people think patriotism is blindly praising your country. Others believe
patriotism is challenging your country to live up to its ideals.
"The curse of intelligent people is they see the
nuances in the world but are surrounded by those who do not."
"A leader doesn't have to be the smartest person in
the room as long as he has the smartest people in the room."
"The definition of incompetence is when it's
"When faced with
evidence contrary to something they believe, the rational mind's belief goes
down, the irrational mind becomes ever more fervent."
"90% of thinking is done to rationalize acts that are done
"The primary difference between smart people and
dumb people is that smart people are better at rationalizing their dumb
"Americans are divided into two groups. One is the
'Let's think this through' group. The other is the 'It is written/It's been
said/We've been told' group, whose primary characteristic is absolute
"Those who don't study history are doomed to make
compellingly stupid arguments about it."
"If you have to lie to make your point, maybe your
point is a lie."
Fifty Writing Quotes by Larry Hodges
"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument."
"Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down
and beat them mercilessly into submission."
"The only difference between genius and stupidity is
that genius has its limits."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent
opposition from those with mediocre minds."
"If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy
furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies."
"Make sure you're right, then go ahead."
"Wise men speak when they have something to say. Fools
speak when they have to say something."
"You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not
reason himself into in the first place."
"A rising tide lifts all boats."
-John F. Kennedy
"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the
discomfort of thought."
-John F. Kennedy
"No good deed goes unpunished."
-Claire Booth Luce
"Communication isn't something a leader does when he has
time. Communication is the very essence of leadership."
"Lead, follow, or get out of the way."
"Never wrestle with a pig in mud. You get dirty, and the
pig enjoys himself."
"Managers do things right; leaders do the right thing."
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."
"You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things
that never were; and I say Why not?"
-George Bernard Shaw (often misattributed to Robert F. Kennedy, who paraphrased this)
"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the
dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."
-Robert H. Goddard
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single
"To avoid criticism......Do nothing...Say nothing...Be
"You miss 100% of the shots you never take."
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it
will eat him last."
"The best argument against democracy is a five minute
talk with the average voter."
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't
change the subject."
"It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept
anything but the best, you very often get it."
-W. Somerset Maugham
"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your
ideas are that good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to
hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it
fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points
out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done
them better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who
errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error
and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the
great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself or herself in a
worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his or her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know
neither victory nor defeat."
"Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time."
"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the
"Actions speak louder than words."
"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
"To err is nature, to rectify error is glory."
"Never confuse motion with action."
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most
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