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A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he became more and more quiet until in the end he realized that prayer is listening.

--Søren Aabye Kierkegaard



When you pray, things remain the same, but you begin to be different.

--Oswald Chambers



Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer your prayer.

--Oswald Chambers



Pray as you can, for prayer doesn’t consist of thinking a great deal, but of loving a great deal.

--Saint Teresa of Avila



As it is the business of tailors to make clothes and of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray.

--Martin Luther


Pray this week.


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Industry and determination can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many things that they cannot.

--Theodore Roosevelt



One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.

--John Foster



Belichick's "genius"—a term he does not like applied to himself—is no more than an ability to easily sift through distractions and nonsense and identify the central point.

 --Michael Holley, Patriot Reign



Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.

--Horace in Chris Widener’s ezine i27



Genius is seldom recognized for what it is: a great capacity for hard work.

--Henry Ford


Genius.  Carl is…, no, make that: Carl has a theme this week for Carl’s Quote of the Day – genius.  But I also have to get this quote out of my system today:


What Women Want: To be loved, to be listened to, to be desired, to be respected, to be needed, to be trusted, and sometimes, just to be held.


What Men Want: Tickets for the World Series.


—Dave Barry, from Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex, Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Marriage Partnership, Vol. 8, no. 2 at


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The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.


Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

as it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right

if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.



--Reinhold Niebuhr



I cannot always control what goes on outside, but I can always control what goes on inside.

--Dr. Wayne Dyer



You don't have to accept the invitation to get angry. Instead, practice forgiveness, empathy and encouragement.

--Dan Fallon



Let us take things as we find them. Let us not attempt to distort them into what they are not. We cannot make facts. All our wishing cannot change them. We must use them.

--Cardinal John Henry Newman



Don't waste your time trying to control the uncontrollable, or trying to solve the unsolvable, or think about what could have been. Instead, think about what you *can* control and solve the problem you *can* solve with the wisdom you have gained from both your victories and your defeats in the past.

--David Mahoney


Dealing with what we cannot change is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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There's good news and bad news if wealth is what you want. The good news is that God's Word does promise riches to the believer. The "bad" news is that it doesn't have anything to do with money.

--Dave Branon in Our Daily Bread 10/10/05



Jesus wasn't a fundraiser. He dealt with money matters because money matters. For some of us, though, it matters too much.

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



To be clever enough to get all that money, you must be stupid enough to want it.

--G. K. Chesterton at



The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.

--Benjamin Franklin



We live in an abundant universe in which there is sufficient money for all who really want it and are willing [to] obey the laws governing its acquisition.

--Brian Tracy in Jim Rohn's weekly E-zine 5/25/04


Money, money, money – that’s our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Like I used to say in my days as a stripper, if at first you don’t succeed, take some Quaaludes and try, try again!

--Morganna, the Kissing Bandit


I realize not everyone is old enough to remember Morganna.  She used to run out on the baseball field and kiss one of the players.  Form Wikipedia:

Her first escapade onto the field--at the age of 17--was to kiss Pete Rose in 1971 at Riverfront Stadium and was a dare from her friend. In an interview, she reported that when she bussed Pete, all he could say was, "You crazy [expletive] broad!" He called her the next day to apologize for his language. Regarding Rose, she said, "I tell people my career started with a bet, and Pete's ended with one."



I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot...And I missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is precisely ... why I succeed.

--Michael Jordan



Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.

--Marian Wright Edelman in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/27/06



Don't reinforce your failures.

Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.

Failure is a temporary setback, not a residence.

Failure is a learning experience, not a person.

Like success, failure is a growth process, not a status.

Don't wallow in your mistakes. Correct them and move forward.

--Denis Waitley in his weekly Ezine i02



If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.

--Thomas Watson, Sr. in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/27/06


Failure and success is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day… or maybe it’s failure as a route to success.



The most notable trend since we started the dictionary 10 years ago is the sound-bite syndrome.  Political advisers are encouraged to get it into 12 words or less.  These are not quotations, they're slogans.  They can be good, but they are advertising.

--Sir Antony Jay, editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations, "May I Quote You on That?" in USA Weekend 7/14-16, 2006



I hate quotations.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


A quotation in a speech, article, or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.

--Brendan Behan Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/19/06



The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.

--W. Somerset Maugham



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

--Thomas Love Peacock


Quotations about quotations this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  I did just finish a book that furnished no quotations, but it was supposed to be a diversion.  I finished a few others recently that are filled with quotations, so they will appear here in coming weeks.


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It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures.  Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.

--Samuel Smiles Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 12/17/05



There are two sure ways to fail: dreaming too much and working too little, and vice versa.

--Dr. Mardy Grothe



A man may make mistakes, but he is not a failure until he starts blaming others.

--Unknown quoted by Jude Clark in Arizona Republic 9/30/05



Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.

--H. Ross Perot Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 6/25/06



The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.

--Zig Ziglar (Zig Ziglar's Little Book of Big Quotes)


Failure – not our goal this week, just the theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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A caring heart, a listening ear,

A thoughtful word, a gentle tear

Will help to lift the heavy load

Of weary souls along life's road.

--D. De Haan in Our Daily Bread 07/09/06



Instead of talking in the hope that people will listen, try listening to people in the hope that they will talk.

--Dr. Mardy Grothe



Find people who disagree with you. If you get mad at them, it is a good sign you need to think. Fight as if you [are] right; listen as if you are wrong.

--Bob Sutton



Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”
--Karl Menninger quoted in Leadership Wired v9i12



Listening may be the most powerful statement a person can make.

--Dr. Mardy Grothe in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/23/06


Listening – the first weekly theme of the Google era of Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Conscience is a trustworthy compass when God's Word is your true north.

--Our Daily Bread 3/16/05



The coming of God is truly not only glad tidings, but first of all frightening news for everyone who has a conscience.

--Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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Be the master of your will, and the slave of your conscience.

--Yiddish Proverb


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The paradoxical--and tragic--situation of man is that his conscience is weakest when he needs it most.

--Erich Fromm in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/12/05



The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

--Harper Lee


Conscience is our theme this week.


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Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-ziine 10/12/04



Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.  Make motivation a habit and you will get there more quickly and have more fun on the trip.

--Zig Ziglar



When people are highly motivated, it's easy to accomplish the impossible. And when they're not, it's impossible to accomplish the easy.

--Bob Collings



Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

--Harriet Braiker



When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity.

--Dale Carnegie


I’m motivated this week, but not by pride and vanity.  Let’s see what positives we can find in motivation, our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/5/05



Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.

--Henry L. Doherty



If we're growing, we're always going to be out of our comfort zone.

--John Maxwell



As long as you're green, you're growing. As soon as you're ripe, you start to rot.

--Ray Kroc in Leadership Wired v6i9



If you're coasting, you must be going down hill.



I’ve been thinking about personal growth, so let’s make that our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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You've probably heard the expression; "It's lonely at the top." Well, I want to go to the top, but I have no desire to go alone. If you're alone at the top, you're probably not a leader, anyway. Who are you leading other than yourself? Leaders take people on the journey with them. They help take others to the top.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired v5i4



You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.

--Sam Rayburn



A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others.

--John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leader within You, p9



The leader's job, after all, is not to provide energy but to release it from others.

--Frances Hesselbein, quoted in Harvard Business Review 12/01



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


Characteristics of a leader – our theme this week.  I’ve been led into blogging, but my blog is limited to industrial automation.  If that’s your field, too, visit


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When I am dead, I hope it may be said: 'His sins were scarlet, But his books were read'.

--Hilaire Belloc in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/16/06



The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.

--Northrop Frye in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/9/06



The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.

--Samuel Butler



A book should serve as the ax to break the frozen sea within us.

--Franz Kafka in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/2/06



"I don't have time to read."

But we do have time—if we read in spurts. Unleashing Connection reports that in one year, the average American reads 3,000 forms or notices, 100 newspapers, and 36 magazines—but only three books.

--Kathy Widenhouse, "Back to the Book"


Yes, books again.  Although I haven’t had time to read books either for a while; I’ve just had time to read about them.


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Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

--Judy Garland in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/16/06



I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.

--Albert Einstein



If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away.

--Henry David Thoreau in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/9/06



We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.

--Arthur Schopenhauer in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/9/06



A shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.

--Carl Jung in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/23/06


Individualism – that’s our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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To be a healthy Christian, don't treat the Bible as snack food.

--Our Daily Bread 11/05/05



A well-read Bible is the companion of a well-fed soul.

--Our Daily Bread 03/26/06



Don't study the Bible to be able to quote it; study it to obey it.

--Our Daily Bread 08/22/05



Unchurched people don't give the Bible a fraction of the weight we believers do. They look at it as an occasionally useful collection of helpful suggestions, something like the Farmer's Almanac.

--Bill Hybels in "Speaking to the Secular Mind"



And it came to pass that in the hands of the ignorant, the words of the Bible were used to beat plowshares into swords.

--Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973) Philosopher, author, lecturer and teacher. GodLaughsDotNet v5 c077


Let’s take a look at the Bible this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Rattlesnakes are without doubt the most misunderstood, feared, and abused animals in the Southwest. … a significant spike in the demographic chart of snakebite victims occurs at the point where "Victim profile: young male" intersects "Contributing factor: alcohol."  … as a U.S. citizen, you are as likely to be killed by a falling vending machine as by a rattlesnake. It's true; you can look it up. (Intriguingly, intoxicated young males figure just as predominantly in vending machine mishaps as in snake bites. Uh huh.) There's another important parallel here: Neither a vending machine nor a rattlesnake is likely to hurt you unless you mess with it.


Rattlesnakes are rather pathetically easy to kill with the blade of a hoe or shovel (or, of course, a shotgun), but be warned that it is messy and not pleasant. Also, remember that the severed head of a rattlesnake is quite capable of dealing a dangerous bite for several hours. Use a shovel or tongs to pick up the corpse and dispose of it safely. Finally, know that you must possess a valid hunting license to legally kill a rattlesnake in Arizona.

--Jonathan Hanson, There's a Bobcat in My Backyard!



Before heading our way newcomers should ponder the fact that state officials estimate that over 10,000 people migrated to Arizona in just the past month after crossing the porous border between us and our most troublesome foreign neighbor - California.

--E. J. Montini, "Really bad news not good enough to stop newcomers" Arizona Republic 07/31/05



It's easy, even from Phoenix or Washington, D.C., to understand the basic dynamics of our border problem. There are jobs on this side, willing workers on the other.

--Patricia Biggs, "Force on the Border" Arizona Republic



I don't understand why we focus all our animosity on the people who cross illegally and none on the businesses that employ them illegally.

--Laurie Roberts, "Sometimes 'illegal' leaves many holes for understanding" Arizona Republic



I was told of the outlaws along the border, of the firearms and opium smugglers, who shot first and questioned afterward, and of the insurrectos of Lower California.

--E.L. Kolb, on his 1913 boat trip into Mexico in Through the Grand Canyon from Wyoming to Mexico


Hmm, 93 years later and we still have a border problem.  Four border quotes will comprise our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Friday will be rattlesnake day.  This is not at all like my rattlesnake quote from August 2002.  In a funny coincidence, that same week in 2002 also had one of my favorite epitaph quotes: “Here lies Lester Moore, four slugs from a 44.  No Les, no more.”  Yesterday I discovered in a box of old vacation brochures “A Descriptive List of the More Than 250 Graves in Boothill,” [copyright 1952] in which a little more of Les is revealed: “Moore was a Wells Fargo agent at Naco and had a dispute with a man over a package.  Both died.”


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A Sunday School teacher began her lesson with a question, "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?
A hand shot up in the air. "He is an artist!" said the kindergarten boy.
"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.
"You know - Our Father, who does art in Heaven... "




Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about.
The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt."
Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed.
Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning's Sunday school lesson was about.
He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming."




My three-year-old daughter, Emma, and I were listening to a worship CD one afternoon. We began to talk about the many names of Jesus mentioned in the songs. Together, we came up with a short list of names such as Prince of Peace and Lamb of God. I'd almost forgotten about our conversation when the next day during snack time, Emma announced she'd thought of another name. She proudly raised her juice box in a toast and exclaimed, "Jesus is King of the Juice!"

--Karna C., Illinois in Connection 9/14/04



There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."




Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.



Our quote today is our theme for the week!


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

--Henry David Thoreau



Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.

--John Dewey in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 10/16/05



Everybody in professional football has a similar goal. If they have halfway decent players, they want to win the playoffs. If they have good players, they want to win the Super Bowl. So I haven't won more games because I have better goals. I've won more games because I'm willing to roll up my sleeves and do whatever it takes to make it happen.

 --Don Shula quoted by Ken Blanchard in "Turning Vision into Reality"



A goal without a plan is just a wish.

--Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 6/25/06


Bonus quote for the US Independence Day Holiday:

I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

--Thomas Jefferson



It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.

--Arnold J. Toynbee in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week


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


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Read to live, not live to read.

--Edward Bulwer-Lytton quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 5/21/06



Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.

--James Russell Lowell quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 2/19/06



Books are the shoes with which we tread the footsteps of great minds.




Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goes out. The task of an educated mind is simply put: read to lead.



See, what did I say yesterday about time to read.  Apparently Cicero knew about airports and long plane rides.  Or, maybe that was after his time.  My reading list so far this year is here.



When I was young and had time to read, I had no books. Now that I am old and have the books, I have no time to read.

--Benjamin Franklin


Well, actually, although I’m not old… at least I don’t consider myself old… ok I’m a very young father of 3 and grandfather of 12…  ok, ok, I’m old and I do have the books (25 on the shelf waiting) but I DO have time to read.  I guess Ben Franklin didn’t have to sit around airports and on planes with nothing else to do BUT read (and occasionally use the computer).  Oh, yeah, our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day: books


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"I'm modern, materialistic, pagan," she whispered.  "Could this -- this amazement, joy, pain be that, in the Canyon, I caught a glimpse of God?"

--the character Patricia Edgerton, on first seeing the Grand Canyon, in Zane Grey's The Deer Stalker 1953



I have heard rumors of visitors who were disappointed. The same people will be disappointed at the Day of Judgment. In fact, the Grand Canyon is a sort of landscape Day of Judgment. It is not a show place, a beauty spot, but a revelation.

--J. B. Priestley



Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American, if he can travel at all, should see.

--Theodore Roosevelt



The region is, of course, altogether valueless. It can be approached only from the south, and after entering it there is nothing to do but leave. Ours has been the first, and will doubtless be the last, party of whites to visit this profitless locality. It seems intended by nature that the Colorado River, along the greater portion of its lonely and majestic way, shall be forever unvisited and undisturbed.

--Joseph Christmas Ives on his expedition to the Grand Canyon region in 1857-1858, quoted in How the Canyon Became Grand



From the top they could make out, apart from the canyon, some small boulders which seemed to be as high as a man. Those who went down and who reached them swore that they were taller than the great tower of Seville.

--Pedro de Castenada, with the Coronado Expedition (1540)


The Canyon was, in fact, among the earliest of North America's natural wonders to be visited. Spanish conquistadors came to the South Rim in 1540, earlier by 138 years to Father Hennepin's sighting of Niagara Falls, by 167 years to John Colter's encounter with the Yellowstone, by almost 300 years to Joseph Reddeford Walker's discovery of Yosemite Valley. The Colorado River was identified and mapped long before the St. Lawrence, the Columbia, the Hudson, or even the Mississippi. Yet the Canyon was among the last of these wonders to be assimilated, much less celebrated.


That Spanish adventurers and missionaries made it to the Canyon rim is one of the marvels of Western history; that they failed to appreciate what they saw, one of its lesser mysteries. The Spanish mind was prepared to understand, and Spanish political economy prepared to assimilate, the discovery of Golden Cibolas, not Grand Canyons.

--Stephen J. Pyne in How the Canyon Became Grand


I recently finished Stephen Pyne’s book on the Grand Canyon, so this week a little Grand Canyon history.


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Trust God to move your mountain, but keep on climbing.

--Our Daily Bread 3/2/05



Prayer isn't a time to give orders but to report for duty!

--Our Daily Bread 3/3/05



[I]n making "to do" lists for God, we miss seeing the countless things He has already done.

--Julie Ackerman Link in Our Daily Bread 05/19/06



In prayer it is better to have a heart without words, than words without a heart.

--John Bunyan in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 11/27/05



Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.

--John Bunyan in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 11/27/05


Pray this week.


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The trouble with being a leader today is that you can't be sure whether people are following you or chasing you.

--"Bits & Pieces." Leadership, Vol. 2, no. 1.  Church Laughs at



While the average people are holding to common opinions that keep them common and average, the leader, the achiever, is forming new opinions that will take him or her to new heights and new achievements that the rest of the crowd cannot even conceive of yet!

--Chris Widener in his weekly ezine i32



Leadership is not something you do to people; it's something you do with them.

--Ken Blanchard in "Turning Vision into Reality" at



All other things being equal, the team with the best leaders will always win.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired Vol 8, Issue 7



Mother Theresa's “The Ten Commandments of Leadership”:


1. People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered (including me). Love them anyway.

2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

3. If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

6. The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the littlest people with the littlest ideas. Think big anyway.

7. People favor underdogs, but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

9. People really need help, but may attack you if you do help them. Help them anyway.

10. Give the world the best you have and you will get kicked in the teeth. Give the best you have anyway.


How can it have been so long since we’ve had leadership as a theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day?


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My four-year-old granddaughter, Amanda, went to the doctor's office with a fever. The doctor looked in her ears and said, "Who's in there? Donald Duck?"


She said, "No." He looked in her nose and said, "Who's in there? Mickey Mouse?"


Again she said, "No." He put his stethoscope on her heart and said, "Who's in there? Barney?"


Amanda replied, "No, Jesus is in my heart. Barney is on my underwear."


--Carol Leet, New York. Today's Christian Woman, Vol. 18, no. 4, quoted in Christianity Today Connection



Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin's womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked "No Entrance" and left through a door marked "No Exit."

--Peter Larson, Prism (Jan/Feb 2001)


What will you do with Jesus?

Neutral you cannot be;

Someday your heart will be asking,

"What will He do with me?

--Simpson in Our Daily Bread 03/24/06


Double quotes today so we can have a little humor tomorrow.



Many of us live out our faith as though [Christ] exists to follow us. We come to believe that Christ exists to satisfy our demands. . . . This disguised form of self-serving religion sets Christ up as just one more commodity in life that will enhance and empower our dreams.

--Joe Stowell from Following Christ, quoted in Our Daily Bread 05/13/06



[Hundreds of pastors and other Christian leaders have] grown tired of songs that worship our beautiful, passionate sincerity, and include God as an accessory to our own material, emotional, and spiritual affluence.

--Brian McLaren, "It's All About Who, Jesus?" at



[S]pineless, Christian-in-name-only followers of a Jesus of their own imagination can be counted on to not stand up and be counted when Christ's commandments run contrary to culture.

--Doug Giles "A Profane Life"


Not really related to the Da Vinci Code movie, our theme this week is Jesus-centered.  If you are looking for the facts vs. fiction in the book and movie though, try this one-page summary of the 5 Big Questions from the Da Vinci Code.  One of the things I enjoy about flying is the reading time, especially when the upgrade to first class comes through.  So, there’s room to type this on the plane to Cleveland since I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code – A Quest for Answers by Josh McDowell.  It’s an interesting short story of friends working their way through The Da Vinci Code novel.  It definitely helps sort the fact from the fiction.


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[M]en are astounded by how long women can go without thinking about sex, and women are astounded by how long men can go without thinking about housecleaning.

--Susanna Schrobsdorff, reporting on survey results in "The Married Male Mind", Newsweek



Someone once said that when the wedding march begins, a bride sees three things - the aisle, the altar, and him - and from that time on her motto is: "I'll alter him." And when it doesn't work that way, there is disillusionment and difficulty.

--Bob Russell, Take Comfort: Encouraging Words from Second Corinthians in ChurchLaughs 5/2/06



A marriage is like a long trip in a tiny rowboat: if one passenger starts to rock the boat, the other has to steady it; otherwise they will go to the bottom together.

--David Robert Reuben



Pray one hour before going to war,

Two hours before going to sea,

Three hours before getting married.




It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.

--Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 1/29/06


This week we head to Ohio for my niece’s wedding.  So marriage is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Actually, it’s more like marriage advice… some of it even serious.


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Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened.




There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.

--Archibald MacLeish in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 4/16/06



In youth we run into difficulties, in old age difficulties run into us.

--Josh Billings in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 4/16/06



It is a strange thing that, while all would live long, none would be old.

--Benjamin Franklin in Our Daily Bread 4/11/06



Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

--Victor Hugo


This week at Carl’s Quote of the Day some observations on getting older… and not because I have a birthday this month!


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Nell Mohney, in her book Beliefs Can Influence Attitudes, pointedly illustrates this truth. Mohney tells of a double-blind experiment conducted in the San Francisco Bay area. The principal of a school called three professors together and said, "Because you three teachers are the finest in the system and you have the greatest expertise, we're going to give you ninety high-IQ students. We're going to let you move these students through this next year at their own pace and see how much they can learn."


Everyone was delighted - faculty and students alike.


Over the next year the professors and the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The professors were teaching the brightest students; the students were benefiting from the close attention and instruction of highly skilled teachers. By the end of the experiment, the students had achieved from 20 to 30 percent more than the other students in the whole area.


The principal called the teachers in and told them, "I have a confession to make. You did not have ninety of the most intellectually prominent students. They were run-of-the-mill students. We took ninety students at random from the system and gave them to you."


The teachers said, "This means that we are exceptional teachers."


The principal continued, "I have another confession. You're not the brightest of the teachers. Your names were the first names drawn out of a hat."


The teachers asked, "What made the difference? Why did students perform at such an exceptional level for a whole year?"


The difference, of course, was the teachers' expectations. Our expectations have a great deal to do with our attitudes. And these expectations may be totally false, but they will determine our attitudes.

--John C. Maxwell in Developing the Leader within You



A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

--Hugh Downs



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




It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.




Ability is what you're capable of doing.

Motivation determines what you do.

Attitude determines how well you do it.

--Lou Holtz (seen on a placard in Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots)


Quotes should be short.  This week there will be four short quotes about attitude and one really long one.


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How can you know what is in your heart? Look at your behavior. There is no better sign of the heart than the life.

-- Leroy Eims



The hand of God protects our way

When we would do His will;

And if through danger we must go,

We know He's with us still.

--D. De Haan in Our Daily Bread 1/28/03



We witness best for Christ when we say the least about ourselves.

--Our Daily Bread 1/23/02



If the world were a well-tuned instrument played in rhythm, I would not worship the instrument but him who made it and played it.




I'm an optimist, but I'm an optimist who takes his raincoat.

--Harold Wilson


While I was in Germany and England last week, I took my umbrella instead of my raincoat.  It worked – when I had the umbrella it did not rain.  Sometime around the anniversary of Carl’s Quote of the Day we have an eclectic week with the oldest unused quotes I’ve saved.  This is that week.  (We’re one month into the fifth year of Carl’s Quote of the Day.)


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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.

--Miss Piggy



Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.

--Al Bernstein



Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.



The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.






The Devil hath power

To assume a pleasing shape.

--William Shakespeare


Why the Devil am I thinking about beauty this week?  Because I stumbled on the quote above, which reminded me of a Star Trek movie line, which led me to, then to, and finally to Wikipedia:


Martia [a “shape shifter”] on the surface of Rura Penthe: "I thought I would assume a pleasing shape," from Hamlet: "The spirit that I have seen may be the devil: and the devil hath power to assume a pleasing shape..." (Act 2, Scene 2).

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country


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To stay youthful, stay useful.

--Our Daily Bread 03/28/06



I think God has planned the strength and beauty of youth to be physical. But the strength and beauty of old age is spiritual. We gradually lose the strength and beauty that is temporary so we'll be sure to concentrate on the strength and beauty that is forever. And so we'll be eager to leave the temporary, deteriorating part of us and be truly homesick for our eternal home. If we stayed young and strong and beautiful, we might never want to leave.

--J. Robertson McQuilkin in Our Daily Bread 3/17/04



Youth stays long enough only to strengthen our shoulders for the burdens ahead.

--M. R. De Haan, M.D. in Our Daily Bread 4/11/06



You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

--Douglas MacArthur



Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or eight. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly more valuable regardless of physical capacity.

--Harvey Ullman


Young and old.  I haven’t determined which I am, but I have determined that this is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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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)



In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

--Dwight D. Eisenhower in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 3/26/06



Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.




By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

--Benjamin Franklin



You win not by chance, but by preparation.

--Roger Maris


Let’s prepare to plan as we transition from baseball.  (Roger Maris for many years held the record for home runs in a season.  When the record was broken it was broken on steroids… probably.)


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If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?

--Vince Lombardi



Grantland Rice, the great sportswriter once said, 'It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.' Well Grantland Rice can go to hell as far as I'm concerned.

--Gene Autry, late, former owner of the Anaheim Angels



You don't realize how easy this game is until you get up in that broadcasting booth.

--Mickey Mantle



What we have are good gray ballplayers, playing a good gray game and reading the good gray Wall Street Journal.  They have been brainwashed, dry-cleaned and dehydrated!... Wake up the echoes at the Hall of Fame and you will find that baseball's immortals were a rowdy and raucous group of men who would climb down off their plaques and go rampaging through Cooperstown, taking spoils.... Deplore it if you will, but Grover Cleveland Alexander drunk was a better pitcher than Grover Cleveland Alexander sober.

--Bill Veeck, The Hustler's Handbook



Baseball has survived scandals, work stoppages and two world wars. It will survive the steroids era and the hypodermic stains in the record book.

--Dan Bickley in The Arizona Republic


The 100 and something baseball season started yesterday.  Carl’s Quote of the Day is much younger – it started a mere four years ago yesterday.  And in what is now an established tradition, our theme during baseball’s season opening is … baseball.


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