Thursday, January 19, 2012

Email Quotes

Below you will find a list of quotes that have come across my Outlook over the past 4 years. Some are funny, some are serious, all are the ever important email quotes. My comments are in italicized font, as you can tell, because you are reading this and I keep saying I.

Safety isn't expensive; It's priceless.

So is Mastercard.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

I’m not sure about this one. I’d go ahead and say though that I think this quote should be referring to joy rather than happiness.

"My life is my message."  Gandhi

This is a good quote and one that is completely true. How we live our lives is what we are telling the people around us.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”  Harry S. Truman

I think President Truman had to be talking about working in a group. Because I’ve found, if individuals know they will get the credit they work harder.

Patriotism is not a short outburst of emotion, but is the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.   Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

The only thing I know about Stevenson is that he has a card named after him in one of my top 25 games 1960 Making of the President. I should learn more about him.

~The future doesn't exist yet; The past is gone. Right now is the only moment we have to live our lives.~

Sounds like a rock ballad lyric. Not catching me.

"Be sure the Truth is Spoken so that the Chains are Broken."

I’m imagining a preacher saying this to a huge crowd of people in a street with statues.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke

I like this one. I don’t know who Edmund Burke is, so I’ll do some research on him. I’ve always said, it doesn’t take two to start a war.

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."   Maya Angelou

I disagree. I remember all these things. I also like to include smell in there. So don’t be smelly around me or I’ll remember.

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” –Voltaire

Too bad you didn’t ask a question here Voltaire. What up?

"No trees were killed in the sending of this message.  However a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced"

I’m an electron hugger. Not a tree hugger. So this saddens me. (I’m joking here folks, I’m joking.)

"Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches."

I see what they did here.

"A Spill, a slip, a hospital trip"

I don’t get it.

"At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security."

I would add: supper.

"To return good for good is human, to return good for evil is divine."

I’d say no to the first part and yes to the second. Good for good isn’t even the human nature. That’s too good for our nature. Just my quick thoughts.

…It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow...

It’s impossible to understand this quote. There, I said what is impossible.

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
-- Maya Angelou

This reminds me of the story about the lion that asks the hippo to swim him across the river. The lion promises not to eat the hippo at the other side, but when they get there. He attacks the hippo. The hippo is surprised and asks “Why would you attack me?!” The lion simply says, “because I’m a lion and that is what I do.”

"My Heroes Have Always Been Soldiers."

Soldiers are amazing people. Even though I’d like to think I’m willing to die for my God or my country I haven’t ever been put in that situation. They do it every day.

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

So what about when they take loans they know they’ll never have to pay?

"Shohna ba Shohna"  (Dari)
"Ooga-pa-Ooga"  (Pashtu)
"Shoulder to Shoulder"

I think I’m going to walk around saying, “Ooga-pa-Ooga”.

"The  hardest lesson you'll ever learn, is what bridge to cross and what bridge to burn"

 I think this is very interesting. I take it as a strategic career idea. Like what bridge should I cross and what bridge should I burn in order to move through my career. Interesting.

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower~

I’d like to know what context this was said in. I’m thinking it makes sense to me.

"Open your eyes and the whole world is full of God."

This, in a blog that includes theology, seems appropriate. I would call this Natural Revelation – in Romans Paul mentions that nobody is without excuse. God reveals himself to all. That doesn’t mean that God is in all things, like perhaps a Hindu might say, but it does mean He reveals himself to us throughout the world around us.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  ~Theodore Roosevelt

I completely agree with this one. Way to go, Teddy! This sorta reminds me of a saying I enjoy: Suck it up, buttercup. You got dealt a specific hand, use it to your best ability. Don’t say if I had this or that I could do this or that.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

A progressive warning about what you think will become what you do and eventually who you are. I agree with this as well. Just because you have a thought, doesn’t mean it turns into your character, but at the same time leave them unguarded and before you know it you aren’t who you were before having those thoughts.

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. -James Buchanan

This is my quote that I sometimes use, if I'm not using a Louis L'Amour quote. I mean, he was a President and I was born on his birthday.