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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)



Be bold.  Cowardice keeps man double minded, hesitating between two worlds.  True faith abandons one option for the other.  Hesitation is the death of faith.

--Bill Bright and Ted Dekker in A Man Called Blessed


If you want one more quote from the book, check out this long quote.



Most people seem to be under the false notion that small doses of religion on a weekly basis somehow sustain the spiritual man.

--Bill Bright and Ted Dekker in A Man Called Blessed


I started studying for my next Bible study class on Heaven and Hell.  I found this interesting "test."  It answers the question "Where in Hell are you going?" according to Dante anyway.


The Dante's Inferno Test has sent you to Purgatory!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)Low
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Very Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Low
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Divine Comedy Inferno Test



"... you're changing..."

"It's called living," he said. "You can't walk down life's path without changing your position on it.  Every step changes that."

--Bill Bright and Ted Dekker in A Man Called Blessed


More time on an airplane means more time to read – the seat spacing just won’t permit an open computer.  I read A Man Called Blessed on my last trip.



Do not go where the trail may lead;

go instead where there is no path

and leave a trail.



This week we’re on life’s trail.


A baseball extra on this year’s World Series:

Not as many people are sure that the right team won as are sure that the right team lost.



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The flowers or weeds that spring up tomorrow are in the seeds we sow today.

--ODB 5/13/03



Patton's favorite battlefield dictums. "A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow"




If we are not engaged in making ourselves into the kind of person we ought to be, we are automatically engaged in making ourselves into what we ought not to be.




Write your plans in pencil, then give God the eraser.

--ODB 10/04/03



You only have to solve two problems when going to the moon: first, how to get there; and second, how to get back. The key is don't leave until you have solved both problems.

--Neil Armstrong


Planning is such a good thing, we should plan to do it again… this week.


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Most time is wasted, not in hours, but in minutes. A bucket with a small hole in the bottom gets just as empty as a bucket that is deliberately emptied.

--Paul J. Meyer, quoted in Leadership Wired v6i16


You’ll notice that Leadership Wired is a frequent source for Carl’s Quote of the Day.  Leadership Wired is from John C. Maxwell.  If you want to sign up for this newsletter yourself, you’ll find a place to do that here:



Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.

--Peter Drucker, quoted in Leadership Wired v6i16



He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.

--Victor Hugo, quoted in Leadership Wired v6i16



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 ezine 9/16/03



Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

--Richard L. Evans [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i5]


We’re planning a good week here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  A good week on planning – planning, that’s our theme this week.


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One day a man went to visit a church.   He arrived early, parked his car, and got out.   Another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, "I always park there.   You took my place!"


The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down.   A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat!  You took my place!"


The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.   After Sunday School, the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down.  

Another member walked up to him and said, "That's where I always sit.  You took my place!"


The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still said nothing.  Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change.  Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet.  Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What happened to you?"


The visitor replied, "I took your place!!"


--Author Unknown



SUBJ: The Trip To Heaven


The pastor was talking to a group of young children about being good and going to heaven. At the end of his talk, he asked, "Where do you want to go?"


"Heaven!" Suzy cried out.


"And what do you have to be to get there?" asked the preacher.


"Dead!" yelled Little Johnny





"Religion is not just a Sunday thing for us," said the Rev. Canon Jackson Turyagyenda, spokesman for the Church of Uganda.

"You might say we Africans are traditionally and incurably religious."




The church is not a bus where one person does the driving. It's like an anthill, where everyone works.

--J.I. Packer at



Of all God's creatures only man

Can worship, meditate, and plan;

The gift of thought sets him apart

To love the Lord with all his heart.

--D. De Haan ODB 12/03/02


A churchy theme this week from Massachusetts.


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He came home, slammed the books down on the table, ran upstairs, slammed the door and broke down and cried. It was his 10th grade year.

His mother came in, and said, "Son...what's wrong?" Through a 15 year's old broken heart, he said, "I got cut...I didn't make the team...said I was too small."


With incredible wisdom, the mother said...” Son, it's not the size of the person in the's the size of the game... in the person....." She left.


It clicked. In a huge way. Like nothing had ever before.


The next morning...It started. He got up at 4:30 am and started practicing... every morning...every evening...every day... every week.....every month....relentless... non-stop... His Fight had Ignited...he would not be denied. Through the hail...He kept practicing....gave up movies... and things that he did before....The Fight kept getting bigger. And bigger. And Bigger.


And he kept saying..."It's not the size of the player in the game... but the size of the game in the player..." Over and Over and Over... And then it came around again...The Season. He tried out...with a focus so strong that it intimidated even the coach. His Fight was at Peak Force. And he made the team.... The next year he made the team.... And he went on to Explode the fight in him to where no one dared to stop him....


His name? Michael Jordan.


What's the size of your game?


--Doug Firebaug in Jim Rohn's weekly ezine 8/5/03



Fred, a clerk in a retail store, was rude to the customers and lazy.  ...  One day a regular customer stopped in and noticed that Fred wasn't there.  He asked the manager about him and was told that he had taken another job.  

The customer asked, "Are you planning to replace him?" The manager replied,

"No, it isn't necessary. Fred didn't leave a vacancy."

--Our Daily Bread 7/14/03



Some people stop looking for work when they get a job.

--Our Daily Bread 7/14/03



You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.

--Winston Churchill



Find something you like to do so much that you'd gladly do it for nothing. Then learn to do it so well the people are happy to pay you for it

--Unknown [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i4]


Carl goes back to work this week – as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day… and in the real world, too.


Two weeks ago I pointed out that Moneyball was about business as well as baseball.  Seems InfoWorld feels the same way.


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Some people talk about finding God as if He could get lost.




One of the hard lessons of the religion cases is that if the public square is going to welcome everyone, it cannot necessarily welcome all of their gods. Perhaps the most American sentiment of all is the faith that somehow, He will be there anyhow.

--Dahlia Lithwick



How does God take into account Satan's fierce, evil opposition, along with the free will he gave humans, and still promise he can work everything together for good?


I have no idea. God never promises I'll understand him, but he does ask me to trust him.

--Ruth E. Van Reken at



God permitted evil to enter His universe as the price of freedom.

--Dan Vander Lugt []



"How do you know," a Bedouin was asked, "that there is a God."

"In the same way I know, on looking at the sand, when a man or beast has crossed the desert - by His footprints in the world around me."



It’s time to visit God and He’s our theme this week as we talk about His nature.


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The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win.  The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.

--Michael Lewis in Moneyball



I thought that if I proved X was a stupid thing to do people would stop doing X.  I was wrong.

--Bill James [quoted by Michael Lewis in Moneyball]



“Managers tend to pick a strategy that is least likely to fail rather than pick a strategy that is most efficient,” said [Raytheon engineer Pete] Palmer.  “The pain of looking bad is worse than the gain of making the best move.”

--Michael Lewis in Moneyball



One absolutely cannot tell, by watching, the difference between a .300 hitter and a .275 hitter.  The difference is one hit every two weeks.

--Michael Lewis in Moneyball


Statistics matter.  They’re objective.  If you can’t measure it you can’t control it.  And if you’re not keeping score, you’re just practicing.  (To steal two previous quotes.)



How did the second poorest team in baseball... stand even the faintest chance of success...? That answer... in professional baseball it still matters less how much money you have than how well you spend it.

--Michael Lewis in Moneyball


The good thing about an uneventful flight is the time to read.  On my last trip I finished Hoover Dam and Moneyball Moneyball is about the Oakland A’s baseball team and their unconventional approach to a tight budget… and it’s our theme this week.  But don’t worry if you are not a baseball fan – just substitute your business, church, or self for baseball and the quote will apply.


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Don't tell me that worry doesn't do any good. I know better. The things I worry about don't happen.




There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.

--Harold Stephens (quoted in Leadership Wired v6i6)



Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

--Corrie Ten Boom (quoted in Leadership Wired v6i6)



A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.

--John Lubbock (quoted in Leadership Wired v6i6)



Worry casts a big shadow behind a small thing.

--ODB 8/29/03


Worry?  Not me.  Or in the immortal words of Alfred E. Newman of Mad Magazine: “What, me worry?”  You aren’t worried are you?  Don’t be.  Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is… worry.  Or maybe, how not to worry.  Worry?  Not me, even though I’m flying this September 11th.


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Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

--Jim Rohn (in his weekly ezine 8/5/03)



Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon.

--Peter Lynch



The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.

--William Saroyan



It's company policy, which of course has its legal antecedent in the divine right of kings.

--Wall Street Journal cartoon



I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.

--Benjamin Harrison


We start this Labor Day week with an appropriate quote – then eclecticism will follow.


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… keep me from harm …


Jabez understood what the doomed gladiator didn’t: By far our most important strategy for defeating the roaring lion is to stay out of the arena.

After all, as your life transcends the ordinary and starts to encroach on new territory for God, guess whose turf you’re invading?

--Bruce Wilkinson in The Prayer of Jabez


You can find more about the prayer of Jabez at, where else,  And for five bucks, buy the book: The Prayer of Jabez.



… Let your hand be with me …


As God’s chosen, blessed sons and daughters, we are expected to attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed… unless God steps in.

Ask every day for the Father’s touch.  Because for the Christian, dependence is just another word for power.

--Bruce Wilkinson in The Prayer of Jabez



… enlarge my territory …


If you’re doing your business God’s way, it’s not only right to ask for more, but He is waiting for you to ask.  Your business is the territory God has entrusted you with.

No matter what your vocation, the highest form of Jabez’s prayer for more territory might sound something like:

O God and King, please expand my opportunities and my impact in such a way that I touch more lives for Your glory.  Let me do more for you!

--Bruce Wilkinson in The Prayer of Jabez



… Oh, that you would bless me …


Notice a radical aspect of Jabez’s request for blessing: He left it entirely up to God to decide what the blessings would be and where, when, and how Jabez would receive them.

--Bruce Wilkinson in The Prayer of Jabez



Jabez cried out to the God of Israel,

"Oh, that you would bless me

and enlarge my territory!

Let your hand be with me,

and keep me from harm

so that I will be free from pain."

And God granted his request.

--1 Chronicles 4:10 NIV


As promised, this week we are working through the Prayer of Jabez.  The prayer includes four petitions and we’ll look at one each day.  I had avoided reading this book because I thought it followed the stream of mistaken teaching that says “Name it and claim it.”  (And if you ask for it and don’t receive it there must be something wrong with you.)  As we’ll see this week, author Bruce Wilkinson in the little book Prayer of Jabez does not follow that wrong path.


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Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.

--Peter Marshall


The website got a bit of a makeover yesterday – take a peek.


I’m still looking for positions, but I would be delighted to find projects.  So, in addition to for my resume, I now have for consulting projects.



You can't steer a parked car.




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




Better to set sail for India and discover America, than to never set sail at all.

--Jeffrey Henning


Now here’s a quote I heard when it was first publicly given in 1986.  I rediscovered it on a web page of unfamous quotations here.  I knew I read it here before that.



...without realizing it we can become one of God's "frozen chosen."  It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.

--Lyle Schossow


This is action week at Carl’s Quote of the Day – not like in an action movie – like acting aright or just acting (as in just do it).


I just finished reading The Prayer of Jabez.  It’s only the eighth book I’ve finished this year.  Last year I finished eight in January.  Yikes!  Anyway, all of this week’s quotes remind me of parts of this little book.  Next week we’ll quote the book all week.


We subscribed our 27th subscriber over the weekend – welcome to our first known overseas subscriber.  (Known because they have a Belgium domain extension.)  It’s time for Carl’s Quote of the Day to expand and I’m asking your help: don’t sp@m your friends with this, but please do pick out one friend that you think would like or benefit from Carl’s Quote of the Day and forward this to them.


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You can't control what your people say about you or think about you. You can't control the decisions prospective clients make about your company. You can't control your competitors' marketing tactics. You can't control the national economy, the stock market or the weather.


But in the midst of an ever-changing, often uncertain environment, there is one thing over which you have absolute control – your integrity.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired v6i14



There comes a time when integrity should take the rudder from team loyalty.

--Thomas Watson, Jr., CEO, IBM



Calamity is the test of integrity.

--Samuel Richardson



Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

--Don Marquis



To have integrity is to be accountable.

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


Carl’s Quote of the Day has integrity… as the theme this week.  Actually, Carl’s Quote of the Day has integrity, period, too.


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You won't fall for what's wrong if you stand for what's right.

--Our Daily Bread 7/22/03



Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly bigger man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.

- Gen. Peyton C. March [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i14]



There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

--John F. Kennedy [quoted by]


There are millions of daily emailed quotes available – Quote Lady’s is the only one I get… except of course for this very superior offering! J



The time is always right to do what is right.

--Martin Luther King Jr. [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i14]



It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.

--Thomas Huxley [quoted in Leadership Wired v6i14]


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is all right.  Right, right is our theme.


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I view this [dying] as truly one of the great experiences of my life.

--Bill Bright [,0,4589973.story?coll=orl-home-headlines]



Close to the end of his life, Bright told his family what he wanted them to put on his tombstone: "Slave for Jesus."

--Mary Rourke [in]



With his slicked-back hair and mustache, he cut a dashing figure, with more than a passing resemblance to the film star Clark Gable. Yet he thought something was missing from his life.


Bright was driving by First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood in 1945 when he felt an urge to stop.


"It was almost as though an invisible hand reached out and pulled me into the church," he said. "It was the strangest thing, even as I think about it now."




"I found that I had some creative ability in marketing and packaging," he said. "I had a superior product and promoted it all over the country."

--Bill Bright, on his company, not his religion [,0,4589973.story?coll=orl-home-headlines]



[Bill] Bright's unique blend of Christian commitment and communications insight is at the heart of his success. His Four Spiritual Laws booklet - a four-point outline written by Bright in 1956 on how to establish a personal relationship with Jesus - has been printed in some 200 languages. Although religious tracts have been published for centuries, Bright's booklet has become what is considered to be the most widely-disseminated religious booklet in history, with more than 2.5 billion booklets distributed to date.



This week’s quotes are from and about Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.  Not as well known as other evangelists, he died quietly at his condo in Orlando a week ago Saturday.  He was drawing a $48,000 a year salary and living in a condo provided by supporters.


Some critics said he was trying to oversimplify the Bible into Four Spiritual Laws.  Since I once gave a sermon in which I tried to summarize the entire Bible in two words, I think his work was a good thing.  Naturally, the booklet is on the web: here.


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Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.

--Albert Einstein



Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.

--Bernard Baruch



It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which more than anything else will affect its successful outcome.

--William James



The world crowns success; God crowns faithfulness.

--Our Daily Bread 6/19/03


Wait, didn’t we just have this one?  No, same Our Daily Bread, but a different quote.



Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.

--Erma Bombeck


It’s time to revisit our past successes – or, at least, to revisit success as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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You can’t avoid change, so why not plan to deal with it.

[T]here is no management template for coping with or leading change.  There’s no one way of organizing yourself that will guarantee your survival, let alone your growth.  There’s nothing to hold onto but purpose.

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



If there is no line, no strategy or tactic you won’t pursue, how can you say you are defined and driven by your purpose?  Where is your anchor?

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



Processes and programs should reflect what an organization stands for, but they are not its purpose.  Processes and programs come and go.  It’s the mission that stays.

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



We think you have to be very careful not to mistake a product, which is a temporary effect of an organization’s efforts, for its mission, which is the cause of what it produces.

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



Ultimately, no matter how good a marketing campaign you run, the value of the brand depends entirely on how you satisfy customer expectations.

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


Back to my favorite business book for the week.  Sometimes I come up with the week’s theme by accident, but this week it’s on purpose. Yes, our theme this week is purpose.  If you’re looking for blatant religious themes… well, there are religious themes underlying, but not very blatant – but remember this business book is about the Salvation Army.


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Christianity is not a religion.  It's a relationship.

--Bumper Sticker


Religions can fail you.  Religious leaders can fail you.  Religious people can fail you.  Jesus cannot.


If you haven’t looked at the booklet that Tuesday’s bumper sticker was found in, do so now.



God is my co-pilot.

--Bumper Sticker


This is an old one.  If God is your co-pilot, you’d better give him a promotion!



I'm a militant agnostic - I don't know and neither do you.

--Bumper Sticker


I saw this one in a parking lot and immediately thought that’s like telling an electrical engineer: “I don’t know how electrons move and neither do you.”  Your opinion can be as militant as you want but it won’t change the facts!  …and someone else’s opinion doesn’t change your knowledge!



What do you mean there is no God? I just talked to Him this morning.

--Bumper Sticker mentioned in the Radio Bible Class booklet at



Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

--Bumper Sticker


This week our theme here at Carl’s Quote of the Day is “Battle of the Bumper Stickers.”


A follow up to the Fourth of July Carl’s Quote of the Day – I get a weekly email humor newsletter from Rus Jeffrey at  His Canadian comment was better than mine:

As a Canadian living in the United States one of the most often asked questions of me during this long weekend goes something like this.  "So, does Canada have a 4th of July?"  (Of course this question is always asked with sincerity.)  My usual response -- "No, we just go from July 3 directly to the 5th."


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Bob Buford, author of Half-Time, notes that at midlife, many people discover they've built their lives around "success" only to find it empty. So they reinvent themselves to build the second half of life around "significance."

--Eric Swanson in


Does Canada have a fourth of July?  Yes, of course, but July 4 is not a holiday.  For the Americans on the list:


Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood--the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.

--Theodore Roosevelt



My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.

--Helen Hays



I remember that God does not hold me responsible for success but for faithfulness.

--ODB 6/19/03



Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.

--Winston Churchill



The secret of success is this: there is no secret of success.

--Elbert Hubbard


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is Success… with a Fourth of July quote thrown in on Friday in honor of the American holiday.


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There are three types of baseball players: those who make things happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.

--Tommy Lasorda, Hall of Fame manager



Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move.

--Satchel Paige


I know this one is a complete surprise… unless of course you read it over the weekend when it snuck out of the corral early.  I use Microsoft Outlook’s “Do Not Deliver Before…” feature, but I either forgot to fill it in or put in an early date when I set up this week’s series.  (Sorry.)



Cardinal rule for all hitters with two strikes on them: Never trust the umpire.

--Robert Smith




The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won't hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game.

--Earl Weaver


That’s also true of General Managers, eh.


Remember to take everything you hear like Yogi:

Take it with a grin of salt.

--Yogi Berra


But also remember:

I never said most of the things I said.

--Yogi Berra




Like Jackie Robinson, he endured the pain of being a pioneer with grace, dignity and determination and eased the way for all who followed.

--Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig


Name the second person who accomplished anything.  The second person to walk on the moon?  The second black player in baseball’s major leagues?  Today’s quote is about Larry Doby who passed away last week.  He played with the Indians when I was a youngster – a teammate of Rocky Calavito.  He was there for their last pennant in 1948.  (No, I don’t remember that Series.  Two weeks ago, the Indians were in town to play the D’Backs.  Sadly, they played like the Indians I do remember – the Indians who inspired the movie Major League.)  I’m also right in the middle of a biography of Jackie Robinson – Harry will have to wait.


This week’s theme is baseball on the surface, but much more under the surface.  (Yeah, like Shrek’s “ogres got layers.”)


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It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.

--Henry Ward Beecher



The purpose of prayer is not to get what we want, but to become what God wants.

--Our Daily Bread 1/29/03



Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.

--Victor Hugo


Practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers.

--Austin O'Malley



Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

-- Corrie ten Boom



The principal work of the Spirit is faith ... the principal exercise of faith is prayer.

--John Calvin


Sure enough our theme this week is prayer.  My prayer-themed sermon yesterday was apparently adequate - I’ve been asked to fill in again in July.  Reminding me of this observation:

A good sermon helps people in different ways: some rise from it strengthened, others wake from it refreshed.



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But it’s a dry heat!

--almost everyone who has ever been to the Arizona desert


Also from a great postcard that seems to be no longer published.  It shows lots of sand, some cacti, and a skeleton.


We’ll finish out the week on our stomachs – figuratively.  Even though there’s a Keg Restaurant here, our family sentimental favorite restaurant in the valley is the Stockyards – now at the center of a new development in the news.  Enough about Arizona, next week we’re headed to prayer (since that’s my sermon topic this Sunday – see you in church).


No, wait.  One more Arizona quote.  Last night’s sunset was another beautiful one.  So from last week’s church bulletin:

Dear God, I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made Tuesday night.

That was really cool!  Love, Jean (age 7)

Not last night's, but several months ago, I took this picture.



It's really unseasonably humid today.

--Royal Norman, Phoenix channel 3 meteorologist, on the 14% humidity


Phoenix reached the 110’s much earlier this year than normally, back in May (it’s usually June 20th).  Of course, the last few days have barely reached triple digits.  Normal humidity is single digits – until the monsoon season.


Returning from a job interview on Monday, I saw this quote on a church sign:

Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.



The Grand Canyon was amazing. It had many cliffs and steep slopes. We went to the edge of a cliff that went straight down. We could barely see the bottom it was so far down.


Sedona had lots of red rock peaks and a town.

--Alex Henning, almost 10, in a paper for school



Canyon de Chelly was beautiful, and the next day we went on to see the Grand Canyon, which I liked a lot less.  The Grand Canyon was just this big hole, but Canyon de Chelly was a big hole with style.


We spent five days in burning Arizona, and I have to admit that it was my least favorite state.  Despite the Canyon de Chelly, most of the time I thought I was trapped in a Marlboro ad.

--Sasha Rockwell, 13,


Canyon de Chelly is pronounced Canyon de “SHAY.”  A thirteen year old’s first comparison was to a cigarette ad.  I’m glad that big tobacco does not target under-age customers!  Tomorrow’s perspective of the Grand Canyon is more like my own – must be something to that heredity thing.



Baseball, it is said, is only a game.  True.  And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.

--George F. Will (quoted in Fast Company May 2003)


I know it’s a baseball quote, but it’s Arizona week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  We have at least 8 subscribers in Arizona which is the highest concentration (Ontario is second with 5*).  I was inspired to check the geography as we reached subscriber number 20 today!  Our first subscriber from the website form.  Welcome!


We just took a little tour ending Saturday.  You can view the Arizona travelogue here.


*rounding out the count: 2 in Texas, and one each in California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont and one unknown. 


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On the bookshelf of life, God is a useful work of reference, always at hand but seldom consulted.

--Dag Hammarskjold


We started the week with a definition, so we should end it with one:

apatheism (n.) ah-pay-THEE-ist one who does not care whether or not god exists

--Maya the Erudite Lawn Gnome


This is a definition from “New English” – see and



God is of no importance unless He is of supreme importance.

--Abraham Joshua Heschel



Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.


God is a great humorist.  He just has a slow audience to work with.

--Garrison Keillor



God is not what you imagine or what you think you understand.  If you understand you have failed.

--Saint Augustine



I am best defined by the epithet "neo-agnostics," as coined in a new book called Working with God – they are said to be "well-educated skeptics who have metaphysical feelings.  They regard religion as belief in the unbelievable, yet sense something important that eludes their most trusted tools of learning and intellect."

--Ronald B. Shwartz in The Best Things Ever Said about God


If they would just realize that Something does not want to elude them!


Can anyone guess the name of the book I just got for my birthday, but I didn’t ask for?  Our theme this week revolves around the nature of God.  Even an agnostic (Shwartz, not me) can collect quotes about him – mostly wrong or misleading, but there are a few gems you’ll see the rest of the week.


The web site is now a member of the Quotation Ring.  I had always listed them as resource, now I’m part of it.


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In this new age, a company that is evolving slowly is already on its way to extinction.

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



If people are more worried about what’s going on inside the operation – about the hidden agendas of bosses – than what’s happening outside with customers, it’s hard to convince them to take on new challenges.

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



It’s easy to get caught up in the process of an enterprise, to keep on doing what you’ve always done, because you’re good at it.  But if you’re always testing your approaches against your mission, the franchise you build has less to do with a specific program than it does with the purpose that’s really at the center of your business.

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


One of the features of is an improved mailing list management system.  Today’s email is the last of the “old” way; tomorrow begins the new.  If you don’t receive tomorrow’s or there’s something wrong with it, send an email to with the problem defined.  Thanks for bearing with me through the changeover.



The failure to understand and support this sense of community costs organizations at every level. Peter Drucker connects the shortcoming to at least two reasons "business has, in many ways deteriorated badly in the last 20 years. One reason is the enormous discrepancy between those insane salaries at top. When I look at the people in my executive management programs - 45 year-olds, upper middle-management - they are not only alienated from their top management, they are contemptuous of it. They are resentful because of the greed at the top.


"Secondly, these [executive management students] feel that the senior people have no respect for honest work. [The senior managers] look upon that engineer or that chemist or that sales person as a peon.


"Organizations that don't see people as a resource but as people, as creatures created in the image of God, have a very different atmosphere. You don't have to call them ‘spiritual,’ because that has religious overtones, and these are not necessarily religious in that sense. But they see themselves as communities, not just as payrolls."


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



In [Salvation Army leader William] Booth’s time, established Victorian churches were focusing inward on bonds of class and convention that blocked their outward vision and ultimately left them on the sidelines for a social revolution they should have helped lead.

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


We’re back to quotes from my favorite business book this year.  For the earlier week’s worth of quotes from it, see the archive on the web, the week beginning April 28.  Today’s quote is very much about the church; the balance are about business or a blend of business and religion.


I refer you to the archive because we have a new subscriber – number 18.  If this keeps up I may have to go commercial.  In fact, I just registered the bargain-priced!  Watch for a new site soon.


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The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

--Oscar Wilde


I’m sure Oscar Wilde did not intend this for good, but it is very true.  He would be more in tune with:

The wages of sin are sables.




Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.

--Igor Stravinsky


And for “not so much:”

Confess your sins to the Lord, and you will be forgiven; confess them to men, and you will be laughed at.

--Josh Billings


Actually, maybe more than not so much.



Sin is not harmful because it is forbidden, but it is forbidden because it is hurtful.

--Benjamin Franklin


This one ties in with Monday’s.  As opposed to:

Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.

--Elbert Hubbard



Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.

--Oliver Wendell Holmes


…and not so much:

There is no sin except stupidity.

--Oscar Wilde



The root of all sin is in the suspicion that God is not good.

--Oswald Chambers


This week, let’s sin… er, let’s have sin as a theme for this week’s quotes.  It’s our Bible study topic this week, too.  I went to look up the dictionary definition on and the first definition it gave me was “Social Insurance Number.”  [That’s the Canadian equivalent to SSN for us south-of-the-border dwellers.]  The definition I was looking for was “a violation of one’s moral code.”  Back when I didn’t sin (that is, when I just adjusted my “moral code” to suit) I used this definition as defense.  Eventually, I realized a more stable rule set was needed.  Fortunately, God gave us one.  I now think of sin as anything that separates me from God.


We’ll have at least two quotes every day this week – one solid and valid, the other… not so much:

Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease.

--Bill Maher


This quote probably reveals a belief in our genetic pre-disposition to certain behaviors (like alcoholism).  This is in contrast to the real predisposition:

Adam ate the apple, and our teeth still ache.

--Hungarian Proverb


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

--ODB 3/16/03


Although I chose this quote a while ago, it was relevant this week as a topic in the Bible Study I lead at church.  And I will be preaching on June 15 – a new sermon, not a recycled one!



Listening to the inner voice - trusting the inner voice - is one of the most important lessons of leadership.

--Warren Bennis in On Becoming a Leader 



In the age of revolution you have to be able to imagine revolutionary alternatives to the status quo. If you can't, you'll be relegated to the swollen ranks of keyboard pounding automatons.

--Gary Hamel in Leading the Revolution


Oops, I guess I did read this one (it’s on my shelf), but it must have been before I started keeping a list in my Palm.



Self-control is a critical leadership skill. Leaders generally are able to plan and work at a task over a longer time span than those they lead.

--Gerald Faust in Responsible Managers Get Results



The first basic ingredient of leadership is a guiding vision. The leader has a clear idea of what he wants to do - professionally and personally - and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even failures.

--Warren Bennis in On Becoming a Leader


Back to a leadership theme this week.  The quotes from books are from books I have not read.


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An army of stags led by a lion is more to be feared  than an army of lions led by a stag.

--Chabrias, Greek general, 4th century B.C.



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



Don't give up. Keep going. There is always a chance that you will stumble over something terrific. I have never heard of anyone stumbling over anything while he was sitting down.

--Ann Landers



Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.

--Victor Hugo (quoted in Leadership Wired v6i7)



Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.

--Albert Einstein


Have courage!  Actually, courage is our theme this week.


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When you squeeze [the system] for productivity without providing the incentive of purposefulness, people withhold their full commitment.

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


I gleaned more quotes from this book than from any other, ever.  So, look for more quotes from this great book in the future.  Incidentally, the title is from a quote by management guru Peter Drucker:

The Salvation Army is by far the most effective organization in the U.S.  No one even comes close to it with respect to clarity of mission, ability to innovate, measurable results, dedication, and putting money to maximum use.



Most companies are over managed and under led.  It is fair to say that in most corporate headquarters, far more effort goes into the exercise of control than into the provision of direction.

--Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad quoted by Robert A. Watson and Ben Brown (in “The Most Effective Organization in the U.S.” Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army)



When I ask [fast-tracked executives] why [they volunteer in nonprofits], far too many give the same answer: Because in my job there isn’t much challenge, not enough achievement, not enough responsibility; and there is no mission, only expediency.

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



…we offer the essential elements of our approach. … They are really one Big Idea and seven interconnected principles that flow naturally from it.  The Big Idea is Engage the Spirit.  … The seven … principles connected with the Big Idea:

1.         Put people in your purpose.

2.         Embody the brand.

3.         Lead by listening.

4.         Spread the responsibility, share the profits.

5.         Organize to improvise.

6.         Act with audacity.

7.         Make joy count.

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



We believe the most important [need] is for connection with a purpose that’s bigger than one person’s – or one organization’s – material ambitions.  It’s the need for a set of guiding principles, an anchor when everything is in flux.

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


This book is going to be the one business book I recommend this year.  It says, without pretension: “We want this book to be one of the most important books you’ll ever read.  It’s about the meaning of life.”


“What do organizations need?”  That’s our theme this week.


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Unfortunately, most people would rather live with old problems than new solutions.

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



Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.

--Winston Churchill



Do, or do not. There is no 'try'.



OK, you knew this one would be here, didn’t you.  (Must have been the force.)



If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down.  But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again.  A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

--Thomas J. Watson, Jr.



Better to strive and climb,

And never reach your goal,

Than to drift along with time--

An aimless, worthless soul,

Aye better to climb and fall

Or sow, though the yield be small,

Than to throw away day after day

And never strive at all.

--Grace B. Hinkey


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is striving.


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No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.

--William Penn


Jesus dies and we call it Good Friday?  Only because we know what happens three days later!



Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.

--Eric Hoffer



Humans could walk on Mars within a dozen years if we chose to. Technology is not an issue. Most of what we need exists right now, and the rest is well within our grasp. Money is not an issue either. If twenty percent of NASA's current Spartan budget were put into a Mars mission, we could go. We have based this novel mostly on the "Mars Semi-direct" mission architecture popularized by Robert Zubrin, with some ideas taken from NASA's Mars Reference Mission Document and the Caltech Mars Society proposed mission. We have left out all glitzy gizmos and futuristic technology and have focused instead on a program that America could begin right now.


Humans could walk on Mars within a dozen years. Will we? And might the "first man on Mars" be a woman?

--John Olson and Randall Ingermanson (in the Authors’ Note in Oxygen)



Man is the best computer we can put on a spacecraft... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.

--Werner von Braun quoted in Oxygen



You can't have faith without doubts and you can't have doubts without faith.  That's just the way the universe is.

-- John Olson and Randall Ingermanson (in Oxygen)


I just finished reading Oxygen, a Christian science fiction novel… and one of the better science fiction novels I’ve read.  It describes a trip to Mars.  So, this week’s theme is space, Mars, and Good Friday.


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What you are is God's gift to you; what you make of it is your gift to God.

--Rev. Anthony Dalla Villa in his eulogy of Andy Warhol



The best commentary on the Bible is a person who puts it into practice.

--ODB 07/12/02



We are not human beings

having a spiritual experience,

we are spiritual beings

having a human experience.

--Dr. Wayne Dyer



St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.

--Malcolm Muggeridge



[A missionary couple returns from the mission field and are ignored.  He decides to talk tough to God.  She asks the results.]  "Well," he replied, "I told God that I've come home and no one cares." "And what did God say?" she asked. "He said, 'You're not home yet.'"

--David Roper ODB 12/18/02


A series of reminders this week that we are but sojourners here.  For a Biblical reference to sojourners, click here.


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Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand.

--Leo Durocher



Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.




A baseball fan is a spectator sitting 500 feet from home plate who can see better than an umpire standing five feet away.



It was one year ago today that the first Carl’s Quote of the Day was sent out – of course, I didn’t call it Carl’s Quote of the Day, nor did it go out every day in the beginning, but it was a quote.



Being an umpire is like being a king. It prepares you for nothing.

--Ron Luciano



I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball.

--Gerald Early


Spring training is over and the real baseball season is underway.  So, our theme this week is baseball.


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