“A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.”
“Action is character.”
“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.”
“An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”
“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.”
“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.”
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”
“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.”
“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.”
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
“Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you’ll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.”
“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”
“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.”
“There are no second acts in American lives.”
“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“There are no second acts in American lives.”
“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.”
“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.
“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.”
“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”
“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
“I do believe we are going to have a major war, with Japan and Germany, and that the war is going to start by a very serious surprise attack and defeat of U.S. armed forces, and that there is going to be a major revulsion on the part of the political power in Washington against all those in command at sea, and they are going to be thrown out, though it won’t be their fault necessarily. And I wish to be in a position of sufficient prominence so that I will then be considered as one to be sent to sea, because that appears to be the route.”
“A ship is always referred to as “she” because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder.”
“Through the skill and devotion to duty of their armed forces of all branches in the Midway area our citizens can now rejoice that a momentous victory is in the making.” After the Battle of Midway, CINCPAC Communiqué No. 3, June 6, 1942
“Is the proposed operation likely to succeed? What might be the consequences of failure? Is it in the realm of practicability in terms of material and supplies?” “Three favorite rules of thumb” Nimitz had printed on a card he kept on his desk
“They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side…To them, we have a solemn obligation — the obligation to ensure that their sacrifice will help make this a better and safer world in which to live.” Of those who died in the war in the Pacific, after ceremonies in Tokyo Bay accepting the official surrender of Japan, September 2, 1945
“The U.S.’s major strength factor and weapon is its economy. If you cripple it, you cripple the military.”
“That is not to say that we can relax our readiness to defend ourselves. Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves.”
“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.”
“Sir Walter Raleigh declared in the early 17th century that “whoever commands the sea, commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.” This principle is as true today as when uttered, and its effect will continue as long as ships traverse the seas.”Employment of Naval Forces, 1948
“The final objective in war is the destruction of the enemy’s capacity and will to fight, and thereby force him to accept the imposition of the victor’s will.”
“The qualities of the Nimitz character were apparent in his face, in his career, and in his heritage; combined these factors made him precisely the man he was and placed him in this particular situation at this moment in history. … He was not a cold man, or a bad tempered man — quite the contrary — to the world he presented a figure of almost total complacency; he seldom lost his temper or raised his voice. … It could be said that King was a driver who knew how to lead; it could also be said that Nimitz was a leader who conquered any personal urge to drive, and achieved his ends more by persuasion and inspiration to men under his command.”Edwin Palmer Hoyt in How They Won the War in the Pacific : Nimitz and His Admirals (2000), p. 28 – 29
“On April 13, 1943, Allied radio intelligence intercepted a message carrying the travel itinerary of Admiral Yamamoto. The detail in the message listed flight and ground schedules and included what type of fighter escort would be provided. Major Red Lasswell of FRUPAC broke the coded message. The decision of what to do with the information was left to Admiral Nimitz. Nimitz consulted Layton as to what the ramifications would be if Yamamoto were removed. They considered that he might be replaced with a better commander, and Nimitz felt familiar with Yamamoto as his opponent. Layton felt nobody could adequately replace Yamamoto, and based on this opinion Nimitz gave Admiral Halsey the authority to carry out the intercept of Yamamoto’s aircraft. On 18 April, a flight of P-38 fighters with specially selected pilots and equipped with long-range fuel tanks shot down Yamamoto’s aircraft, killing one of Japan’s top naval leaders.” Ricky J. Nussio, in Sherman and Nimitz: Executing Modern Information Operations (2001)
“He surrounded himself with the ablest men he could find and sought their advice, but he made his own decisions. He was a keen strategist who never forgot that he was dealing with human beings, on both sides of the conflict. He was aggressive in war without hate, audacious while never failing to weigh the risks.”E. B. Potter, Naval historian at the US Naval Academy, quoted on the cover jacket of his book Nimitz (1976)
“Of the Marines on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”
“He brought to his new job a number of advantages, including experience, a detailed knowledge of his brother officers, and a sense of inner balance and calm that steadied those around him. He had the ability to pick able subordinates and the courage to let them do their jobs without interference. He molded such disparate personalities as the quiet, introspective Raymond A. Spruance and the ebullient, aggressive William F. Halsey, Jr. into an effective team.” Robert William Love, on the rise of Nimitz to CINCPAC in The Chiefs of Naval Operations
…maybe it was Arkansas AD Jeff Long trying to give what he thought was a HUGE buyout to Bielema to insulate both Beliema AND Long from both of them getting their asses run out of Fayetteville if what is now happening actually happened at Arkansas! Hard to believe anyone knows what they the Hell they are doing at Arkansas, but whatever was the intent of the contract extension by Jeff Long for Bielema a few years back it was a STUPID deal that even with a $5.9 million dollar buyout has put the Arkansas Athletic Department behind the 8-ball and if the 2017 Arkansas football season falls to pieces we cannot imagine how….
Jeff Long can possible stay employed by the University of Arkansas!
Now at 2 – 3 on the season Arkansas travels to Tuscaloosa to play Mighty Alabama at the very worst time for Bret Bielema and his football team with a game against Auburn at home on deck and we cannot under any circumstances imagine that Bielema can lose these next two games to drop to 2 – 5 on the season with these games then left…
At Ole Miss Coastal Carolina At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
….and keep his job save winning out because even if Bielema finished at 6 – 6 in Year 5 on the job is that really good enough for Arkansas Football?
Not from where we sit but then maybe a bunch of college football fans in San Francisco have higher standards for Arkansas Football than do the fans of Arkansas Football in the Great State of Arkansas who if willing to accept this kind of mediocre football have sacrificed forever the right to say ANYTHING about the Razorbacks losing football games ANYTIME in the future!
Barry Odom, Missouri vs. Georgia – 1 – 4 Mizzou Football plays at Georgia on Saturday which is totally an unwinnable game in our minds since if the Bulldogs lost this game it would be such a MASSIVE upset that it would launch Kirby Smart’s ass right to the top of the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings and with that mind the Tigers will be 1 – 5 come Saturday evening with these games still left on the schedule:
Idaho At UConn Florida Tennessee At Vanderbilt At Arkansas
If Mizzou was just a mediocre football team they should win at least FOUR of their remaining SIX games but is Mizzou even mediocre?
We are going to find out over the next several weeks!
Todd Graham, Arizona State vs. Washington – In the last three seasons Todd Graham at Arizona State has posted records of…
Overall: 13 – 17
Pac-12: 7 – 13
….and thus it’s clear why Graham is on the Hot Seat and at 2 – 3 on the 2017 season here comes the Mighty Washington Huskies to Temple with Chris Petersen winning 21 of his last 23 games as the head coach at UW.
In his sixth season at Arizona State this is a game that Todd Graham should be able win and yet it’s Washington that is rolling like a steamroller in this game which if the Sun Devils lose will drop their record to…
2 – 4
…with these games still left to be played:
At Utah USC Colorado At UCLA At Oregon State Arizona
Can Arizona State win 4 of their last 6 games if they lose to Washington to get at least 6 wins on the board in 2017?
We don’t see how and thus why UW is a MUST WIN Game for Todd Graham and ASU!
Mike Riley, Nebraska vs. Ohio State– The win/loss records say it all for Mike Riley who in his third season at Nebraska has records on the board of…
Overall: 18 – 14
Big Ten: 11 – 9
…which is AVERAGE at best if you were the head coach at Illinois in our humble opinion and of course Riley is the head coach of Nebraska which in paraphrasing NFL Films on the Great Vince Lombardi….
“Nebraska…a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and cold November months.”
Sorry..maybe the Stanford Football Fans at Coaches Hot Seat have unreasonable expectations for Nebraska Football….No, No we don’t….and Mike Riley’s records are in our opinion not good enough for Huskers Football and barring Riley winning out…or maybe at worst losing only one more game…we fully expect a head coaching change in Lincoln come December which we fully expect will be done a first-class way knowing the folks in the Great State of Nebraska…but a coaching change it will be!
Oh…here’s the rest of Nebraska’s schedule this season:
Ohio State At Purdue Northwestern At Minnesota At Penn State Iowa
Hell…if Mike Riley does win out he should get another year at least coaching Nebraska because that’s a Helluva tough schedule starting with a MUST WIN Game against Ohio State on Saturday!
…out of 129 teams after six weeks of games with the Gators basically handing the victory to the Tigers in Gainesville on a 14 carat gold platter an elaborately wrapped box and with that win LSU is now 4 – 2 on the season with these games left to be played…
Auburn At Ole Miss At Alabama Arkansas At Tennessee Texas A&M
Most folks think that LSU has little shot of slowing down the Auburn offense enough to beat the Tigers so if they do lose on Saturday to drop to 4 – 3 on the year…and that’s still an IF….LSU will face five more teams down the stretch with only one of them having more talent on the field…Alabama.
How many games can LSU win in 2017 in Ed Orgeron’s first full year on the job when playing 9 teams they have more talent than?
Our guess….LSU will have SIX wins when Texas A&M comes to town on November 2 with Joe Alleva and Ed Orgeron’s future on the line in the game against the Aggies when Kevin Sumlin’s future may be on the line as well!
Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma vs. Texas– In Oklahoma’s last two games against Baylor and Iowa State the Sooners have looked like a team losing its identity with the only goal being…
Scoring Lots of Points
…hoping we guess the other teams scores less and if that trend continues we think there’s a real chance Oklahoma could lose…3…maybe 4… more games in 2017 with these games left to be played:
Texas – Dallas At Kansas State Texas Tech At Oklahoma State TCU At Kansas West Virginia
Hell…only Kansas is a Sure Win right now for Oklahoma and if the Sooners did lose to Texas on Saturday in a MUST WIN Game for Lincoln Riley then it is going to heat up in Norman for Riley which is an experience that few have had the displeasure of knowing in OU history but every coach that did experience it…
Saw his ass fired not long after!
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan vs. Indiana – Several of us got to see Jim Harbaugh close up and personal at Stanford and we can tell you…
Jimmy is scared…Damn scared of the play of the Michigan offense
….right now and that is because Jimmy has looked at the rest of the Wolverines schedule and he sees some teams that will be able to score 14 to 20 points in a game and Jimmy may be thinking something like…
Hell…with my current QB options we may not be able to score 14+ points in many upcoming games!
It’s all too clear what’s wrong with the Michigan offense as Nicole Auerbach so clearly lays out at The Athletic…
…and to us it seems that most of these problems are not fixable without more talent in Ann Arbor which means that either Jimmy Harbaugh comes out of his shell and lets his playcallers cut it loose and take some chances in order to try and get some points on the board or 2017 could be one Helluva long season.
Michigan plays Indiana on Saturday in an obvious MUST WIN Game but after the Hoosiers Blue has left…
At Penn State Rutgers Minnesota At Maryland At Wisconsin Ohio State
Hell…with the current Michigan offense that looks like….2…maybe 3…more losses for the Wolverines in 2017 and knowing Jimmy Harbaugh the way we do…
That would make for one Helluva LONG offseason for Jimmy!
Butch Jones, Tennessee vs. South Carolina– Butch Jones has arrived to this spot in his coaching career by his own doing which involves saying a couple of dozen things at Tennessee that we still don’t understand what the Hell Butch was trying to say and win/loss records that at a place like Tennessee are just no Big Whoop:
Overall: 33 – 23
SEC: 14 – 20
It also doesn’t help that Jones record against Power 5 Conference Schools in five seasons at Tennessee he has posted a record of….
20 – 23
….which means Butch has done a nice job of beating the Cupcakes the last five years but this is Tennessee where ANY coach should be able to handle the Cupcakes on a consistent basis.
South Carolina is of course beyond a MUST WIN Game for Butch Jones because dropping 3 – 3 on the season with games…
At Alabama At Kentucky
….up next followed by these games…
Southern Miss At Missouri LSU Vanderbilt
….looks like 6 or 7 wins for the Vols in 2017 and we cannot imagine Butch Jones surviving a 6 or 7 win season in his 5 th in Knoxville!
David Beaty, Kansas vs. Iowa State – David Beaty is in his third season at Kansas and has records on the board of…
Overall: 3 – 26
Big 12: 1 – 19
….and those 3 wins were against….
Rhode Island Texas SE Missouri State
Geez…Charlie Strong must feel GREAT to be among the head coach of a team that’s on the above list of teams!
Kansas still has to play in 2017…
At Iowa State At TCU Kansas State Baylor At Texas Oklahoma At Oklahoma State
…and we cannot imagine the Jayhawks winning another game this season….PERIOD.
Steve Addazio, Boston College vs. Louisville – Steve Addazio is coaching his FIFTH season at BC and has posted records of…
Overall: 26 – 31
ACC: 11 – 24
…and if the above records are acceptable to the Administration at Boston College they should fire themselves today because we are old enough to know there is no Damn good reason why BC doesn’t have a coach that can have .500+ records on the board…EASY!
Now at 2 – 4 on the season Addazio and BC have left to play in 2017…
At Louisville At Virginia Florida State NC State UConn At Syracuse
…and we wouldn’t be surprised if the Eagles only win one more game this season!
Jim Mora, UCLA vs. Arizona – Jim Mora won a lot of games in his first FOUR years at UCLA posting a record of…
37 – 16
…but the last TWO seasons Mora has a record on the board of….
6 – 10
….and thus why even a man with a MASSIVE buyout is feeling the heat as the 3 – 2 Bruins head to Tucson to play Arizona.
After Arizona the Bruins have left to play…
Oregon At Washington At Utah Arizona State At USC California
….which makes us think UCLA will have a tough time even getting to 6 wins if the Bruins lose to Arizona so of course…it’s a MUST WIN Game!
Rich Rodriguez, Arizona vs. UCLA – In SIX seasons at Arizona Rich Rodriguez has an OK record on the board…
Overall: 39 – 31
Pac-12: 20 – 27
…but the last three seasons Rodriguez’s record stands at…
13 – 17
….thus why RichRod is on the Hot Seat and facing a MUST WIN Home Game against UCLA that would be a Disaster with a loss since the Wildcats still have to play games after the Bruins against…
At California Washington State At USC Oregon State Oregon At Arizona State
Damn….if Arizona drops to 3 – 3 on the season with a loss to UCLA they will have a Helluva time getting to 6 wins and we cannot imagine RichRod surviving two straight losing years in Tucson!
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M vs. Florida – After the beyond disastrous season opening loss to UCLA….which isn’t that great of a football team…Kevin Sumlin and his Aggies got fat beating…
Nicholls Louisiana Arkansas South Carolina
….and now at 4 – 2 A&M gets back to somewhat Big Boy Football in Week 7 with a game against Florida…which really isn’t that great of a team that has NO offense at all!
Kevin Sumlin needs 9+ wins to keep his job and with these games left to be played and 4 wins on the board…
At Florida Mississippi State Auburn New Mexico At Ole Miss At LSU
…we rather doubt the Aggies can win 9+ games in 2017 if they don’t beat Florida in Gainesville so Yep this is a MUST WIN Game for Sumlin and the Aggies!
Jim McElwain, Florida vs. Texas A&M – In three seasons at Florida head coach Jim McElwain has OK records on the board…
Overall: 22 – 10
SEC: 16 – 4
…but this is FLORIDA we are talking about where the previous head coach Will Muschamp…who got his ass run out of town….had at this same spot in his third year at FLORIDA a record of…
22 – 10
…on the board and like Muschamp the current head coach McElwain will be held to the “Florida standard” where any Damn moron could drive over from Jacksonville and coach the Gators to 7+ wins a year just rolling the balls out on the field and going to a local bar in Gainesville during practice!
After a Disastrous loss to LSU on Saturday which was a team we now know was falling to pieces as it arrived in Gainesville the Gators have left in 2017…
Texas A&M Georgia At Missouri At South Carolina UAB Florida State
…and if the Gators play the rest of the year like they did against LSU they will be LUCKY to win 3 more games which is 6 wins total and would place Jim McElwain’s rear-end on one of the Hottest Seats in America come December!
Larry Fedora, North Carolina vs. Virginia – We’re not sure what the Hell is going on at North Carolina under head coach Larry Fedora this season but the Tar Heels are 1 – 5 on the year and have looked like they are barely coached at times and UNC still has to play games against:
Virginia At Virginia Tech Miami At Pitt Western Carolina At NC State
Hell…North Carolina might only win one more game in 2017 so Hell Yes beating Virginia is a MUST!
“A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.”
“If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.”
“I have ten commandments. The first nine are, thou shalt not bore. The tenth is, thou shalt have right of final cut.”
“Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.”
“I’d worship the ground you walked on if only you walked in a better neighborhood.”
“Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window – that is at once interesting.”
“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.”
“Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.”
“The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.”
“If there’s anything I hate more than not being taken seriously, it’s being taken too seriously.”
“My Aunt Minnie would always be punctual and never hold up production, but who would pay to see my Aunt Minnie?”
“One’s too many, and a hundred’s not enough.”
“France is the country where the money falls apart and you can’t tear the toilet paper.”
“You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.”
“An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius.”
“Don’t be too clever for an audience. Make it obvious. Make the subtleties obvious also.”
“We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.”
“The best director is the one you don’t see.”
“They’ve tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroes and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won’t work. She was an original.”
“A bad play folds and is forgotten, but in pictures we don’t bury our dead. When you think it’s out of your system, your daughter sees it on television and says, My father is an idiot.”
“Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts.”
“The truth always reveals itself.”
“Love is the hardest thing in the world to write about. So simple. You’ve got to catch it through details, like the early morning sunlight hitting the gray tin of the rain spout in front of her house. The ringing of a telephone that sounds like Beethoven’s “Pastoral.” A letter scribbled on her office stationery that you carry around in your pocket because it smells of all the lilacs in Ohio.”
“I never overestimate the audience, nor do I underestimate them. I just have a very rational idea as to who we’re dealing with, and that we’re not making a picture for Harvard Law School, we’re making a picture for middle-class people, the people that you see on the subway, or the people that you see in a restaurant. Just normal people.”
“If you don’t like what you’re doing, it’s unlikely anyone else will either, so be sure you are happy with your own work first.”
“A number of images put together a certain way become something quite above and beyond what any of them are individually.”
“Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.”
“Art depends on luck and talent.”
“I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.”
“It’s ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career, with The Godfather having such an enormous success, I wasn’t even aware of it, because I was somewhere else under the deadline again.”
“The stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work.”
“You have to really be courageous about your instincts and your ideas. Otherwise you’ll just knuckle under, and things that might have been memorable will be lost.”
“You ought to love what you’re doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.”
“I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.”
“I believe that filmmaking – as, probably, is everything – is a game you should play with all your cards, and all your dice, and whatever else you’ve got. So, each time I make a movie, I give it everything I have. I think everyone should, and I think everyone should do everything they do that way.”
“I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.”
“The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.”
On his film, “Apocalypse Now”, at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival: “My movie is not about Vietnam… my movie is Vietnam.”
“Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.”
“Lots of people have criticized my movies, but nobody has ever identified the real problem: I’m a sloppy filmmaker.”
“The Godfather changed my life, for better or worse. It definitely made me have an older man’s film career when I was 29. So now I say, ‘If I had my older career when I was young, as an older man, maybe I can have a young film-maker’s career.'”
“Brando wants to do what you want, but he wants people to be honest and not try to manipulate him.”
“Marlon was never hard to work with. His behaviour was a little eccentric on the set. He was like a bad boy and did what he wanted. But as an actor he was never hard to work with.”
“I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.
Men, all this stuff you’ve heard about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans, traditionally, love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooters, the fastest runners, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.
Now, an army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, fights as a team. This individuality stuff is a bunch of crap. The bilious bastards who wrote that stuff about individuality for the Saturday
Evening Post don’t know anything more about real battle than they do about fornicating.
Now, we have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. You know, by God I, I actually pity those poor bastards we’re going up against, by God, I do.
We’re not just going to shoot the bastards; we’re going to cut out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We’re going to murder those lousy Hun bastards by the bushel.
Now, some of you boys, I know, are wondering whether or not you’ll chicken out under fire. Don’t worry about it. I can assure you that you will all do your duty.
The Nazis are the enemy. Wade into them. Spill their blood. Shoot them in the belly. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do.
Now there’s another thing I want you to remember: I don’t want to get any messages saying that we are holding our position. We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose.
Now, there’s one thing that you men will be able to say when you get back home. And you may thank God for it. Thirty years from now when you’re sitting around your fireside with your grandson on your knee, and he asks you: “What did you do in the great World War II?” You won’t have to say, “Well, I shoveled shit in Louisiana.”
Alright, now, you sons-of-bitches, you know how I feel. Oh… I will be proud to lead you wonderful guys into battle anytime, anywhere.
That’s all.” Opening Speech by George C. Scott playing General Patton in move Patton
“It was here. The battlefield was here. The Carthaginians defending the city were attacked by three Roman Legions. The Carthaginians were proud and brave but they couldn’t hold. They were massacred. The Arab women stripped them of the tunics and swords, and lances. And the soldiers lay naked in the sun. 2000 years ago. I was here. (Looking at Bradley) You don’t believe me, do you Brad?
You know what the poet said: ‘Through the travail of ages, Midst the pomp and toils of war, Have I fought and strove and perished Countless times upon a star. As if through a glass, and darkly The age-old strife I see— Where I fought in many guises, many names— but always me.’ Do you know who the poet was? Me.” Battle of Carthage Scene, movie Patton
“All Mighty and most merciful Father, We humbly beseech Thee, of thy great goodness to restrain this immoderate weather with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.” Weather Prayer, move Patton
“A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.”
“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.”
“Freedom is from within.”
“Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.”
“Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.”
“I believe totally in a Capitalist System, I only wish that someone would try it.”
“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to thing you want to see happen.”
“Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism… but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.”
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”
“The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.”
“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”
“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.”
“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
“The truth is more important than the facts.”
“”Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”
“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”
“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.”
“A free America, democratic in the sense that our forefathers intended it to be, means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call ‘democracy’ is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.”
“Every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.”
“Human beings can be beautiful. If they are not beautiful it is entirely their own fault. It is what they do to themselves that makes them ugly. The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.”
1. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – In the last decade-plus we have written a lot in this Coaches Hot Seat Blog about the importance of Athletic Directors making Damn sure they hire head football coaches that “fit” the culture and history of the school the AD words for, but this is the first time we have written about something just as important:
Coaches taking jobs where they “fit” the culture and history of the school.
A handful of Coaches Hot Seat members have stopped in at Madison, Wisconsin a few times while on business trips in the Great State of Wisconsin and even been to a couple Wisconsin Badgers football games and on one of those trips a few years ago when Bret Bielema was still the head coach of the Badgers there was a story we read about how Bielema liked to drive around in his SUV on Gameday Saturdays in Madison before the games to see what all the Wisconsin fans were up to with most of those fans not knowing it was the UW head coach in that SUV. When reading that story we just laughed at it because it was classic Bret Bielema and in our minds not knowing about any potential issues that were going on between Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez and Bret Bielema we always thought that Bret was a good “fit” at Wisconsin and that he would be there until he got his ass fired or he retired.
As you can imagine with the above in mind everyone at Coaches Hot Seat was shocked when in early December 2012 it was announced that Bret Bielema was leaving Wisconsin for the Arkansas head coaching job which made no sense on many levels and like a lot of other people made us think that Barry Alvarez must be one Helluva asshole to work for and if the media reports are true Cheap As Hell when it comes to paying Wisconsin assistant coaches since after all…Not A Damn Dime of the money that Barry Alvarez pays Wisconsin Athletic Department employees with is Barry’s money! Whatever the issues were between Alvarez and Bielema it blew-up a pretty good arrangement for the both of them which later happened again with Alvarez and current Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen who also must be a Real American Man and doesn’t like being led around by the nose from a former football coach who doesn’t seem to know that Real Leaders hire people to do jobs and they…
Let Them Do Their Job!
Leaving Barry Alvarez aside for the moment who in our opinion is a Pompous Arrogant Ass that believes he spun up the entire universe and thus everyone should kiss Barry’s Precious Big Ass….Sorry Barry but your are not God Son and hopefully one day the Lord himself will let you know that personally….let’s get back to Bret Bielema at Arkansas which on so many levels for both Arkansas and Bielema made just no Damn sense and we write that because early on a long-time friend + Arkansas-alum called us in Bielema’s first year at Arkansas in the Fall of 2013 and said something like (paraphrasing since it was so long ago):
“It’s just not going to work with Bielema. He just doesn’t get Arkansas…the people…the culture…nor the football…but it will take a long-time for some of my friends to understand that…a really long time.”
Well, it’s now Bret Bielema’s FIFTH year as the head coach at Arkansas and in his 56 th game as the head coach of the Razorbacks his team just got their ass whipped by the score of…
48 – 22
….by a decent but still average South Carolina team which leaves Bielema’s records at….
Overall: 27 – 29
SEC: 10 – 24
…but most shocking of all is Bielema’s record against Power 5 Conference Schools:
13 – 29
Damn…that’s just Damn Awful!
To put into perspective just how bad Bret Bielema has been at Arkansas one must look at his conference winning percentage against all of the previous Arkansas coaches, throwing out the Idiocy of John L. Smith who also should have NEVER been hired even as an interim head coach at Arkansas by AD Jeff Long, and when you look at those numbers it is very Damn ugly indeed:
Arkansas Head Football Coaches Conference Winning % – 1950 – 2017
Bret Bielema – .294
Bobby Petrino – .531
Houston Nutt – .525
Danny Ford – .402
Joe Kines – .438
Jack Crowe – .375
Ken Hatfield – .783
Lou Holtz – .670
Frank Broyles – .714
Jack Mitchell – .472
Bowden Wyatt – .583
Otis Douglas – .222
That’s right…you have to go back to the years 1950 – 1952 and Arkansas head coach Otis Douglas to find a worse conference record than the one that Bret Bielema has put up over the past FIVE seasons at Arkansas and for those slow on the uptake that is…
11 Arkansas Head Coaches Ago
65 Years Ago!
Bret Bielema just hasn’t been bad at Arkansas…he more importantly has been bad relative to Arkansas football history in the Post World War II era when .500+ football in conference and against serious opponents such as the Power 5 Conference Teams today was not only expected but was achieved by the head coaches at Arkansas which makes one wonder….
Will Arkansas AD Jeff Long let Bret Bielema destroy Arkansas Football on the sword of Jeff Long’s massive ego or will Jeff Long do something we have never heard Jeff do…
Admit he was wrong?
How exactly did Bret Bielema get his current contract which pays $4+ Million Dollars a year and includes a $15+ Million Dollar Buyout you ask?
Jeff Long gave that HUGE contract and buyout to Bret Bielema after the 2014 season when Arkansas went…wait for it…
7 – 6!
That sound you hear is us Laughing Out Loud with the everyone else with an IQ over Johnny Manziel’s jersey number at Texas A&M = 2!
With the loss to South Carolina the Razorbacks are now 2 – 3 on the season and 0 – 2 in SEC play and they have left on the schedule this…
At Alabama Auburn At Ole Miss Coastal Carolina At LSU Mississippi State Missouri
Any chance Arkansas wins 4 of their last 7 games to get to .500….which is Pitiful Football in our opinion at Arkansas which Bobby Petrino proved just a few years ago?
Not A Chance in Hell…in our humble opinion and if Arkansas doesn’t get to 6 wins in Bielema’s FIFTH year on the job $15M+ buyout or not Bret Bielema and Jeff Long are going to get a call sometime in late November or early December telling them they need to come to a meeting that some very busy folks will be attending and wanting to know just what the Hell is wrong with you two Damn Morons who have gutted and destroyed Arkansas Football followed by both of them being told to get the personal stuff in their offices together because their services were no longer needed at the University of Arkansas!
2. Butch Jones, Tennessee – The best news about last week for Butch Jones was that his Vols had the week off so they couldn’t lose a football game and Jones didn’t say anything stupid which is a miracle of sorts considering all the Stupid Shit that Butch Jones has said in the last few years in Knoxville!
Much like Bret Bielema…Butch Jones has a record problem at Tennessee with the Vols records over the five seasons under Jones at…
Overall: 33 – 23
SEC: 14 – 20
….and in the all-important record against Power 5 Conference Schools Jones’ record is…
18 – 23
Those are much better records than Bret Bielema which are nothing short of a Total Damn Disaster….but come now…we are talking about University of Tennessee Football here where a .500+ records in…
SEC and against Power 5 Conference Schools
….is not only expected it better Damn be achieved and thus now you know why Butch Jones is on the Hot Seat especially when you consider all the Stupid Shit Jones has said in the last few years in Knoxville!
The word on Butch Jones that a Coaches Hot Seat member is getting from his kind-of-related family members who live in East Tennessee and are UT-alums is that Butch Jones can save his job with the Vols IF….he wins ALL his remaining games save Alabama and with that in mind let’s go to what’s left on Tennessee’s schedule:
South Carolina At Alabama At Kentucky Southern Miss At Missouri LSU Vanderbilt
Hell….most Tennessee Football teams could easily go 6 – 1 in the 7 above remaining football games but this is the 2017 version of the Vols is NOT most Tennessee Football Teams (Hell..they QUIT against Georgia!) and we would say the chance of the Vols finishing 9 – 3 in 2017 is around the same odds that a Coaches Hot Seat member will sleep with one of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models in 2017 which has odds now set at….
Of course….we will not discount the chance that Butch Jones might have his agent Jimmy Sexton beating the bushes for another head football coaching job in college football right now and we can only imagine Sexton looking down the Coaches Hot Seat Rankings and saying something like…
“Hmmmm…I might be able to get Butch out of Tennessee and into “X” job before his ass gets fired in Knoxville!”
Maybe Jimmy…Maybe So Son!
Coach Hard against South Carolina Butch Jones….another potential employer might be watching!
3. Todd Graham, Arizona State – Arizona State had an bye in Week 6 after their loss to Stanford in Week 7 and now it’s back to football and here come the Smoking Hot Washington Huskies into Tempe to play the Sun Devils and Chris Petersen really has things rolling at UW where in the Huskies last 23 games Washington is…
21 – 2!
Damn…just when Todd Graham really needs a win to get his 2 – 3 Arizona State football team going he has to play Washington and then go to Salt Lake City in Week 7 to play Utah followed by USC in the desert!
Hell…Arizona State could be 2 – 6 in just a few weeks and Todd Graham out of a job so coach hard Todd because these next few games may be your last chance to be a head coach at a FBS school for a few years at least which is what this is really all about…it’s not about the money…it’s performing at a high enough level so that you have…
Earned the Right to be a Head Coach on the FBS level….PERIOD!
4. David Beaty, Kansas – Kansas got its ass whipped by Texas Tech on Saturday by the score of 65 – 19 and that’s becoming a common theme for the Jayhawks….
Getting Its Ass Whipped
….under head coach David Beaty who now has record at KU of…
Overall: 3 – 26
Big 12: 1 – 19
Oh…they must give thanks for Charlie Strong in Lawrence, Kansas because without that Pitiful Texas team that Charlie brought to Lawrence last year the Jayhawks would have ZERO Big 12 Conference wins under David Beaty the last THREE seasons!
Three seasons ago in 2014 Charlie Weis got fired about this time of the year and at the time when Chubby Charlie got canned by Kansas when in reality his Sorry Ass NEVER should have been hired by KU Chubby Charlie’s overall record was….
6 – 22
…and David Beaty’s overall record right now is…
3 – 26
That sound you hear is Coaches Hot Seat laughing out freaking LOUD!
Geez…what a Damn mess but the upside is that more than likely when Kansas runs David Beaty…and even KU will run David Beaty with the above records…no doubt the folks in Lawrence will make another…
Totally Damn Stupid Hire and that coach will shortly thereafter find his ass on the Hot Seat and…the Stupid Ass Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round All the Damn Time at Kansas!
5. Barry Odom, Missouri – Missouri put a good fight against Mark Stoops Kentucky team which is an amazing bunch in so many ways in that they will play as Good or Bad as they team they are facing which says a lot about Mark Stoops inability to get his team ready and focused on gameday which will leave for another day and focus on Barry Odom who in his SECOND season as the head coach at Mizzou has now posted records of…
Overall: 5 – 12
SEC: 2 – 9
…and the 1 – 4 Tigers still have to play this season:
At Georgia Idaho At UConn Florida Tennessee At Vanderbilt At Arkansas
Our guess Missouri wins 2…maybe 3….of its remaining 7 games which if it’s 3 more games that would be two straight years of…
4 – 8
…records under Odom which is Bad….Oh It’s Damn Bad….and it’s up to Barry Odom to make it Good…Damn Good Son or your ass will be run…and should be run…right out of Columbia!
6. Mike Riley, Nebraska – As they say about today’s world “things change fast” and they even change fast in Nebraska because after the Nebraska loss at home to Wisconsin on Saturday we called a few of our Husker-alum friends on Sunday and to a person they all said very close to the following:
“Unless Mike Riley beats Ohio State at home next Saturday it’s over for Mike and Scott Frost will be the next head coach at Nebraska.”
If Nebraska can get current UCF head coach Scott Frost that is who we hear is now Very Damn High on several Athletic Directors lists for a new head football coach which means that Nebraska probably has the inside lane to get Frost as their next head coach if Mike Riley is fired BUT Frost may have a choice of several plum jobs in a month or so BUT there is probably not a job that fits Frost as well or where Frost can win a lot of games in the Big Ten West Division like the Nebraska job!
As for Mike Riley if Nebraska can win the rest of their games this season against…
Ohio State At Purdue Northwestern At Minnesota At Penn State Iowa
…which is about as likely as a Coaches Hot Seat member sleeping with a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model in 2017 then Riley can coach the Huskers in 2018!
Coach em up Mike Riley…we will be pulling for your Huskers against Ohio State!
Just an opinion by Coaches Hot Seat on current UCF head Scott Frost. We have been watching and following Scott Frost since he first arrived on The Farm at Stanford in 1993 to play for Bill Walsh for two seasons before transferring to Nebraska to play for Tom Osborne for his last two years in college and right now…in our humble opinion…Frost is the best college head football coach not on the Power 5 Conference Level in America and it would be a GREAT move for Nebraska or any other Power 5 Conference school that can get him as their next head football coach.
7. Steve Addazio, Boston College – Can someone go ahead and end the misery of the Steve Addazio tenure at Boston College already and hire Chip Kelly to coach the Eagles so he can take the ACC by storm from a perch in Boston?
With the loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday Steve Addazio’s records at Boston College now stand at:
Overall: 26 – 31
ACC: 11 – 24
Please…Administration at Boston College…end this Damn Madness already because we are tired of writing about Steve Freaking Addazio and if you can get Chip Kelly at $3 Million A Year he will be worth every penny!
8. Jim Mora, UCLA – The UCLA Bruins had a bye in Week 6 and get back to it in Week 7 with a game at now red-hat Arizona which may have found themselves a quarterback against Colorado last Saturday which is No Damn Good News for Jim Mora and his Bruins who now at 3 – 2 really have to win some ballgames or the 2017 season could fall to pieces in a hurry.
Jim Mora’s records at UCLA are….So-So…
Overall: 44 – 26
Pac-12: 26 – 22
…but after a 4 – 8 record in 2016 the last thing Mora needs is another losing season in 2016 and with these games left to play…
At Arizona Oregon At Washington At Utah Arizona State At USC California
…the 3 – 2 Bruins are going to have a tough time finding at least 3 more wins this season if they lose to Arizona on Saturday!
9. Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma – Our biggest worry about Lincoln Riley taking over for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma was Riley turning the Sooners into…
Texas Tech Football North
….and it seems that more games that Riley has under his belt as the head coach of the Sooners the more that OU looks like the Red Raiders which the last two games has included….
An almost loss to ZERO wins Baylor
A home loss to MASSIVE underdog Iowa State
…and up next for what looks like to us the becoming Very Damn Soft Sooners is Texas in Dallas in the Red River Rivalry and it looks like to us that Texas is playing some pretty good football under Tom Herman and if the Longhorns beat the Sooners on Saturday Lincoln Riley will find his ass not only on a Scorching Hot Seat but in a sling as well!
Hell…how many more games can Very Damn Soft Oklahoma win in 2017 with these games remaining?
Texas – Dallas At Kansas State Texas Tech At Oklahoma State TCU At Kansas West Virginia
Hell…if OU plays like they did against Iowa State they will be LUCKY to win 3 more games which would add up to a…
7 – 5
…record and Lincoln Riley only one more Below Average season from having his ass run right out Norman, Oklahoma!
You better start coaching your Oklahoma Sooners football team Son or your head coaching career will be OVER before it really gets going and Oh Yea…the leash is Very Damn Short…and Should Be Short….for head coaches at OU that win less than 9 games a year!
10. Ed Orgeron, LSU – Luckily for Ed Orgeron and LSU they got to play on Saturday…
One of the Worst Coached Offenses in America
….in the Florida Gators offense which would be a Helluva lot better if head coach Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier just gave the Gators offense some footballs at practice and Jim + Doug went to a local Gainesville bar!
With the win over Florida…LSU improves its record to 4 – 2 on the season with the below games still left on the schedule which we do note does not include offenses coached by Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier who are Totally Damn Worthless and are actually making the Florida Gators Offense WORSE every day that the two of them report to work at the University of Florida!
Auburn At Ole Miss At Alabama Arkansas At Tennessee Texas A&M
Our guess as of October 9, 2017….LSU finishes with a record of…
7 – 5
…in 2017 and Ed Orgeron’s rear-end is still on one of the Hottest Seats in the country come late November!
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
“I wear black because I’m comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it’s hot I’m comfortable in light blue.”
“God’s the final judge for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash too. That’s solely in the hands of God.”
“I read novels but I also read the Bible. And study it, you know? And the more I learn, the more excited I get.”
“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.”
“How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”
“People call me wild. Not really though, I’m not.I guess I’ve never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I’m country.”
“I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist who is a Christian.”
“Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.”
“The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.”
“My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don’t ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.”
“I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don’t know. It’s life.”
“Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.”
“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.”
“You’ve got a song you’re singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you’ve got to make them think that you’re one of them sitting out there with them too. They’ve got to be able to relate to what you’re doing.”
“That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.”
“You can ask the people around me. I don’t give up. I don’t give up… and it’s not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don’t give up. I don’t give up because I don’t give up. I don’t believe in it.”
“Be thankful for the time you have.”
“Johnny Cash is a two-word answer for why it’s still good to be an American.” Rosanne Cash on her father Johnny Cash
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”
“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
“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.”
“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.”
“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”
“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”
“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
“The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”
“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
“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.”
“What is once well done is done forever.”
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”