Saturday, August 29, 2009

Barack Obama on Reslience

So on this day, we commemorate a tragedy that befell our people. But we also remember that with every tragedy comes the chance of renewal. It is a quintessentially American notion – that adversity can give birth to hope, and that the lessons of the past hold the key to a better future.

Barack Obama
Weekly Address, August 29, 2009
Remembering Hurricane Katrina, 2005


Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Critical Thought

A few timid people who fear progress will try to give you new and strange names for what we are doing. Sometimes they will call it ‘Fascism,’ sometimes ‘Communism,’ sometimes ‘Regimentation,’ sometimes ‘Socialism.’ But in so doing, they are trying to make very complex and theoretical something that is really very simple and very practical.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Discussing Social Security on June 28, 1934.

Source: Applesauce column (All politics is applesauce. Will Rogers) by Pat Cunningham, Rockford (Illinois) Register Star

Caroline Kennedy on Setting Standards

Now Teddy has become a part of history and we have become the ones that have to do all the things he would have done for us, for each other, and for our country.

Caroline Kennedy
at the Sen. Edward Kennedy memorial, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

George Washington Carver on Compassion

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver


Dr. Haim Ginott on Awareness

Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

Dr. Haim Ginott


Monday, August 17, 2009

Flash Rosenberg on Coffee

I believe humans get a lot done, not because we're smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.

Flash Rosenberg


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ralph Marston on Resiliency

You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.

Ralph Marston


Voltaire on Critical Thought

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Forward Motion

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.



Malcolm Forbes on Critical Thought

Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

Malcolm S. Forbes


Ariana Huffington on Critical Thought

And Investors Business Daily claimed that physically disabled scientist Stephen Hawking would have had his life cut short by the government-run British health care system if he lived in England. Which, in fact, he does. And always has.

Ariana Huffington
The Huffington Post,
Sunday Roundup, August 16, 2009


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Eileen O'Hare on Perceptions

Sydney Mercer (Catherine Oxenberg): No, I mean Maxwell; I'm not interested in him that way.
Fran Fine (Fran Drescher): Well, what's the matter? He's not good enough for you?
Sydney: It's his gender.
Fran: Oh, believe me, I accidentally saw him in the shower and there's nothing wrong with his gender.
Sydney: Fran, I'm gay.
Fran: (hugs Sydney with relief) You're gay? Oh, thank God... (Sydney continues to hug Fran) I'm letting go and you're not. Why?
Sydney: Aren't you gay too?
Fran:(emphatically) Me? No!
Sydney Mercer: I just assumed. You're over thirty, never been married, there's no man in your life.
Fran Fine: (with a knowing, dismissive hand wave) Oh, honey, I'm not gay. I'm just pathetic.

Fran and Sydney, Mr. Sheffield's new, beautiful publicist, talk about Fran's perception of Sydney's relationship with Mr. Sheffield

Eileen O'Hare, writer
The Nanny: Oy Vey, You're Gay!
1995, Columbia Broadcasting System


Alan Cohen on Change

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.

Alan Cohen


Ralph Waldo Emerson on Friendship

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Albert Einstein on The Journey

Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Albert Einstein


Robert Brault on Pets

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.

Robert Brault


Leonardo DaVinci on Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo DaVinci


Friday, August 14, 2009

Menachem Mendel Schneerson on Birthdays

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.

Menachem Mendel Schneerson


Martin Luther King, Jr. on Forgiveness

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Joseph Addision on The Journey

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.

Joseph Addison
This guy lived in the late 1600's, early 1700's


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Joe Gold on Structure

To keep it simple you run your gym like you run your house. Keep it clean and in good running order. No jerks allowed, members pay on time and if they give you any crap, throw them out. There's peace where there's order.

Joe Gold


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Arthur Ashe on Forward Motion

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

For Mary Lib

Laurence G. Boldt on Forward Motion

We worry that we might lose face or a job, a mate or a healthy body, a financial fortune or our very lives. We struggle to get and fear to lose, and thus are never at ease. When we act from anxiety, which is another way of saying when we fear to lose, we are never at our best.

Anxiety brings hesitation and desperation, and both confound action. Wu-wei is easy, unforced action, not laziness and passivity. To block action on an inspiration or intuition with the hesitation or paralysis of self-conscious thinking is missing the spirit of wu-wei every bit as much as pushing or forcing a result. Spontaneous easy action is free of ulterior motives and attachment to results. It walks without leaving tracks, leads without force, achieves without leaving a mark.

Laurence G. Boldt

Source: The Tao of Abundance
by Laurence G. Boldt
©1999 Laurence G. Boldt
Penguin Compass

Dorothea Brande on Forward Motion

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success.

Dorothea Brande