Saturday, June 20, 2009

Jim Valvano on Fathers

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

Jim Valvano

For Les. Thanks, Dad!


Clarence Budington Kelland on Fathers

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

Clarence Budington Kelland


Cameron Diaz on Fathers

My dad always used to tell me that if they challenge you to an after-school fight, tell them you won't wait - you can kick their ass right now.

Cameron Diaz


Harmon Killebrew on Fathers

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass"; "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys."

Harmon Killebrew, Baseball Great


Barack Obama on Fathers

If we want our children to succeed in life, we need fathers to step up. We need fathers to understand that their work doesn’t end with conception -- that what truly makes a man a father is the ability to raise a child and invest in that child.

We need fathers to be involved in their kids’ lives not just when it’s easy -- not just during the afternoons in the park or at the zoo, when it’s all fun and games -- but when it’s hard, when young people are struggling, and there aren’t any quick fixes or easy answers, and that's when young people need compassion and patience, as well as a little bit of tough love.

Barack Obama
A Town Hall on Fatherhood
June 19, 2009


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Albert Einstein on Contributing

A man's value to the community primarily depends on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows.

Albert Einstein

Source: Zen and the Art of Making a Living
by Laurence G. Boldt
©1991, 1992, 1993 Laurence G. Boldt, Arkana, p. 135

John Stuart Mill on Progress

Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.

John Stuart Mill

Source: Zen and the Art of Making a Living
by Laurence G. Boldt
(c) 1991, 1992, 1993 Laurence G. Boldt, Arkana, p. 117

Mark Twain on Perspective

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain

Source: Zen and the Art of Making a Living
by Laurence G. Boldt
(c) 1991, 1992, 1993 Laurence G. Boldt, Arkana, p. 104

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dorothy Thompson on Truth

There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings.

Dorothy Thompson


Daniel Patrick Moyhihan on Reality

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan


Abraham Lincoln on Truth

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four; calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.

Abraham Lincoln


Monday, June 8, 2009

Tim King and Elizabeth Sarnoff on Simplicity

Sometimes still waters are stagnant.

Woody (Jerry O'Connell) to Jordan (Jill Hennessey) in a play on the old adage "Still waters run deep" when encountering a non-responsive witness.

Tim King and Elizabeth Sarnoff
Crossing Jordan
Secrets & Lies, Part I, 2001
Tailwind Productions

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Thomas Edison on Perserverence

Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!

Thomas Edison


Jim Rohn on Earning

You don't get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.

Jim Rohn


Sophia Loren on Perspective

There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love.

Sophia Loren


John Wooden on Perspective

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Wooden