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Quotes June 02, 2017

RED Friday

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

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
Alexander Hamilton

“Discipline is the soul of an Army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to all of the weak, and esteem to all.”
George Washington

“The soldier is the Army. No Army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.”
George S Patton

“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.”
Douglas MacArthur

“Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they have been given.”
Orson Scott Card, Enders Game


“I am not afraid of an Army of lions lead by a sheep; I am afraid of sheep lead by a lion.”
Alexander the Great

“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”
Dwight D Eisenhower

“None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I can’t expect loyalty from the army if I do not give it.”
George C Marshall

“Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.”
George S. Patton

“The Army is the true nobility of our country.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

“I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Even a phone call that lasts a couple minutes or seconds can make your day or entire week.”
Military Moments

Quotes June 01, 2017

“Humor is the antidote to over thinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them. It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter.”
Bob Mankoff, How About Never: Is Never Good For You

“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

“It has been well observed that the misery of man proceeds not from any single crush of overwhelming evil, but from small vexatious continuous repeated.”
Samuel Johnson, “Pope,” in Selected Writings

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”
W.H. Sheldon

The real affliction of old age is remorse.
Cesare Pavese,
You move totally away from reality when you believe that there is a legitimate reason to suffer.
Byron Katie,
writer and speaker

“At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.”
Christine Mason Miller

Quotes May 31, 2017

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
Vernon Sanders Law, 1930-present
Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983
You can have the nine greatest individual ballplayers in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth,
baseball player
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is a debt of service due from every man to his country, proportioned to the bounties which nature and fortune have measured to him.
Thomas Jefferson,
third US president
“The mind…is rarely so disturbed, but that the company of a friend will restore it to some degree of tranquility and sedateness.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
“The most congenial social occasions are those ruled by cheerful deference of each for all.”
Goethe, Maxims and Reflections
“I’m glad to report that even now, at this late day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me—more promising than a silver cloud, prettier than a little red wagon. It holds all the hope there is, all fears. I can remember, really quite distinctly, looking a sheet of paper square in the eyes when I was seven or eight years old and thinking, ‘This is where I belong, this is it.’”
E. B. White, letter to Stanley Hart White January 1947
“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”
Pema Chödrön

Quotes May 30, 2017

“Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
Saint Francis of Assisi
“Darkness must always be combatted positively.”
Paramhansa Yogananda
“If we want to save the world, we must have a plan. But no plan will work unless we meditate.”
The Dalai Lama
“Effective action always proceeds from a sense of inner peace.”
Swami Kriyananda
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If we have the energy of compassion and loving kindness in us, the people around us will be influenced by our way of being and living.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Don’t be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your little candle and step forward.”
“Let us join together in this wave of social transformation, and through our practice of meditation, create a spirit of global unity that can lead to lasting peace.”
Nayaswami Devi
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”
Chief Seattle

Quotes May 29, 2017

Culture for the poor should not be a poor culture.
Stanford Thompson, Music Educator quoting his mentor Dr Jose Antonio Abreu and reflecting on his motivation to start Play On, Philly!—a music education and social development program.
You are here because of the golden opportunities made possible by mass extinction.
Lauren Sallan, Paleobioligist on how a mass extinction from climate and sea level fluctuations 359 million years ago paved the way for modern species.
Beauty is the most resilient thing. It can grow anywhere; it transcends time and space; it is a liberation from suffering.
Prumsodun Ok, Choreographer and Dancer on saving classic Cambodian dance after its near annihilation by the Khmer Rouge.
In Ferguson I found anger, but I also found love. Then the police showed up and it turned to fear, but then saw courage.
Damon Davis, Photographer and Film-maker on making art as “weapons in a spiritual war.”
When we are denied identity we become invisible.
Kayla Briët, Musician and Filmmaker who explores and remixes the creative output of her mixed ancestral cultures.
I look down to the ground asking the same questions other people ask looking up at the stars—are we alone?
Armando Azua-Bustos, Astrobiologist who studys Chile’s Atacama Desert as a model for Mars.
Too much of education reform is driven by a systemic approach, not an empathic approach.
Karim Abouelnaga, Founder of NYC-based peer-to-peer summer mentorship program, Practice Makes Perfect.
It’s a clamity.
Mei Lin Neo, Marine Biologist on saving the Giant Clam from extinction.

Quotes May 28, 2017

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”
Diane Mariechild
“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.”
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”
Beyoncé Knowles Carter
“You don’t have to play masculine to be a strong woman.”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.”
Anita Roddick
We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
Marie Curie,
physicist and chemist
“The only alternative left for mankind…is discipline…But by discipline I don’t mean harsh routines. I don’t mean waking up every morning at five-thirty and throwing cold water on yourself until you’re blue. Sorcerers understand discipline as the capacity to face with serenity odds that are not included in our expectations. For them, discipline is an art: the art of facing infinity without flinching, not because they are strong and tough but because they are filled with awe.”
Carlos Castaneda
“If you find yourself criticizing other people, you’re probably doing it out of Resistance. When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own. Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement. Watch yourself. Of all the manifestations of Resistance, most only harm ourselves. Criticism and cruelty harm others as well.”
Steven Pressfield, War of Art

“Good creators don’t talk sh@@ about their fellow creators. They champion the work of those around them. They know how hard this stuff is. They accept that stumbles are part of what we do. And they treat one another with respect—because we all deserve that.”
Eric Karjaluoto

“Promises are like debt — they accrue interest. The longer you wait to fulfill them, the more they cost to pay off.”
Jason Fried

Quotes May 27, 2017

“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.”
Jackie French Koller
I don’t want to be a passenger in my own life.
Diane Ackerman,
writer and naturalist

“Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.”
Linda Breen Pierce

“The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.”
Doris Janzen Longacre

“The simplest things are often the truest.”
Richard Bach

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”
Vernon Howard

“Less is more.”
Mies Van Der Rohe

“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Lope de Vega

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”
Leo Tolstoy


“I am a minimalist. I like saying the most with the least.”
Bob Newhart

Quotes May 26, 2017

RED Friday


“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind .”
Dan Lipinski

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost their confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either is a failure of leadership.”
Colin Powell

“Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.”
Napoleon Bonaparte


“Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers who have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.”
Allen Boyd

“Ten soldiers lead wisely will beat a hundred without a head.”

“No nation ever had an army large enough to guarantee it against attack in a time of peace or ensure it of victory in time of war”
Calvin Coolidge

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Thomas Paine

“It is hard to lead a calvary charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”
Adlai E Stephenson

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
Dwight D Eisenhower

Quotes May 25, 2017

“Many people fear competition from others. But the biggest critic should be the person in the mirror.”
“A strong woman is a woman determined to do something others are determined not be done.”
Marge Piercy
“You know, there’s nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women. There are a lot of strong women you do not see who are guiding, helping, mothering strong men. They want to remain unseen. It’s kind of nice to be able to play a strong woman who is seen.”
Ginger Rogers

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”
Nancy Rathburn

“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead.”
Mary Pierce

“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing.” It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.”
Fulton J. Sheen

“One minute of patience, ten years of peace.”
Greek proverb

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
John Quincy Adams

“Whatever you eye falls on – for it will fall on what you love – will lead you to the questions of your life, the questions that are incumbent upon you to answer, because that is how the mind works in concert with the eye. The things of this world draw us where we need to go.”
Mary Rose O’Reilley

“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
“I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.”
Paulo Coelho
“You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death, whether we catch it on the in-breath or out-breath, requires only a moment, this moment. And along with it all the mindfulness we can muster, and each stage of our ongoing birth, and the confident joy of our inherent luminosity.”
Stephen Levine
“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.”
“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.”

Quotes May 24, 2017

“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Always hold fast to the present. Every situation, indeed every moment, is of infinite value, for it is the representative of a whole eternity.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go.”
“As we encounter new experiences with a mindful and wise attention, we discover that one of three things will happen to our new experience: it will go away, it will stay the same, or it will get more intense. whatever happens does not really matter.”
Jack Kornfield
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Dalai Lama
“Do every act of your life as though it were the last act of your life.”
“Perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last, without frenzy, without apathy, without pretense.”
Marcus Aurelius
“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
ThichNhat Hanh
“I am grateful for all those dark years, even though in retrospect they seem like a long, bitter prayer that was answered finally.”
“There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient.”
Marilynne Robinson
“This isn’t just “another day, another dollar.” It’s more like “another day, another miracle.”
“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be, and in this moment, there is infinite possibility.”
“It stands to reason that anyone who learns to live well will die well. The skills are the same: being present in the moment, and humble, and brave, and keeping a sense of humor.”
Victoria Moran
“If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.”
Sharon Salzberg
“By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.”
Matthieu Ricard
“Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.”
Allan Lokos
“Everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”
Robin Sharma
“Maybe,” he said, rubbing her forehead. “But don’t worry about it. You need to be a little bit crazy. Crazy is the price you pay for having an imagination. It’s your superpower. Tapping into the dream. It’s a good thing not a bad thing.”
Ruth Ozeki
“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…”
Pema Chödrön