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I am often inspired by the words from the past that become pertinent today.  Some of my favorites:

I just saw what was going on and did what I could to help.
-Nicholas Winton

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
-Abraham Lincoln

Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
-Winston Churchill

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of their folly is to fill the world with fools.
-Herbert Spencer

Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them.
-Franklin D Roosevelt

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
-Hyman Rickover

Never, never, never quit.
-Winston Churchill

A good newspaper is never good enough, but a bad newspaper is a joy forever.
-Garrison Keillor

and perhaps the most pertinent of all:

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
-Winston Churchill


1. Holly Finley - December 12, 2008

One of my personal favorites, I’d like to share:

They say to me in their awakening, “You and the world you live in are but a grain of sand upon the infinite shore of an infinite sea.” And in my dream I say to them, “I am the infinite sea, and all worlds are but grains of sand upon my shore.”

2. Chuck Musciano - December 13, 2008

For those that are wondering, that quote is from Sand and Foam by Khalil Gibran. Thanks, Holly!

3. Jim Demitriou - January 27, 2009

One of my favorites:

One who speaks only repeats what he knows. One who listens, learns.
– Anon

I think I read this years ago from a fortune cookie I got in San Francisco’s Little China district :-).

In all seriousness, it is an important perspective to remember … particularly for those that “wait to speak” while others are speaking as opposed to truly listening to what they are saying.

Solee - April 4, 2009

REALLY, Have you ever been in a room, hall, etc, where everyone is talking and you wonder … WHO IS LISTENING ?

4. Jim - April 27, 2009

Another Abraham Lincoln” “Whatever you are, be a good one”

5. Maria Weyman - August 19, 2009

“Aim high, aim for something that will make a difference, rather than for something that is “safe” and easy to do.” – Peter Drucker

6. Joseph Arrington - April 23, 2010

Those are great quotes! Just saw your posting on LinkedIn, I have a thing for Winston Churchill, to me he really always seemed to put life in a better perspective.

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