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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Thursday, January 31, 2013 – Andrew Jackson

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Thursday, January 31, 2013 – Andrew Jackson


“Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.”

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“As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.”

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“Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.”

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“Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.”

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“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.”

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“Never take counsel of your fears.”

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“One man with courage makes a majority.”

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“Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result.”

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“The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.”

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“The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer… form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws.”

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“There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.”

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“The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe.”

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“The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger.”

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“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!”

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“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.”

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“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – Napoleon Bonaparte

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – Napoleon Bonaparte


“A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.”

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“A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.”

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“A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.”

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“Ability is nothing without opportunity.”

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“Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.”

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“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.”

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“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”

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“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.”

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“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”

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“He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.”

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“I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.”

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“If you want a thing done well, do it yourself”.

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“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”

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“It requires more courage to suffer than to die.”

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“Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest.”

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“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”

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“One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.”

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“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”

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“The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies.”

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“The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.”

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“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.”

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“The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.”

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“The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.”

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“To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god.”

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“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

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“When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.”

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“With audacity one can undertake anything, but not do everything.”

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“If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds…. I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest.”

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“Success is the most convincing talker in the world.”

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“Impatience is a great obstacle to success; he who treats everything with brusqueness gathers nothing, or only immature fruit which will never ripen.”

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“The fool has one great advantage over a man of sense — he is always satisfied with himself.”

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“How many seemingly impossible things have been accomplished by resolute men because they had to do, or die.”

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“At the beginning of a campaign it is important to consider whether or not to move forward; but when one has taken the offensive it is necessary to maintain it to the last extremity.”

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“In a battle, as in a siege, the art consists in concentrating very heavy fire on a particular point. The line of battle once established, the one who has the ability to concentrate an unlooked for mass of artillery suddenly and unexpectedly on one of these points is sure to carry the day.”

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“The secret of great battles consists in knowing how to deploy and concentrate at the right time.”

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“A man who has no consideration for the needs of his men ought never to be given command.”

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – Bo Schembechler

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – Bo Schembechler

“When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.”

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“Those who stay will be champions”

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“If I make a mistake, I’m going to make a mistake aggressively and I’m going to make it quickly. I don’t believe in sleeping on a decision.”

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“A Michigan man will coach Michigan.”

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“We want the Big 10 championship. And we’re going to win it as a TEAM. They can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going play solely as a team. No man is more important than the team. No coach is more important than the team. THE TEAM! THE TEAM! THE TEAM! And if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do you take into consideration what effect does it have on my team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here, you will never play for a team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team. And think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is THE TEAM! We’re going to win it. We’re going to win the championship again because we’re going to play as a team better than anyone else in the conference. We’re going to play together as a TEAM. We’re going to believe in each other. We’re not going to criticize each other. We’re not going to talk about each other. We’re going to encourage each other! And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know it’s going to be Michigan again. Michigan!”

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Book Review: Bo’s Lasting Lessons, Three Star Leadership Blog  – (Amazon.com Bo’s Lasting Lessons)

“Successful sports coaches seem to think that it’s part of their game plan to write books. After all, they’re celebrities of a sort and they know something about “winning” which is a popular topic with readers of all kinds.

Bo Schembechler is one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football. He coached Michigan football for twenty years, compiling a record of 234-65-8. During that time his teams won or tied for the Big Ten championship 13 times. He never had a losing season.

That’s why it’s somewhat amazing that it took so long for Bo’s Lasting Lessons to appear. But Bo Schembechler always did things his own way.

There are three big lessons in this book: values matter, keep the rules simple, and enforce them no matter what.

Values mattered for Schembechler. Honesty was the big one. He was going to be honest no matter what and he expected the same from his coaches, his players, and everyone else. The idea was simple: always do the right thing.

He kept the rules simple. He also made sure everyone who worked for him understood the rules. They included how players were to sit in team meetings and how they were expected to dress on road trips.

He enforced the rules he had. If anyone broke Bo’s rules there were consequences. And those consequences were as inevitable as nature.

Those are the big lessons, but there are lots of lessons and bits of wisdom scattered through the book. Here are some of my favorites.

If you’re the boss you have to accept the fact that you’re the bad cop and your assistants will be the good cops.

Don’t hire smart people and then not listen to their opinions.

Seek mentors, not money, especially in the early stages of your career.

Whatever your philosophy, whatever your standards, whatever your expectations, you establish those on day one. Don’t waste a second!

Recruit for character.

Develop leaders underneath you.

Goals can’t come from the top down. They’ve got to come from the people responsible for achieving them. Your job is to help them get there, and remind them every day what their goals are, and what they have to do to make their dreams come true.

Scuttle the star system. Give everyone a role and make it important.

Emphasize execution, not innovation.

There are lots more but you can find them for yourself when you read the book. I’ve got lots of things underlined, and Post-It notes dangle off lots of pages.

There are some things to watch for. First off, some of Bo’s recommendations don’t translate well to any environment other than an athletic team. Be prepared to modify them to suit.

And some things that Bo did back in the Sixties and Seventies aren’t things you can do today. Some of that involves privacy laws. Some of that is the way the world has changed. Be prepared to adapt that material, too.

Over the years, I’ve read lots of books by athletic coaches about how to achieve personal and business success. I’m almost always disappointed, but not this time.

This is an enjoyable and helpful book, in part because co-author John Bacon lets us see what I’m sure is the authentic Bo Schembechler. And Bo was a wise man and clear speaker.”

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, 28, 2013 – George Allen

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, 28, 2013 – George Allen

“Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well.  We cheat ourselves and the world if we don’t use that ability as best we can.”

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“Every day you waste is one you can never make up.”

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“One of the most difficult things everyone has to learn is that for your entire life you must keep fighting and adjusting if you hope to survive.  No matter who you are or what your position is you must keep fighting for whatever it is you desire to achieve.”

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“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.  Most men succeed because they are determined to.”

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“Winning is the science of being totally prepared.”

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“Every time you win, you’re reborn; when you lose, you die a little.”

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“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.”

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“The achiever is the only individual who is truly alive.”

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“The future? This team hasn’t been to the playoffs in over two decades and you’re worried about the future? The Future is Now!”

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“Football isn’t necessarily won by the best players. It’s won by the team with the best attitude.”

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“Football is one-third offense, one-third defense, and one-third special teams.”

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“If you can accept defeat and open your pay envelope without feeling guilty, you’re stealing.”

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“Try not to do too many things at once. Know what you want, the number one thing today and tomorrow. Persevere and get it done.”

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“Success is what you do with your ability. It’s how you use your talent.”

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“Leisure time is that five or six hours when you sleep at night.”

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“The street to obscurity is paved with athletes who can perform great feats before friendly crowds.”

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“The tougher the job, the greater the reward.”

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“Forget the past- the future will give you plenty to worry about”

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“How badly do you want it?”

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“Persevere and get it done.”

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, January 27, 2013 – Joe Namath

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, January 27, 2013 – Joe Namath


“First, I prepare. Then I have faith.”

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“If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”

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“Till I was 13, I thought my name was “Shut Up.””

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“To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going.”

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“We’re going to win Sunday. I guarantee it.”

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“When we won the league championship, all the married guys on the club had to thank their wives for putting up with all the stress and strain all season. I had to thank all the single broads in New York.”

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“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”

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“When you win, nothing hurts.”

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“You learn how to be a gracious winner and an outstanding loser.”

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