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Gentlemen, I feel a great difficulty how to act.  I am Vice President.  In this I am nothing, but I may be everything.

--John Adams [America’s first Vice President] quoted in John Adams by David McCullough


Conan O'Brien: "Do you want to become the vice president?"

John McCain: "I spent five years in a North Vietnamese POW camp, kept in the dark, fed with scraps.  Do you think I want to do that all over again?"

in Dr. Mardy 8/28/04



A statesman is a politician

who places himself at the service of the nation.

A politician is a statesman

who places the nation at his service.

--Georges Pompidou



There is nothing I dread so much as a division of the Republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader and converting measures in opposition to each other.

--John Adams quoted in John Adams by David McCullough



I must say that both candidates disappoint me. There was very little in the words of either candidate that I could imagine engraved in marble.

--Johann Christoph Arnold at



We have a presidential election coming up. And I think the big problem, of course, is that someone will win.

--Barry Crimmins


More fear is caused by the election than Halloween.  So Carl’s Quote of the Day will skip Halloween and quote the election.  Beware, the next seven Carl’s Quote of the Day emails!  What’s ahead?  This week we have some quotes from the early days of the republic and some from the present.  Next Monday, we’ll quote some endorsements of the candidates.  Next Tuesday we’ll quote politics in general.  After that, our regular programming will resume… unless there’s a close election and I can use some accumulated electronic voting quotes.


I am also applying a quote to each World Series game.  You’ll find those here.



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In a parallel universe, Carl quoted the World Series: here.



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Five Jews who have changed the way we see the world


Moses: The law is everything

Jesus: Love is everything

Marx: Money is everything

Freud: Sex is everything

Einstein: Everything is relative


--in SojoMail 07.23.03



The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.

--Khalil Gibran



The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.

--Martina Navratilova



I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts.

--Albert Einstein (Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 3/31/03)



The pessimist complains about the wind.

The optimist expects it to change.

While the realist adjusts the sails.



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


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Believing in fate produces fate. Believing in freedom will create infinite possibilities.

--Ayn Rand



Fate! There is no fate. Between the thought and the success God is the only agent.

--Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton



I do not believe in the word Fate. It is the refuge of every self-confessed failure.

--Andrew Soutar



Whatever limits us we call fate.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson



Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by posterity because he was the last to discover America.

--James Joyce


We don't need more to be thankful for, we just need to be more thankful.

--Our Daily Bread 5/14/03


We have two North American holidays today and we’ll celebrate each with a quote – Columbus Day in the US and Thanksgiving in Canada.  Tomorrow, Carl’s Quote of the Day will have a theme – yes, that’s our fate.


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An old man’s grandchildren are his crowning glory.

--Proverbs 17:6a TLB

…and, I guess, I have 10 crowns as of last Thursday.  The only problem with applying this quote to me is that I’m not an old man – I’m exactly middle-aged.  [Apparently I plan to live to 114.]


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Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

--Guillaume Apollinaire



If you think, like many people today, that success is about delaying happiness while you achieve, and that the final point of success should be to put aside all effort and lead a happy life, you are unlikely to achieve real success or happiness.

--Laura Nash and Howard Stevenson in LW v7i17



The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.

--James M. Barrie quoted in Leadership Wired v7i8



No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage.

You must live for others if you wish to live for yourself.




Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

--Theodore Rubin quoted in Leadership Wired v7i8


Be happy.  More than just a theme for this week’s Carl’s Quote of the Day!


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Be willing to make decisions. That's the most important quality in a good leader. Don't fall victim to what I call the Ready-Aim-Aim-Aim Syndrome. You must be willing to fire.

--T. Boone Pickens



By reading QBQ, I have learned—once again—the truth that I can only change me." As a leader-manager, you can coach, counsel, guide, facilitate, teach, model, confront and terminate, but you never change the person you're managing.

--John Miller in Leadership Wired v6i13



Once convinced that a particular course of action is the correct one, a leader must be undaunted when the going gets tough.

--Ronald Reagan in Leadership Wired v7i4



The leader's unending responsibility must be to remove every detour, every barrier to ensure that vision is first clear, then real.

--Jack Welch



The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.

--Lee Iacocca in Leadership Wired v7i7


Leadership – the ever-popular recurring theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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The secret to success can't be found in some mystical self-help book. It is determined by your willingness to improve yourself and your commitment to starting that process now - not tomorrow, not next week - but today.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired v7i11



In the 21st Century, literacy will be the major difference between the haves and have-nots.


Why do fewer than 10 percent of the public buy and read nonfiction books? One reason is that many would rather get home than get ahead. They are motivated to get by and get pulled along by the company, the economy, or the government.

--Denis Waitley in Jim Rohn's Weekly E-zine 2/17/04



[L]ife puts some of the more valuable things on the high shelf so that you can't get to them until you qualify. If you want the things on the high shelf, you must stand on the books you read.

--Jim Rohn's in his weekly E-zine 8/31/04



The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking that it doesn't matter.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 2/17/04



The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.

--Mark Twain


I’m feeling a bit bookish this week.  So, why not, our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is Books.


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The fool's mind wanders, the wise mind wonders.

--Patrick J. Mills



Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.

--Proverbs 26:4 ESV



He who asks a question may be a fool for five minutes, but he who never asks a question remains a fool forever.

--Tom Connelly



Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,

and discerning if he holds his tongue.

--Proverbs 17:28 NIV



There are two kinds of fool. One says, "This is old, and therefore good." And one says, "This is new, and therefore better."

--John Brunner


Oh, I think there are more kinds of fool than 2.  That’s our foolish theme this week.


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Plans get you into things but you must work your way out.

--Will Rogers



Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pursue persistently.

--William Arthur Ward



The noble man makes noble plans,

and by noble deeds he stands.

--Isaiah 32:8 NIV



Of the building of life, God is the architect and man is the contractor. God has one plan and man has another. Is it strange that there are clashings and collisions?

--Henry Ward Beecher



If we don't change the direction we're going, we're likely to end up where we're headed.

--ancient Chinese proverb (as quoted in Working Wounded by Bob Rosner)


It’s time to do a little planning this week.


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Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well-informed just to be undecided about them.

--Laurence J. Peter Leadership Wired v7i14



In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

--Theodore Roosevelt



Again and again, the impossible decision is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.

--Dr. Robert Schuller Leadership Wired v7i14



Somewhere deep down we know that in the final analysis, we do decide things and that even our decisions to let someone else decide are really our decisions, however pusillanimous.

--Harvey G. Cox quoted in Leadership Wired v7i14



[I]f the idea of having to change ourselves makes us uncomfortable, we can remain as we are. We can choose rest over labor, entertainment over education, delusion over truth, and doubt over confidence. The choices are ours to make.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 5/25/04


Every week, I make the tough decisions about what the theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day should be.  My decisions this week: decision.  Jim Rohn’s quote reminded me of this subscriber submission:

We must move on.  To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.

--Yian Martel in Life of Pi


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Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

--Erica Jong



He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

--Francis Bacon



The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.

--Oscar Wilde



Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.

--Josh Billings



Many receive advice, but only the wise profit from it.

--Publilius Syrus quoted in Leadership Wired v7i10


Ok, don’t give me any advice about this week’s theme.  No, on second thought, go ahead – I’m wise enough to profit from it!


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It is not miracles that generate faith, but faith that generates miracles.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky



For the truly faithful, no miracle is necessary.

For those who doubt, no miracle is sufficient.

--Nancy Gibbs



The sign of genuine faith is faith that needs no sign.

--Our Daily Bread 6/26/04



A weak faith is weakened by predicaments and catastrophes, whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.

--Victor Frankl



Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.

--Anonymous quoted in Guideposts


Ya gotta have faith… and, sure enough, that’s our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


The last week of July, speaking frankly was our theme.  This weekend I stumbled on this quote that put it a little more strongly:

Passion in business demands passion… I expect people who work for me to yell at me… If you don't care enough about product, customer, company, employee, whatever it may be, to step up and let me have it when I'm screwing up, then you don't care enough to be here.

--Mark Cuban quoted in Fast Company Aug 04


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Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired v6i20



Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.

Walk beside me and be my friend.

--Albert Camus



He exemplified that ideas matter, values have consequences and leadership matters. Nothing represents this better than an instance from a Cabinet meeting. Someone was making a presentation, trying to convince the President on a matter, and -- right in mid-sentence -- President Reagan stopped him and said, 'Wait! You're talking politics. I want to know what you think is right!'

--Don Hodel []



Leaders ... must not allow themselves to mistake intentions for accomplishments.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 7/6/04



Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.

--Barnard Montgomery, British Field Marshall quoted in Jim Rohn's weekly E-zine 6/1/04


Back to Carl’s favorite topic – leadership.  Yeah, we just did this a few weeks ago, but I had some positive feedback on the topic so here we go again.


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Failure is not defeat unless you stop trying.

--Our Daily Bread 6/25/04



He only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts.

--Archbishop Richard Whately



If you aren't afraid to fail, then you probably don't care enough about success.

--Mark McCormack



Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't as all. You can be discouraged by failure -- or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that's where you will find success.

--Thomas J. Watson, Sr.


Today’s quote was contributed by a subscriber to Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Your contribution is also welcome… or just email to say “Hi.”  Click here for either one.



[F]ailure is nothing more than a few errors in judgment repeated every day.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 7/27/04


This week is a complete failure, but (hopefully) only as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Actually, as the week progresses, you will be seeking failure!


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Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear

--Proverbs 25:12 ESV



Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

--Proverbs 27:6 ESV



Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

 --Proverbs 27:5 ESV



Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;

rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

--Proverbs 9:8 NIV



A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.



Last week I observed a situation at work where frank communications were desirable.  It reminded me how much I treasured people who were willing to “tell it like it is.”  More than a few of you on Carl’s Quote of the Day’s mailing list were such friends as Buddha describes.  The rest of the week we’ll find these kinds of references in Proverbs.


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It's difficult to stand on a pedestal and wash the feet of those below.

--Colson quoted in Our Daily Bread 3/24/04



The boss drives people; the leader coaches them.

The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will.

The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.

The boss says ''I''; the leader says ''WE''.

The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown.

The boss says, ''GO''; the leader says, "Let's GO!"

--H. Gordon Selfridge



You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.

--Mother Teresa quoted in Leadership Wired v5i23



As a leader you should always start with where people are before you try to take them to where you want them to go.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 7/6/04



I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.  Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.

--Lao-Tzu quoted in Leadership Wired v6i10


Yikes!  It’s been two months since we’ve had leadership as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day!  Let’s remedy that this week.


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Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

--1 John 2:15-17 NIV



When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.

--Colossians 2:13-14 NIV



And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day.

--Deut 6:24 ESV



You are not to do as we do here today, everyone as he sees fit.

--Deut 12:8 NIV



Moses said to the LORD, “… If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you…”

--Exodus 33:12-13 NIV


A rare, all-Bible quote week this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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

--Chinese Proverb



The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

--Mahatma Gandhi



Conscience--the only incorruptible thing about us.

--Henry Fielding



Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.

--Josh Billings



Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.

--H. L. Mencken


The same can be said for conscience as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day since this is the third week this year for the conscience theme.  (Take heart, it will be the last for this year.)


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I've said that we must be cautious in claiming God is on our side. I think the real question we must answer is, are we on His side?

--Ronald Reagan



Alexis de Tocqueville, put it eloquently after he had gone on a search for the secret of America's greatness and genius -- and he said: ``Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the greatness and the genius of America . . . . America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.''

--Ronald Reagan



"Power matters," Rice told National Review in 1999. "But there can be no absence of moral content in American foreign policy, and, furthermore, the American people wouldn't accept such an absence.  Europeans giggle at this and say we're naïve and so on, but we're not Europeans, we're Americans—and we have different principles."

--Sheryl Henderson Blunt



On approving the addition of “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag:

In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future.  In this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war.

--President Dwight Eisenhower (quoted by Collin Hansen in Should We Fight for "Under God"?)



We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; …  And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

--United States Declaration of Independence


Here in the United States we look forward to our country’s birthday next Sunday.  Although I’ve always prided myself on being more cosmopolitan than parochial [Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook], I am proud of the country of my birth.  So, our theme this week is the US Independence Day holiday… from, of course, my own religious viewpoint.


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[W]e are determined to represent our Christian convictions through "living the life" as opposed to wagging our fingers in people's faces.

--Robert A. Watson and Ben Brown (in “The Most Effective Organization in the U.S.” Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army p200)



When H. M. Stanley had discovered David Livingstone in central Africa, and when he had spent some time with him, he said, "If I had been with him any longer, I would have been compelled to be a Christian, and he never spoke to me about it at all."




People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves.

--Tyron Edwards quoted in Leadership Wired v7i7



Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

--Albert Schweitzer quoted in Leadership Wired v7i7



The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example.

--Thomas Morell (Microsoft® Encarta® Quote of the Day 11/25/02)


It’s time to set a good example – I mean as the theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day… and more.


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Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.

--Ronald Reagan



Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.

--Ronald Reagan



I knew being blind was suddenly an aid. I never learned to stop at the skin. If I looked at a man or a woman, I wanted to see inside. Being distracted by shading or coloring is stupid. It gets in the way. It's something I just can't see.

--Ray Charles



Music is nothing separate from me. It is me... You'd have to remove the music surgically.

--Ray Charles



The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead—or on the next.

--Ronald Reagan at the 40th D-Day anniversary


Carl’s Quote of the Day continues in tribute mode this week; this time to Ronald Reagan and Ray Charles.  And we’ll build to a little humor for Friday.


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Dad never glorified the war – never talked about it much.  It was too painful.  He’d much rather be remembered for quotes like this one:


[Glenn Henning] didn't begin working on model railroads until the 1950's.

"I thought it would be a hobby that my sons and I could enjoy together," states Glenn. "However, they grew out of it and I didn't."

--the newsletter of Lifestyle Retirement Communities [while Glenn was living in their Kensington in Oakville, ON]



The layout pictured is now in my den – maybe I’ll grow back into this hobby.



On the Vietnam War: I fought the war to end all wars so my sons wouldn't have to fight!

--Glenn Henning


On one of his grandson's January 2004 deployment to Iraq: I'm with him all the way.

--Glenn Henning



[I]t is absolutely vital that we put "memorial" back in Memorial  Day and reflect on the freedoms we all enjoy and those who died for them.

--Arthur H. Wilson, National Adjutant, Disabled American Veterans [May/June 2004 DAV Magazine]



In Flanders Fields


IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place, and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.


By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

Canadian Army



On Glenn's ability to quickly charm the nurses in the hospital and hospice: I guess he didn't pass that trait on to his sons.

--Kay Henning (Mrs. Carl-the-quoter)



Carl’s Quote of the Day is back – did anybody miss it?  The gap was unplanned, but less than 12 hours after I prepared the quotes for the week of May 24 on the evening of the 24th, my father passed away.  This week Carl’s Quote of the Day is dedicated to my father: “Glenn” – Carl Glenn Henning, Sr. 1 February 1920 – 25 May 2004.  We’ll work in some war-related quotes in deference to the just-past Memorial Day in the US, the D-Day 60th anniversary, and Dad (who landed behind the lines in a glider in the early morning hours of D-Day).


I've had a good life, but I could have skipped the war and not missed it.

--Glenn Henning on May 23, 2004


He lost his sense of hearing; he lost his sense of sight; he even lost his sense of balance, but he never lost his sense of humor.

--Carl, eulogizing his father


That war he could have skipped ultimately cost him his hearing.  The 50mm weapon he was in charge of contributed to that.  So did the bullet he watched ricochet in front of him, then enter his mouth, take out some teeth, and exit through his cheek.  He had the presence of mind to tell the medic not to put the tourniquet around his neck!


He knew his condition was terminal for the last week of his life.  Before that he had been in relatively good health: walking with a walker, progressively stronger hearing aids no longer providing enough amplification, and macular degeneration and cataracts slowly claiming his vision.  But his mental acuity was completely unaffected.  He faced the end with calm good humor, on his final night, enjoying a visit from four of his eleven great grandchildren and watching the Atlanta Braves baseball game on TV.


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05/31/04 - 6/04/04

Carl's Quote of the Day was not published this week.


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The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

--Psalm 19:1 NIV



The pleasure you get from life is equal to the attitude you put into it.




Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...

--Colossians 3:22, 23 NIV



Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter,

you will restore my life again;

from the depths of the earth

you will again bring me up.

You will increase my honor

and comfort me once again.

--Psalm 71:20-21 NIV



You can give without loving,

But you cannot love without giving.

--Amy Carmichael


Last month the second anniversary of Carl’s Quote of the Day passed unnoticed and un-remarked.  (Yeah, I missed it, too.)  Our non-theme this week is the oldest quotes that I have still not used.  At the beginning of this week there were 271 quotes that I have collected, but not used.  This week’s quotes date back to June 2002 when Carl’s Quote of the Day was young.


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The bigger a man’s head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes.

--Henry A. Courtney quoted in John Maxwell's Leadership Wired v7i3



If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it.  That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you.

--Bear Bryant quoted in Leadership Wired v6i15



I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.

--Lee Iacocca



[Y]ou talk to people every day who are in desperate need of a confidence boost. So how do you go about giving them one? That’s easier than it may seem. People like to feel special, so sincerely compliment them. They want a better tomorrow, so show them hope. They lack direction, so navigate for them. They get low emotionally, so encourage them. They want success, so help them win. The more you build their confidence, the more they’ll be able to achieve on their own.

--John C. Maxwell at



Leadership Wired: You speak about three keys that leaders can use to tap the full potential of their people. What are those keys?

Thomas K. Connellan: Believe in them, hold them accountable and give them a supportive environment.

--in John Maxwell's Leadership Wired v7i7


Carl’s Quote of the Day has a familiar theme this week: Leadership.


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Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.

--Burton Hills



Happiness depends on happenings; joy depends on Jesus.

--Our Daily Bread 02/17/03



The world spends millions convincing our children that they can't be happy without a certain kind of shoe. How much more we have to offer them by showing them that happiness comes by walking with God!

--Dave Branon Our Daily Bread 10/12/03



I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.

--Booker T. Washington



The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

--Eric Hofer


Don’t worry; be happy.  Or, at least take happiness as the theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day this week.


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Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

--Helen Keller [quoted in Leadership Wired v7i5]



I had all the disadvantages required for success.

--Larry Ellison, CEO Oracle [quoted by Dr. Mardy Grothe]



No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines greatness.

--Charles Kendall Adams quoted in John C. Maxwell's Leadership Wired v6i20 (



Success is getting what you want,

happiness wanting what you get.

--Charles Kettering quoted by Dr. Mardy Groethe



Conceit is the quicksand of success.

--Arnold Glasow quoted in John Maxwell's Leadership Wired v7i3


Last week’s failure is this week’s success as we begin the week with a good transition quote.


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The only people who never fail are those who never try.

--Ilka Chase


…and I’ll be trying to preach again this Sunday.  It’s my once-a-year fill-in.  If you’re in the Phoenix area, please come worship with us at the Congregational Church of the Valley ( at 10:00am this Sunday.



Failure is our most important product.

--R.W. Johnson, former CEO, Johnson & Johnson, quoted by James C. Collins & Jerry I. Porras in Built to Last



Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.

--A. E. Hotchner [quoted by Quote Lady 03/06/03]



Failures are divided into two classes--those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.

--John Charles Salak



That's why many fail -- because they don't get started -- they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.

--W. Clement Stone


My attempt to find a theme for this week’s Carl’s Quote of the Day is a failure.


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Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?

--Clarence Darrow [quoted by Dr. Mardy]


Actually, shouldn’t that be “…to whom are you going to speak it?”?  Point made, I guess.



Civilization is the intelligent management of human emotions.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 4/6/04



"We consider this to be the most alarming, serious issue in the history of Talkers magazine," said its publisher, Michael Harrison. "At every radio station in the country, management is meeting with lawyers and talent, telling them what they can and cannot [say]. There has been a radical repression, a loss of nuance all across the dial." The cover of the new issue of Talkers magazine features [Howard] Stern -- who was recently dropped by Clear Channel after his controversial program generated a $495,000 indecency fine -- pictured in the crosshairs of a gun.

--By Mark Jurkowitz in the Boston Globe 4/17/04


I stopped listening to ah, “nuance” on the radio long ago!  But I did laugh out loud when I read this in the paper.





--Sign on the wall at a sales conference quoted in SojoMail 10.22.03



The truth is you can't buy inexpensive merchandise made by highly paid American workers. To get low cost, you have to pay low wages. WE, as a nation, have decided, with our checkbooks and cards, that low costs are more important than jobs. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

-- Van Jones in SoJo Mail 03/18/04


Our topic this week is topical – some comments on current and always-current events.


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Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

--Comedian Steven Wright, quoted in the Charleston, W.Va., Gazette



Sometimes the best helping hand you can give is a good, firm push.

--Joann Thomas



A man had transformed an over grown plot of ground into a beautiful garden and was showing a friend what he had accomplished. Pointing to a bed of flowers, he said, "Look at what I did here." His companion corrected him, "You mean, 'Look at what God and I did here.'" The gardener replied, "I guess you're right. But you should have seen the shape this plot was in when He was taking care of it by Himself."

--Our Daily Bread 9/29/03



A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.

--Billy Graham



Where does the idea come from that if what we are doing is fun, it can't be God's will?  The God who made giraffes has a sense of humor.  Make no mistake about that.

--Catherine Marshall


It’s time to lighten up.  Humor is our God-centered theme this week.


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The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.

--Izaak Walton



Conscience is thoroughly well bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.

--Samuel Butler (1612–1680)



A man could not have anything upon his conscience if God did not exist, for the relationship between the individual and God, the God-relationship, is the conscience, and that is why it is so terrible to have even the least thing upon one’s conscience, because one is immediately conscious of the infinite weight of God.

--Søren Aabye Kierkegaard



Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe—the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.

--Immanuel Kant (1724–1804)



Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.

--H. L. Mencken


Remember I said I had enough quotes on Conscience to fill a year’s worth of Carl’s Quote of the Day?  I guess it was more like another week – and it’s this week!


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If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base.

--Dave Barry



You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.

--Jim Bouton


Bonus Quote from Shanghai:

Baseball was born in America, but now it belongs to the world.

--Jim Small [quoted in China Daily News 3/31/04]



Explaining why you can't wipe the smile off his face even after he was both waived and offered in trade, [Manny] Ramirez says, "Baseball doesn't need me. I need baseball."



Progress always involves risks.  You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.

--Frederick B. Wilcox



The season starts too early and finishes too late and there are too many games in between.

--Bill Veeck


Let me begin by apologizing – we’re returning to baseball this week.  And, of course, baseball is returning to us.  The regular season starts tomorrow with a game played in Tokyo.  Many of the quotes this week (again) have applicability beyond baseball.  But I’d probably use baseball quotes even if they didn’t.  No more baseball quotes until next spring though.  (Unless I get inspired during the World Series.)  And I have heard that if most countries have a World Something they invite other countries of the world.  Hey, major league baseball is played in the US and Canada!


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