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The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even
but must be felt with the heart.
I don't know what your destiny will be,
but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who have sought and found how to serve.
I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All
good from the Savior of the world is communicated through this book...All
things desirable to men are contained in the Bible.
--Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
16th President of the United States
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
At all the times you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can
--John Wesley 1703-1791
He became what we are, to make us what he is
God is Like:
GOD IS LIKE...
God is like Coca-Cola; He's the real thing.
God is like General Electric; He lights your path.
God is like Bayer Aspirin; He relieves pain.
God is like Hallmark Cards; He cared enough to send the very best.
God is like Tide; He gets out stains that others leave behind.
God is like VO-5 Hair Spray; He holds through all kinds of weather.
God is like Dial Soap; Aren't you glad you use Him? Don't you wish everyone did?
God is like Sears; He has everything.
God is like Alka Seltzer; Oh, what a relief He is!
God is like Scotch Tape; you can't see Him but you know He's there!
God is like American Express Card; don't leave home without Him!
DO UNTO OTHERS
To have a friend, you must be a friend, starting
The greatest hunger a person has is to be needed. Help create that feeling in others.
The greatest virtue is kindness. You can't love everyone, but you can be kind to everyone.
Don't try to impress others. Let them have the fun of impressing you.
Be enthusiastic. Nothing of consequence was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Be positive. Positive people attract others, while negative people repel.
You have greater impact on others by the way you listen than by the way you talk.
Gossip cheapens the one who gossips more than the one gossiped about.
Call a person by his or her name and use it often in conversation.
Differences are bound to occur and can be resolved if conflict is managed in a polite
If you are given to making fun of someone, be sure it is of yourself.
Be genuinely interested in others. Get them to talk about themselves.
A smile doesn't cost anything and pays big dividends. It makes you and everyone else feel
Be the first to say: "Hello! Good to see you."
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The golden rule is where it all begins and ends.
By James Fisher Jr
Golden Rule for Living (Author
If you open it, close it.
If you turn it on, turn it off.
If you unlock it, lock it up.
If you break it, admit it.
If you can't fix it, call someone who can.
If you borrow it, return it.
If you value it, put it back.
If you make a mess, clean it up.
If you move it, put it back.
If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.
If you don't know how to operate it, leave it alone.
If it's none of your business, don't ask questions.
TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR PARENTS
1. My hands are small; please do not expect perfection whenever I
make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; slow down so that I can
keep up with you.
2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; let me explore it
safely; do not restrict me unnecessarily.
3. Housework will always be there; I am little only for a short
time. Take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
4. My feelings are tender; do not nag me all day long (you would
not want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness). Treat me as you would like to be treated.
5. I am a special gift from God; treasure me as God intended you to
do - holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and
discipline me in a loving manner.
6. I need your encouragement (but not your empty praise) to grow.
Go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing
7. Give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit
me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I will be prepared to make
the decisions life will require of me.
8. Do not do things for me; that makes me feel that my efforts did
not measure up to your expectations. I know its hard, but don't compare me with my brother
9. Do not be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need
vacations from parents, and parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it's a great way to
show us kids that your marriage is something special.
10. Take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good
example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.
TO LET GO:
Does not mean to stop caring, it means you can't do it for
Does not mean to cut yourself off, it is the realization that you can't do it for someone
Does not mean to care for, it means to care about.
Does not mean to fix, it means to be supportive.
Does not mean to change another, it means to make the most of yourself.
Does not mean to deny, it means to accept.
Does not mean to nag or scold, it means to listen.
Does not mean to regret the past, it is to live for the future.
It means that we should admit we are frequently powerless and that someone else's outcome
may not be in our hands.
THE CAT YEARS
I just realized that while children are dogs - loyal and
affectionate - teen-agers are cats. It's so easy to be a dog owner. You feed it, train it,
boss it around. It puts its head on your knee and gazes at you as if you were a Rembrandt
painting. It bounds indoors with enthusiasm when you call it.
Then, around age 13, your adoring little puppy turns into a big old cat. When you tell it
to come inside, it looks amazed, as if wondering who died and made you emperor. Instead of
dogging your foot-steps, it disappears. You won't see it again until it gets hungry-then
it pauses on its sprint through the kitchen long enough to turn its nose
up at whatever you're serving. When you reach out to ruffle its head, in that old
affectionate gesture, it twists away from you, then gives you a blank stare, as if trying
remember where it has seen you before.
You, not realizing that the dog is now a cat, think something must be desperately wrong
with it. It seems so antisocial, so distant, sort of depressed. It won't go on family
Since you're the one who raised it, taught it to fetch and stay and sit on command, you
assume that you did something wrong. Flooded with guilt and fear, you redouble your
efforts to make your pet behave.
Only now you're dealing with a cat, so everything that worked before now produces the
opposite of the desired result. Call it, and it runs away. Tell it to sit, and it jumps on
the counter. The more you go toward it, wringing your hands, the more it moves away.
Instead of continuing to act like a dog owner, you can learn to behave like a cat owner.
Put a dish of food near the door, and let it come to you. But remember that a cat needs
your help and your affection too. Sit still, and it will come, seeking that warm,
comforting lap it has not entirely forgotten. Be there to open the door for it.
One day, your grown-up child will walk into the kitchen, give you a big kiss and say,
"You've been on your feet all day. Let me get those dishes for you." Then you'll
realize your cat is a dog again.
by ADAIR LARA
I dreamed I stood in a studio And watched two sculptures there. The
clay they used was a young child's mind And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher - the tools he/she used were books, music and
art. The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand, and a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch That was careful, deft
and sure. While the parent labored by his side and polished and smoothed it o'er.
And when at last, their task was done, They were proud of what they
had wrought for the things they had molded into the child could never be sold nor bought.
And each agreed they would have failed If each had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the schoool and behind the teacher, the home.
THE PRICE THEY PAID:
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the
Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and
tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their
sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and
died from wounds or hardships of the revolutionary war. They signed and they pledged their
lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they? Twenty-four
were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation
owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence
knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of
Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British
Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags. Thomas McKeam
was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He
served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions
were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers or both, looted the
properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis
had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General
George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis
Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died
within a few months. John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their
13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For
more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and
his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices of the
American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were
soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.
Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this
declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually
pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." Targetshooter's
notes: They gave you and I a free and independent America. The history books never told
you a lot of what happened in the revolutionary war. We didn't just fight the British. We
were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Perhaps you can now
see why our founding fathers had a hatred for standing armies, and allowed through the
second amendment for everyone to be armed. Frankly, I can't read this without crying. Some
of us take these liberties so much for granted. We shouldn't. Peace my friends.
SIXTEEN WAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO USE DRUGS
1. Never eat together as a family.
2. Never have family traditions that children can look forward to.
3. Never listen to your children; talk at them but never with them.
4. Never let your child experience cold, fatigue, adventure, injury, risk, challenge,
failure, frustration, etc.
5. Teach them to do as I say and not as I do.
6. Leave the responsibility of moral, spiritual training to the schools and church and
don't teach them at home.
7. Never spend time with your child; give them gifts, toys, and money as a substitute.
8. Expect your child to achieve and win, but do not teach him or her the principles of
fairness and responsibility. Let them learn this on their own.
9. Take a pick-up pill or drink in the morning, and a relaxing pill or drink in the
10. Never treat your child with respect; instead try whenever possible to humiliate him in
public so that he will learn his lesson.
11. Always pick up after your child; never let him or her assume any personal
12. Berate your spouse in front of the children; be sure your children know your husband's
or wife's faults.
13. Keep your home tense and chaotic.
14. Always solve your child's problems. Never allow your child the freedom to make any
15. Be too busy with work or social activities to spend time with your children. If you do
happen to have the time be sure to spend it watching television.
16. Don't teach them anything while they are young; wait until they are old enough to
learn and decide right from wrong for themselves.
A well known author and poet was working and
vacationing on the southern coast of Spain. One early morning, he was walking along the
beach - the sun was rising, the rain had ended, the rainbows were magnificent, the sea was
calm. While enjoying the beauty around him, he glanced down the beach and saw a lone
figure dancing about. Fascinated by this person celebrating the new day, he moved closer.
As he drew nearer, he realized that the person was not dancing, but in one graceful motion
was picking up objects from the beach and tossing them into the sea. He approached the
young man and saw the objects were starfish. "Why in the world are you throwing
starfish into the water?" "If the starfish stay on the beach, when the tide goes
out and the sun rises higher, they will die," replied the young man as he continued
tossing them out to sea. "That's ridiculous! There are thousands of miles of beach
and millions of starfish. You can't really believe that what you are doing can possibly
make a difference!" The young man picked up another starfish, and tossing it into the
waves, said, "It makes a difference to this one."
Winners say, If it is to be, it is up to me.
Losers say, I can't help it.
Winners translate dreams into reality.
Losers translate reality into dreams.
Winners say, Let's find out.
Losers say, Nobody knows.
Winners are part of the solution.
Losers are part of the problem.
Winners are not afraid of losing.
Losers are afraid of winning.
Winners work harder than losers.
Losers are always too busy.
Winners say, I was wrong.
Losers say, It was not my fault.
Winners want to.
Losers have to.
Winners always make time.
Losers often waste time.
Winners say, I'll plan to do that.
Losers say, I'll try to do that.
Winners say, I'm good but not as good as I can be.
Losers say, I'm not as bad as a lot of other people.
Winners listen to what others say.
Losers wait until it's their turn to talk.
Winners catch others doing things right.
Losers catch others doing things wrong.
Winners learn from others.
Losers resent their colleagues.
Winners see opportunities.
Losers see only the problems.
Winners do it.
Losers talk about it.
Winners feel responsible for more than their jobs.
Losers frequently state, I only work here.
Winners say, There ought to be a better way.
Losers say, That's the way it's always been done.
Winners celebrate others.
Losers complain about others.
Winners are willing to pay the price.
Losers expect it on a silver platter.
Winners always expect success.
Losers always expect failure.
1. If at first you don't succeed, destroy all
evidence that you tried.
2. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
3. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
4. For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
5. He who hesitates is probably right.
6. Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.
7. No one is listening until you make a mistake.
8. Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
9. The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to press on it.
10. The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.
11. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
12. To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.
13. Two wrongs are only the beginning.
14. Work is accomplished by those employees who are still striving to reach their level of
15. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive. (The corollary is: You never
learn to pray until your kids learn to drive!)
16. The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.
17. Monday is an awful way to spend one-seventh of your life.
18. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one. Jessamyn West.
Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying. Proverbs
Never, never be too proud to say "I'm sorry", to your child when you've made a
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another... James 5:16
The best academy....a mother's knee. James Lowell
Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he
will bring delight to your soul. Proverbs 29:17
A father's words are like a thermostat that sets the
temperature in the house. Paul Lewis
Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and
they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
The child that never learns to obey his parents in
the home will not obey God or man out of the home. Susanne Wesley
Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is
right. Ephesians 6:1
By profession I am a Soldier and take pride in that
fact, but I am prouder to be a father. General Douglas MacArthur
I have great confidence in you; I take great pride
in you...2 Corinthians 7:4
A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all
others are forsaking, it never fails or fathers, even though the heart is breaking. Helen
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it
does not boast, it is not proud. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4,8
Too much love never spoils children. Children become
spoiled when we substitute "presents" for "presence." Dr. Anthony
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share
with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear
to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Many parents are finding out that a pat on the back
helps develop character - if given often enough, early enough, and low enough. Glen
He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that
loveth him chasteneth him betimes. Proverbs 13:24
Children desperately need to know - and to hear in
ways they understand and remember - that they're loved and valued by mom and dad. Paul
...Let us stop just saying we love people; let us
really love them and show it in our actions. 1 John 3:18
An infallible way to make your child miserable is to
satisfy all his demands. Henry Home
The rod and reproof give wisdom; but a child left to
himself bringeth his mother to shame. Proverbs 29:15
Opportunities for meaniful communication between
fathers and sons must be created. And it's work to achieve. James Dobson
To every thing there is a season, A time to keep
silence, and a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3:1,7
The 10 commandments for effective Fathers:
Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead,
bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
1. Spend time with your children. (Ephesians 5:16)
2. Let your children know often that you love them just the way they are. (Romans 15:7)
3. Discipline your children when they need it. (Proverbs 13:24)
4. Pray with and for your children, regularly. (2Thessalonians 1:11)
5. Always be honest with your children. (Proverbs 12:17)
6. Love your children's mother. (Ephesians 5:25)
7. Take time to listen to your children. (Proverbs 1:5)
8. Encourage your children often. (1Thessalonians 5:11)
9. Celebrate your children's achievements. (Romans 12:15)
10.Be flexible with your children. (Ephesians 4:2b)
Quotes from Albert Einstein
"Any intelligent fool can make things
bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage
-- to move in the opposite direction."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."
"I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details."
"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
"The only real valuable thing is intuition."
"A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."
"I am convinced that He (God) does not play dice."
"God is subtle but he is not malicious."
"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."
"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."
"The eternal mystery of the world is its
"Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for
"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
"Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it."
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my
"God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He
"The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking."
"Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."
"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for
"Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still
"Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an
equation is something for eternity."
"If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work
is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and
I'm not sure about the the universe."
"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, as far as
they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is
shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but
World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
"In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one
must, above all, be a sheep."
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of
accident for someone who's dead."
"Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is
a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves."
"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by
the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!"
"No, this trick won't work...How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of
chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?"
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who
reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble
"Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our
equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter
of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever."
"The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the
solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have
become a watchmaker."
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter
cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but
honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of
all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer
pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and
social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he
had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."
"The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems
to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the
fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge."
"Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of
me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction
between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."
"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New
York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates
exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference
is that there is no cat."
"One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one
liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed
the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to
me for an entire year."
"...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from
everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's
own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life
into the world of objective perception and thought."
"He who joyfully marches to music rank and file, has already
earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal
cord would surely suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once.
Heroism at command, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I
would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action. It is my conviction
that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time
and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from
the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of
prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons
nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle
of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted
counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)
Copyright: Kevin Harris 1995 (may be freely distributed with this acknowledgement)
The experience to be gathered from books, though
often valuable, is but of the nature of learning; whereas the experience gained from
actual life is of the nature of wisdom; and a small store of the latter is worth vastly
more than a stock of the former.
-Samuel Smiles, Self Help, 1859.
It is astonishing what foolish things one can temporarily believe if one thinks too long
John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, 1935.
At base, mainstream economic theory rests on two observations: obvious opportunities for
gain are rarely left unexploited, and things add up. (Or as I sometimes put it, $20 bills
donŐt lie in plain view for very long, and every sale is also a purchase.) When one sets
out to make a formal mathematical model, these rough principles usually become the more
exact ideas of maximization (of something) and equilibrium (in some sense). It is,
however, a good idea always to keep the looser statement in mind, for two opposing
reasonsŃ to remind yourself not to take any particular mathematical formalization too
seriously, but also to remind yourself that the basic principles of mainstream economics
are not at all silly or unreasonable.
- Paul Krugman, Development, Geography and Economic Theory, 1995.
The more I've thought about it over the years, the more I've
concluded that what really leads to outstanding consultants, and I think then outstanding
performance in almost anything you can think of, is the willingness to really take risks,
take risks with your thinking, to take risks in how far you're trying to push the client,
and not to be conservative and too cautious. I had a conversation with a colleague
recently who was learning how to ski, and he said that, in the course of his ski week, he
concluded that, if you weren't falling, you weren't learning, and I think that's, you
know, a general rule of life. You've got to take risks and be willing to fail.
Fred Gluck, Managing Director, McKinsey & Co
I always thought there was at least one person in the stands who had never seen me play,
and I didn't want to let him down.
Liberty for the wolves is death for the lambs.
Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
I think that's the nature of discoveries, many times: that the reason they're difficult is
that you've got to take a series of steps, three or four steps, which if you don't make
them you won't get there, and if you're wrong in any one of them you won't get there. It
isn't a matter of one jump-- that would be easy. You've got to make several successive
jumps. And usually the pennies drop one after another until eventually it all clicks.
Otherwise it would be too easy!
- Francis Crick
The player who knows how will usually draw, the player who knows why will usually win.
Good players give their best in every match, every game, every move.
The master knows exactly the right moment to do nothing.
The popular player loses without an alibi, wins with grace, and draws with a smile.
-Tom Wiswell, quoted in Victor Niederhoffer, Education of a Speculator
If I am not for myself, who is for me? But if I am for my own self
only, what am I, and if not now, when?
- Rabbi Hillel.
For an ethic is not an ethic, and a value not a value, without some sacrifice to it.
Something given up, something not taken, something not gained. We do it in exchange for a
greater good, for something worth more than just money and power and position. The great
paradox of this philosophy is that in the end it brings one greater gain than any other
- Jerry Kohlberg
- Effective managers manage themselves and the
people they work with so that both the organization and the people profit from their
- People who feel good about themselves produce good
- Help people reach their full potential. Catch them
doing something right.
- The best minute I spend is the one I invest in
- Feedback is the breakfast of champions.
- Everyone is a potential winner; Some people are
disguised as losers; DonŐt let their appearances fool you.
- Take a minute: Look at your goals. Look at your
performance. See if your performance matches your goals.
- If you are first tough on the behavior, and then
supportive of the person, it works.
- We are not just our behavior, we are the person
managing our behavior.
- Being honest with people eventually works.
- Goals begin behaviors. Consequences maintain
- Blanchard And Johnson
Tell us thy troubles and speak freely. A flow of
words doth ever ease the heart of sorrows; it is like opening the waste where the mill dam
A nation that continues year after year to
spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching
Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.
The limitation of riots, moral questions
aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not
revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional
catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, 1967.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial
political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and
violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human
conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of
such a method is love.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11,
Words can never adequately convey the incredible
impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that
life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it. I believe the
single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of
attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or
failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances,
or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or
assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too
deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.
Charles R. Swindoll
If anything goes bad, I did it.
If anything goes semigood, then we did it.
If anything goes really good, then you did it.
That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you.
Many people will walk in and out of your life,
But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.
Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.
He who loses money, loses much;
He, who loses a friend, loses much more;
He, who loses faith, loses all.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift.
"You make your own dream. That's the Beatles'
story, isn't it? That's Yoko's story . That's what I'm saying now. Produce your own dream.
If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It's quite possible to do anything, but not to put
it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don't expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or
John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have
to do it yourself. That's what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever
since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in
various books that are now called holy and worshiped for the cover of the book and not for
what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and
always will be. There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people
cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You
can cure you."
John Lennon's Dream for the 80's
Quotes from Mother Teresa
"I see God in every human being. When I
wash the leper's wounds I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful
experience?" - 1974 interview.
"The poor give us much more than we give them.
They're such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they never curse, never
complain. We don't have to give them pity or sympathy. We have so much to learn from
them." - 1977 interview.
"I choose the poverty of our poor people. But
I am grateful to receive it (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the
homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel
unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the
society and are shunned by everyone." - Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979.
"I have never been in a war before, but I have
seen famine and death. I was asking (myself) what do they feel when they do this? I don't
understand it. They are all children of God. Why do they do it. I don't understand."
- Beirut, 1982, during fighting between the Israeli army and Palestinian guerrillas.
Abortion "is murder in the womb ... A child is
a gift of God. If you do not want him, give him to me."
"In time, they will start killing grown-up
people, disabled people and so on." - On abortion.
"When I see waste here, I feel angry on the
inside. I don't approve of myself getting angry. But it's something you can't help after
seeing Ethiopia." - Washington, 1984.
"God will find another person, more humble,
more devoted, more obedient to him, and the society will go on." - Calcutta 1989,
after announcing her intention to retire.
"I was expecting to be free, but God has his
own plans." - Calcutta 1990, when the sisters of her order persuaded her to withdraw
"Please choose the way of peace... In the
short term there may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread. But that never
can, nor never will justify the suffering, pain and loss of life your weapons will
cause." - Letter to George Bush and Saddam Hussein, January 1991.
"The other day I dreamed that I was at the
gates of heaven. And St. Peter said, 'Go back to Earth, there are no slums up here.'"
- Quoted as telling Prince Michael of Greece in 1996.
from the Geese
1. As each bird flaps its wings it
creates an "uplift" for the bird following. In a "v" formation the
whole flock adds 71% more flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: People who share a common
direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because
they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
2. Whenever a goose falls out of
formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly
gets back into formation to take advantage of the "lifting power" of the birds
immediately in front.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a
goose, we will join in formations with those who are headed where we want to go and they
will give us "uplift".
3. When the lead goose gets tired, it
rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position.
Lesson: If we have much sense as a goose,
we would take turns doing the hard tasks, and sharing leadership ... with people, as with
geese, interdependent with each other.
4. The geese in formation honk from
behind to encourage whose up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our honking
form behind is encouraging ... not something less helpful.
5. When a goose gets sick or wounded or
shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow their fellow member down to help and
provide protection. They stay with this member of the flock until he or she is either
about to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own, with another formation or
to catch up with their own flock.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as the
geese, we'll stand by each other like that.
By Milton Olson
I am on Old Woman
I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't
go, and doesn't suit me,
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and a pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.
~by Jenny Joseph~