Quotes October 06, 2017

Obstinacy is a fault of temperament. Stubbornness and intolerance of contradiction result from a special kind of egotism.
Carl von Clausewitz,
military leader

Ah, these diplomats! What chatterboxes! There’s only one way to shut them up – cut them down with machine guns. Bulganin, go and get me one!
Joseph Stalin – As reported by De Gaulle during a long meeting.
Shortly before World War I, the German Kaiser was the guest of the Swiss government to observe military maneuvers. The Kaiser asked a Swiss militiaman: “You are 500,000 and you shoot well, but if we attack with 1,000,000 men what will you do?” The soldier replied: “Shoot twice and go home.”
Dec. 23, 1944 – “Battle of the Bulge” – An entire U.S. armored division was retreating from the Germans in the Ardennes forest when a sergeant in a tank destroyer spotted an American digging a foxhole. The GI, PFC Martin, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, looked up and asked, “Are you looking for a safe place?” “Yeah” answered the tanker. “Well, buddy,” he drawled, “just pull your vehicle behind me…I’m the 82nd Airborne, and this is as far as the bastards are going.”
In 2000, Army specialist Jeff Lewis was sent to Fort Bragg on a parachute jump with no training save for a one day refresher course. Despite stepping out of the plane on the wrong foot and twisting his gear up, he managed to make the jump safely. When asked about it later, he replied “The US Army said I was airborne qualified, and I wasn’t going to question it.”
“I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I’ll kill you all.”
General Mattis
“If there is a god, he’ll have to beg for my forgiveness”
Written on the walls of a concentration camp by an anonymous victim of the Nazis.

Quotes October 05, 2017

A positive attitude from you tends to produce a positive attitude toward you.
Deborah Day,
“We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.”
Steven Pressfield
Never judge a critic by your agreement with his likes and dislikes.
George Saintsbury,
writer and historian
There is no defense against reproach but obscurity.
Joseph Addison,
politician and writer
The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it, and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly.
Margaret Atwood,
writer and poet

Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love.
Robert Frank,
photographer and filmmaker
If a man isn’t willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he’s no good.
Ezra Pound,

The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews. The ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews.
William Faulkner,

Quotes October 04, 2017

There’s something wrong with your character if opportunity controls your loyalty.
Simon Simmons

Stars and blossoming fruit-trees: utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity.
Simone Weil

“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who don’t. And believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.”
Harvey MacKay
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”
Virginia Woolf
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
André Gide
“We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create.”
John Lennon
The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.
Vincent Van Gogh
Throughout your life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat your bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.
Will Smith
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Steve Kloves (otherwise known as Albus Dumbledore)


To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
Eckhart Tolle
Stop complaining. Do something.
Push yourself because, no one else is going to do it for you.
Depression is a flaw in chemistry not character.

Quotes October 03, 2017

Jerry Bonsu

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.
Stanley Kubrick

I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.
Emily Lee
Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say.
Mitch Albom
“Fundamental happiness depends more than anything else upon what may be called a friendly interest in persons and things.”
Bertrand Russell
It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man’s oration — nay, it is a very easy matter — but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
biographer and essayist

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you… so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”

Quotes October 02, 2017

What we need is a machine that will let us see the other guy’s point of view.
Arthur C. Clarke,
Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way.
Gordon B. Hinckley
You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve treated you better.
Most of the problems in life are because of two reasons: we act without thinking or we keep thinking without acting.



Quotes October 01, 2017

Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery,

Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: Find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.
Anthony Robbins,
writer and motivational speaker
The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor.
Max De Pree,
businessman and writer

The most enduring contributions made to civilization have not been made by brawn; they have been made by brain.
Benjamin Hooks,
lawyer and civil rights leader
No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec,
aphorist and poet
Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason, they cannot be destroyed by logic.
Tryon Edwards,
theologian and publisher

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
Oscar Wilde,


Quotes September 30, 2017

“How much does it cost,

To win your approval?

Will it be money well spent?”

CLARA MARIE MITCHELL, ‘Friendship’, Poems of Reflection: Faith, Life, and Travel

“If we’re in constant need for approval from other people, it could be a sign that the approval we receive internally simply isn’t enough.”
ERICA FLORENTINE, ‘8 Weird Signs of Low Self-Esteem & How To Change It’, Bustle, December 30, 2015
“Both money and approval are general means of exchange in social interaction, one in economic exchange and the other in social exchange.”
PETER A. BARONE, ‘Plausible Solutions to School Violence and Disturbance in America’, Critical Examinations of School Violence and Disturbance in K-12 Education
“The fallacy of approval is based on the idea that it’s not just desirable but vital to get the approval of virtually every person. People who accept this idea seek approval from others, even when they have to sacrifice their own principles and happiness to do so.”
RONALD B. ADLER and RUSSELL F. PROCTOR II, Looking Out, Looking In
“Trying to get other people’s approval is not going to boost up one’s self worth. One thing is that you will never get the approval from everyone. While you may get approval from some, others will be turned away. Most of the time trying too hard to get approval from others backfires.”
ED RUSSO, The Pleiadian Papers

“The affects were subtle at first, a warm feeling when someone liked or shared a column I wrote or commented on a status. The support from friends near and far when we are dealing with a crisis is also a positive way I have experienced affirmation and approval on social media.

But gradually, I discovered this need for approval that I just didn’t ‘like’ about myself. I started to recognize a nudging inside me. It’s kind of like the way my dogs tap my hand, with their wet noses, when they want food or attention. This nudging was coming from a need for approval of my work and a validation of my opinions.”
EILEEN BENTHAL, ‘The Human Craving for Approval, Played Out In Social Media’, Riverhead Local, November 16, 2014

“Humans share an innate drive to connect with others. We’re evolutionarily wired to crave inclusion. Eons ago, this was linked with our survival; in prehistoric times, rejection triggered fear. If someone became isolated or was ousted from the group, his or her life would be at risk.

Because the consequences of being rejected were so extreme, our brains and behavior adapted to avoid disapproval from others. In fact, research has shown that social rejection activates many of the same brain regions involved in physical pain, which helps explains why disapproval stings.”
MELODY WILDING, ‘4 Steps to Stop Seeking Approval from Others’, Psych Central, October 3, 2015

“When you are your own best friend, you don’t endlessly seek out relationships, friendships, and validation from the wrong sources because you realize that the only approval and validation you need is your own.”
MANDY HALE, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
“Excessive need for approval is typically the result of an overly negative self-image.”
CAROLYN GREGOIRE, ‘This Is The Only Personality Type That Enjoys Being With Narcissists’, Huffington Post, March 14, 2016
“The fallacy of approval is irrational because it implies that others will respect and like you more if you go out of your way to please them. Often this simply isn’t true. Would you respect people who have compromised important values just to gain acceptance? Are you likely to think highly of people who repeatedly deny their own needs as a means of buying approval?”
RONALD B. ADLER and RUSSELL F. PROCTOR II, Looking Out, Looking In
“The truth is, many of us are looking for the approval of those closest to us on some level or another. And often this is disguised by the desire to have someone understand what we are talking about or going through, anything important to us about ourselves. I always thought I just wanted them to ‘get it.’ In reality, I wanted them to get it so that they would be okay with me.”
JADE MAZARIN, ‘Seeking to be Understood: The Need for Approval’, Psych Central, December 19, 2011

“We are forever looking outside ourselves, seeking approval and striving to impress others. But living to please others is a poor substitute for self-love, for no matter how family and friends may adore us, they can never satisfy our visceral need to love and honor ourselves.”
SUSAN L. TAYLOR, Lessons in Living

“He’s not a ‘pat on the back’ type of guy and I am driven by the need for approval. He’s a stingy dealer, and I’m a needy addict.”
KERRI K. MORRIS, ‘Resolution Chronicles: the best of 2015’, Chicago Now, January 1, 2016
“Somewhere in the middle of being driven by “what other people think”, the tension between the desire for approval and the fear of disapproval, are we missing what we really want?”
“Our need for social approval sticks more terribly and irreversibly to us than does a on a damaged Teflon-coated pan.”
RACHNA SINGH, ‘Love Yourself First’, Deccan Herald, February 21, 2016

Tacit approval is real approval; hypothetical approval is not.”
LEIF WENAR, Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence, and the Rules that Run the World

Quotes September 29, 2017

Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning.
Erwin Rommel

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
Napoleon Bonaparte
“You manage things; you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.” –
Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hooper
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
Gen. Colin Powell

“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
Vice Adm. James Stockdale
I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI, and I never could get away from the war.

These men were wrongfully rejected, the veterans. The fighting man should never have been blamed for Vietnam.
Neil Sheehan
The University of Southern California has a wonderful social work department, and I was thrilled to find out that they have a whole veterans’ initiative program there. They approached me, and I set up a scholarship that would go to a military-oriented person to learn techniques and skills to better help veterans.
Gary Sinise


No matter how bad any situation, cynicism has no positive impact. Watching the news, you might notice that cynicism and victimhood often seem to go hand-in-hand, but not for veterans.
James Mattis

As a former Airman First Class in the United States Air Force, like many veterans in America, my military experience played an important part in instilling in me a sense of character and discipline that has served me throughout my life.
Chuck Norris


All of my high school male teachers were WWII and/or Korean War veterans. They taught my brothers and me the value of service to our country and reinforced what our dad had shown us about the meaning of service.
Oliver North

Quotes September 28, 2017

It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man’s oration — nay, it is a very easy matter — but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
biographer and essayist


Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
Eckhart Tolle
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.
John Lubbock

We are forged by the fires of our experience, the darkness of our time, and our unwavering commitment to kindness.
Claudia Hall Christian

Don’t be fooled by your emptiness. There’s so much more room for happiness

What worries you masters you.
There’s only one rule that I know of, babies —God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.
Kurt Vonnegut

There’s only one thing I know about the American people, it’s this: When it has mattered most, they have never let this nation down.
Joe Biden

We live in the condensation of our imagination.
Terrence McKend

Quotes September 27, 2017

Advice From a Tree:
Stand Tall and Proud,
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth, Be content with your natural beauty, drink plenty of water, and remember your roots.
Ilan Shamir
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
Shunryu Suziki
We don’t respect the inwardness of the things we study, and we therefore do not respect the inward learnings that those things have for us.
Parker Palmer
Love the giver more than the gift.
Brigham Young
Our role is not only to help patients heal physically, but spiritually and emotionally.
Critical Care Unit nurse from Searcy, AR
You’re not happier because you turn your brain off. You’re happier because you encourage yourself to think more deeply about what actually matters.
Charles Duhigg

Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.
P. Yogananda
“We need haters out there. They’re our walking affirmations that we’re doing something right.”
Pharrell Williams