Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Robert B. Parker on Mastery

"Aside from the pure pleasure of it," I said. "What are we trying to accomplish?"

"Hell," Hawk said, "you ought to know how this works. Start in, poke around, talk to people, ask questions, see what happens? I learned it from you all these years."

"It's known in forensic circles as the Spenser method," I said.

"Also known as the I don't have any idea what the fuck I'm doing," Hawk said.

"Also known as that," I said. "Nice to know you've been paying attention."

"Learning from the master," Hawk said.

Spenser and Hawk figure out what's next.

Robert B. Parker
Cold Service
©2005 G. P. Putnam & Sons, p. 164

For Spenser, Susan, Hawk, Pearl & company; for telling a great story and pulling me into that story in one sentence every time. Thank you, bless you, Robert B. Parker.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Reality TV Wisdom

Don't see my tears as weakness because it's not; I just have a soul.


Frank the Entertainer in A Basement Affair, 1.24.10
VH1 Telelvision

Reality TV Wisdom: Tough Love

We made s'mores. Nothing can go wrong when there's s'mores involved.


Tough Love 2, 1.24.10
VH1 Television

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jim Rohn on Leadership

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.

Jim Rohn

Source: thinkexist.com

Harvey S. Firestone on Resolve

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.

Harvey S. Firestone

Source: thinkexist.com

Conan O'Brien on The Journey

To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism -- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere.

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen.

Conan O'Brien
Host, The Tonight Show
Friday, January 22, 2010
Conoco and Universal Media Studios

It was nice to see a real comedian pick up The Tonight Show where Johnny Carson left off... while it lasted. Thanks, Conan O'Brien.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Conan O'Brien on Achievement

Hosting the Tonight Show has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me. And I just want to say to the kids out there watching: You can do anything you want in life... unless Jay Leno wants to do it, too.

Referencing the retired Jay Leno's efforts to return to an 11:35 p.m. time slot.

Conan O'Brien
Host, The Tonight Show
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Conoco and Universal Media Studios

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Zig Ziglar on Time Management

Discipline yourself to do the things you need to do when you need to do them, and the day will come when you will be able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them!

Zig Ziglar

Source: Zig Zigler Newsletter

John Oliver on Expectations

Will we get the change we forced him to promise us?

John Oliver

On Barack Obama

John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show
Comedy Central, 2009

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Movie Wisdom: Shadow of the Thin Man

Lieutenant Abrams: You know that jockey Golez, the one who was caught throwing the fourth race yesterday? He was shot.

Nora Charles: My, they're strict at this track

Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell, Myrna Loy) make an inquiry of Lt. Abrams (Sam Levene) when they arrive at a race track at the same time as the police.

Shadow of the Thin Man
MGM, 1941
Screenwriters: Irving Brescher & Harry Kurnitz
Based on The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Despair Inc. on Change

When the winds of change blow hard enough, the most trivial of things can become deadly projectiles.

Despair, Inc.

Source: despair.com

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Joyce Brothers on Intuition

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.

Joyce Brothers

Source: wisdomquote.com

Proverb Wisdom

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster. One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.

Chinese Proverb

Source: wisdomquotes.com

Carolyn Myss on Intention

Intention without action is useless.

Carolyn Myss

Pronouced 'moss.' Source: widsomquotes.com

Anatole France on Success

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

Source: wisdomequotes.com

Albert Einstein on Action

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

Albert Einstein

Source: wisdomquotes.com

William James on Choices

When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.

William James

Source: quotegarden.com

Jim Rohn on Action

What is easy to do is also easy not to do.

Jim Rohn

Source: success.com