Archive for Wisdom To Live By

Wisdom To Live By

Murrow on complexity – Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation. Edward Murrow, journalist.

Kennedy on national character – The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and abuilder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. John Kennedy, 35th U.S. President.

Stengel on falling short – Most ballgames are lost, not won. Casey Stengel, baseball manager.

Wells on conclusions – If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. Orson Welles, director.

Wharton on impact – There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton, novelist.

Penn on communication – Speak properly, and in a few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood. William Penn, stateman.

Dewy on striving – Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. John Dewey, philosopher.

Lauder on motivation – I came to realize that (visualization), projecting yourself into a successful situation, is the most powerful means there is of achieving personal goals. Leonard Lauder, cosmetics executive.

Robinson on making a difference – A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. Jackie Robinson, baseball player.

Peale on strategy – The “if” thinker broods over a difficulty or a setback. The “how” thinker wastes no energy on postmortems when trouble or even disaster hits him. He immediately starts looking for the best solution. Norman Vincent Peale, clergyman

Peter on action and planning – There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. Laurence Peter, writer.

On boldness – Dance as if no one’s watching, sing as if no one’s listening, and live every day as if it were your last. Author unknown.

Jeter on achievement – The longer you wait to decide what you want to do, the more time you’re wasting. It’s up to you to want something so badly that your passion shows through. Your actions, not your words, will do the shouting for you. Derek Jeter, baseball player.