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Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.




To change and to change for the better are two different things.

--German proverb



One cannot manage change, one can only be ahead of it.

--Peter Drucker in Management Challenges for the 21st Century



Not everything that is faced can be changed.

But nothing can be changed until it is faced.

--James Baldwin, quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week



Six rules for successful leadership

1. Control your destiny, or someone else will.

2. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were.

3. Be candid with everyone.

4. Don’t manage; lead.

5. Change before you have to.

6. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.

--Jack Welch quoted in Leadership Wired v7i7


Let’s change our theme this week from leadership to, uh, … change.


BONUS quote today:

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.

--Lewis Mumford


I guess I gained a new friend last Friday, bringing the total to 12… at least in the “grand” category.


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Sometimes even the best manager is like the little boy with the big dog, waiting to see where the dog wants to go so that he can take him there.

--Lee Iacocca, former Chrysler chairman and CEO, quoted by Dr. John C. Maxwell in "Leadership is Influence: Nothing More, Nothing Less"  Christianity Today



Those who want to lead and help others must first of all be good examples.

--Mart De Haan in Our Daily Bread 09/10/05



The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity,

but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.

--John Buchan Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/21/05



It's not the position that makes the leader; it's the leader that makes the position.

--Stanley Huffty quoted by Dr. John C. Maxwell in "Leadership is Influence: Nothing More, Nothing Less"  Christianity Today



What leaders know

All the effective leaders I have encountered-both those I worked with and those I merely watched-knew four simple things:

1. The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers. Some people are thinkers.  Some are prophets. Both roles are important and badly needed. But without followers, there can be no leaders.

2. An effective leader is not someone who is loved or admired. He or she is someone whose followers do the right things. Popularity is not leadership. Results are.

3. Leaders are highly visible. They therefore set examples.

4. Leadership is not rank, privileges, titles, or money. It is responsibility.

--Peter F. Drucker "Your Leadership is Unique" Christianity Today


You knew leadership would return as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day sooner rather than later, right?


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Whoever is dependent on his or her money or worries about it, is truly a poor person. If that person places his or her money at the service of others, then the person becomes rich, very rich indeed.

--Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa In My Own Words



Your standard of giving is more important than your standard of living.

--Our Daily Bread 2/15/05



I usually say to our Co-Workers: "I do not need your surplus. I do not want you to give me your leftovers. Our poor do not need your condescending attitude nor your pity. The poor need your love and your kindness."

--Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa In My Own Words



If you give to get something, you're not really giving you are trading. Giving is never to get, because you have it and are not aware of how much you have until you give.

--Charlie "Tremendous" Jones in Jim Rohn's Weekly E-zine 7/20/04



We should learn how to give. But we should not regard giving as an obligation, but as a desire.

--Mother Teresa, Mother Teresa In My Own Words


Giving – a topic that Mother Teresa was an expert on.  I finished this slim volume recently, so we’ll see a few quotes from it this week while our theme is “Giving.”


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Just as bees are driven out by smoke and their honey is taken away from them, so a life of ease drives out the fear of the Lord from a man's soul and takes away all his good works.

--Niles Elliot Goldstein in God at the Edge quoted in Daily Dig 6/3/05



The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how you use them.

--Unknown in Chris Widener's Weekly Ezine i13



A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without adversity.

--Our Daily Bread 09/22/05



Life is a grindstone. But whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.

--L. Thomas Holdcraft in Chris Widener's Ezine i22



The Bible emphasizes how to remain faithful in the midst of suffering more than it emphasizes why suffering exists.

--JoHannah Reardon, Editor


Our theme this week is… uh,  our theme this week is… well, it’s not exactly “Suffering,” but kind of… and it’s kind of a good transition from last week… and it has a rocky middle and a honey of an ending… and the intro has too many ellipses…


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To despair means that we don't believe God is who he says he is.

--Libby Smit in SoJoMail 08.25.05



To me, the two greatest catastrophes in recent American memory—September 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina—are blasts on God’s trumpet, calling us to practice what we preach.

In both cases, the devastation was unprecedented. But God could only have allowed them to happen because he wanted to give us another chance to follow him—and not in words, but in deeds.

--Johann Christoph Arnold Daily Dig 9/16/05



Despite the discomfort, guests like Noel Rowell stay put. He has no gas and no money, so he, his girlfriend and three children do the only thing they can: "We're sitting back, waiting for the United States of America to take care of us."

--Vicki Smith "Miss. Motels Under Miserable Conditions" Newsday



Like many around the world, Barbara Carby, Jamaica's disaster coordinator, watched in disbelief as catastrophe unfolded on the U.S. Gulf Coast.


"We always have resource constraints," she said. "That's not a problem the U.S. has. But because they have the resources, they may not pay enough attention to preparedness and awareness, and to educating the public how to help themselves."

--AP "Too Many People in Nature's Way"



The three Louisiana men escaped the mire and misery of the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast this weekend for temporary shelter in Arizona. They are grateful for the cots, food, clothing and showers that awaited them and about 500 evacuees at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.


And already, they want to go home.

--Hayley Ringle "Evacuees adapt to coliseum life", East Valley Tribune


They're going to have to, some kind of way, raise that city above sea level or I'm not going back. I'm serious. I'm not putting myself in that same predicament.

--Daphne Barconey, evacuee from New Orleans in "Putting Down New Roots on More Solid Ground", New York Times



But generally it's not that more "events" are happening, rather that more people are in the way, said Thomas Loster, a Munich Re expert. "More and more people are being hit," he said.

--AP "Too Many People in Nature's Way"


Another hurricane?!  It’s the week to quote Katrina and think Rita.  Now that I know the Houston branch of the Carl the Quoter family is safe.


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Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

--Carl Jung



Good parents are not concerned

with whether their children like them,

but with whether they will ultimately like their children.

--Bob Sharton quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 10/24/04


Yesterday’s quote resonated in the category of “great minds think alike”:



If from infancy you treat children as gods

they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.

--P. D. James quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/31/05



A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark.

--Chinese Proverb quoted in Daily Dig 09/06/05



Grandchildren are the reward of old people.

--Proverbs 17:6a ICB


…and not-so-old people, like me.  Number 11 arrived two weeks ago, but it was just last Wednesday that I got to hold him.  Children will be our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Many are the plans in a man’s heart,

but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails.

--Proverbs 19:21 NIV



Life happens while you're making plans.




I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives.

Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 9/16/03



Dost thou wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that shall pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

--Saint Augustine of Hippo



The best motivation is self-motivation. The guy says, "I wish someone would come by and turn me on." What if they don't show up? You've got to have a better plan for your life."

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 9/16/03


Planning – not what I planned as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day this week.  I planned origins of life and the universe; then I planned Hurricane Katrina and aftermath.  Then I couldn’t execute my plans… yet.  So planning this week; the other topics in the future.


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If you want to be the light of the world you have to expect to attract a few bugs.

--unknown, quoted in “Sometimes Ministry Stinks” by Craig Barnes in Christianity Today


Reference: Matthew 5:14



You can't break God's promises by leaning on them.

--Our Daily Bread 05/25/05



God answers knee mail.

--Church Sign



God so loved the world that He did not send a committee.

--Church Sign



"Daddy, what does that big sign say on that building?" 4-year-old Susan asked. "It says 'Jesus Saves,' Susan," he replied as we drove past a large church.


A short time later one of us remarked that we must find a bank so that we could get a check cashed. Susan immediately spoke up: "Why don't we go back to that bank we just passed where Jesus saves?"


--Martha E. Garrett, E. Wenatchee, WA. Christian Reader, "Lite Fare." from


Christianity with a lighter touch this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

--Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



The one and only personality trait the effective [leaders] I have encountered did have in common was something they did not have: they had little or no "charisma" and little use either for the term or for what it signifies.

--Peter F. Drucker "Your Leadership is Unique" Christianity Today



The first [lesson] is that there may be "born leaders," but there surely are far too few to depend on them. Leadership must be learned and can be learned …

--Peter F. Drucker "Your Leadership is Unique" Christianity Today



[Effective leaders I have met] did not start out with the question, "What do I want?" They started out asking, "What needs to be done?"

--Peter F. Drucker "Your Leadership is Unique" Christianity Today


I recently received a couple Peter Drucker books.  They are still in my reading queue, but I heartily recommend the article that this quote is from… and this article, too.



Practical people know how to get what they want.

Philosophers know what they ought to want.

Leaders know how to get what they ought to want.

--John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leader within You, p19


Wow, it was early July when we last had Leadership as a theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Let’s remedy that this week!


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In Finland, they refer to duct tape as "Jesus Tape." One can only assume that this is because it is the savior of all things broken.




Following Jesus is always right—but not always easy.

--Our Daily Bread 06/09/03



I believe it to be a great mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense in it.... We cannot blink at the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in his opinions and so inflammatory in his language that he was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place to place, and finally gibbeted as a firebrand and a public danger. Whatever his peace was, it was not the peace of an amiable indifference.

--Dorothy Sayers in Daily Dig



As much as I hate to admit it, the Jesus I once knew was more of a concept than the living Christ. For this reason I often treated him more like a principle than a person.

--Scott Johnson of Christian Book Distributors



Does your checkbook show that Jesus is the Master in your life?

--Haddon Robinson in Our Daily Bread 5/20/05


Today’s Carl’s Quote of the Day makes a good transition from last week’s theme of money to this week’s theme: Jesus.


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Of all the masters the soul can choose, there are at last only two--God and money. All choices, however small, however the alternatives may be disguised, are but variants of this choice.

--George Buttrick in Our Daily Bread 5/20/05



To be satisfied with little is hard,

to be satisfied with a lot, impossible.

--Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week



All hard work brings a profit,

but mere talk leads only to poverty.

--Proverbs 14:23 NIV



Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a mental state.

--Mike Todd



Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 5/18/04


As another Carl the Quoter progeny moves from wages to profit, money and profit seem like they would constitute a good theme this week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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My seven-year-old son, Elijah, explained what he'd learned in school one day. He asked his four-year-old brother, Ethan, "Did you know you're made up of atoms?" Ethan looked thoughtful for a moment, then said, "Mom! That means you're made up of Eves."

--Renee Bullard in Connection



The harder you try to play it safe, the more likely you are to fail.

--Seth Godin in Free Prize Inside!



If you think you know everything, you have a lot to learn.

--Our Daily Bread 1/13/03



Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

--Tom Stoppard



I don’t consider myself bald. I’m simply taller than my hair.

--Tom Sharp


30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
--Matthew 10:30 (NIV)

Those of us who are “taller than our hair” are helping God keep the numbers down.  I thought we should lighten up this week.


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I go out to preach with two propositions in mind. First, everyone ought to give his life to Christ. Second, whether or not anyone gives Him his life, I will give Him mine.

--Jonathan Edwards


26But now [Christ] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

--Hebrews 9:26b – 28 (NIV)



God will never bestow mercy on you because you deserve it, but only because you need it.

--Jonathan Edwards



In the Christian world view, says the Roman Catholic theologian George Weigel, "we are not congealed stardust, an accidental byproduct of cosmic chemistry. We are not just something, we are someone."

--Jon Meacham, “From Jesus to Christ”, Newsweek



Christ did not come to satisfy our curiosity. Rather, He saw us as fallen and hurt, and He came to lift and heal.

--Our Daily Bread 4/22/03



Death separates us for a time; Christ will reunite us forever.

--Our Daily Bread 4/6/04


Let’s transition from death to life this week.


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A moment after a man dies he knows exactly how he should have lived.  But then it's too late for him to go back and live differently.  After death, there is no second chance.

--Randy Alcorn in Edge of Eternity



He who spends his life moving away from his treasures has reason to despair.  He who spends his life moving towards his treasures has reason to rejoice.

--Randy Alcorn in In Light of Eternity



Soon you will read in the newspaper that I am dead.  Don't believe it for a moment.  I will be more alive than ever before.

--D.L. Moody, on his deathbed quoted in In Light of Eternity



Live each day [on earth] as if it were your last day there.  One of them will be.

--Randy Alcorn in Edge of Eternity


Dustin Hoffman on 60 Minutes last Sunday was considering his “exit line” – something to say on his deathbed: “I knew this would happen.”



We may spend our lives running from death and denying death, but that won't stop death from coming at its appointed time.

--Randy Alcorn in In Light of Eternity


Randy Alcorn is one of my favorite authors.  For Biblical glimpses of Heaven read one of his novels or In Light of Eternity.  Our theme this week is death.  But not death as an ending – just a transition.


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I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

--Groucho Marx



I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

--Jorge Luis Borges



How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!

--Henry David Thoreau



My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine -- everybody drinks water.

--Mark Twain



A book that furnishes no quotations is no book -- it is a plaything.

--Thomas Love Peacock


This quotation strikes me as very true.  And next week, we’ll see some quotes from my recent reading, but this week, it’s books


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CEOs often get hired for their skills—and fired for their personalities.

--Michelle Conlin Leadership Wired v7i11


In any 18-month period, 50 percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs will be fired or asked to resign.

--Ephraim Schwartz in Infoworld 09.06.04



The one thing most CEOs have in common is not that they never failed.  It’s that they failed often, but took responsibility for it when they did.

--Seth Godin in Free Prize Inside!



A chief is a man who assumes responsibility. He says, "I was beaten," he does not say, "My men were beaten."

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Leadership Wired v7i18



The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

--Theodore Roosevelt in Leadership Wired v7i18



Don't try to become a CEO.  Try to do whatever your current job is to the best of your ability, and then you may eventually become a CEO. But if you start out at the beginning saying, 'I want to be a CEO,' you spend so much time looking at the next rung of the ladder [that] you fall off the one you're standing on.

--Norman R. Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp. in Leadership Wired v7i20


Chief Executive Officer – our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  I don’t know why.


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A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

--James Crook in Chris Widener's weekly Ezine i14



When you are an individual contributor, you try to have all the answers. When you are a leader, your job is to have all the questions.

--Jack Welch in "How to Be a Good Leader" Newsweek



Think of yourself as a gardener, with a watering can in one hand and a can of fertilizer in the other. Occasionally you have to pull some weeds, but most of the time, you just nurture and tend. Then watch everything bloom.

--Jack Welch in "How to Be a Good Leader" Newsweek



People will follow you for two reasons: They follow you because of your character, for who you are. They also follow you for your skills, for what you can do.

--Chris Widener in his weekly Ezine i14



You are not a leader to win a popularity contest—you are a leader to lead. Don't run for office. You're already elected.

--Jack Welch in "How to Be a Good Leader" Newsweek


Leadership returns to Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Hope is an anchor

And love is a ship

Time is the ocean

And life is a trip

You don't know where you're goin'

'Til you know where you're at

And if you can't read the stars

Well, you'd better have a map

A compass and a conscience

So you don't get lost at sea

Lonesome old lonely island

Where no one wants to be

--You’ll Be There


16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


--2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)


30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.


--John 20:30-31 (NIV)


You’ll Be There is sung by George Strait – well worth the $0.99 download.  Who is the you in You’ll Be There?  George Strait’s daughter Jennifer was killed in an automobile accident in 1986.  All the lyrics.



From the beginning of creation

I think our maker had a plan

For us to leave these shores

And sail beyond the sand

And let the good light guide us

To the waves and the wind

To the beaches in a world

Where we have never been

--You’ll Be There


14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

--Philippians 3:14 (NIV)



Friends are friends forever if the Lord’s the Lord of them.



16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

--1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV)



You don't bring nothin' with you here

And you can't take nothin' back

I ain't never seen a hearse with a luggage rack

--You’ll Be There

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

--Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)



This world is not my home, I'm just-a-passing through

My pleasure and my hopes are placed beyond the blue

-- This World Is Not My Home


We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
--1 Chronicles 29:15 (NIV)

The length of our days is seventy years—

              or eighty, if we have the strength;

              yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,

              for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

--Psalm 90:10 NIV

Just Passing Through… again.  This week featuring the gospel according to country music (ok, today’s is bluegrass).  And all week it will be song lyric plus Scripture.


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I have thought, I am a creature of a day, passing through life, as an arrow through the air... I want to know one thing, the way to Heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end He came from Heaven.  He hath written it down in a book! O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me.

--John Wesley


You weren't put on earth to be remembered.  You were put there to prepare for eternity.

--Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven Life



As our bodies give way to time, they become painful reminders that we were not made for these bodies.

--Mart De Haan



If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

--C. S. Lewis



This world is only a bridge. Cross over it, but do not build your house on it.

--on an archway in Northern India (attributed to Jesus)



Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

--C. S. Lewis


My sermon title for Sunday is “Just Passing Through” and the main point is this quote.  (You are invited to come hear the sermon at the Congregational Church of the Valley.)  So just passing through is our theme this week and maybe next.  My sermon will be preceded by some appropriate country music worthy of quoting – that’s the maybe next week part.  Muhammad Ali expresses the modern view and antithesis of my point:

You don't want no pie in the sky when you die. You want something here on the ground while you're still around.

--Muhammad Ali


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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



Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

--Proverbs 26:12 ESV



Wise men have more to learn of fools than fools of wise men.

--Michel de Montaigne quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 9/12/04



Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more.

--John Updike



The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.

--Herbert Spencer


…and this is even more true if you substitute “children” for “men.”  There are a good couple articles about raising kids beginning in Issue 11 of Chris Widener’s Weekly Ezine – must reading for any parent.  But I digress… how foolish of me.  Hmm, foolish… fools… might make a good theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day this week – in fact, it will!


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Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.




An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.

--Arnold Glasow quoted in Leadership Wired v7i17



He who is outside his door already has the hard part of his journey behind him.

--Dutch proverb from the Quote Lady



The purpose of man is in action, not thought.

--Thomas Carlyle



The greatest gap is between knowing and doing.

--Dick Biggs quoted in Leadership Wired v7i19


It’s time to act – short quotations on action this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.

--Josh Jenkins



It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

--Jessamyn West in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/18/04



An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

--Orlando A. Battista



There are no mistakes so great as that of being always right.

--Samuel Butler quoted in John Maxwell's Leadership Wired v7i3



Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Mistakes and errors – this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Truth without love is dogma that does not touch the heart. Love without truth is sentimentalism that does not challenge the will.

--David Roper in Our Daily Bread 02/14/03



God accepts me “just as I am.”  But if I am not changed, I have not accepted him.

--Carl Henning



Love your neighbor.  But don’t lie to him by telling him there is no such thing as sin.

--Carl Henning



The wrong thing to do is base our morals on timely principles; the right thing is to base them on timeless principles.

--Carl Henning



It matters to all Christians who believe that God's affirmation of the gifts of loving relationships and sexuality are not restricted to those who are heterosexual, and who look to their church to witness to God's inclusive love and help them to better understand and live it.

---United Church of Christ (UCC)


Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

--The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NIV)


Dueling quotations start this week.  Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is “we cannot liberalize ourselves to the extent of eliminating sin, even when we don’t understand why a particular activity is called a sin.”  Many years ago I said that I did not sin because my dictionary said sin was a violation of moral law.  Since I was not a Christian then, I set my own moral standards.  So I could not sin – the standards were mine after all.  But sin is not determined by me; by you; or by any person.  Sin is determined by God.  I now believe there are moral absolutes.  I better be reading up on them to be sure I don’t violate them!


Please note that although the lead quote specifically positions homosexuality and other non-heterosexual relationships as acceptable; that is, not a sin, the Scripture selection does say it’s a sin.  But the Scripture does not grade sins, all sin is just sin.  …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 NIV).  If, like me, you have wandered onto the “me” path, it would be wise to renounce that route and take the cross road.


Whew!  What got me started on all this?  A subscriber sent me a link to this “Bouncer” UCC TV commercial which I had already seen on TV.  Actually, that was the immediate cause.  My original interest in this topic started in the 70s while I was on a business trip.  I visited a UCC church in Holliday, Utah.  The UCC was still exploring the issue of sexuality and to highlight an upcoming study, the study group performed a skit during morning worship that featured a copy of Playgirl magazine.  I also quit drinking on this trip.  And I came home and… bought a Radio Shack computer.  This all probably means something.


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Sincerity is not a test of truth.  We must not make this mistake: He must be right; he's so sincere.

Because, it is possible to be sincerely wrong.  We can only judge truth by truth and sincerity by sincerity.

--Jim Rohn in his Weekly E-zine  6/24/03



It's better to declare the truth and be rejected than to withhold it just to be accepted.

--Our Daily Bread 12/07/04



Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.

--Mahatma Gandhi



And though this world, with devils filled,

Should threaten to undo us,

We will not fear, for God has willed,

His truth to triumph through us.

--Martin Luther quoted in Our Daily Bread 8/20/03



A Cherokee elder sitting with his grandchildren told them, “In every life there is a terrible fight – a fight between two wolves. One is evil: he is fear, anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, and deceit. The other is good: joy, serenity, humility, confidence, generosity, truth, gentleness, and compassion.” A child asked, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?” The elder looked him in the eye. “The one you feed.”

--Daily Dig 10/29/04


Wow. Here are lots of evils and lots of goods, but we’re going to focus on one of the goods this week: truth is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day. And it is a great prelude to next week’s tough theme: sin!


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From childhood on we are taught (and teach our children) that it is important to follow our instincts, to show initiative, to develop our leadership skills.

All this is good and proper. But what about the other side of the coin - the equal worth of knowing how to follow?

--Johann Christoph Arnold



Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.

--Mother Theresa



Change comes more from managing the journey than from announcing the destination.

--William Bridges



Leaders think and talk about the solutions.

Followers think and talk about the problems.

--Brian Tracy



You have perhaps heard it said, "Leaders are readers." It is true. Even more so, leaders are learners.

--Chris Widener in his Weekly Ezine i05


It’s been a while since leadership has been our theme – we’ll remedy that this week.


But I also want to include a quote about V-E Day – the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe was yesterday.  You’ve heard the proverb “All is fair in love and war.”  If you’ve been in war this one may ring truer:

What is fair in war? Nothing.

--Waltraud Sussmilch "who was 14 ... when Russian troops entered Berlin in the last days of World War II." In "Germans reflecting more" Arizona Republic


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Expedients are for the hour; principles for the ages.

--Henry Ward Beecher



Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany… Yet, if religious leaders don't speak up for enduring moral principles, for traditional values, who will? Church leaders need not be popular. The founder of the church, after all, was crucified, and the first bishops were martyred.

--editorial Arizona Republic



Much has been written already about Ratzinger's hard-line conservatism, the same traditionalism as Pope John Paul II without the late pontiff's engaging personality.

--editorial Arizona Republic



[T]he church needs a man like Ratzinger. Clearly he is not popular in some circles: many prayed and hoped for someone more lenient, someone who would give in to their wishes and complaints. But in selecting Ratzinger the cardinals made a brave and bold choice, because the answers to the challenges and crises of our present age will not be found in compromise, but in returning to the simple and age-old truths of Jesus.

--Johann Christoph Arnold



The unity that God brings about is the only true unity. Anything else is a political construction, and it will be as transitory as all such constructions are.

--Joseph Ratzinger in the Daily Dig 4/20/05


Joseph Ratzinger’s title is Pope.  Carl’s Quote of the Day quotes the new pope and about him this week… then goes on to quote principles he expounds.


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People do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them.

--Heart to Heart



Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

--Mark Twain



Those who only sample the Bible never acquire a taste for it.

--Our Daily Bread 12/04/04



The Bible isn't a riddle; it's a revelation. It tells us all we need to know to be all that God wants us to be in every situation in life.

--Haddon Robinson in Our Daily Bread 12/30/04



The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly.

--Soren Kierkegaard Daily Dig 4/14/05


The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me!  And a good theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day this week.


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Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.

--David Starr Jordan (in Readers Digest March 2000)



You can gain knowledge on your own, but wisdom comes from God.

--Our Daily Bread 6/20/03



Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.

--Theodore Roosevelt



Patience is the companion of wisdom.

--St. Augustine quoted in Leadership Wired v7i22


Actually, “patience” is what I needed for my unexpected 22-hour layover in Chicago’s O’Hare airport a week ago.



After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.

--Benjamin Franklin quoted in Leadership Wired v6i10


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day: wisdom.


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Inexperience is what makes a young man do what an older man says is impossible.

--Herbert V. Prochnow



You can change yourself, but I cannot change you. You see, I am responsible to you but I am not responsible for you...

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



If you think you know everything, you have a lot to learn.

--Our Daily Bread 1/13/03



Hiring is not about finding people with the right experiences; it's about finding people with the right mindset. Great companies hire for attitude and train for skill.

--John C. Maxwell [in Leadership Wired v5i21]



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


It’s eclectic week again here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Having just celebrated the third anniversary of Carl’s Quote of the Day, I went back to the oldest quotes I’ve collected, but haven’t used yet.


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My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.

Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass."

"We're not raising grass," my dad would reply,

"we're raising boys."

--Harmon Killebrew



Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror.

--George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997



Know what the difference between hittin' 250 and 300 is?  It's 25 hits.  25 hits in 500 at-bats is 50 points, ok?  There's 6 months in a season that's about 25 weeks.  That means if you get just one extra flare a week, just one… a gork, you get a ground ball, you get a… you get a ground ball with eyes, you get a dying quail… just one more dying quail a week, then you're in Yankee stadium.

--Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) in Bull Durham



"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball," Jacques Barzun wrote a half-century ago. For decades, intellectuals like Barzun, pseudo-intellectuals like George Will, and storytellers of all types (Ken Burns, Kevin Costner) have mined the intricacies, symbols, and meaning of the national pastime to shed larger light on the politics, culture, and economy of the United States.

--Daniel Gross



It's almost too perfect that baseball begins in spring, the time of year when nature reboots and starts all over again.

--Scott Craven, Baseball’s Mystical Bond


Baseball season started yesterday.  If you’ve been a subscriber long you knew this was coming – baseball as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Usually I make some excuse about the quotes’ applicability to business or life, but I’ll drop the pretension this year – it’s just baseball.


There has been a scandal this year about baseball players using illegal steroids to enhance their performance.  I decided to remain a fan anyway.  Here’s a good explanation as to why:

I have to remove this cloud for good because the huge, stunning overwhelming percentage of our players are not only clean, but they're wonderful young men that have done nothing wrong. It's unfair to stain them.

--Bud Selig in The Arizona Republic


Speaking of seasons, Carl’s Quote of the Day begins its fourth season today.


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