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The Second Six Months

 

03/28/03

A just war is in the long run far better for a nation's soul than the most prosperous peace obtained by acquiescence in wrong or injustice.

--Theodore Roosevelt

 

I say we are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.

--Dwight Eisenhower

 

03/27/03

But if the antiwar movement dissuades the United States and its allies from going to war with Iraq, it will have contributed to the peace of the dead.

--JOSÉ RAMOS-HORTA (http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/25/opinion/25HORT.html?th)

 

Iraqi Kurds by the thousands were poison-gassed as well, their cries and exodus ignored by European leaders in the name of preserving the sovereignty of despots. These local crowd-pleasers are ready to again embrace peace at any price so long as others pay the price.

--William Safire http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/20/opinion/20SAFI.html?th

 

One distasteful part of the Iraq crisis involves the government's cynical bid to advance the interests of big oil companies and other businesses under the guise of fighting terror.

 

I'm writing about the French government.

--Jon Talton (http://www.azcentral.com/business/columns/articles/0223talton23.html)

 

03/26/03

"New Europe" barked back at "old Europe" today, deepening the continental rift over Iraq after President Jacques Chirac of France told Central and Eastern European countries to keep their views on Iraq to themselves or risk losing their chance to join the European Union.

 

"We thought we were preparing for war with Saddam Hussein and not Jacques Chirac," said Alexandr Vondra, deputy foreign minister of the Czech Republic...

--Craig S. Smith http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/19/international/europe/19CHIR.html?th

 

This concludes our French bashing for the week.  If you feel the need for more, go to http://www.insultmonger.com/famous/national/france.htm.

 

03/25/03

The French are always reticent to surrender to the wishes of their friends and always more than willing to surrender to the wishes of their enemies

--Dennis Miller http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/237chtif.asp

 

In a peculiar juxtaposition of wars, I just finished listening to World War Two’s Band of Brothers audio book yesterday.  While praising the Dutch, the Belgians, and even the Germans, the Band of Brothers was not impressed with the French:

[The men of Easy Company] did not like the French, who seemed to them ungrateful, sullen, lazy, and dirty.

--Stephen E. Ambrose in Band of Brothers

 

03/24/03

Mr Blair refused when Mr Chirac tried to remove a paragraph reaffirming that the EU's objective remained Iraq's "full and effective" disarmament.

-- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/2873701.stm

 

I really wasn’t going to “quote” the war, but this quote sent me over the edge.  I can understand a difference of opinion, but France has moved into the absurd.  How can they not want to disarm Hussein?  Until I read this, I thought no one was quibbling about the goal, only the means to it.

 

This quote was from March 14:

France rejected the British proposal before the Iraqis did.

--ARI FLEISCHER, White House press secretary. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/14/international/middleeast/14IRAQ.html?th

 

This week’s theme is a little about the war and a little about the French.

 

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03/21/03

Contentment comes not from great wealth but from few wants.

--ODB 1/24/03

 

03/20/03

Things only have the value that we give them.

--Molière [Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 02/04/03]

 

03/19/03

Excessive wealth is a great problem masquerading as a great good.

--Dr. Mardy Grothe

 

This is the famous Dr. Mardy Grothe from www.chiasmus.com.

 

03/18/03

So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible.  So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done.

--Marian Wright Edelman

 

03/17/03

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one.

--Ben Franklin

 

After last week’s Success theme comes this week’s MONEY theme.  No, I don’t think they’re in a cause and effect relationship.

 

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03/14/03

It is easier to turn failure into success than an excuse into a possibility.

--John C. Maxwell [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i2]

 

03/13/03

The timid and fearful first failures dismay,

but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day.

He values his failures as lessons that teach

The one way to get to the goal he would reach.

--Edgar A. Guest

 

03/12/03

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

--Henry David Thoreau

 

03/11/03

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

03/10/03

The first and most important step toward success is the expectation that we can succeed.

--Nelson Boswell [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i2]

 

Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is Success!

 

I was interested to hear of the grand opening of a new, foreign-owned restaurant in Phoenix… The Keg!

 

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03/07/03

Too many leaders try to be travel agents instead of tour guides--they try to send people where they have never been.

--John C. Maxwell [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i2]

 

03/06/03

Leadership is the ability to lift and inspire.

--Paul Dietzel

 

03/05/03

Never give an order that can't be obeyed.

--General Douglas MacArthur [quoted in Leadership Wired v5i23]

 

03/04/03

No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it.  It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.

--Peter Drucker [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i1]

 

03/03/03

A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.

--Tom Landry

 

Back to my favorite topic this week: leadership.

 

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02/28/03

In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.

--Donald Trump [Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 12/09/02]

 

As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

--James 2:26 NIV

 

 

It’s spring, when a young man’s fancy… (“Young man”?  Yes, “young man,” you know, a young man… my age.)  It’s spring when a young man’s fancy turns to… baseball!  The Cactus League started yesterday.  Spring training games are under way.  We may get some rainouts this spring for the first time in many years.  But we’re not begrudging any rain we get.  We’re still in a drought.  Last year we tied the lowest rainfall amount ever recorded – 2.82 inches.  We are already ahead of that this year – over 3 inches.  Many of our reservoirs are empty and we’re counting not on the rain, but the snow pack in the mountains to replenish them.  Yes, Arizona gets a lot of snow – just not here in the valley of the sun!  Look for the baseball quotes when the regular season starts.

 

02/27/03

It's not dying for faith that's so hard, it's living up to it.

--William Makepeace Thackeray

 

02/26/03

Faith makes things possible, not easy.

--a pillow

 

02/25/03

Good intentions are no substitute for obedience.

--ODB 1/19/03

 

02/24/03

Only he who believes is obedient; only he who is obedient believes.

--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

continuing our faith theme…

 

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02/21/03

The world rewards success; God rewards faithfulness!

--ODB 12/18/02

 

02/20/03

Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.

--St. Augustine

 

02/19/03

Faith is like radar that sees through the fog--the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.

--Corrie ten Boom

 

02/18/03

Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened.

--Charles Spurgeon

 

02/17/03

An atheist will out loud deny there is a God. A practical atheist just lives as though there is none.

--Calvin Miller [in http://www.christianitytoday.com/cl/2002/001/9.50.html]   

 

Back to a religious theme this week… and next: Faith.

 

And in other news, Carl’s Quote of the Day is now an associate of Amazon.com.  When you enter Amazon.com via this link (also at www.carl.henning.com/quotes.htm [now www.quoteoftheday.us]) you help support Carl’s Quote of the Day!

 

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02/14/03

It's risky to go out on a limb—but that's where the fruit is.

--ODB 1/27/03

 

An incredible milestone was reached today – I have added the entire collection of old emails to the online archive!

 

02/13/03

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

- John F. Kennedy [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i2]

 

02/12/03

There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.

--Thomas A. Edison

 

02/11/03

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

--Antonio Porchi

 

02/10/03

Blessed is the one who expects nothing, for he shall receive it.

--Ben Franklin [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i2]

 

Kind of continuing last week’s theme of change, this week transitions from change to risk.

 

Congratulate me – I’m a webmaster again… for the Congregational Church of the Valley: www.ccotv.org.  This is the church we started 20 years ago this coming March 6.  We celebrate Founders’ Day March 16.  I’ll preach then for the first time in a long time (since 1990, I think, not counting “preaching” about software).

 

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02/07/03

Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.

--Confucius

 

02/06/03

I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm.

--Henry Truman

 

02/05/03

We must be the change that we envision.

--Mahatma Gandhi [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i1]

 

02/04/03

Six steps to successful personal change:

 1. When you change your thinking you change your beliefs.

 2. When you change your beliefs you change your expectations.

 3. When you change your expectations you change your attitude.

 4. When you change your attitude you change your behavior.

 5. When you change your behavior you change your performance.

 6. When you change your performance, you change your life!

--John C. Maxwell [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i1]

 

02/03/03

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing.

--Lady Nancy Astor

 

Carl’s Quote of the day brings you… change!  No, not the kind that jingles in your pocket.  This is change, the verb.

 

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01/31/03

When men cease to believe in God, they do not believe in nothing, they believe in anything.

--Chesterton

 

The archive at www.carl.henning.com/quotes.htm now goes back to July! [Note: now at www.quoteofhteday.us.]

 

01/30/03

Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.

--R. Buckminster Fuller

 

01/29/03

The devil tempts all men, but idle men tempt the devil.

--Arabian Proverb

 

01/28/03

There can be no sound theology without a sound demonology.

--G. C. Berkouwer quoted by Randy Alcorn in Lord Foulgrin’s Letters

 

From one of my favorite books from last year – now marked down to $4.99.

 

01/27/03

Regarding the Devil we make one of two mistakes. We give him undue attention or we ignore him altogether.

--C. S. Lewis [quoted in http://www.christianitytoday.com/cl/2002/001/9.50.html]

 

This is the week we give the devil his due.  [Give the devil his due. ATTRIBUTION: William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Orleans, in Henry V, act 3, sc. 7, l. 116-7. from http://www.bartleby.com/66/3/52403.html.]

 

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01/24/03

Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.

--Unknown

 

01/23/03

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

--Thomas Watson

 

01/22/03

There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.

--Henry David Thoreau

 

01/21/03

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

--Tolstoy [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i1]

 

01/20/03

Choose your socks by their color and your friends by their character, because choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and neither does choosing your friends by their color.

--Unknown

 

Our theme this week: life changing stuff.  Today’s is appropriate for MLK day here in the colonies.

 

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01/17/03

Money can’t buy friends, but you do get a better class of enemies.

--Spike Milligan

 

01/16/03

A man who trips and does not tie his shoe is a fool.

--Max Harris

 

01/15/03

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

--Will Rogers, Humourist

 

01/14/03

For most of the past three decades Rael has been on a mission to replace outmoded religious bunkum with modern, scientific bunkum.

--Jerry Adler in Newsweek [http://www.msnbc.com/news/855014.asp]  

 

01/13/03

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.

--William Wrigley, Jr.

 

It’s eclectic week again here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.

 

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01/10/03

This is a town [Hollywood] where people don't root for you unless they know you're dying - and they've seen the lab reports.

--Scott Rudin [quoted in What Would Machiavelli Do??]

 

01/09/03

It is our intention to own areas in communication.  I don’t mean to sound egomaniacal but Perry Como used to own Christmas on TV.  By own I mean monopolize and influence.

--Martha Stewart employee [quoted in What Would Machiavelli Do??]

 

01/08/03

I believe the principles of structural revolution are the same.  First, it takes personal commitment on the part of the CEO.  This is not a job you can delegate.  Second it takes a willingness to confront and expel the people and the organizations that are throwing up roadblocks to the changes you consider critical.

--Lou Gerstner [quoted in What Would Machiavelli Do?]

 

01/07/03

Why shouldn't you assume that everyone is against you?  It's more rational than believing that they're on your side.

--Stanley Bing in What Would Machiavelli Do?

 

What Would Machiavelli Do? was my 41st and final book read in 2002, although I started a few others afterwards.  Speaking of lists – 131 magazines, 25 movies (including DVDs), countless email newsletters, and I lost track of the number of book summaries.  What would I do if I had a job?  Actually, probably about the same – I read 38 books in 2001.

 

01/06/03

What would Machiavelli do?  He would permanently cripple those who disappoint him.

--Stanley Bing in What Would Machiavelli Do?

 

Punishment is not for the benefit of the sinner but for the salvation of his comrades.

--George Patton [quoted in What Would Machiavelli Do?]

 

Probably the best selling Christian book ever, after the Bible, is In His Steps by Charles Sheldon.  The hyperlinked edition is only $1.99.  (Of course it’s also available for free in electronic format.)  Due to an error by the original publisher the copyright was invalid.  The book was widely published by many publishers with no royalties being paid to the author.  I read the book long ago and its sequel.  It’s a great premise, but the narrative gets uneven near the end.  The premise is to ask before taking any step, “What would Jesus do?”  In His Steps was first published in 1896.  In 1997, Charles Sheldon’s great grandson Garrett Sheldon published a new book on the same premise: What Would Jesus Do?  This started all the WWJD refrigerator magnets and bumper stickers.

 

Remember TV editorials where the conclusion was always “Responsible opposing viewpoints are welcome”?  Stanley Bing’s book falls in that category.  Our theme this week is… <drum roll>, quotations from What Would Machiavelli Do? (subtitled The Ends Justify the Meanness).

 

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01/03/03

Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

01/02/03

Great beauty, great strength, and great riches are really and truly of no great use; a right heart exceeds all.

--Benjamin Franklin

 

01/01/03

The goal of Bible study is not just learning, but living.

--ODB 05/15/02

 

12/31/02

Don't worry that your children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

--Robert Fulghum

 

12/30/02

Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is meaningless.

-Bertrand Russell, atheist

 

‘Tis the season for resolving, so this week our theme is resolution fodder – things to consider as you make your new year’s resolutions.

 

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12/27/02

I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Four stanzas and the tune at http://www.christmas-carols.net/carols/heard-the-bells.html.

 

12/26/02

God walked down the stairs of heaven with a Baby in His arms.

--Paul Scherer

 

12/25/02

One Solitary Life

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

 

He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself...While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

 

Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

 

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

--James A. Francis (in 1926)

 

12/24/02

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ£ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

            “Glory to God in the highest,

            and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Luke 2:1-16 NIV

 

12/23/02

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

--John 1:14 NIV

 

INCARNATION (in kahr nay' shuhn) God’s becoming human; the union of divinity and humanity in Jesus of Nazareth. Definition of Doctrine Incarnation [Lat. incarnatio, being or taking flesh], while a biblical idea, is not a biblical term. Its Christian use derives from the Latin version of John 1:14 and appears repeatedly in Latin Christian authors from about A.D. 300 onward.  As a biblical teaching, incarnation refers to the affirmation that God, in one of the modes of His existence as Trinity and without in any way ceasing to be the one God, has revealed Himself to humanity for its salvation by becoming human.  Jesus, the Man from Nazareth, is the incarnate Word or Son of God, the focus of the God-human encounter. As the God-Man, He mediates God to humans; as the Man-God, He represents humans to God. By faith-union with Him, men and women, as adopted children of God, participate in His filial relation to God as Father.

--Holman Bible Dictionary

 

Merry Christmas everyone!  I’ve been wrapped up in the commercial and the mundane.  But now it’s time to remember why we celebrate this holiday.

 

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12/20/02

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.

--William A. Ward

 

12/19/02

To lead people, walk beside them ...As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ...When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'

--Lao-tsu

 

12/18/02

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

--General Colin Powell [Leadership Wired v5i21]

 

12/17/02

Leadership is action, not position.

--Donald H. Mcgannon

 

12/16/02

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

--Harry Truman [quoted in Leadership Wired v5i21]

 

Leadership is the theme again this week.  

The web archive creeps steadily backward as I copy-and-paste my way through the email archives.  I have to creep back to April 2 when the first quote went to one person in what I billed as an “occasional” email.

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12/13/02

The image of a woman pouring water on the deserts of the West to make them bloom is also a dated symbol, but in many ways the reclamation movement it represents is a messianic cult whose followers believe technology can be used to create a paradise.  The cult persists largely unquestioned, but its long-term viability remains to be tested.

--A.E. Rogge et al in Raising Arizona's Dams

Arizona State seal

 

 

12/12/02

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

--Philippians 4:8 NIV

 

In computer parlance, garbage in, garbage out.

 

I’ll admit I don’t read this book enough.

 

12/11/02

The physical proximity of people does not ensure communities; human relationships create communities.

--Richard White quoted in Raising Arizona's Dams

 

A couple weeks ago we went up the Apache Trail, the mostly dirt state route that parallels the Salt River, or more accurately, the reservoirs along the river’s course.  We visited Roosevelt Dam, the first project of the Bureau of Reclamation.  The dam was so important to the opening of the area it appears on the state seal of Arizona.  It was completed in 1911, before Arizona became a state – a beautiful masonry dam, made from locally quarried stone.  I was shocked when we rounded the corner and approached the dam from downstream – it’s 77 feet taller and encased in concrete.  Roosevelt Lake is at 11% of capacity.  Scary.  I bought the book there at the visitor’s center.  It’s the story of those that built Arizona’s dams.  Someday I’ll pick up the book on the dams’ engineering.

Roosevelt Dam (old postcard)

Roosevelt Dam (not so old postcard)

Roosevelt Dam (new postcard)

 

12/10/02

Art is solving problems that cannot be formulated until they have been solved.  The shaping of the question is part of the answer.

--Piet Hein (quoted in User-Centered Web Design by John Cato)

 

The theme for the rest of the week is… <tah-dah> quotations from books I’ve read recently.  From this book you can surmise what I’ve been up to lately:  I’ve spent the last 4 days designing and implementing a website for my current employer Panoramix Services.  “Current” in this case could last several more days… or considerably longer.  Who knows?  Anyway, visit www.panoramixservices.com to see my progress as a web designer.

 

12/09/02

One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.

--Joseph Stalin

 

I’ve had this quote on my desktop for some months since I discovered it somewhere.  Reading Saturday’s paper it finally made sense to me on an understandable level.  I knew that Stalin did kill millions, as did Hitler, Mao, and many more modern dictators.  Here’s what I read in the paper on Pearl Harbor Day:

"It's hard to know 1,100 individuals; you just think of them as a number," says Chrissy Lieberman, 29. "If you're looking at one person's scrapbook ... they become very real."

-- http://www.arizonarepublic.com/news/articles/1207Pearl07.html  

The 1,100 individuals were sailors on the USS Arizona.

 

No promise, but there may be a theme for the rest of the week.  Of course, it might be eclectic week again.

 

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12/06/02

When we walk with the lord, we'll be out of step with the world.

--ODB 8/26/02

 

12/05/02

The best reason for doing what's right today is tomorrow.

-ODB 11/16/02

 

12/04/02

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.

--Romans 1:25 NIV

 

12/03/02

Shall the great Judge say, when my task is through,

That my soul had gathered some riches too?

Or shall at the last it be mine to find

That all I had worked for was left behind?

--Anon. quoted in ODB 09/09/02

 

12/02/02

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

--Jim Elliot

 

Back to a religious theme this week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  These harken back to my quotes from Randy Alcorn’s Safely Home.  It’s one thing to see the conditions of Christians in China in a novel – it’s quite another to see them in the New York Times!

 

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11/29/02

Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.

--David Rockefeller

 

11/28/02

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life.

--a plaque (given to me by friends)

 

11/27/02

According to the survey [of the Fortune 100], 37 percent of companies didn't reply to a general inquiry submitted to their Web site, despite offering either an online form or e-mail contacts for such inquiries. ... They've forgotten the basic rules of business, perhaps because they've been around too long. You wouldn't start a new business with an unlisted phone number.

--Howard Baldwin (http://techupdate.zdnet.com/techupdate/stories/main/0,14179,2897489,00.html)

 

11/26/02

Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.

--Unknown

 

11/25/02

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.

--Abraham Lincoln

 

Our theme this week is excellence and success with a thankful interlude.

 

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11/22/02

In a man's life the multitudes pass him by.  What changes the man is one friend, one family, one church, one teacher, one roommate, one coworker.  Then the man can change the church, and the church, the nation.

--Randy Alcorn in Safely Home

 

To see how true this is, take the quiz on page 5 of Randy Alcorn’s latest newsletter.  Or, for other information about the persecuted church, just browse his ministry’s website at http://www.epm.org/.

 

11/21/02

An obedient man is free when in prison.  A disobedient man is imprisoned when free.

--a proverb (quoted by Randy Alcorn in Safely Home)

 

I’m not really recommending this book to you – I think you’d like Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, especially if you like C. S. Lewis, or Deadline or Dominion which are murder mysteries.  I just read too much – Safely Home was my 38th book read this year while Dominion was number 18 back in April.  I already finished number 39, but don’t expect any quotes from Tortilla Flat Then and Now, the story of the Arizona town on the Apache Trail.

 

11/20/02

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.

--a proverb (quoted by Randy Alcorn in Safely Home)

 

11/19/02

Church leader who does not believe in God is like barefoot shoe salesman.

--a proverb (quoted by Randy Alcorn in Safely Home)

 

This proverb was quoted in the book about the head of the Chinese department of religious affairs.  Its applicability goes well beyond that though, methinks.

 

11/18/02

Man who waits for roast duck to fly into mouth must wait very long time.

--a proverb (quoted by Randy Alcorn in Safely Home)

 

This is Randy Alcorn week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  You may recognize this author as one I have read and quoted before.  All this week’s quotes are from his novel Safely Home.  It’s the story of a Chinese Christian and his American friend, set mostly in China.  Although it’s fiction, the events depicted are realistic and really happening in China where Christians are persecuted despite the government’s propaganda to the contrary.

 

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11/15/02

In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.

--Antonio Porchia

 

11/14/02

A goal is created three times. First as a mental picture. Second, when written down to add clarity and dimension. And third, when you take action towards its achievement.

--Gary Ryan Blair

 

11/13/02

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when looked at in the right way, did not become still more complicated.

--Poul Anderson

 

11/12/02

Today isn't won by old victories nor lost by old defeats.

--L.P. Lehman

 

11/11/02

Adlai Stevenson conceded the US presidential election in 1952, he said he felt like a grown man who had just stubbed his toe.

He added, "It hurts too much to laugh, but I'm too old to cry."

--ODB 11/05/02

 

A little election story start to this eclectic week.

 

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11/08/02

Two lions escape from the zoo and split up to increase their chances for survival.  When they meet again a couple months later, one is emaciated and the other is overweight.  The skinny lion complains that he was able to eat just a single human being before being chased and harassed to the point where he could now only catch the occasional mouse or squirrel.  The fat lion replies, "Well, I hid near an IBM office and ate a manager a day.  And nobody even noticed!"

--author unknown (quoted in IEEE Spectrum August 2002)

 

11/07/02

Charisma attracts, but character sustains.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired v5n19

 

11/06/02

You manage things; you lead people.

--Grace Murray Hopper, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired)

 

11/05/02

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

--Warren Bennis

 

11/04/02

I used to think that leaders distinguished themselves by rising above their people. It's the "cream of the crop" theory. That was a mistake. I've learned that leaders distinguish themselves by rising with their people, and there's a world of difference between those two.

--John Maxwell [Leadership Wired v5n17]

 

Well, we’re back to one of my favorite themes here at Carl’s Quote of the Day: Leadership.

 

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