Saturday, December 03, 2011

Quotes from the Bulletin Board

While preparing for my office move, I took down the bulletin board which held the following quotes. There’s a variety of topics but you may find them thought provoking.
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle--                When the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”                            ~ Roger Bannister

Warren Buffet said on ABC he “doubts very many children in the Forbes 400 served in the war. They come home to Nebraska in body bags but you don’t have to call up to the country club to let them know.”


“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”     -- Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1919.

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“The danger of civilization, of course, is that you will piss away your life on nonsense.” From “The Beast God Forgot to Invent” by Jim Harrison.


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“In America, it’s far more shameful to owe money than it is to steal it.” (from an article in the November 25, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone by Matt Taibbi entitled “Courts Helping Banks Screw Over Homeowners”

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“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.”
~~ John Stuart Mill

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