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We are called to be fruitful - not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.

--Henri J. M. Nouwen in the Daily Dig 3/10/05



You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you are doing is work or play.

--Warren Beatty (quoted by The Quote Lady)



The Carnegie Foundation discovered that to be successful on the job, relational skills are far more important than knowledge. Its research found that only 15 percent of a person's success is determined by job knowledge and technical skills. Eighty-five percent is determined by an individual's attitude and ability to relate to other people.

--Our Daily Bread 3/15/05



All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure.

--Mark Twain



Folks... Understand this... Success doesn't reward you for what you're going to someday do... It rewards you for what you do... So stop contemplating, evaluating, hesitating, meditating, and deliberating.

--Jerry Clark in Jim Rohn's weekly E-zine 11/16/04


Success – let’s look at that from several vantage points this week.  But before we leave Easter read this important article on the separation of Bunny and State.


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We are saved not by what we do but by trusting what Christ has done.

--Our Daily Bread 12/14/04


Believing Christ died—that’s history; believing Christ died for me—that’s salvation.

--Our Daily Bread 07/14/04


Good Friday is a dark day – just watch The Passion of the Christ if the written version isn’t clear.  But, the Good News is almost here – Resurrection Sunday, Easter.  Salvation.



Christ, however, never asked for admirers, worshippers, or adherents. He consistently spoke of "followers" and "disciples."

--Soren Kierkegaard in Daily Dig 03/13/05



I am so tired of today's sweetly gushing Christianity; of false enthusiasm and empty phrases! But I am also thankful to have found a knowledge of the burden and bitterness of Christ’s way. It is a way of conviction and faith and therefore of action, and that is what makes all the difference.

--Annemarie Wächter in Daily Dig



Many people profess Christianity. Very few live it -- almost none. And when you live it people may think you're crazy. It has been truthfully said that the world is equally shocked by one who repudiates Christianity as by one who practices it.

--Peace Pilgrim quoted by The Quote Lady



In his book The Empty Church, historian Thomas C. Reeves says: "Christianity in modern America . . . tends to be easy, upbeat, convenient, and compatible. It does not require self-sacrifice, discipline, humility, an otherworldly outlook, a zeal for souls, a fear as well as love of God. There is little guilt and no punishment, and the payoff in heaven is virtually certain. What we now have might best be labeled 'Consumer Christianity.' The cost is low and customer satisfaction seems guaranteed."

--Our Daily Bread 1/27/05


It’s Holy Week.  Palm Sunday has just passed; Easter Sunday is coming this weekend.  So, it’s a good week to think about Christianity.


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Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock.



I try to end every week with some humor – even if I don’t agree with it. J



Marriage halves our griefs, doubles our joys, and quadruples our expenses.




Woman takes her being from man; man takes his well–being from woman.

--Thomas Adams



Knowing when to say nothing is 50 percent of tact and 90 percent of marriage.

--Sydney J. Harris



Two antennas meet on a roof, fall in love and get married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.



The wedding is over and I stumbled on this on the Internet.  Yes, I did the ceremony and, yes, the reception was better.  We’ll take marriage as our theme again this week, but we’ll take it in a little lighter direction (but no more PUNishment).


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Even if marriages are made in heaven, man has to be responsible for the maintenance.




As God by creation made two of one, so again by marriage He made one of two.

--Thomas Adams



Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.

--Louis K. Anspacher



A successful marriage is not a gift; it is an achievement.

--Ann Landers


Marriage is adventure, not an achievement.

--David A. Seamands


A two-for-one special today – competing quotations.



Marriage is not choosing a future; it is choosing a partner with whom to face the future.

--Christianity Today


Why is marriage our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day?  Because this Saturday I am marrying my cousin.  Er, let me rephrase that: I am officiating at the marriage of my cousin, a long-time subscriber (as is his fiancé).


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Who is wise? One who learns from all.

--Rabbi Ben Zoma, in the Mishnah



They only are wise who know that they know nothing.

--Thomas Carlyle Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 11/28/04



Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.

--Anne Bradstreet



You can't be wise without being intelligent,

but you certainly can be intelligent without being wise.

--Marilyn vos Savant Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 8/8/04



Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.

--Doug Larson Leadership Wired v7i21


It’s a week to wise up.  Wisdom is the theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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I like chocolate chip cookies except for the cookie part.

--"Jeffy" in the Family Circus by Bil Keane



A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.



(A sign I got for Christmas, actually.)



Chocolate is more than a taste - it's a feeling.

--Dove Promise



Eating chocolate is like giving yourself a big hug.

--Dove Promise


Dove Promises are individually wrapped and inside the wrapping is a saying… like the one above.



If you love chocolate - how could you not? - you probably already know that chocolate contains flavonoids, compounds that may help keep your arteries unclogged. Dove dark chocolate Promises (higher in flavonoids than milk chocolate).

--Prevention magazine


It’s time to lighten up; or in the case of chocolate to darken up.  I am a known choco-holic, so it should be no surprise that I take Dove Promises by prescription… and, oh yeah, chocolate is our theme this week.


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It was a Sunday afternoon several years ago. The whole family was gathered around the table for dinner. Our 4-year-old son Stevie led off our pre-meal prayer: "Dear heavenly Father, thank You for this nice day. Thank You that we could go to church and Sunday school today." Then, to our surprise, he said, "And we'll see You again next week."

--Dave Branon in Our Daily Bread 05/19/04



More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

--Mother Teresa



Prayer does not require eloquence but earnestness.

--Our Daily Bread 9/10/03



Prayer is the bridge between panic and peace.

--Our Daily Bread 1/10/05



When we talk to God, we're praying.  When God talks to us, we're schizophrenic.

 --Lily Tomlin in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week


Our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day is NOT schizophrenia!  Hmm, must be prayer.


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What counts most in creating a successful team is not how compatible its players are, but how they deal with incompatibility.

--Sports Illustrated quoted in Our Daily Bread 12/29/04



No games are won doing interviews.

--Willie McGinest



Individuals play the game, but teams win championships.

--Unknown (seen on a sign in an underground tunnel in Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots)


We’ve been having some difficulty with Carl’s Quote of the Day emails being received.  My apologies.  Even if the email gets lost in cyberspace, I still try to update the website.  If you miss the email, look at the website.  Thanks for your understanding while our crack technical team researches the problem.



Belichick makes it clear that personal agendas are not allowed, that you are only useful to him insofar as you can help the team win.

--Bob Ryan


Coach Belichick knows how to shape a team – on the positive side and the negative.



Some dynasties are pretty, some are perfect. The New England Patriots never worry about style points.


It wasn't overpowering, and at times it was downright ugly.


The New England Patriots won another Super Bowl. <yawn>  Actually, when the “Pats” play you usually don’t have time to yawn… and this was no exception.  Although the one game I saw in person was a blow out – they beat the league MVP 21-3 in their first playoff game of the season.  So the theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day is the Super Bowl… kinda.  But more related to “teams” than just the Super Bowl.  So if you are not a fan of American football, hang in there anyway.


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The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
While the realist adjusts the sails.


A permanent state of transition is man's most noble condition.

--Juan Ramón Jiménez



Change is the only constant. Hanging on is the only sin.
--Denise McCluggage



Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.




At last he rose, and twitched his mantle blue:

Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.

--John Milton


This week we are in transition.  Ok, make that “Carl is in transition.”  This is the week I leave behind a job that I love for a new job that I will love – and not just because it’s 2300 miles closer to home.  So we should have transition and change as our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  In fact, we will!


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The key to authentic leadership is to listen to your followers, and then open the door for them to lead themselves. The secret is empowerment. The main incentive is genuine caring and recognition.

--Denis Waitley in his weekly Ezine i02



Where there is no uncertainty, there is no longer the need for leadership.

--Andy Stanley



Anne [Beiler], who is chief executive officer of Auntie Anne's, says the business is based on the Book of Proverbs. The acronym LIGHT forms its statement of purpose: Lead by example; Invest in employees; Give freely; Honor God; and Treat all business contacts with integrity.

--John W. Kennedy



Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.

--Andy Stanley



The most effective leader is the one who satisfies the psychological needs of his followers.

--David Ogilvy


Oh my, has it been two months since we had leadership as a theme?  Apparently so.  We’ll remedy that this week.  Yes, leadership is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day!  (Even though I’m ambivalent about today’s quote.)


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Spend time and money wisely—they both belong to God.

--Our Daily Bread 03/09/04



Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

--Paul in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NIV



Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In

this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the

coming age, so that they may

take hold of the life that is truly life.

--Paul in 1 Timothy 6:17-19



We are rich only through what we give and we are poor only through what we keep.




[T]he tsunami… Almost half of Americans report sending money for the relief effort, and nearly three-quarters have prayed for the victims and their loved ones.

--Gallup Poll


I started out to quote money this week, but it looks like it got more specific – Money, how should we spend it.


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Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning.

--Benjamin Franklin



Words can't break bones, but they can break hearts.

--Our Daily Bread 12/22/04



Silence is more eloquent than words.

--Thomas Carlyle in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 11/28/04



Two monologues do not make a dialogue.

--Jeff Daly



The tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

--James 3:5 NKJ


Well, I preached yesterday and the sermon was not a little wordy.  But I like wordy.  No actually I like words.  So wordy is our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  No, no, words is our theme!


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The heir of a great estate, while a child, thinks more of a few shillings in his pocket than of his inheritance. So a Christian is often more elated by some frame of heart than by his title to glory.

--John Newton in Out of the Depths, The Autobiography of John Newton, Revised and Updated by Dennis R. Hillman



Take away a toy from a child and give him another, and he is satisfied; but if he be hungry, no toy will do. Thus as newborn babes, true believers desire the sincere milk of the Word, and the desire of grace in this way is grace.

--John Newton in Out of the Depths, The Autobiography of John Newton, Revised and Updated by Dennis R. Hillman



Christ has taken our nature into heaven to represent us and has left us on earth, with His nature, to represent Him.

--John Newton in Out of the Depths, The Autobiography of John Newton, Revised and Updated by Dennis R. Hillman



My principal method of defeating heresy is by establishing truth. One proposes to fill a bushel with tares. Now, if I can fill it first with wheat, I shall defy his attempts.

--John Newton in Out of the Depths, The Autobiography of John Newton, Revised and Updated by Dennis R. Hillman



Many have puzzled themselves about the origin of evil. I observe there is evil, and that there is a way to escape it, and with this I begin and end.

--John Newton in Out of the Depths, The Autobiography of John Newton, Revised and Updated by Dennis R. Hillman


On Sunday January 9 the choir at church will sing Amazing Grace by John Newton.  …and I know this not because I’m in the choir (as those of you who have heard me sing will understand), but because I’m preaching next Sunday.  So our theme this week will be some sayings of John Newton.


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If you can't feed a thousand, then feed one.

--Mother Teresa quoted in Leadership Wired v7i17


Happy New Year!



We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.

--Calvin Coolidge quoted in Leadership Wired v7i17



There's no shame in starting small; in fact, if you don't start small, you'll probably never start at all.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired v7i17



Success is 20% skills and 80% strategy. You might know how to read, but more importantly, what's your plan to read?

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 8/24/04


Last year I resolved to read through the Bible this year.  I did make it more than halfway through.  I resolve to finish in 2005.



To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.

--Bunker Hunt


Resolve?  Yes, resolve.  It is now the season to resolve.  Resolve all week – carry through on those resolutions next week… and the next week… and the next week…


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God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth; the all of Christmas, which is Christ.

--Wilda English


Merry Christmas to all!



It was Christmas Eve in the Midwest. There was a man who had been in a family where his wife and his children were Christians but he was not. And he rejected it. He sat home that Christmas Eve in front of the fire. It was cold out and the snow was blowing. His wife and the little children had gone to the chapel in the nearby village for a Christmas Eve service to honor the Christ they loved. He sat by the fire reading the paper.


All of a sudden he heard a loud and repeated thumping. He thought someone was banging on the door. He went to the door and opened it but found no one was there. By the time he got settled back into his chair, he heard it again and again. And he was bewildered as to what was causing it until he realized that something seemed to be smashing against the window. And so he went to the drapes and he pulled the drapes aside and to his amazement, a flock of birds was flying into the window. A snowstorm, you see, had blown in. And the birds had been caught away from their shelter and they couldn't find their way back. They couldn't fight the wind. They saw the lighted window and the warmth of the light had attracted them. And they were literally flying into the glass trying to get to the light to get warm. They would freeze to death, you see, if they didn't find some shelter.


Well, the man who had refused to go with his family to the Christmas Eve service because he had no interest in the Christ of Christmas was all of a sudden very compassionate for these poor birds. And so he wondered how he could help them. And so he opened the door and went out in the cold and tried to chase them away so that they wouldn't kill themselves against the window. And then he ran to the barn and he threw the doors open and he whistled and he shooed them and did everything he could to get them to fly to the barn, they wouldn't do it. He even went so far as to take some corn and some bread and make a big trail from the window to the barn. And they wouldn't follow it.


In frustration, he said to himself, "If I could just communicate with them.  If I could just tell them that I don't want to hurt them, that there's warmth and there's shelter and that they'd need to stop beating themselves to death against the glass. But I'm a man and they're birds and we don't speak the same language. Oh, if I could just become a bird, I think I could tell them." And then it hit him. And in that moment, the whole meaning of Christmas dawned on that man. Mankind had been beating itself to death against the barrier that kept him from the warmth of God's love until somebody became a man and told us the way.

--The Christ of Christmas, as retold by Paul Harvey



How proper it is that Christmas should follow Advent. For him who looks toward the future, the manger is situated on Golgotha, and the cross has already been raised in Bethlehem.

--Dag Hammarskjöld



Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.

--Mary Ellen Chase



A NEWSWEEK Poll found that 84 percent of American adults consider themselves Christians, and 82 percent see Jesus as God or the son of God. Seventy-nine percent say they believe in the virgin birth, and 67 percent think the Christmas story—from the angels' appearance to the Star of Bethlehem—is historically accurate.

--Jon Meacham


‘Twas the week before Christmas… and no poems are forthcoming – just Christmas as a theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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The best things in life aren't things.

--Art Buchwald



I'm convinced that what we keep owns us, and what we give away sets us free.

--Rev. Martin Luther Agnew SojoMail 8/11/04



Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists, when you can ignore them like wise men?

--Natalie Clifford Barney



We must trust that we will be provided for, and not give in to anxiety. Worry is a form of materialism...

--Eberhard Arnold



The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.

--Dorothy Day DrM 11/28/04


‘Tis the season for… materialism, things, stuff, goods, possessions.  I’ve updated my wish list at Amazon and my Christmas registry at and now that seems just so wrong.  It should be the season for giving away – not just giving!  So this week our theme will bookend “best things” as we fill the middle with materialism.


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Treat the TV set as it should be treated. It's an appliance, not a lifestyle!

--Denis Waitley in his Weekly Ezine i5



You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.

Just get people to stop reading them.

--Ray Bradbury



Reality is not an inspiration for literature.

At its best, literature is an inspiration for reality.

--Romain Gary quoted in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 11/28/04



I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.

--William Lyon Phelps



Let no trifling diversion or amusement or company decoy you from you books; i.e., let no girl, no gun, no cards, no flutes, no violins, no dress, no tobacco, no laziness decoy you from your books.

--John Adams quoted in John Adams by David McCullough


I love books.  So it should be no surprise that I’ve read the book above (and 25 others so far this year).  And it should be no surprise that this week’s theme at Carl’s Quote of the Day is Books.


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We have been called to be fruitful--not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.

--Henri J. M. Nouwen Daily Dig 10/14/04



Many people living in their twilight years suddenly realize how empty and pointless their lives have been. ... They have climbed the ladder of success, only to discover that all the while it had been leaning against the wrong wall.

--Haddon Robinson in Our Daily Bread 10/25/04



Always keep your successes in mind during moments of failure

and your past failures in mind during moments of success.

--Dr. Mardy Grothe 9/18/04



If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.

--John D. Rockefeller Jr. quoted in Leadership Wired v7i11



Your success depends on how well you think. You are not paid to collect, sort, store or retrieve information, although you do these things every day.

--Denis Waitley in his weekly Ezine i3


Success in your work life – and in your spiritual life – comprises our theme for Carl’s Quote of the Day this week.


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It’s not what you tell your players that counts it’s what they hear.

--Red Auerbach in Leadership Wired v7i4



In honor of America’s shopping marathon today, from Red Skelton's tips for a happy marriage:

We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.



Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.

--Henri Frederic Amiel


And in honor of American Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving, to be truly thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving.




Communication is the transfer of emotion.

--Seth Godin in Free Prize Inside!



Information is giving out; communication is getting through.

--John C. Maxwell in Leadership Wired v6i18



The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself.

--Bernard M. Baruch


Communications!  That’s the key.  It’s also our theme this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.  (Don’t worry, Americans, we’ll sneak in a Thanksgiving quote, too.)


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Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

--Jim Rohn in his weekly E-zine 8/26/03



Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You may not get what you want, but in the long run you will get what you expect.

--Denis Waitley in his Weekly Ezine i5



We all need lots of powerful long-range goals to help us past the short-term obstacles.

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



Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem - in my opinion - to characterize our age.

--Albert Einstein



Stop doing things that are "tension relieving" and begin doing more things that are "goal achieving."

--Denis Waitley in his Weekly Ezine i5


Let’s set some goals this week at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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It's always good when followers believe in their leaders,

but it's even better when leaders believe in their followers.

--Dr. Mardy Grothe in Dr. Mardy's Quotes of the Week 10/17/04



The five most important words a leader can speak are: "I am proud of you."


The four most important are: "What is your opinion?"


The three most important are: "If you please."


The two most important are: "Thank You."


And the most important single word of all is: "You!"


--Denis Waitley in his weekly Ezine i02



You know what makes leadership?

It is the ability to get men to do what they don't want to do and like it.

--Harry S Truman



The "5 C's of Leadership" are:


* Character -- your internal makeup, your personal DNA. To develop a stronger sense of character, get to know yourself - assess, evaluate and correct.


* Capacity -- your mental ability to conceive or perceive. Internalize and lead a concept until it is expressed through your vision. The company's results are your feedback.


* Credibility -- your personal integrity, a mirror of your actions as opposed to words.


* Courage -- the inner strength required to overcome obstacles and move your business toward your vision.


* Communication -- the ability to translate your vision into actions.


--Loral Langemeier quoted in Jim Rohn's weekly E-zine 6/1/04



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.

--Scott Adams in Dilbert 10/09/01


This marks our transition from the election back to my favorite topic: Leadership.  All week it’s Leadership here at Carl’s Quote of the Day.


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Most ballgames are lost, not won.

--Casey Stengel


…and that concludes our election coverage.  Oh, alright, one more.  The explanation that makes sense to me as to why Kerry lost:

People don't windsurf in Youngstown, Ohio.

--a longtime top Kerry adviser in the NY Times 

And see the picture

Or maybe this just resonated with me because I was born in Youngstown, Ohio and lived within 20 miles for my first 36 years.



A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.

--Robert Byrne



America . . . is the only country where the failure to promote yourself is widely considered arrogant.

--Garry Trudeau [in Dr. Mardy 7/18/04]



Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.

--Paul Valery quoted by Dr. Mardy 7/18/04



The Arizona Republic recommends the re-election of George W. Bush as president of the United States.

For all his attributes, Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for president, is incapable of setting out a convincing plan of action in Iraq.

It is not credible that a man who has derided nations like Great Britain, Australia and Poland as the "coalition of the bribed and the coerced" can step forward to lead that or any group of nations in Iraq. It is not credible that a man who has decried events in Iraq as the wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place can set that war on the right path. Contempt is not a plan.

--The Arizona Republic 10/17/04




Senator John Kerry goes toward the election with a base that is built more on opposition to George W. Bush than loyalty to his own candidacy. But over the last year we have come to know Mr. Kerry as more than just an alternative to the status quo. We like what we've seen. He has qualities that could be the basis for a great chief executive, not just a modest improvement on the incumbent.

He is blessedly willing to re-evaluate decisions when conditions change.

There is no denying that this race is mainly about Mr. Bush's disastrous tenure.





GAMPAC, the GODLESS AMERICANS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE, has endorsed Sen. John Kerry and Sen. John Edwards for President and Vice President of the United States. 

Some of you think that there is not much difference between the Republican and Democratic tickets. In some respects that may be true. But let’s not forget that by having the opportunity to appoint even one or two new Supreme court justices, the winner in November could reverse all the gains that have been made in the area of state-church separation over the last 40 years, including the prohibition on organized prayer and coercive Bible verse recitation in the public schools!





As promised today is “quote the endorsements day.”


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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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