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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – James Madison

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – James Madison

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“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.”

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“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

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“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”

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“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

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“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”

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“Philosophy is common sense with big words.”

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“America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.”

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“A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.”

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“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”

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“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

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“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”

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“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

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“What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.”

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“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”

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“In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority. “
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“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.”

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“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.”

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“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”

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“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

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“Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.”

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“War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.”

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“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”

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“What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?”

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“There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.”

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“Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.”

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“The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.”

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“The man who is possessed of wealth, who lolls on his sofa or rolls in his carriage, cannot judge the wants or feelings of the day-laborer. The government we mean to erect is intended to last for ages. The landed interest, at present, is prevalent; but in process of time, when we approximate to the states and kingdoms of Europe, — when the number of landholders shall be comparatively small, through the various means of trade and manufactures, will not the landed interest be overbalanced in future elections, and unless wisely provided against, what will become of your government? In England, at this day, if elections were open to all classes of people, the property of landed proprietors would be insecure. An agrarian law would soon take place. If these observations be just, our government ought to secure the permanent interests of the country against innovation. Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority. The senate, therefore, ought to be this body; and to answer these purposes, they ought to have permanency and stability.”

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“In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people.”

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“Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of Government contrary to the sense of its constituents, but from acts in which the Government is the mere instrument of the major number of the constituents.”

Wikipedia Page:  James Madison

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – Michelangelo

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – Michelangelo

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“A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.”

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“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

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“Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.”

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“Genius is eternal patience.”

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“It is necessary to keep one’s compass in one’s eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.”

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“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”

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“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.”

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“Yet I am learning.”

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“If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius.”

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“The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.”

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“What do you despise? By this you are truly known.”

Wikipedia:  Michelangelo

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, June 29, 2015 – Leonardo da Vinci

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, June 29, 2015 – Leonardo da Vinci

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“Necessity is the mistress and guide of nature.”

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“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. To know and to will are two operations of the human mind. Discerning, judging, deliberating are acts of the human mind.”

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“Experience, the interpreter between formative nature and the human race, teaches how that nature acts among mortals; and being constrained by necessity cannot act otherwise than as reason, which is its helm, requires her to act.”

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“The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”

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“That is not riches, which may be lost; virtue is our true good and the true reward of its possessor. That cannot be lost; that never deserts us, but when life leaves us. As to property and external riches, hold them with trembling; they often leave their possessor in contempt, and mocked at for having lost them.”

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“It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last.”

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“He who walks straight rarely falls.”

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“Men will seem to see new destructions in the sky. The flames that fall from it will seem to rise in it and to fly from it with terror. They will hear every kind of animals speak in human language. They will instantaneously run in person in various parts of the world, without motion. They will see the greatest splendour in the midst of darkness. O! marvel of the human race! What madness has led you thus! You will speak with animals of every species and they with you in human speech. You will see yourself fall from great heights without any harm and torrents will accompany you, and will mingle with their rapid course.”

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“Men standing in opposite hemispheres will converse and deride each other and embrace each other, and understand each other’s language.”

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“It vexes me greatly that having to earn my living has forced me to interrupt the work and to attend to small matters.”

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“He who does not value life does not deserve it.”

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“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

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“Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.”

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“He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.”

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“He who wishes to be rich in a day will be hanged in a year.”

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“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

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“I have offended God and mankind because my work didn’t reach the quality it should have.”

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“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

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“It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”

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“Necessity is the mistress and guardian of Nature.”

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“The earth is not in the centre of the Sun’s orbit nor at the centre of the universe, but in the centre of its companion elements, and united with them. And any one standing on the moon, when it and the sun are both beneath us, would see this our earth and the element of water upon it just as we see the moon, and the earth would light it as it lights us.”

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“The motive power is the cause of all life.”

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“Every action needs to be prompted by a motive. To know and to will are two operations of the human mind. Discerning, judging, deliberating are acts of the human mind.”

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“The acquisition of any knowledge is always of use to the intellect, because it may thus drive out useless things and retain the good. For nothing can be loved or hated unless it is first known.”

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“He who thinks little, errs much.”

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“It is easier to contend with evil at the first than at the last.”

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“Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”

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“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”

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“Wisdom is the daughter of experience.”

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“Nature is full of infinite causes that have never occurred in experience.”

Wikipedia: Leonardo da Vinci

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, June 28, 2015 – Don Shula

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, June 28, 2015 – Don Shula

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“The superior man blames himself.  The inferior man blames others.”

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“One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.”

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“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.”

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“Sure, luck means a lot in football.  Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”

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“I think what coaching is all about, is taking players and analyzing there ability, put them in a position where they can excel within the framework of the team winning.  And I hope that I’ve done that in my 33 years as a head coach.”

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“The ultimate goal is victory.  And if you refuse to work as hard as you possibly can toward that aim, or if you do anything that keeps you from achieving that goal, then you are just cheating yourself.”

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“You know it’s only 50 miles from Grand River to Canton, but it took me 67 years to travel that distance.”

Wikipedia Page:  Don Shula

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, June 27, 2015 – Vince Lombardi

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, June 27, 2015 – Vince Lombardi

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“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”

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“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”

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“Mental toughness is essential to success.”

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“You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.”

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“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”

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“Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.”

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“Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

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“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”

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“Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”

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“If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

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“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body and his heart-what is life worth to him? If I were a salesman, I would make this commitment to my company, to the product and most of all, to myself.”

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“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

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“Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”

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“Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it-his mind, his body, his heart-what’s life worth to him.

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“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.”

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“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”

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“They may not love you at the time, but they will later.”

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” Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”

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“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”

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“Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.”

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“A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group, even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the company.”

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“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

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“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”

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“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

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“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

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“The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel-these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.”

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“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”

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“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

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“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.

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“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

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“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.”

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“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”

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“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action.”

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“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

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“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

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“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”

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“Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”

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“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

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“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

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“Success demands singleness of purpose.”

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“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”

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“Winning is not a sometime thing: it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

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“Winning is not everything–but making effort to win is.”

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“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”

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“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious.”

Wikipedia: Vince Lombardi

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