Don’s Quote of the Week

Following in his father’s footsteps, Don provides a “Quote of the Week” with most of his newsletters and mailings. As Don notes in his March 31, 2010 “From the Capitol” newsletter…

“And finally a definition, found on a scrap of paper in my father’s handwriting, stuck in a book of quotations that he used during the time he was a state representative in the 1970’s: ‘Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.’ ”

From Don’s 2018 Mailings:

“You are never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

From Don’s 2017 Mailings:

“Courage is knowing it might hurt and doing it anyway. Stupidity is the same. And that’s why life is hard.” – Jeremy Goldberg

“When dealing with people, let us remember that we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity” – Dale Carnegie

“I can explain it to you but I can’t understand it for you.”

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”

“You are never a loser until you quit trying.” – Mike Ditka

“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.” – Thomas Carlyle

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter Drucker

From Don’s 2016 Mailings:

“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd.” – Bertrand Russell

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1970

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.” – Sophocles

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored” — Aldous Huxley

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it” – Alan Saporta

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, 1971

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

“The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.” – Jerry M. Wright

“Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.” – Clas Moser

From Don’s 2015 Mailings:

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey

“Ideas are like children… your own are wonderful.”

“At the end of a fishing trip you are inclined to summarize in your head. A tally is needed for the quick description that you will be asked for: so many fish at such and such weights and the method employed. Inevitably, what actually happened is indescribable” — Tom McGuane in Silent Seasons, 1988

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

“Calling diminished services ‘increased efficiency’ is a corruption of trust and language.” – Phil Stover, resident of the 118th District

“More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren’t so busy denying them” – Harold J. Smith

“Common sense is not so common” – Voltaire

“The problem with making mental notes is that the ink fades very rapidly” – Rolf Smith

From Don’s 2014 Mailings:

“Serving God is doing good to man, but praying is thought an easier service and therefore more generally chosen.” Benjamin Franklin

“The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.”

“When you find yourself on the side of the majority it is time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain

“The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well” – Alfred Adler

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”
– Steven Covey

“Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.” – George Will

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell (1903-1950)

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

“Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then”. – Coach John Wooden

From Don’s 2013 Mailings:

“Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshiped”. – Calvin Coolidge

“Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.” – Fran Lebowitz

“I have a seven-year-old who wants a knife. To carve with. You think she’ll cut herself? I think so too. I know I did with my first knife, but that will heal and she will learn. Do you know a better way of telling someone young ‘I trust you’? ” – Gene Hill, A Hunter’s Fireside Book, 1972

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C.S. Lewis

“When you win, say nothing.  When you lose, say less.” – Paul Brown

“You can observe a lot just by watching” – Yogi Berra

“I can explain it to you; I can’t comprehend it for you.” – Mayor Ed Koch

“Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but want a different one” – Ivern Ball

From Don’s 2012 Mailings:

“There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.”  –  Josh Billings

“Many a good argument is ruined by some fool who knows what he’s talking about.” Marshall McLuhan

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt” – Bertrand Russell

“To wish you were someone else is to waste the person you are.” – Sven Goran Eriksson

“Things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could.” –  Lawrence H. Summers

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give” – Kahlil Gibran

“he only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” – John E. Southard

“Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

From Don’s 2011 Mailings:

“As long as there are tests there will be prayer in schools.”

“A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.” – Doug Larson

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

“It is a healthy thing, now and then, to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” – Bertrand Russell

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Alva Edison

Doppler Effect – the tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.” – Greg Oetjen

From Don’s 2010 Mailings:

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.”   – Robert Copeland

“I used to think that the brain was the most important organ in the body, but then I thought… look what’s telling me that” – Emo Phillips

“An idea isn’t worth that much. It’s the execution of the idea that has value.” – Joel Spolksy

“The one who says it cannot be done should never interrupt the one who is doing it.” – Anonymous

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Edison

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have”  – Thomas Jefferson

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”                                     – Oliver Wendell Holmes

From Don’s 2009 Mailings:

“An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.”  – Jef Mallett

“Bad habits are formed in good times, and good habits are formed in bad times” – Representative H. David Cotta, Maine

“A wise man does not need advice and a fool won’t take it.”

“Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.” – Herman Wouk

“Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances” – Unknown

“If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians” – Warren Buffett

“When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.” – Marquis de la Grange

“Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.” – Robert Greenleaf

“If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we’d be too simple to understand it.”  – Emerson Pugh

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” – Vernon Sanders Law