COACHES HOT SEAT

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – Colin Powell

 

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

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“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

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“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”

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“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

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“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”

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“Get mad, then get over it.”

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

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“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

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“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”

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“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

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“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

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“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

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“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”

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“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”

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COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP

1.  It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2.  Get mad, then get over it.
3.  Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4.  It can be done!
5.  Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6.  Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7.  You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8.  Check small things.
9.  Share credit.
10.  Remain calm. Be kind.
11.  Have a vision. Be demanding.
12.  Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13.  Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School

1.  Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.

2.  “Leadership is all about people…and getting the most out of people.”

3.  Leaders should never show fear or anger. “You have to have a sense of optimism.”

4.  Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

5.  Leadership is about conveying a sense of purpose in a selfless manner and creating conditions of trust while displaying moral and physical courage.

6.  A false leader is someone who fails to get the necessary resources for his or her staff to do their jobs.

7.  “The best leaders are those who can communicate upward the fears and desires of their subordinates, and are willing to fight for what is needed. If not, the organization will weaken and crumble.”

8.  When something fails, a true leader learns from the experience and puts it behind him. “You don’t get reruns in life. Don’t worry about what happened in the past.”

9.  Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.

10.  “You know you’re a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity.”

Wikipedia:  Colin Powell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 29, 2017 – Ronald Reagan

 

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

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“One legislator accused me of having a nineteenth-century attitude on law and order. That is a totally false charge. I have an eighteenth-century attitude. That is when the Founding Fathers made it clear that the safety of law-abiding citizens should be one of the government’s primary concerns.”

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“I’m convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world.”

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“Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it’s a definition he wants, I’ll give him one. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”

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“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

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“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.”

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“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

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“If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”

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“The defense policy of the United States is based on a simple premise: The United States does not start fights. We will never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression — to preserve freedom and peace.”

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“Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. But the Marines don’t have that problem.”

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“History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.”

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“We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.”

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“I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”

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“It is time for us to realize that we’re too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We’re not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look.”

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“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.”

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“Directly in front of me, the monument to a monumental man, George Washington, father of our country. A man of humility who came to greatness reluctantly. He led Americans out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood. Off to one side, the stately memorial to Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence flames with his eloquence. And then, beyond the Reflecting Pool, the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial. Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln. Beyond those monuments to heroism is the Potomac River, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery, with its row upon row of simple white markers bearing crosses of Stars of David. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom. Each one of those markers is a monument to the kind of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, the Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno, and halfway around the world on Gadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.”

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“You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we’re not bound by that same limitation? We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow.”

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“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted, it belongs to the brave.”

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“How do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.”

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“Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.”

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“The ten most dangerous words in the English language are “Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

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“”We the people” tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. “We the people” are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which “We the people” tell the government what it is allowed to do. “We the people” are free.”

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“I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still.”

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“I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”

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“Well I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — America’s best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.”

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“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

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“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”

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“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.”

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“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.”

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“Don’t be afraid to see what you see.”

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“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”

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“Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.”

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“I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.”

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“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”

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“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.”

Wikipedia:  Ronald Reagan

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, May 28, 2017 – F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.”

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“Action is character.”

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“Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.”

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“An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”

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“Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”

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“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.”

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“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

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“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”

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“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.”

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“Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.”

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“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

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“Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you’ll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.”

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“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

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“There are no second acts in American lives.”

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“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

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“Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.”

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“Isn’t Hollywood a dump — in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.”

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“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”

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“There are no second acts in American lives.”

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“Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation – the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible,” come true.”

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“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

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“My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.”

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“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”

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“On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand.

Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Ending of The Great Gatsby, 1925

Wikipedia:  F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 27, 2017 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Character is higher than intellect.”

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“I cannot find language of sufficient energy to convey my sense of the sacredness of private integrity.”

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“A little integrity is better than any career. “

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“Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.”

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“What you do thunders so loudly in my ears I cannot hear what you say.”

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“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

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“We are always getting ready to live but never living.”

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“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”

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“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men that is genius. “

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

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“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

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“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

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“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

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“A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.”

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“A man is what he thinks about all day long.”

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“As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.”

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“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.”

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“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”

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“It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.”

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“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”

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“To be great is to be misunderstood.”

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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

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“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.”

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“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.”

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“If the colleges were better, if they … had the power of imparting valuable thought, creative principles, truths which become powers, thoughts which become talents, — if they could cause that a mind not profound should become profound, — we should all rush to their gates: instead of contriving inducements to draw students, you would need to set police at the gates to keep order in the in-rushing multitude.”

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“Only the great generalizations survive. The sharp words of the Declaration of Independence, lampooned then and since as ‘glittering generalities,’ have turned out blazing ubiquities that will burn forever and ever.”

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“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”

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“Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.”

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“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”

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“The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms. Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond. But none of them owns the landscape. There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. This is the best part of these men’s farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title. To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.”

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“But genius looks forward: the eyes of men are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates.”

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“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but though his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”

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“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.”

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“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so.”

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“Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.”

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“Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now. Greatness appeals to the future. If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now. Be it how it will, do right now. Always scorn appearances, and you always may. The force of character is cumulative.”

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“Hence, the less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.”

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“Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.”

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“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”

Wikipedia:  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 26, 2017 – John Muir

 

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“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean.”

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

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“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”

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“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.”

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“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

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“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”

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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.”

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“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.” Our National Parks, 1901

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“Yosemite Park is a place of rest, a refuge from the roar and dust and weary, nervous, wasting work of the lowlands, in which one gains the advantages of both solitude and society. Nowhere will you find more company of a soothing peace-be-still kind. Your animal fellow-beings, so seldom regarded in civilization, and every rock-brow and mountain, stream, and lake, and every plant soon come to be regarded as brothers; even one learns to like the storms and clouds and tireless winds. This one noble park is big enough and rich enough for a whole life of study and aesthetic enjoyment. It is good for everybody, no matter how benumbed with care, encrusted with a mail of business habits like a tree with bark. None can escape its charms. Its natural beauty cleans and warms like a fire, and you will be willing to stay forever in one place like a tree.” The National Parks, 1896

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“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

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“Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.”

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“Going to the mountains is going home.”

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“The view we enjoyed from the summit [of Mount Rainier] could hardly be surpassed in sublimity and grandeur; but one feels far from home so high in the sky, so much so that one is inclined to guess that, apart from the acquisition of knowledge and the exhilaration of climbing, more pleasure is to be found at the foot of the mountains than on their tops. Doubly happy, however, is the man to whom lofty mountain tops are within reach, for the lights that shine there illumine all that lies below.”

Wikipedia Page:  John Muir

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 25, 2017 – Henry David Thoreau

 

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“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

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“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

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“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”

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“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

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“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

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“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

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“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

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“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

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“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”

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“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

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“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

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“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

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“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.”

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“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”

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“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

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“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

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“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”

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“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

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“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

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“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

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“The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”

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“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

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“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

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“What is once well done is done forever.”

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“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

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“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

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“The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”

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“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

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“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!”

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“I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.”

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“Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defences only of freedom. It is our children’s children who may perchance be really free.”

Wikipedia:  Henry David Thoreau

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – William James

 

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“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.”

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“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

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“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”

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“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

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“Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”

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“An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.”

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“Belief creates the actual fact.”

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“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”

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“Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.”

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“Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.”

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“Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.”

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“Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.”

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“Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.”

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“Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.”

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“Genius… means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.”

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“How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.”

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“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”

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“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

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“If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.”

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“If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.”

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“If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.”

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“Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.”

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“It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.”

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“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.”

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“The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.”

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“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

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“The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.”

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“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

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“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

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“The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.”

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“These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.”

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“We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.”

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“We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.”

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“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is “attitude.”

Wikipedia Page: William James

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Walt Whitman

 

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“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”

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“Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.”

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“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.”

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“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.”

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“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.”

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“If you done it, it ain’t bragging.”

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“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

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“There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.”

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“The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.”

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“Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you? Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?”

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“Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.”

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“I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.”

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“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.”

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“Be curious, not judgmental.”

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“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.”

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“Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.”

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“The future is no more uncertain than the present.”

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‘Nothing endures but personal qualities.”

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“The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.”

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“All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.”

Wikipedia:  Walt Whitman

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 22, 2017 – James Madison

 

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“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.”

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“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

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“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”

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“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

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“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

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“Philosophy is common sense with big words.”

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“America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.”

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“A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.”

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“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”

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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

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“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”

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“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

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“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

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“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”

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“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.”

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“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.”

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“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.”

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“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”

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“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

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“Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.”

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“War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.”

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“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”

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“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?”

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“There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.”

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“Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”

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“The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.”

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“The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge the wants or feelings of the day-laborer. The government we mean to erect is intended to last for ages. The landed interest, at present, is prevalent; but in process of time, when we approximate to the states and kingdoms of Europe, — when the number of landholders shall be comparatively small, through the various means of trade and manufactures, will not the landed interest be overbalanced in future elections, and unless wisely provided against, what will become of your government? In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place. If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority. The senate, therefore, ought to be this body; and to answer these purposes, they ought to have permanency and stability.”

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“In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

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“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.”

Wikipedia Page:  James Madison

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Benjamin Franklin

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

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

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

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

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

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“Where liberty is, there is my country.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wikipedia Page:  Benjamin Franklin

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