I saw the first quote today and thought it was great, I decided to add a couple of my other favorites beneath:
“If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” – Elizabeth Warren referring to the importance of more female representation in US government.
“Do right and fear no man.” – On a wooden sign in a Houston steakhouse.
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” – Charles Swindoll, there is nothing more true.
“An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered, an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered” – G,K. Chesterton, heard this on NPR one day, felt like it perfectly articulated my happiness when lost of back roads.
“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”- Winston Churchill, college professor told me to stop sweating my grades and just do my best, he told me a great Winston Churchill story with this quote and it never left me.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” – Jack Kerouac, this book blew my mind, made me desperate to leave Bloomsburg, PA and see cities and places all over the country. It is worth noting that the book concludes with a central character realizing that everything he longed for was at his home all along (at least that is what I took from it).
“You’re not going to learn it any younger” – Mr. Heller from Heller’s Seafood. He asked if I could fix an electrical plug and I said that I had no idea how to fix it. This quote inspired me to try to fix it, which resulted in a small explosion.
“Every no brings you closer to a yes” – Jerry, a friend of my father said this to me & I thought of it every day when in sales. He did not invent the quote, but it was the first time I heard it. I think it gets to the point that you should study failure, know it inside & out, and build from it. The inverse of this quote is “Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong”.
My mother and father both instilled many lessons & quotes on the importance of doing things right, they didn’t care what I ended up doing, they just asked that I do it well. There is no better quote on this subject then:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” – Martin Luther King Jr
“One death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic.” – Joseph Stalin, we’re inundated with statistics, but stories are what truly power change.
“Treat people how you want to be treated” – Mom
One last quote. I’ve always enjoyed ridiculous accomplishments, challenges, and fun feats, here’s a great exchange from Cool Hand Luke:
Luke: I can eat fifty eggs.
Dragline: Nobody can eat fifty eggs.
Society Red: You just said he could eat anything.
Dragline: Did you ever eat fifty eggs?
Luke: Nobody ever eat fifty eggs.
Prisoner: Hey, Babalugats. We got a bet here.
Dragline: My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.
Loudmouth Steve: Yeah, but in how long?
Luke: A hour.
Society Red: Well, I believe I’ll take part of that wager.
(a little later…)
Dragline: Why you got to go and say fifty eggs for? Why not thirty-five or thirty-nine?
Luke: I thought it was a nice round number.