

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“Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.”

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“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

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“No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.”

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“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”

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“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”

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“He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.”

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“Well begun is half done.”

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“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.”

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‘Any one can get angry — that is easy — or give or spend money; but to do this to the right person, to the right extent, at the right time, with the right motive, and in the right way, that is not for every one, nor is it easy.”

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“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.”

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“Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.”

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“A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange…. Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.”

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“The basis of a democratic state is liberty.”

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“With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.”

Wikipedia: Aristotle

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – 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 – Monday, January 30, 2017 – Ulysses S. Grant

 

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“Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”

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“I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.”

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“If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.”

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“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”

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“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

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“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

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“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

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“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

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“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”

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“The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.”

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“…but for a soldier his duty is plain. He is to obey the orders of all those placed over him and whip the enemy wherever he meets him.”

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“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.”

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“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”

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“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.”

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“I never held a council of war in my life. I heard what men had to say – the stream of talk at headquarters – but I made up my own mind, and from my written orders my staff got their first knowledge of what was to be done. No living man knew of plans”

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“I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.”

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“The one thing I never want to see again is a military parade. When I resigned from the army and went to a farm I was happy. When the rebellion came, I returned to the service because it was a duty. I had no thought of rank; all I did was try and make”

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“No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”
To General S.B. Buckner, Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862

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“God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.”
A toast made by Grant before his operations in the Vicksburg Campaign, February 22, 1863

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“I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.”
Dispatch to Washington, during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. May 11, 1864

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“I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate. One copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.”
Terms of surrender, given to General Robert E. Lee after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, April 9, 1865

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“Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences, instead of keeping large standing armies as they do in Europe.”

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“The will of the people is the best law.”

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“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.”

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I had known General Lee in the old army, and had served with him in the Mexican War; but did not suppose, owing to the difference in our age and rank, that he would remember me, while I would more naturally remember him distinctly, because he was the chief of staff of General Scott in the Mexican War.

When I had left camp that morning I had not expected so soon the result that was then taking place, and consequently was in rough garb. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier’s blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. When I went into the house I found General Lee. We greeted each other, and after shaking hands took our seats. I had my staff with me, a good portion of whom were in the room during the whole of the interview.

What General Lee’s feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too manly to show it. Whatever his feelings, they were entirely concealed from my observation; but my own feelings, which had been quite jubilant on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us.

Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting. After the conversation had run on in this style for some time, General Lee called my attention to the object of our meeting, and said that he had asked for this interview for the purpose of getting from me the terms I proposed to give his army. I said that I meant merely that his army should lay down their arms, not to take them up again during the continuance of the war unless duly and properly exchanged. He said that he had so understood my letter. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, 1885

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“The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United Status will have to be attributed to slavery. For some years before the war began it was a trite saying among some politicians that “A state half slave and half free cannot exist.” All must become slave or all free, or the state will go down. I took no part myself in any such view of the case at the time, but since the war is over, reviewing the whole question, I have come to the conclusion that the saying is quite true.”

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We must go back to the campaigns of Napoleon to find equally brillant results accomplished in the same space of time with such a small loss.
Francis Vinton Greene in The Mississippi (1882) on Grant’s role in the Vicksburg campaign

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If Grant only does this thing right down there — I don’t care how, so long as he does it right — why, Grant is my man and I am his the rest of the war!
Abraham Lincoln on Grant’s Vicksburg campaign, July 5, 1863

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I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
Statement attributed to Abraham Lincoln in response to complaints about Grant’s drinking habits, November 1863

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“He (Grant) habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall, and was about to do it.”
Col. Theodore Lyman. in Meade’s headquarters, 1863-1865

Wikipedia Page:  Ulysses S. Grant

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, January 29, 2017 – John McEnroe

 

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“I think it’s the mark of a great player to be confident in tough situations.”

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“The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.  Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what’s best for you.  Let me tell you, life is not fun when you’re banging your head against a brick wall all the time.”

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“What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion?  I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.”

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“I’ll let the racket do the talking.”

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“I’d like to think I could have and should have won more, but that’s not the point. And I was at the point where I was playing great tennis in the mid 80s – the type of tennis people hadn’t seen before – and I was very proud of that.”

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“If, in a few months, I’m only number 8 or number 10 in the world, I’ll have to look at what off-the-court work I can do. I will need to do something if I want to be number 1.”

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“Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people”

Wikipedia Page:  John McEnroe

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Billie Jean King

 

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“A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.”

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“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.”

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“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

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“I didn’t really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.”

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“I have a lot to say, and if I’m not No. 1, I can’t say it.”

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“I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.”

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“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”

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“I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.”

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“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.”

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“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.”

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“The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.”

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“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.”

Wikipedia:  Billie Jean King

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, January 27, 2017 – Arthur Ashe

 

“A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.”

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“Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.”

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“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

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“I don’t care who you are, you’re going to choke in certain matches. You get to a point where your legs don’t move and you can’t take a deep breath. You start to hit the ball about a yard wide, instead of inches.”

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“I don’t want to be remembered for my tennis accomplishments.”

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“I have tried to keep on with my striving because this is the only hope I have of ever achieving anything worthwhile and lasting.”

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“I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full.”

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I may not be walking with you all the way, or even much of the way, as I walk with you now.

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“If you’re paid before you walk on the court, what’s the point in playing as if your life depended on it?”

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“Later, I discovered there was a lot of work to being good in tennis.”

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“My potential is more than can be expressed within the bounds of my race or ethnic identity.”

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“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

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“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”

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“The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.”

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“Trust has to be earned, and should come only after the passage of time.”

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“We must believe in the power of education. We must respect just laws. We must love ourselves, our old and or young, our women as well as our men.”

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“We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.”

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“When bright young minds can’t afford college, America pays the price.”

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“You’ve got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.”

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“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

Wikipedia:  Arthur Ashe

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Seve Ballesteros

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Seve Ballesteros

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“I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, ‘I am going to bury you.”

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“To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality.  That means practice.”  

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“I know where I am and I know which way I’m going, … Only winning will satisfy me. You don’t think it is possible? It is very possible.”

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“I don’t see any players who really impress me from either side of the Atlantic, to be honest. There are a lot of players with great talent and a great future ahead. But impress me? I don’t get impressed that easily.”

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“I’d like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everyone would have to play from the rough, not just me.”

Wikipedia Page:  Seve Ballesteros

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – Sam Snead

 

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“Correct one fault at a time. Concentrate on the one fault you want to overcome.”

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“Forget your opponents; always play against par.

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“Golf is played with the arms.”

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“If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they’d starve to death.”

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“Never let up. The more you can win by, the more doubts you put in the other players’ minds the next time out.”

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“Nobody asked how you looked, just what you shot.”

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“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.”

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“Practice puts brains in your muscles.”

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“The greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow.”

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“The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.”

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“The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.”

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“To be consistently effective, you must put a certain distance between yourself and what happens to you on the golf course. This is not indifference, it’s detachment.”

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“Thinking instead of acting is the number-one golf disease.”

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“There is an old saying: If a man comes home with sand in his cuffs and cockleburs in his pants, don’t ask him what he shot.”

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“The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt.”

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“When I swing at a golf ball right, my mind is blank and my body is loose as a goose.”

Wikipedia Page:  Sam Snead

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