Daily Quotes 8/29

Some of the quotes I’ve selected recently have been quite long.  Length was not the objective. The message simply resonated with me. To make it up to those who like pithy phrases, this post is for you. Each phrase is meaningful and short ( ten words or less thanks in part to contractions and hyphenated words) making it highly quotable.   Try memorizing one or two of these. Then, see what happens when you cleverly slip one into your conversation, especially if it’s one of the Latin phrases.   😉

“Semper fidelis” — U.S. Marine Corp motto meaning “Always Faithful”

“Be prepared.” — Boy Scouts motto

“Jesus wept.” — Bible, John 11:35, shortest verse in the Bible


“Inches make champions.”
–- Vince Lombardi

“Underpromise and overachieve.” -– Tom Peters

“Never give up.” — Winston Churchill

“Action conquers fear.” — Pete Zarlenga

“Facta, non verba” — Deeds, not words


“Fear clogs; faith liberates.”
— Elbert Hubbard

“Facts are stubborn things.” — Ronald Reagan

“Lead from the front.” — Audie Murphy

“Gloria in excelsis Deo” — Phrase in Christian hymn meaning “Glory to God in the Highest”


“What gets measured gets done.”
-– Peter Drucker

“Your attitude determines your altitude!” –- Denis Waitley

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” — Milton Berle


“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”
— Colin Powell

“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.” — Kahlil Gibran

“For fast-acting relief try slowing down.” — Lily Tomlin


“You may delay, but time will not.”
— Benjamin Franklin

“Do something wonderful; people may imitate it.” — Albert Schweitzer

“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” — George Carlin


“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”
— Victor Borge

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” — John F. Kennedy

“On the one hand, we’ll never experience childbirth.” — Bruce Willis (On the difference between men and women)

“On the other hand, you have different fingers.” — Steven Wright


“‘No’ puts distance between you and the wrong influence.”
— Jim Rohn

“Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.” — Ayn Rand

“There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.” — Mark Twain


“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”
— Charles F. Kettering

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.” — Groucho Marx

God bless,

— CC

Time Out for Laughter

This post is dedicated to the premise that it’s beneficial to take a break and enjoy a good laugh. It’s one way we can “stop and smell the roses.”

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” — Mark Twain

Despite the fact that it’s impossible for me to know what tickles your funny bone, I’m optimistic that you will enjoy the humor contained in the selected quotes. Here’s an idea. Pause for a few seconds before reading each joke and try to imagine the person to whom the quote is attributed. Why? Because much of the humor is found in the delivery — these people are masters of delivery. This technique may bring the joke to life.

Woody Allen:

“What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.”

Dave Barry:

“The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes.”

Steven Wright:

“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.”

Ellen DeGeneres:

“I was coming home from kindergarten–well they told me it was kindergarten. I found out later I had been working in a factory for ten years. It’s good for a kid to know how to make gloves.”

Yogi Berra:

“Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.”

Groucho Marx:

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”

Erma Bombeck:

“Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.”

George Carlin:

“One out of every three Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of two of your best friends. If they are OK, then it must be you.”

Jack Benny:

“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

Bill Cosby:

“I wasn’t always black… There was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.”

God bless,

— CC

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Character and Leadership

People form their core life principles in different ways. Those who believe in the God of the Christian faith hold certain moral and theological principles as taught and exemplified by Jesus Christ. Many adopt their principles from other gods. Still others believe mankind defines such principles through experience and human reasoning.

Another word for principle is “value.” Whatever values people embrace become the foundation of their intentions and actions. People are judged by what they say and do as well as through what they don’t say and don’t do. To the extent that someone is consistent with his values he is judged as faithful; lack of consistency results in the dreaded label “hypocrite.”

“Many of us believe that wrongs aren’t wrong if it’s done by nice people like ourselves.” — Author Unknown

“Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.” — Elbert Hubbard

Clarity and commitment are important when it comes to principles. Being unsure or uncommitted to a principle makes decision-making more difficult.

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” — Roy Disney, executive

“Those are my principles. If you don’t like them I have others.” — Groucho Marx

When principles have a moral element the terminology is often changed to “character.” Having good character is defined as “consistently acting in accordance with good moral principles.”

“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.” — Norman Schwarzkopf

“The time is always right to do what is right.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Character is an indispensable part of leadership. Making the types of decisions leaders are expected to make is utterly dependent on the leader’s character. Good leadership proceeds from good character. Character is to leadership as hydrogen is to water. How many more ways can I say it? Good character is the foundation of leadership.

Good leaders not only gain followers because of their good character, they also pass on their legacy of good character. The result is a new generation of leaders.

“Let those who follow me continue to build with the plumb of honor, the level of truth, and the square of integrity, education, courtesy and mutuality.” — John Wanamaker

“Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.” — Dr. James C. Dobson

Establishing strong moral character within the foundations of our personal and business relationships results in leaders who make a positive difference in this world. It doesn’t require a Ph.D. in compassion or a Master’s Degree in philanthropy or any special skill. Leadership potential lives within everyone.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

What it takes is a personal decision and a commitment to building character, from the inside out. Each decision moves one closer to or farther from the person he’s supposed to become. Decide today whom you will follow. Decide today to feed your mind every day. Decide today not to sacrifice integrity for convenience. Decide to be different so you can make a difference.

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

God bless,

— CC

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