Live Without Failing

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”
--J. K. Rowling

Inherit a Republic

“All who wish to hand down to their children that happy republican system bequeathed to them by their revolutionary fathers, must now take their stand against this consolidating, corrupting money power, and put it down, or their children will become hewers of wood and drawers of water to this aristocratic ragocracy.”
--Andrew Jackson

Moral Authority

“Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect.”
--Stephen Covey

So Old

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”
--Henry David Thoreau

The Expense of Poverty

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”
--James Baldwin

Limitation Realized

“Argue for your limitations and sure enough they're yours.”
--Richard Bach

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Free from Fear

“Each moment free from fear makes a man immortal.”
--Alexander the Great

Failure as Teacher

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”
--Dennis Waitley

Prefer Disgrace

“A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.”
--Alexander Hamilton

Effort Stopper

“Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.”
--John Wooden

Mistake Free Tomorrow

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
--L. M. Montgomery

History Teaches

“History teaches us what we were not where we are going.”
--Jeffrey Fry

A Little Help

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.”
--Sally Koch

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Facts and Opinions

“People have a right to their own opinions, but not to their own facts. Evidence must be located, not created, and opinions not backed by evidence cannot be given much weight.” --James W. Loewen

Morals of the Community

The subjects to which I would ask each of my readers to devote his earnest attention are these: The life and morals of the community; and the men and the qualities by which, through domestic policy and foreign war, dominion was won and extended. Then as the standard of morality gradually lowers, let him follow the decay of the national character, observing how at first it slowly sinks, then slips downward more and more rapidly, and finally begins to plunge into headlong ruin, until he reaches these days, in which we can bear neither our diseases nor their remedies.”
--Titus Livius (Livy)

Patriotic Duty

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.”
--Edward Abbey

Overcome Fear

“Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil Disobedience

“Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. And a citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption and lawlessness.”
--Mahatma Gandhi

A Bitter Plant

“Patience is a bitter plant that produces sweet fruit.”
--Charles Swindoll

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Seek the Truth

“If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.”
--Marcus Aurelius

Enslaving Mankind

“The new philosophies and new religions and new social systems cannot draw up their own plans for emancipating mankind without still further enslaving mankind.”
--G.K. Chesterton

Knowledge versus Wisdom

“Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.”
--Zen Saying

More will Fight

“On their side more men are standing, on ours more will fight!”
--Alexander the Great

Success' Aim

“Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”
--David Frost

Fear Move

“Don’t move the way fear makes you move.”
--Jalal-al-Din Rumi

Give Yourself Away

“Life is what you get when you give yourself away to others.”
--James Rumbo

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World of Wonder

“There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't even started wondering about yet.”
--Roald Dahl

Life Choices

“You can live a safe life. Or you can live a full life. You can’t live both.”
--Dennis Prager

Properly Armed

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”
--Alexander Hamilton

Object of Life

“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”
--Marcus Aurelius

National Strength

“The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.”

Something Noble

“There is something noble in hearing myself ill spoken of when I am doing well.”
--Alexander the Great

Course To Victory

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.”
--Arthur Golden

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Being Silences

“We live in a time when smart people are being silenced so that stupid people won’t be offended.”
--Alan Jones

Men Oppose

“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.”
--Alexander Hamilton

Be Good

“Be good to your work, your word, and your friend.”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Constant War

“Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.”
--Alexander the Great

Greatness of Man

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
--Bob Marley

False Creed

“There is nothing that is more often clothed in an attractive garb than a false creed.”
--Titus Livius (Livy)

Love and Debt

“This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt.”
--Earl Wilson

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Lonely Lion

“It’s better to be a lonely lion than a popular sheep.”

Scared, Not Afraid

“Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid.”
--William Faulkner

Test of Integrity

“There is no better test of a man’s integrity than his behavior when he is wrong.”
--Marvin Williams

Turn Out Best

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”
--Titus Livius (Livy)

Cold Dead Fate

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.”
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Government Betrayal

“When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defense — to fight the government.”
--Alexander Hamilton

A Great Teacher

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
--William Arthur Ward

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True Love

“True love never has a happy ending, because there is no ending to true love.”
--Alexander the Great

Keep on Going

“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”
--Charles F. Kettering

Destiny Calls

“When destiny calls, the chosen have no choice.”
--Jedi Proverb

Slow to Reconginze

“Men are slower to recognize blessings than misfortunes.”
--Titus Livius (Livy)

Shoot Your Way Out

“You can easily vote your way into socialism, but your grandchildren will have to shoot their way out.”

Time Well Spent

“How you spend your time is far more important than all the material possessions you may own or positions you may attain.”
--Denis Waitley

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Not a Gift

“Common sense is not a gift, it's a punishment. Because you have to deal with everyone who doesn't have it.”

Promise of Greatness

“There is nothing man will not attempt when great enterprises hold out the promise of great rewards.”
--Titus Livius (Livy)

Failed Nation

“Any nation that does not emphasize integrity will always fail.”
--Yemi Osinbajo

Avoid Reality

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”
--Unknown (paraphrasing of Ayn Rand)

Emply Fears

“He who indulges in empty fears earns himself real fears.”
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Walk Unafraid

“We were not created to be eaten by anxiety, but to walk erect, free, unafraid in a world where there is work to do, truth to seek, love to give and win.”
--Joseph Ford Newton

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End to Beginning

“For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
--T.S. Elliot

A Scarce Man

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
--Mark Twain

Set Goals

“If you don’t set goals, you can’t regret not reaching them.”
--Yogi Berra

Major v. Minor

“Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don't do well simply because they major in minor things.”
--Jim Rohn

Last Best Hope

“The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just. A way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.”
--Abraham Lincoln

Isolate from Reality

“Too much of what is called education is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.”
--Thomas Sowell

Good or Great

“Learn the difference between good and great and then chose greatness.”
--Jeffrey Fry

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Ethical Standing

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
--Gordon A. Eadie

Corrupt Government

“The government will one day be corrupt and filled with liars, and the people will flock to the one who tells the truth.”
--Unknown (misattributed to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln)

Own Your Mistakes

“Everyone makes mistakes, but only a person with integrity owns up to them.”
--Nicole Guillaume

Escape Fear

“I cannot escape death, but at least I can escape the fear of it.”

Evade Reality

“Man is free to evade reality, he is free to unfocus his mind and stumble blindly down any road he pleases, but not free to avoid the abyss he refuses to see.”
--Ayn Rand

Love's Gift

“Love's gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.”
--Rabindranath Tagore

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Threats to Freedom

“Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen.”
--George Orwell

Move the Enemy

“Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.”
--Sun Tzu

Less Afraid

“The more you fail, the less you’re afraid of it.”
--Gary Vaynerchuk

Truth of Consequences

“Your fears of the consequences of a bold action are way out of proportion to reality, and in fact the consequences of timidity are worse.”
--Robert Greene

Success in Your Child's Eyes

“You can use most any measure when you're speaking of success.
You can measure it in a fancy home, expensive car or dress.
But the measure of your real success is one you cannot spend—
It's the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.”
--Martin Baxbaum 

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Universal Harmony

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
--Marcus Aurelius

Symbol of Democracy

“That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer's cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”
--George Orwell


“One of the consequences of such notions as “entitlements” is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”
--Thomas Sowell

Formula of Success

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
--Theodore Roosevelt

Cure the World

“If you want to cure the world, do not emanate fear, emanate love.”
--Ram Dass

Future Predictions

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
--Yogi Berra


“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
--Chinese Proverb

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Knowledge & Integrity

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”
--Samuel Johnson

Left-wing Thought

“So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.”
--George Orwell

Deception in War

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
--Sun Tzu

Learning to Sail

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”
--Louisa May Alcott

Freedom in Faith

“When men attack religious beliefs, they are following their emotions not their interests. Tyranny may be able to do without faith, but freedom cannot.”
--Alexis de Tocqueville

Replacing History

“Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
--Thomas Sowell

Tangled Webs

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”
--Sir Walter Scott

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When Angry

“When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.”
--Thomas Jefferson

Believing Untrue Things

“We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.”
--George Orwell

Warrior's Aim

“What is most important to the heart of a warrior? To desire with one’s very soul every second of every day to accomplish one’s aim.”
--Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Brave Never Die

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust, their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
--Minot J. Savage

Live Your Life

“Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.”
-- Immanuel Kant

Disapprove yet Defend

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
--S.G. Tallentyre

Defeat Is Optional

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”
--Roger Crawford

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Prepared to Die

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. One who lives life fully is prepared to die at any time.”
--Mark Twain

Destroy People

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
--George Orwell

Overthrow a Nation

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”
--Benjamin Franklin

Lead Life

“Lead your life so you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”
--Will Rogers

Good Thoughts

“The more one meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be one's world and the world at large.”

Being Human

“There is a big difference between being human and human being. Few understand this.”

Hold Anger

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

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Ignorant Influence

“It's frightful that people who are so ignorant should have so much influence.”
--George Orwell

Society's Lack of Confidence

“Censorship reflects a society's lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.”
--Potter Stewart

Character and Integrity

“Many voice the words character and integrity without ever knowing or having either.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Listen to Experts

"Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it."
--Robert A. Heinlein

Thank The Fools

“Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.”
--Mark Twain

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Restate the Obvious

“We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”
--George Orwell

Food as Medicine

“Eat your food as medicine, otherwise you will need to eat your medicine as food.”

Power to Change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
--Charles Darwin

Accepting Help

“Sometimes, accepting help is harder than offering it.”
--Jedi Proverb

Parental Help

“It does not matter how small a space you are in, it is your parents’ job to make you overlook it.”
--Rayne Guest

True Measure

“The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.”
--Thomas Babington Macaulay

Monsters Within

“Fighting external monsters is easy in comparison to how we fight those within us.”
--Jeffrey Fry

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Dangerous Decisions

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”
--Thomas Sowell

Seize Power

“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
--George Orwell

Full Service

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”
--Douglas Adams

Believe in Angels

“No matter how one feels about the existence of God, I like to believe there are angels.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Endure the Darkness

"I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars."
--Og Mandino

The Little Things

“The best portion of a good man's life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
--William Wordsworth

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Erase the Past

“One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” --Golda Meir

Speaking of Politics

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”
--George Orwell

Lie Loses Power

“Censorship is the tool used when the lie loses its power.”

Just Be Good

“Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.”
--Arthur Freed

Excellence Known

“Excellence in any undertaking can be found in details that most people barely notice, but those who know know.”
--Gene Griessman

Unimportant Challenge

“If the challenge we face doesn’t scare us, then it’s probably not that important.”
--Timothy Ferriss

Knife Tricks

“Fools take a knife and stab people in the back. The wise take a knife, cut the cord, and set themselves free from the fools.”

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Pleasure Found

“Pleasure is seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”
--Samuel Johnson

Free Speech

“Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear.”
--George Orwell

Impossible Dreams

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible. Then they seem improbable. And then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
--Christopher Reeve

Afraid of Dyng

“You are terribly afraid of dying because you haven’t yet lived.”
--Franz Kafka

A Kingdom Destroyed

“A kingdom that has once been destroyed can never come again into being; nor can the dead ever be brought back to life.”
--Sun Tzu

Difference Maker

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you have obviously never been in bed with a mosquito!”
--Peter Strople

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Lie Becomes Truth

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
--Isabella Blagden (misattributed to Vladimir Lenin or Joseph Goebbels)

Stupid Ideas

“Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”
--George Orwell

Necessary Start

“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
--Saint Francis of Assisi

Ruined by Praise

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”
--Norman Vincent Peale

Do Not Understand

“What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.”
--Alice Walker

Love the Night

“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
--Galileo Galilei

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Difficulties Strengthen

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Right or Convenient

“Integrity, the choice between what’s convenient and what’s right.”
--Tony Dungy

What you Do

“You are what you do, not what you say you will do.”
--Vivian McCormick

Fear Two Pack

“Fear comes in two packages: fear of failure, and sometimes, fear of success.”
--Tom Kite

Obstacle to Living

“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today.”
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Revolutinary Act

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
--George Orwell

What Not How

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
--George S. Patton Jr.

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Lost Value

“No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them.”
--William Godwin

The Right Tool

“Everything is easier when you have the right tool.”
--Stacey Berlow

Totalitarian Society

“A society becomes totalitarian when its structure becomes flagrantly artificial: that is, when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud.”
--George Orwell

Moral Universe

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
--Theodore Parker (misattributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Perception is Reality

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
--Norman Vincent Peal

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Confuse the Enemy

“The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent.”
--Sun Tzu

Sharp Tongue

“A person with a sharp tongue will eventually cut themselves.”
--J. Robson Koenig

Out of Poverty

“Capitalism has lifted billions out of poverty, socialism sends them back.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Not Lying

“Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” --James E. Faust

Measure of a Man

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his way of life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother or sister to a higher and more noble life.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Destiny is Internal

“No matter who you are, no matter what you aspire to, no matter what you have attempted in the past, the way you feel about yourself now will determine the outcome of anything that you do.”
--Ray Shapley, Sr.

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Scaredy Cat

“A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope.“
--Arabian Proverb

Play the Hand you are Dealth

“Be at one with your fate and give your actions the weight of eternity. Stop wishing for something else to happen, for a different fate. That is to live a false life.”
--Robert Greene

Opportunitiy's Overalls

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

Have Courage

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.”
--W. Clement Stone

A Stretched Mind

“A mind that has been stretched will never return to its original dimensions.”
--Albert Einstein

Learning Counts

“It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
--John Wooden

Solve Problems

“Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
--Roger Lewin

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Eggs in One Basket

“It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.” --Elon Musk

Continuation of Politics

“War is the continuation of politics by other means.”
--Carl von Clausewitz

Three Classes

“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.”
--Leonardo da Vinci

Accept or Reject Reality

“Fools reject reality and expect things to be different. The wise accept reality and expect the unexpected.”
--Maxime Lagacé

Earth's Owners

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
--American Indian Proverb

Thoughts in you Head

“You are what you continuingly think, so take care to what thoughts you allow to exist in your head.”
--Marcus Aurelius

Character's Content

“I have a dream that the day will come when a man is judged by the content of his character and not by the color of his skin.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Minor Lapse

“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.”
--Tom Peters


“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
--Benjamin Franklin

Direct Opponent

“Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.”
--Sun Tzu

Losers and Winners

“Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep.”
--Denis Waitley

Keep And Give

“One thing I can give and still keep is my word.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Still a Loser

“If you have to cheat to win, you are still a loser.”

Keep Moving Forward

“Sometimes life seems a dark tunnel with no light at the end, but if you just keep moving forward, you will end up in a better place.”
--Jeffrey Fry

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Not Paid to Understand

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
--Upton Sinclair

A Bad Thing

.“If we believe a thing to be bad, and if we have a right to prevent it, it is our duty to try to prevent it and damn the consequences.”
--Alfred Milner

Drown My Troubles

“I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can’t get my wife to go swimming.”
--Jimmy Carter

Size Does Not Matter

“When you tell a little lie, or do a tiny cheat, or commit a small theft you are still a liar, a cheater, or a thief. Size does not matter.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Enemy's Mistake

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
--Sun Tzu

A Calming Effect

“The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person.”
--Norman Vincent Peale

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“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”
--Benjamin Disraeli

Infinite Hope

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Disastrous Reality

“Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous.”
--Thomas Sowell

Deprive Liberty

“It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”
--Oliver Cromwell

No Love at All

“Where there is fear there is obviously no freedom, and without freedom there is no love at all.”
--Jiddu Krishnamurti

Great Simplifiers

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
--Colin Powell

Time's Value

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”

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A Little Wisdom

“If I had just a little bit of wisdom I should walk the great path and fear only straying from it.”
--Lao Tzu

Bound to be True

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
--Abraham Lincoln

Dire Straights

"You sometimes need to be in dire straits to find out who is loyal to you."
--Jeffrey Fry

Worth Your Salt

“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”
--Andrew Jackson

Evil Harms

“The evil that men do harms you only if you do evil in response.”
--Marcus Aurelius

Must Not

“There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked, towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested, commands of the sovereign which must not be obeyed.”
--Sun Tzu

Not Necessarily Useless

“Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.”
--Thomas Alva Edison

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Great Ambitions

“No one with great ambitions, good or bad, has any power without the support of many with no ambition.”
--Rocky Clark

Hundred Failures

"A hundred failures would not matter, when one single success could change the destiny of the world."
--Arthur C. Clarke

Never Esteem

“Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”
--Marcus Aurelius

Passive Evil

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friend in Adversity

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most.”
--Ulysses S. Grant

Light of Science

“The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately.”
--Thomas Jefferson

Aim Too Low

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it.”

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Evil Injury

“A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.”
--John Stuart Mill

Political Anger

“To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.”
--Unknown (misattributed to Theodore Roosevelt)

Honest Panic

“It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.”
--Thomas Sowell

Fewer Excuses

“Successful people do not have fewer problems, they have fewer excuses.”
--Jeffrey fry

Regarding Religion

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.”
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Real Integrity

“Real integrity stays in place whether the test in adversity or prosperity.”
--Charles Swindoll

Be Still

“Stress is two forces moving in opposite directions. Sit still.”
--Buddhist Proverb

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Count on Americans

“You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.”
--Winston Churchill

Wealth over Liberty

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
--Samuel Adams

Healthy America

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”
--Joseph Stalin

Willing to Fight

“A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
--John Stuart Mill

Right Path

“Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it.”
--M.H. McKee

Led to Slaughter

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
--George Washington

To Build A Fire

“If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.”
--Horace Traubel

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Mass Intelligence

“Even if a government were superior in intelligence or knowledge to any single individual in the nation, it must be inferior to all the individuals of the nation taken together.”
--John Stewart Mill

Truth Sayer

“Integrity is telling myself the truth; honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
--Spencer Johnson

In Our Control

“Some things are in our control and others not.”

Closer to Truth

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.”
--Pema Chödrön


“The noblest type of retribution is not to become like your enemy.”
--Marcus Aurelius

Ocean of Truth

“I seem to have been but a boy, standing on the beach, now and then finding a smoother rock or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
–Isaac Newton

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Laws Restored

“When a constitution and its laws are no longer followed by a government, it falls on the governed to revolt in order to restore them.”
--Jeffrey Fry

Liberty or Death

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
--Patrick Henry

Most Dangerous Enemy

“We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it has been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.”
--Ronald Reagan

Loyalty When Deserved

“Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.”
--Mark Twain

Poor Way

“Man is in a poor way if people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward after death.”
--Albert Einstein

Mediocre Fear

“Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.”
--Chet Atkins

Squander Time

“Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
--Benjamin Franklin

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Bend Government

“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.”
--Andrew Jackson