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Dilbert: Maybe I should become a teacher so I can educate the leaders of tomorrow.

Dogbert: Maybe you should educate the morons of tomorrow so they'll stop believing the leaders of tomorrow.

--Dilbert 10/09/01



I don’t run GE, I lead GE.

--Jack Welch in Jack Welch and the GE Way



What makes a good leader? That question was asked by the Army War College in a study of highly regarded major generals in Iraq. Subordinates rated the officers anonymously. The responses, in order of importance:

Keeps cool under pressure.
Clearly explains missions, standards, and priorities.
Sees the big picture; provides context and perspective.
Makes tough, sound decisions on time.

One of the study's authors, General Walter Ulmer (retired), said, "One thing we found, is that it's still easier to teach technical skills than to teach people how to gain trust and build teams. Ulmer noted that many key behaviors are learned by example, so good leaders tend to produce more good leaders.

--Lyric Wallwork, Parade (7-10-05), p.10; submitted by Tracy Jessup; Shelby, North Carolina to



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

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



Only the one who has learned to serve is qualified to lead.

--Our Daily Bread 3/16/03


We’ll continue our leadership roll this week.


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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



A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.

--Arnold Glasgow



If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.

--Jesus in Matthew 15:14 NIV



Self-control is a critical leadership skill.

--Gerald Faust in Responsible Managers Get Results



Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.

--Thomas J. Watson


Ah, yes, leadership – a familiar theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day… and only a coincidental tie-in to NY state politics… or maybe not so coincidental.


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I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.

--Dorothy Day



When people speak ill of you, live so as nobody may believe them.




Dare Not Speak?

Ralph Chaplin


Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie,

Dust unto dust—

The calm, sweet earth that mothers all who die

As all men must;


Mourn not your captive comrades who must dwell,

Too strong to strive—

Within each steel-bound coffin of a cell,

Buried alive;


But rather mourn the apathetic throng,

The coward and the meek—

Who see the world’s great anguish and its wrong

And dare not speak.


Ralph Chaplin was a conscientious objector during World War I.



The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.

--Willa Cather



The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.

--Benedict Spinoza


Our speech theme from last week carries over to this week.


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The human brain is a wonderful thing.  It starts working the moment you are born, and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

--George Jessel



Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.

--Dionysius the Elder



Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

--Ambrose Bierce



Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.

--Epictetus, philosopher



If you think twice before speaking once, you will speak twice the better for it.

--William Penn


Next week, I go back on the road for my day job – talking about industrial automation communication technology.  So, speaking will be our theme this week and next at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

--Robert F. Kennedy quoted in Leadership Wired v10i16



Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.

--Henry Ford quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 7/15/07



Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time.  If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.

--Wilma Rudolph quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 11/12/06



You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.

--Edwin Louis Cole quoted in Leadership Wired v9i22



Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

--Confucius quoted in Leadership Wired v9i22


Some thoughts on failure this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Repentance means hating sin enough to turn from it.

--Our Daily Bread 09/27/05


For more on turning from sin – and what to turn to – see The Four Spiritual Laws.



Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

--Proverbs 16:6 NIV



He who does not forbid sin when he can, encourages it.

--Lucius Annaeus Seneca (C. 4 B.C.–A.D. 65)



Love a man even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love and is the summit of love on earth.

--Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevski (1821–1881)



Sin has four characteristics: self-sufficiency instead of faith; self-will instead of submission; self-seeking instead of benevolence; self-righteousness instead of humility.

--E. Paul Hovey


This week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day is a very unpopular one – sin.


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This was before I got to the big leagues.  I was young and I could really move in the infield.  I could catch anything.  Well, we were playing this country team, and it seemed like every ball was hit to me.  If it moved I grabbed it and threw it to first base for the out.  Well, it’s the ninth inning, two outs, and the tying run at third when here it comes.  I scoop it up and throw it to first, but it wasn’t the ball.  It was a rabbit, and we got the runner by a hare.

--Honus Wagner quoted by Joe Garagiola in Just Play Ball



As I grew up, I knew that as a building (Fenway Park) was on the level of Mount Olympus, the Pyramid at Giza, the nation's capitol, the czar's Winter Palace, and the Louvre — except, of course, that it's better than all those inconsequential places.

--Bart Giamatti, Baseball Commissioner


Whereas baseball can trace its roots to Germany in the 1300s, lacrosse was played in America by the people who were here before the Europeans, as Luc pointed out to me with this quote and link:

There are two times of the year that stir the blood. In the fall, for the hunt, and now for lacrosse.

--Oren Lyons, Jr.



A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.

--Mickey Mantle



Baseball is a collection of memories and people, not steroids and human growth supplements.  Those two things top the list of what I’m tired of hearing about – and you can add statistics to that list.

--Joe Garagiola in Just Play Ball


Joe’s neighbor across the street while he was growing up is also quoted some: Yogi Berra.  Some weekends when the Diamondbacks play at home, Joe does the color commentary… and colorful it is.  It’s a real treat for those of us here to hear the Hall of Fame announcer; he puts any of the younger guys to shame.



You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock.  You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance.  That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all.

--Earl Weaver


Finally, football season is over, and…


In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to what he's been thinking about all winter.

--Cary Grant


…and that’s baseball!  Pitchers and catchers report to spring training this week.  Unimportant teams play spring ball in the Grapefruit League in Florida; the really lucky teams play here in Arizona in the Cactus League.  Oh, as you may have guessed, Carl’s Quote of the Day pays its annual homage to baseball this week.


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A man's conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn't do -- but it does not keep him from doing it.

--Frank Clark



Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" Vanity asks the question, "Is it popular?" But, conscience asks the question, "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right.

--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Conscience is nothing but the echo of God's voice within the soul.

--E. B. Hall



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

--HL Mencken, author, critic and newspaperman



There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.

--Ogden Nash


This week at Carl’s Quote of the Day will look at having a conscience as opposed to having “none at all.”


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Once when I was in Victoria, I saw a very large house. They told me it was a bank, and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back, with interest. We are Indians, and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by and by they return them, and our hearts feel good. Our way of giving is our bank.

--Chief Maquinna



Giving is a joy if we do it in the right spirit. It all depends on whether we think of it as "What can I spare?" or as "What can I share?"

--Esther Baldwin York



In the sphere of material things, giving means being rich. Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.

--Erich Fromm



We haven't learned to live until we've learned to give.

--Our Daily Bread 9/17/03



Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.

--C. S. Lewis


Giving away our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day – it’s giving.


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Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

--Louis-Hector Berlioz



Time is like a movie.

All people see it in its full length. Some people fast forward or rewind to their favorite times and skip the bad. Others are stuck watching only bad acting. Some people direct and all want to be stars but in the end everyone gets cut from the script.




Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.

--Will Rogers



Sleep is a generous thief; he gives to vigor what he takes from time.

--Elizabeth, Queen of Romania



Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.

--Samuel Smiles


Time marches on… as this week’s theme.


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We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

--John F. Kennedy



Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.

--Jean de la Bruyere



The less one has to do, the less time one finds to do it in.

--Lord Chesterfield



We say we waste time, but that is impossible.  We waste ourselves.

--Alice Bloch



Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives.

--Dr. John C. Maxwell Leadership Wired v9i19


Time is our theme this week and next at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  And here’s an apology in advance - I’ll be traveling from Thursday through next Wednesday so some emails may come at irregular times (or in a lump on Thursday, 1/24).


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Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

--Thomas Alva Edison



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



If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you.  What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.

--Mary Pickford



Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

--Charles F. Kettering



You always pass failure on the way to success.

--Mickey Rooney


Hmm, the quote describes our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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A businessman was scheduled for a very important meeting that required him to take a late-night train to his destination. Knowing he would most certainly be asleep when the train came to his stop, he spoke with one of the attendants and requested his help. He said, "I have the most important meeting of my life in the morning, and I cannot afford to miss it. When the train pulls into Chattanooga at 2:00 a.m. wake me up and help me off the train. I will be grumpy and beg for sleep, but do whatever it takes to get me off this train." The next morning when the man awoke he was still on the train and had missed his stop. Livid, he raged all over the porter who was supposed to have assisted him off the train. When the irate passenger stormed away, a passenger who had witnessed this tirade commented, "In all my life I have never seen anybody get so upset." The porter replied, "That's nothin,' you should have seen the guy I threw off the train at 2:00 a.m. in Chattanooga."

--Max Lucado



Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.

--John Kenneth Galbraith



Football combines two of the worst things about American life.  It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.

--George Will


Going back to work today reminds me of business meetings.  So three meeting-themed Carl’s Quotes of the Day close out the week.



We have passed through one more year. One more long stage in the journey of life, with its ascents and descents and dust and mud and rocks and thorns and burdens that wear the shoulders, is done. The old year is dead. Roll it away. Let it go. God, in His providence, has brought us out of it. It is gone; . . . its evil is gone; its good remains. The evil has perished, and the good survives.

-- Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) in Our Daily Bread 12/31/99



Father, we surrender this past year and give it up to You. We give You our failures, our regrets, and our disappointments, for we have no more use for them. Make us now a new people, forgetting what lies behind and pressing on toward that which lies ahead of us.


We give You all our hopes and dreams for the future. Purify them by Your Spirit so that our wills shall truly reflect Your will for us.


As we stand on the threshold of another year, encourage us by our successes of the past, challenge us by the power of Your Word, and guide us by the presence of Your Holy Spirit.

--David C. McCasland in Our Daily Bread 01/01/05



God will never fail us, He will not forsake;

His eternal covenant He will never break,

Resting on His promise, what have we to fear?

God is all-sufficient for the coming year.

--Havergal in Our Daily Bread 01/01/03



If you've never read the Bible through,

There's a special joy awaiting you:

You could start the new year out just right

Walking with the Lord and in His light.

--Hess in Our Daily Bread 12/31/01



There's a difference between saying, "I would like to visit England sometime" and saying, "I'm planning to visit England next week." One statement expresses a desire; the other indicates definite preparation.


So often we enter a new year with hopes, desires, and resolutions that can be the seeds of positive change. But the key to what actually happens in our lives is in making definite plans. That involves thought, purpose, and effort.

--David C. McCasland in Our Daily Bread 01/02/04


The seven days of Christmas are followed by the five days of New Year (as a Carl’s Quote of the Day theme).



We do not believe that the virgin mother gave birth to a son and that he is the Lord and Savior unless, added to this, I believe the second thing, namely, that he is my Savior and Lord.

--Martin Luther, "Sermon on the Afternoon of Christmas Day 1530"



'Twas the night before Jesus came, and all through the house

Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.

Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care

In hopes that Jesus wouldn't come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed

Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.

And mom in her rocker with a baby on her lap

Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,

I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear

But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.

With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray

I knew in a moment this must be The Day! 

The light of his face made me cover my head

It was Jesus returning just like he had said.

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth

I cried when I saw him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which he held in his hand

Was written the name of every saved man.

He spoke not a word as he searched for my name

When he said "It's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love

He gathered to take to his Father above.

With those who were ready he rose without a sound

While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late

I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight

Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear

The coming of Jesus is drawing near.

There's only one life and when comes the last call

We'll find that the Bible was true after all.



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The message of the cradle proclaims the mission of the cross.

--Our Daily Bread 12/27/06



What shall I give for Christmas

To Him who gave Himself for me?

To Him I give my life, my love,

For time and for eternity.

--Anonymous in Our Daily Bread 12/25/06



Give the earth to Christ,

A little boy of heavenly birth,

But far from home today,

Comes down to find his ball, the earth

That sin has cast away.

O comrades, let us one and all

Join in to get him back his ball.

--John Bannister Tabb (1845–1909)



So much about His character

God wanted to impart;

Creation shows His handiwork--

His Son reveals His heart.

--Hess in Our Daily Bread 11/29/05



The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.

--C. S. Lewis


Christmas is coming!  Carl’s Quote of the Day celebrates with the seven days of Christmas (because there are seven weekdays until Christmas).


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My young son asked what the highest number I had ever counted to was. I didn't know, but I asked about his highest number. It was 5,372.


"Oh," I said. "Why did you stop there?"


"Church was over."


—Joanne Weil, as told by Mike and Amy Nappa, Bore No More! (Group Publishing), p. 7; submitted by Clark Pfaff, Granby, Connecticut


Oh my, this one hits close to home – my kids used to count the floor tiles in the church… while I was preaching!



Another reason why you are safer in church:

37%   Mobile device users who check e-mail while driving.

12%   Mobile device users who check e-mail during church.




Coffee was always served at our church after the sermon. One Sunday our minister asked one of the smaller members of the congregation if he knew why we had coffee hour. Without hesitating, the youngster replied, "To wake people up before they have to drive home."

—Richard Blake, San Luis Obispo, California. Christian Reader, "Kids of the Kingdom." ChurchLaughs at



A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service,

"And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"

One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."




More Christians worship in Anglican churches in Nigeria each week than in all the Episcopal and Anglican churches of Britain, Europe, and North America combined. There are more Baptists in Congo than in Britain. More people in church every Sunday in communist China than in all of Western Europe. Ten times more Assemblies of God members in Latin America than in the U.S.

--Christopher J. H. Wright "An Upside-Down World"


I’ve been thinking about church lately – thinking about as opposed to attending.  My last three Sunday mornings have been spent 1) on a train to Nuremberg, 2) a 777 to Dallas, and 3) home improvement (and not even my home!).  Well, at least I can make church the theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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His arrival in heaven made him feel poetic:


I was shocked, confused, bewildered

as I entered Heaven's door,

Not by the beauty of it all,

nor the lights or its decor.


But it was the folks in Heaven

who made me sputter and gasp--

the thieves, the liars, the sinners,

the alcoholics and the trash.


There stood the kid from seventh grade

who swiped my lunch money twice.

Next to him was my old neighbor

who never said anything nice.


Herb, who I always thought

was rotting away in hell,

was sitting pretty on cloud nine,

looking incredibly well.


I nudged Jesus, "What's the deal?

I would love to hear Your take.

How'd all these sinners get up here?

God must've made a mistake.


"And why's everyone so quiet,

so somber - give me a clue."

"Hush, child," He said, "they're all in shock.

No one thought they'd be seeing you."



A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand.

 "Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.

 "He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied.

 The boy thought a moment and then said,

 "Did God throw him back down?"




While leaving our small-town carnival, our sons, ages six and two, were walking hand-in-hand behind my husband and me. We overheard Tyler tell his younger brother, Cory, "This is what heaven is like—except it's free!"

--Sandra Cox, Carthage, IN. "Small Talk," Today's Christian Woman.



A little child was walking one evening with his mother. He looked up and said, "Mommy, if the wrong side of heaven is this beautiful, imagine what the right side looks like!"




A philosophy student died, went to heaven, and found himself before St. Peter. "What was it you did on earth?"


"I studied philosophy," replied the student.


"Well done. Expound, then, a point of philosophy that will demonstrate truth."


Thus confronted with the request, the student felt his mind go blank. For an agitated moment or two, he could find no point he could make. And then he cried out, "At the moment, I can think of nothing adequate, but I tell you what: If you expound a point, I will show you how to refute it...."

--SojoMail 10.01.03


A little bit of heaven this week – at least as our theme here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Today there is a tremendous emphasis on leadership themes such as vision, organizational strategy, and the "market-sensitivity" of one's message. And it's all great stuff (stuff I wish I'd heard when I was real young). But if it is all about what's above the water line, we are likely to witness a leadership crash of sorts in the coming years. Leaders blessed with great natural skills and charisma may be vulnerable to collapse in their character, their key relationships, their center of belief, because they never learned that you cannot (or should not anyway) build above the water line until there is a substantial foundation below it.

--Gordon MacDonald "Building Below the Water Line"



You must be careful how you walk and where you go, for there are those following you who will set their feet where yours are set.

--Robert E. Lee, Civil War General



In order to be able to assume the responsibility for other people's growth, leaders must themselves have grown to true maturity and inner freedom. They must not be locked up in a prison of illusion or selfishness, and they must have allowed others to guide them.

--Jean Vanier in Community and Growth found in Leader's Insight: 5 Crucial Questions on the State of Leadership by Gordon MacDonald



We can only command if we know how to obey. We can only be a leader if we know how to be a servant. ... Jesus is the Lamb before He is the Shepherd.

--Jean Vanier in Community and Growth found in Leader's Insight: 5 Crucial Questions on the State of Leadership by Gordon MacDonald



A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.

--David Gergen


Leadership, a favorite theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day, is back after a long absence.


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Give him the gift of good health with articles on male menopause, baldness myths, the yips...

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I’m thankful to not be shopping today… and please note that these articles are NOT on my Amazon wishlist!



By fall the settlers' situation was secure enough that they held a feast of thanksgiving. Massasoit showed up with ninety people, most of them young men with weapons. The Pilgrim militia responded by marching around and firing their guns in the air in a manner intended to convey menace. Gratified, both sides sat down, ate a lot of food, and complained about the Narragansett. Ecce Thanksgiving.

--Charles C. Mann in 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus



I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.

--Matthew Henry, minister (1662-1714)



Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.




Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting . . . Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thanksgiving week here in the US leads to a thankful theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Age is a question of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind it don’t matter.

--Satchel Paige



If you keep moving, Old Age ain’t got a chance of catching you.  He moves mighty slow.

--Satchel Paige



Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.

--Satchel Paige



It’s not what you don’t know that hurts you.  It’s what you know that just ain’t so.

--Satchel Paige



You have to believe in yourself.  When you believe, you do.

--Satchel Paige


I snuck in a repeat quote from Satchel Paige to start last week.  Then yesterday while helping straighten out an aunt’s house, I discovered a souvenir program form the 1948 World Series.  Yes, that was the year the Cleveland Indians won.  They won with some famous pitchers like Bob Lemmon, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, and, yes, Satchel Paige.


So we begin this week with a reprise from the second month of Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Then all this week we’ll have Satchel quotes, not really about baseball – about life.  They’re from the book Satchel Sez.  For more info on Satch see Wikipedia.


But here a few statistics from the man Ted Williams called “the greatest pitcher in baseball”

300 Shutouts

55 no-hitters

2600 games pitched

29 starts in 1 month

Won 3 games in one day

Oldest rookie in the history of major league baseball

Record 1934-104-1

28 wins in a row

24 strikeouts in a game


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God shows his contempt for wealth by the kind of person he selects to receive it.

--Austin O'Malley



Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God.

--Ecclesiastes 5:19 (NIV)



Anyone who sees in his own occupation merely a means of earning money degrades it; but he that sees in it a service to mankind ennobles both his labor and himself.

--A. Lawrence Lowell



To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, and to be given a chance to create, are the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.

--Bette Davis, actress



Work like you don't need the money.

Love like you've never been hurt.

Dance like nobody's watching.

--Satchel Paige


Making money is our theme this week.


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Carl's Quote of the Day is a weekday email of quotes that are inspiring, managerial, leadership-related, or that Carl just likes.  Each week has a theme, albeit sometimes tenuous.  Weeks are separated by +++.  Start at the bottom and read up to read in chronological, theme order.  For other quotes use the "Q" links at the top.

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