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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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