Sunday, December 18, 2005

Daily Quotes: Winston Churchill

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Daily Quotes: Confucius

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Daily Quotes: Dwight D. Eisenhower

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Daily Quotes - George Washington

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to slaughter.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Daily Quotes: Reverend Sydney Smith

Don't tell me facts, I never believe facts; you know Canning said nothing was as fallacious as facts, except figures.

Daily Quotes: Benjamin Disraeli

There are three kinds of lies - lies, damned lies and statistics.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Daily Posts - Benjamin Franklin

Love your neighbor - but don't pull down your hedge.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Daily Quotes: Michael Josephson

Things I Learned

1. I've learned that no matter how old I am, my life and my character are works in process. And that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be. But that every single day brings opportunities to improve.

2. I've learned that things that give me pleasure don't always produce happiness and that happiness is more enduring and important then pleasure.

3. I've learned that I feel better when I feel worthy and that living a life to be signifcant is more rewarding than living a life to be successful.

4. I've learned that the most signficant thing I can do is help make someone else's life better.

5. I've learned that the surest road to happiness is good relationships. And that striving to be a good person is the surest road to good relationships.

6. I've learned that I can't avoid pain but that I can reduce suffering -- and that it's no what happens to me that matters most, but what happens in me.

7. I've learned that it's easier to talk about integrity that to live it. And that the true test is my willingness to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.

8. I've learned that I tend to judge myself by my good intentions but that I will be judged by what I do -- especially my last worst acts. And that I've learned that using all I've learned to be all that I want to be is a lot easier said than done.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Daily Quotes - George Washington

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Daily Quotes: Andrew Carnegie

The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Daily Quotes: Woodrow Wilson

The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot surive materially unless it be redeemed spirtually.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Daily Quotes: anonymous

Character is doing what's right when no one is looking.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Daily Quotes - Dwight D. Eisenhower

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Daily Quotes: Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Daily Quotes: Thomas Jefferson

The firmness with which the people have withstood the late abuses of the press, the discernment they have manifested between truth and falsehood, show that they may safely be trusted to hear everything true and false, and to form a correct judgment between them.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Daily Quotes: Confucius

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Daily Quotes: George Patton

Always do more than is required of you.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Daily Quotes: Booker T. Washington

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Daily Quotes: Old Yiddish Proverb

A liar must have a good memory - A ligner darf hoben a guten zickorin.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Daily Quotes: Benedictus de Spinoza

Peace is not mere abscence of war, but is a virtue that springs from force of character.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Daily Quotes: Eric Hoffer

People who bite the hand that feeds them ususally lick the boots that kicks them.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Daily Quotes: A Philip Randolph

Salvation for a race, nation, or class must come from within. Freedom is never granted; it is won. Justice is never given; it is exacted. Freedom and justice must be struggled for by the oppressed of all lands and races, and the struggle must be continuous, for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evoloving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationships.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Daily Quotes: Henry Ford

The high wage begins down in the shop. If it is not created there it cannot get into pay envelopes. There will never be a system invented which will do away with the necessity for work.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Daily Quotes Mahatma Gandhi

Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of truth.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Daily Quotes: Charles de Gaulle

Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains they drown in every drop.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Daily Quotes: Henry Ford

Don't find fault. Find a remedy

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

What We Can Learn from Katrina's Aftermath

You can learn a lot from the way people react to a crisis.

Some become heroes; while others are too scared to move. Some show their generosity; while others display their greed. Some look for the positive; others view it as an opportunity to denigrate their enemies.

What did you do after Hurricane Katrina? Where was your focus?

Obviously many of our political leaders have been a big disappointment. In New Orleans, the mayor went on television to blame the governor. The governor in turn blamed the federal government and the federal government spent valuable time and resources defending itself, propagandizing its efforts, and supporting each other.

Meanwhile what have we read and heard from the political leaders in Mississippi? Nothing but praise, support, and action. I'm sure they all weren't entirely pleased with the help they received from each other. But that was for another time, when their citizens were on the road to recovery.

The news media has been especially vitriolic in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They have focused on the problems, not the successes. Yet, they have ignored their own contributution to the disaster.

CNN was particularly quick to lay blame and nearly hysterical in their sensationalistic cries of discrimination and negligence. Yet in the hours leading up to the hurricane, they were reminding viewers how Ivan and previous hurricanes had turned at the last minute and spared New Orleans and proudly reminded us how they were "right" again as Hurricane Katrina turned east and did not directly hit the city. Do you think perhaps a "few" residents of New Orleans may have been persuaded to ride out the hurricane instead of obeying the evacuation order?

But saddest of all, we witnessed the loss of civility of the people in some of the affected cities. Instead of inspiring stories of people coming to each others rescue as we did during September 11, we heard story after story of looting, rape, and mayhem. What has happened to our society where this kind of action has become so much the norm?

Is it a reflection of a society that revels in violent movies or makes Desperate Housewives and Survivor Island top rated television shows? Is it time for ethics and righteousness to reassert themselves in our society? Is it any wonder that "values" was the most important issue in our last election?

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Daily Quotes: John Wooden

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Daily Quotes: Knute Rockne

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Daily Quotes: Sam Rayburn

You'll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember what you said, and you never forget what you have said.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Daily Quotes: John F. Kennedy

This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminshed when the rights of one man are threatened.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Daily Quotes: John F Kennedy

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Daily Quotes: Joseph E. Levine

You can fool all the people all the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Daily Quotes: Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Daily Quotes: Theodore Rooselvelt

No man is above the law and no man below it.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Daily Quotes: Patrick Henry

Is the relinquishment of the trial by jury and the liberty of the press necessary for your liberty? Will the abandonment of your most scared rights tend to the security of your liberty? Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings - give us that precious jewel, and you may take everything else!...Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Daily Quotes: Mahatma Gandhi

No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Daily Quotes: John F. Kennedy

Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Daily Quotes: Richard M. Nixon

We can maintain a free society only if we recognize that in a free society no one can win all the time. No one can have his way all the time, and no one is right all the time.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Daily Quotes: Erich Fromm

Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one's identity.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Daily Quotes: George W. Bush

In the long run, there's no capitalism without conscience; there is no wealth without character.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Daily Quotes: Abraham Lincoln

I do the best very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Daily Quotes: Groucho Marx

There is only one way to find out if a man is honest - ask him. If he says, "yes," you know he's crooked.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Daily Quotes: Andrew Carnegie

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Daily Quotes: Sam Rayburn

You'll never get mixed up if you simply tell the truth. Then you don't have to remember what you have said, and you never forget what you have said.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Daily Quotes: George S. Patton

If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn't thinking.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Daily Quotes: Anonymous

What will become of the sheep if the wolf is the judge?

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Daily Quotes: Demosthenes

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Daily Quotes: Edmund Burke

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Daily Quotes: Potter Stewart, US Supreme Court Justice

There is a difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Daily Quotes: Old Yiddish Saying

Klaineh ganovim hengt men; groisseh shenkt men.

Petty thieves are hanged; big thieves are pardoned

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Daily Quotes: Upton Sinclair

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Daily Quotes: Abigail Van Buren

The best index to a person's character is:

  • How he treats people who can't do him any good, and
  • How he treats people who can't fight back

Monday, July 04, 2005

Daily Quotes: Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Daily Quotes: Anonymous

A half truth is a whole lie.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Daily Quotes: Abba Eban

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Daily Quotes: Winston Churchill

Some men change their party for the sake of their principles: others their principles for the sake of their party.