Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Quote of the day, Jan. 15

January 15, 2018

C.T. Vivian, on leadership

“Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you … You are made by the struggles you choose.”

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Quote of the day, Jan. 10

January 12, 2018

H.H. Asquith, on the Titanic (1912)

“Perhaps the House will allow me to add this: that I am afraid we must brace ourselves to confront one of those terrible events in the order of Providence which baffle foresight, which appall the imagination and make us realise the inadequacy of words to do justice to what we feel. We cannot say more at this moment than to give a necessarily imperfect impression of our sense of admiration that the best traditions of the sea seem to have been observed and that willing sacrifices were offered to give the first chance for safety to those who were least able to help themselves, and of the heartfelt sympathy of the whole nation to those who find themselves suddenly bereaved of their nearest and dearest.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 3

January 3, 2018

Joseph Pulitzer, on prosperity

“We all want prosperity, but not at the expense of liberty. Poverty is not as great a danger to liberty as is wealth, with its corrupting, demoralizing influences. Let us never have a Government at Washington owing its retention to the power of the millionaires rather than to the will of millions.

Quote of the day, Dec. 18

December 18, 2017

Thomas Paine, from Rights of Man

“When it can be said by any country in the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them, my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars, the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive, the rational world is my friend because I am the friend of happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast its constitution and government. Independence is my happiness, the world is my country and my religion is to do good.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 11

December 11, 2017

Nelson Mandela, from Long Walk to Freedom

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 3

December 3, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, on history

“Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 29

November 29, 2017

Harry S. Truman, on censorship

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 26

November 27, 2017

Oliver Wendell Holmes, on power

“The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power. The prize of the general is not a bigger tent, but command.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 19

November 19, 2017

Abraham Lincoln, from the Gettysburg Address

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this …”

Quote of the day, Nov. 14

November 14, 2017

Colin Powell, on success

“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”