Thursday, January 29, 2009

Despair, Inc. on Propaganda

Propaganda: What lies behind us and lies before us are small matters compared to what lies right to our faces.

Despair, Inc.


e.e. cummings on climate

The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches.

e.e. cummings


Carl Reiner on Climate

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.

Carl Reiner


Friday, January 23, 2009

Erma Bombeck on Perspective

If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it.

Erma Bombeck


Eliza Tabor on Disappointment

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.

Eliza Tabor, author


Robert Kyosoki on Success

The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.

Robert Kyosoki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad


Proverb Wisdom on Friendship

Friends are made by many acts and lost by only one.



Antisthenes on Truth

There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.



Gilda Radner on Dogs

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.

Gilda Radner


Robert Klein on Music

My high school marching band was so bad that when we played the national anthem, people from every country stood up.

Robert Klein

Recollected from
Child of the '50s
(a very funny comedy album)
1973, Rhino Records

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Albert Einstein on Change

You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.

Albert Einstein


Barack Obama on Being American

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break; the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Barack Obama
Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009


Monday, January 19, 2009

Barack Obama on Hope

Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope: In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation, a belief in things not seen, a belief that there are better days ahead.

Barack Obama
Democratic National Convention, Keynote Speech
July 27, 2004

Change Can Happen.


Martin Luther King, Jr. on A Call to Action

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Excerpt from I Have a Dream
August 28, 1963

If you have not taken the time to read this speech, you are missing out.

Watch Dr. King's speech

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Benjamin Disraeli on Kindness

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.

Benjamin Disraeli


Albert Einstein on Equations

If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.

Albert Einstein


Anais Nin on Perspective

From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.

Anais Nin


Winston Churchill on Tenacity

Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

Winston Churchill


Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on The Opposite of Truth

If falsehood, like truth, had but one face, we would be more on equal terms. For we would consider the contrary of what the liar said to be certain. But the opposite of truth has a hundred thousand faces and an infinite field.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 16th Century thinker and writer


Mark Twain on Conscious Choice

I am different from Washington; I have a higher, grander standard of principle. Washington could not lie. I can lie, but I won't.

Mark Twain


Abraham Lincoln on Truth

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.

Abraham Lincoln

This quote is attributed to Abraham Lincoln. Source:

Observational Wisdom

We are each burdened with prejudice; against the poor or the rich, the smart or the slow, the gaunt or the obese. It is natural to develop prejudices. It is noble to rise above them.

Author Unknown


Monday, January 5, 2009

Colin Powell on Achievement

Whenever you start -- give it your best. The opportunities are there to be anything you want to be. But wanting to be someone isn't enough; dreaming about it isn't enough; thinking about it isn't enough. You've got to study for it, work for it, fight for it with all your heart and soul, because nobody is going to hand it to you.

General Colin Powell

Source: The Winners Manual
by Jim Tressel with Chris Fabry
(c) 2008 Tyndale House Publishers, p. 125

Goethe on Choices

Nothing is worth more than this day.


Source: The Winners Manual
by Jim Tressel with Chris Fabry
(c) 2008 Tyndale House Publishers, p. 51

Woody Hayes on Perseverence

You don't get hurt running straight ahead...three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense. I will pound you and pound you until you quit.

Woody Hayes

Go Bucks!


Vince Lombardi on Winning

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

Vince Lombardi


Muhammad Ali on Champions

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.

Muhammad Ali


Sunday, January 4, 2009

Jim Tressel on Active Believing

That's why when we present success as a journey, we talk about having a plan and dreams. And then we have to go to work on those plans and dreams, all the while handling adversity and success. The key to all that is belief. Belief that we can do the task. Belief that we will do the task. Active believing reinforces the other fundamentals and helps make us winners.

Jim Tressel

Source: The Winners Manual
by Jim Tressel with Chris Fabry
(c) 2008 Tyndale House Publishers, p. 121

Fred Cornell on School Pride

Oh! Come let's sing Ohio's praise,
and songs to Alma Mater raise;
While our hearts rebounding thrill,
with joy which death alone can still.
Summer's heat or winter's cold.

The seasons pass, the years will roll;
Time and change will surely show
How firm thy friendship

Fred Cornell
Carmen Ohio (1902)

Go Bucks!


Archie Griffin on Resiliency

In the face of adversity, you find out if you're a fighter or a quitter. It's all about getting up after you've been knocked down.

Archie Griffin
Retired Number 45
The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes

Go Bucks!


Eminem on Crossroad Decisions

Look.. if you had.. one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted.. in one moment
Would you capture it.. or just let it slip?


Lose Yourself
Eight Mile (2002)
Interscope Records

Get to know this song -- poignant, real, strong, total motivation -- won an Oscar.

Source: eminemlab

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ernest Lehman on Life's Mysteries

How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?

Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) to Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint)

North by Northwest (1959)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by Ernest Lehman
Metro Goldwyn Mayer

You haven't seen this film yet? Ohhh, you're missing out!

Source: imdb

L L Cool J on Facing Fear

I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams whole-heartedly, you become free. Know what I'm saying? Move past the fear.

L L Cool J

Source: The Winners Manual
by Jim Tressel with Chris Fabry
(c) 2008 Tyndale House Publishers, p. 107

John Edward on the Perspective of Grief

You never get over it. You get through it.

On finding perspective in losing a loved one

John Edward

Source: John Edward Cross Country