- “There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.” (William Hazlitt)
- “God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.” (Dr. David Livingstone, quoted in Daily In The Word)
- “Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” (Ronald Reagan, quoted in the Des Moines Register)
- “The Promised Land always is on the other side of a wilderness.” (Havelock Ellis, quoted in Passport to the Soul)
- “Anyone can make a mistake. Only a fool insists on repeating it.” (Robertine Mayard, quoted in Reader’s Digest)
- “The money spent on government today doesn’t make it one bit better than the government we got for one-third the money we spent twenty years ago.” (Will Rogers)
***Here is the final installment of quotes by Chuck Knox, former coach of the Seattle Seahawks from his book Hard Knox—
- “Winners form the habit of concentrating on what they want to have happen. Losers concentrate on what they don’t want to have happen. In pressure situations, winners call up past wins, losers call up past losses, and both are self-fulfilling.”
- “Nearly as important as experiencing a big win is understanding how you won, why you won, so you can go on to win again.”
- “I consider the act of playing harder when you are ahead as important as not giving up when you are behind.”
- “We don’t have to change what we are doing—We just have to do it better.”
- “Sometimes a guy will want to know what his title will be. Bad question. I tell him, you want a title, join the service, get a job at the bank. Here, we are only looking for guy called workers.”
- “I never fire a coach… once they are hired, they are with me as long as they want to be. It is easier to develop continuity and vision that way. It’s harder to hire, because I can’t afford to make a mistake, but once they are here, it’s easier to be their boss. If a coach is not doing his job, the bottom line is, I brought him in, he’s my responsibility, I’ve got to make him better.”
- “It’s not how far you’ve come, but what kind of trail you left for others to follow.”
- “The thing I’ve discovered is that life’s results won’t always fit neatly into a line score. Success and failure cannot always be judged by the game films. All a man can do is walk straight and upright and believe that if behind him things don’t look so good, around the corner they must be eye-popping wonderful.”
- “I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expense is equal to my wishes.” (Edward Gibbon, quoted in the Associated Press)
- “Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands—and then eat just one of the pieces.” (Judith Viorst, quoted in The Buffalo News)
- “The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonorably.” (Julian Barnes, quoted in the New Indian Express)
- “Character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from. And by those he has walked away from that cause him remorse.” (Arthur Miller, quoted in the Nashville Tennessean)
KNOXISMS: For the next few months I’m going to include some great quotes of Chuck Knox. Chuck Knox was the head coach of three NFL football teams including the Seattle Seahawks. As head coach he won six NFL division championships and ten appearances in the play-offs. He has a career 63% winning record. I’ve gleaned the following quotes, commonly called “Knoxisms,” from his inspiring book “Hard Knox.” I love these quotes. I hope you will profit by them.
- “Play the hand you’re dealt.” [Remember, God’s the “Dealer.” A.H.]
- “I never look at age in anybody. I look only at productivity. There is age, then there is experience, which has nothing to do with age. Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
- “Ability is not enough. A player must have the burning desire in his gut to make something out of that ability. This world is full of unrewarded geniuses. That’s what I call people with talent who never achieve anything.”
- “Give me the guy who’s been on his knees enough that he can tell a shoe by its smell.”
- “The faint heart never won the fair lady.”
- “Be careful about the press—Don’t be a quick quote, or they will burn you.”
- “Anybody can coach the big things, but the winner is the guy who doesn’t miss the little things.”
- “No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.” (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, quoted in Forbes)
- “Character—The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source form which self-respect springs.” (Joan Didion, quoted inBookreporter.com)
- “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” (Fredrick Douglass, quoted in USA Today)
- “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” (Aristotle)
- “No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.” (Agnes De Mille)
- “News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else is advertising.” (William Randolph Hearst, quoted in The Huffington Post)
- “A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!”
- “If you ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ you won’t want your cake and eat it to.”
- “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” (Maya Angelou, quoted in HuffintonPost.com)
- “All of us, we’re links in a chain. And if we do our job right, there will be many, many links to come.” (Pete Seeger, quoted in Brainpickings.org)
QUOTE OF THE MONTH: “If serving is below you; leadership is beyond you.”
Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. —Job 32:7
Did you know days “speak.” David said, “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheath knowledge” (Psalm 19:2).
Each day’s experience speaks, if we will listen! Each day has “teaching moments” we can learn from. Are we paying attention or are we wasting those “teaching moments” tucked within our days?
Today I turn 68 years old. That is 24,820 days I’ve been alive. Those are a lot of days with “teaching moments.” I wish I had been more alert to all the things those days could have taught me. But I wasted many of them. However, I did pick up some wisdom during those days. Here are a few tidbits of wisdom my 68 years have taught me:
- The years have taught me worry has never helped me.
- The years have taught me there are some things not worth arguing about.
- The years have taught me God brings individuals into my life to make me more like Jesus.
- The years have taught me time is my most valuable commodity and not to be wasted.
- The years have taught me legalistic standards often breed a self-righteous attitude.
- The years have taught me not to “rain on someone’s parade” just because it doesn’t excite me as much as it does them. Rejoice with them that rejoice!
- The years have taught me to accept the blame for failure under my leadership and give the credit to others for success.
- The years have taught me to keep my friends close, and my enemies closer.
If multitudes of years have taught us wisdom, then our future should be better than our past. I trust your future will be better because of the wisdom you’ve gained through the “teaching moments” each day provides.