L | Quote Library


A home in which there is no laughter is only a house. — G. H. Knight

Humor has a tremendous place in a sordid world. It’s more than just a laughing matter. If you can see things out of whack, then you can certainly see how things can be in whack.” — Dr. Seuss

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” — Victor Borge


Slick’s Three Laws of the Universe:
1. Nothing in the known universe travels faster than a bad check.
2. A quarter-ounce of chocolate = four pounds of fat.
3. There are two types of dirt: the dark kind, which is attracted to light objects, and the light kind, which is attracted to dark objects.

Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty. –Henry M. Robert

Let’s just say I was testing the bounds of society.  I was just curious.  –Jim Morrison


“You can’t teach people to be lazy – either they have it, or they don’t.” — Dagwood Bumstead


A leader is a person with a magnet in his heart and a compass in his head. — Vance Havner

The supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Army needs leaders the way a foot needs a big toe. — Bill Murray

My responsibility is to be a supervisor, not a superworker. — Fred Smith

Leadership is both something you are and something you do. A mentor is not a person who can do the work better than his followers; he is a person who can get his followers to do the work better than he can. — Fred Smith

The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way. – Henry Miller

A leader is always alone in times of doom. – Charles de Gaulle, 1955

Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. –George Patton

Leadership that Lasts

To be somebody you must last.” — Ruth Gordon


The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided. –Casey Stengal

My responsibility is to be a supervisor, not a superworker. — Fred Smith

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on. – Walter Lippmann, 1945 in response to the death of FDR

“We need people who are pathological learners, people who have no fear.” -Christopher Lochhead, futurist at Scient Corp.

Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small. – Edmund Spenser, 1596

All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. — Harry S. Truman

Being president is like a running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you, and nobody’s listening. — Bill Clinton

The first task of a leader is to help define reality. The last is to say ‘thank you.’ In between, the leader is a servant. — Max DePree

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes. — Lewis Grizzard

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. — Eleanor Roosevelt

Leadership is to be both a speaker of words and a doer of deeds. – Homer, Iliad, 700 B.C.

A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him. But of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, the people will say, “We did it ourselves. — Lao Tzu

If a leader demonstrates competency, genuine concern for others, and admirable character, people will say, “I like what that person is doing. I’m going to follow him.” — J. Richard Chase, Leaders, 1987, p. 23

As a leader you provide for people only what they can’t provide for themselves. — Ken Blanchard

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. — Max DePree

We lead by being human. We do not lead by being corporate, by being professional or by being institutional. — Paul Hawken, founder, Smith & Hawken

Leadership is the ability to recognize the special abilities and limitations of others, combined with the capacity to fit each one into the job where he will do his best. — J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Leadership, 1967

Leadership is both something you are and something you do. A mentor is not a person who can do the work better than his followers; he is a person who can get his followers to do the work better than he can. — Fred Smith

To be a leader of men one must turn one’s back on men. – Havelock Ellis, 1884

If you want to be an effective leader you must have the wisdom to understand the times… the ability to communicate a vision that is relevant to the times…the humility to listen to your community…and the skills to enlighten, motivate, and mobilize your people in the context of harmonious, communal, and transparent relationships.” — Dann Pantoja

The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leaders — Servant

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. — Max DePree


“We need people who are pathological learners, people who have no fear.” -Christopher Lochhead, futurist at Scient Corp.

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance! –Peter Drucker 

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad. –Bob Edwards 

The average mind can comprehend 500 words per minute. The average person speaks at 150 words per minute. That leaves a 350 words per minute boredom factor. – Cluetrain Manifesto but authorship is unknown.

Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival. –W. Edwards Deming 

If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius. –Larry Leissner 

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. –Plato (427-347 B. C.), The Republic

Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.  -Sir Winston Churchill


The most common lie is the lie one tells to oneself. — Nietzsche

The cruelest lies are often told in silence. –Robert Louis Stevenson

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1939

It has been said that there are three kinds of lies: white lies, black lies, and sermon illustrations. — Dennis Atwood, (Christian Ministry, Nov.-Dec., 1996, p. 37)


Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. –Mary Ellen Kelly

Life is what happens while you are making other plans. — John Lennon

Lord, how the day passes! It’s like a life – so quickly when we don’t watch it, and so slowly if we do. — John Steinbeck

It’s life, Jim… but not as we know it. –Spock 


Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they’re yours — Richard Bach, Illusions

It is not possible to fight beyond your strength, even if you strive. – Homer, Iliad, 700 B.C.


Everyone, when they are young, has a little bit of genius; that is, they really do listen… Then they grow a little older and many of them get tired and listen less and less. But some, a very few, continue to listen. And finally they get very old and they do not listen anymore. That is very sad; let us not talk about it. — Gertrude Stein, as reported by Thornton Wilder

A desert is a dangerous place from which to view the world. — John Le Carre

My first message is: Listen, listen, listen to the people do the work. — H. Ross Perot

Engrave this upon my heart: There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story. — Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB

Obedience — obaudire — audiere — “to listen”

It takes two to speak truth — one to speak and another to hear. — Henry David Thoreau

Don’t interrupt me when I’m interrupting. — Winston Churchill

It seems rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated communications, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners. — Erma Bombeck

The first duty of love is to listen. — Paul Tillich

The worst thing about a bore is not that he won’t stop talking, but that he won’t let you stop listening. — Unknown


After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations. — H. L. Mencken, on Shakespeare


As I look at pastors who have finished well, almost all are theological thinkers. Without a strong grounding in theology, pastors tend to have a short life. — Dennis Baker, Director, Conservative Baptist Association

If you want to live a long life, focus on making contributions. — Hans Selye

When a man knows he is to be hanged, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. — Samuel Johnson, in Boswell’s Life, Sept. 19, 1777



We can do no great things; only small things with great love. –Mother Teresa 

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. — Goethe

To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be. — Dostoevsky

When love is gone, there’s always justice.
And when justice is gone, there’s always force.
And when force is gone, there’s always Mom.
Hi, Mom!
— Laurie Anderson

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists. — Charles Dickens Source: Gilbert Keith Chesterton in Pickwick Papers

The only right stewardship is that which is tested by the rule of love. — John Calvin

If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world. — Emmett Fox

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them; and so, perhaps, it would, if they had it. — G. K. Chesterton

What’s the difference between infatuation and love?
Infatuation is when you think that he’s as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Stephen Hawking, as noble as Aleksandr Solhenitsyn, as funny as Robin Williams, and as athletic as Arnold Swartzenegger. Love is when you realize he’s as sexy as Stephen Hawking, as smart as Arnold Swartzenegger, as funny as Aleksandr Solhenitsyn, as athletic as Robin Williams, and nothing at all like Robert Redford, but you take him anyway. — Unknown

If you miss love, you miss life. — Leo Buscaglia

We are not made for law, but for love.” — George MacDonald

Life in Christ by Tony Salerno, Bethany House c1983
How to make love endure:
“Don’t forget your wife’s name. That’ll mess up the love.” — Age 8
“Be a good kisser. It might make your wife forget that you never take out the trash.” — Age 8
“If falling in love is anything like learning to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long.” — Age 7
“Shake your hips and hope for the best.” — Age 9
I’m not rushing into love. Fourth grade is hard enough. — Age 10

We must love one another, or die. — W. H. Auden

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to be sure to keep it in tact, you must give your heart to no one. Lock it up, safe in the coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless it will change. It will not be broken, but it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.

The only place outside of heaven where you can be safe from all the dangers of love is hell. — C. S. Lewis

Love — Human

No, the heart that truly loved never forgets, but truly loves on to the close. — Thomas Moore

 “To love another person is to help them love God.” – Søren Kierkegaard

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