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TV

Television: “A device that permits people who haven’t anything to do to watch people who can’t do anything” — Fred Allen

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other. –Ann Landers 

Teachers

A teacher affects eternity. — H.B. Adams

Teamwork

There is no They, Only Us. –Graffiti

If everybody’s thinking alike, somebody isn’t thinking. –Unknown

The leaders ho work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we.’ They think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be making the team function. They accept the responsibility and don’t sidestep, but ‘we’ gets the credit. There is an identification (very often, quite unconscious) with the task and with the group. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done. — Peter F. Drucker, Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices, 1990

Leaders shouldn’t attach moral significance to their ideas: Do that, and you can’t compromise. — Peter F. Drucker

We don’t work for each other, We work with each other. –Stanley C. Gault

A trade between two Turkish soccer teams exacted a heavy price. Sarigol Municipality, which plays in the first division of the Manisa Amateur League, traded two players to Canakcispor for 225 sacks of cement. Sarigol officials were so delighted with the deal they threw in two more players as a gesture of good will. The Turkish sports news Web site Ajansspor quoted Sarigol chairman Adnan Aygun as saying:  “They got four good players, and we repaired the stadium.”

Technology

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo. –James Klass

For new technology to replace old, it has to have at least ten times the benefit. — Peter Drucker

‘Homo Elecronicus’ — Joseph Pelton, Telecommunications director, Univ. Colorado

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer. — Dave Barry

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.  Albert Einstein

Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.
Bill Gates

Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say. Jonathan Sacks

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. Bill Gates

We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. Carl Sagan

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours. John F. Kennedy

Teenagers

An adolescent is by definition an individual who’s in a temporary state of psychosis. — John Townsend

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  e. e. cummings

Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves. Virginia Satir

As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you. Fran Lebowitz

Temptation

There are several good precautions against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. — Mark Twain

Tenacity/Perseverance

The only time out in life lasts forever. — Kay Hometchko

If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average. — M. H. Alderson

Eighty percent of success is showing up. — Woody Allen

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it. — W.C. Fields

Mount Everest, you have defeated me. But I will return, and I will defeat you because you can’t get any bigger — and I can!” — Sir Edmund Hillary

It is only the souls that do not love that go empty in this world. — Robert Hugh Benson

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. — William Feather

If you want to double your success rate, double your failure rate. — Thomas Watson, president, IBM

It’s always too soon to quit. — David Tyler Scoates

What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better. — Richard Sheridan

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. — Samuel Johnson

A winner never stops trying. — Tom Landry

Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they’re fair with you. — Alan Alda

In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me invincible summer. — Albert Camus

It wasn’t the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion — these were the things that counted in a life. When you gave purely, the honor came in the giving, and that was honor enough. — Capt. Scott O’Grady

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. — Babe Ruth

The enemy advances, we retreat. The enemy camps, we harass. The enemy tires, we attack. The enemy retreats, we pursue. — Mao Tse-Tung

People who are resting on their laurels are wearing them on the wrong end. — Malcolm Kushner, Philosopher

Take away any people but leave my factories and soon grass will grow on the factory floor. Take away my factories but leave my people and soon we will have a new and better factory. — Andrew Carnegie

Testing

A Christian princess, if she is spiritual vigilant, will soon feel the cross lying on her neck. — Martin Luther

Thick skin is a gift from God. — Konrad Adenauer, Father of Post WWII Germany

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.” — Helen Hayes (at eighty-three)

It doesn’t get any easier, only different. — Paul Jones

Thankfulness

Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated. — Robert McNamara, former U.S. Secretary of Defense

Pain is missed in praise. — Emily Dickinson

We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
We need 12 hugs a day for growth. — Virginia Satir, MSW

Spiritual energy flows in thankfulness and produces effects in the phenomenal world. — William James

If you think that praise is due him
Now’s the time to slip it to him,
For he cannot read his tombstone
When he’s dead. — Berton Braley

Self-esteem is at the core of a healthy nation. — Jack Kemp, from a letter to Partnerships For Change

Thinking

If everybody’s thinking alike, somebody isn’t thinking. –Unknown

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probably reason why so few engage in it. — Henry Ford

You can’t think and hit at the same time. – Yogi Berra

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts the moment we get up and doesn’t stop until we get into the office. — Robert Frost

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. — Dhammapada

The more you think, the more time you have — E.M. Forster Source: The Art of Creative Thinking – book by Robert Olson (1986)

Thoughts

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. — Sally Kempton

The ancestor of every action is a thought. — Emerson

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the real labor of thinking. — Thomas Edison

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.” — Victor Hugo

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” — Benjamin Disraeli

Time

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another gets a full year’s value out of a year. — Charles Richards

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

Well-arranged time is the surest mark of a well-arranged mind. — Sir Issac Pitman

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. — Rabindranath Tagore

And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. — Shakespeare

The man who can master his time can master nearly everything. — Bernard Baruch

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst — `William Penn

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” — John Wesley

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.” — John F. Kennedy

“Very brief.” — Jeanne Calment, upon turning 120 asked what her view of the future was.

Lost time is never found again. — Benjamin Franklin

We are so little reconciled to time that we are even astonished at it. “How he’s grown!” we exclaim, “How time flies!” as though the universal form of our experience were again and again a novelty. It is as strange as if a fish were repeatedly surprised at the wetness of water. And that would be strange indeed; unless of course the fish were destined to become, one day, a land animal. — C. S. Lewis

You may delay, but time will not.” — Benjamin Franklin

We terribly overestimate what we can do in one year and underestimate what we can do in five. — Ted Engstrom

Never plan to do an hour’s work in an hour. — Ed Dayton

The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live. — Immanuel Kant

Accomplishments will soar and mount
If wasted time is made to count. — Ruth Lommatzsch

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” — Earl of Chesterfield

Every situation — no, every moment — is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity. — Goethe

One reason God created time was so there would be a place to bury the failures of the past. — James Long

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time. — Goethe

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careful waste of time. — Victor Hugo

If you preach the Gospel in all aspects with the exception of the issues which deal specifically with your time you are not preaching the Gospel at all. — Martin Luther

A wise man does not spend his time, he invests it. — Alfred A. Montapert

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. — Susan Ertz

Timidity

We do not admire a man of timid peace. – Theodore Roosevelt, 1899

Tolerance

Tolerance is the virtue of people who don’t believe in anything. – G. K. Chesterson 

Tradition

We do not know what is natural. We only know what is customary. — C. G. Jung

Tragedy

Some lives are tragic,
some ridiculous.
Most are both at once.
– Edward Abbey

Training

“Equipping the Saints to reach the Ain’ts” — Steve Bowen

Trials

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough, but not baked in the same oven. — unknown

I buried a lot of my ironing in the backyard. — Phyllis Diller

This only we may be assured of, that if tomorrow brings a cross, He who sends it can and will send grace to bear it. — J. C. Ryle

Nobody, as long as he moves among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble. — Carl Jung

Housework can’t kill you, but why take the risk. — Phyllis Diller

I believe that if God had meant for me to see morning, he would have put it later in the day. — Phyllis Diller

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. — Phyllis Diller

Trust

Trust in Allah, but tie your camel. –Old Muslim Proverb 

When you look at relationships that make it, those people are good friends and treat each others with respect; they have hared values and they trust one another. Trust is the foundation. Without it, you don’t feel safe. If you don’t feel safe, you can’t be vulnerable. If you’re not vulnerable, you can’t be intimate.” — Lonnie Barbach, Chicago Tribune

It is a greater compliment to be trusted than to be loved. — George MacDonald

Truth

Truth fears no questions. –Anonymous

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after. –Slovenian Proverb 

I never give anybody hell. I just tell them the truth , and they thought it was hell. – Harry S. Truman

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. -- Marcus Aurelius

Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion. — Edward Abbey

The pleasures of sudden wonder are soon exhausted, and the mind can only repose upon the stability of truth.” — Samuel Johnson

Keep one thing in view forever — the truth; and if you do this, though it may seem to lead you away from the opinion of men, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God. — Horace Mann

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”– Mark Twain

Let us accept truth even when it surprises us and alters our views. — George Sand

The truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught. You cannot have the truth in such a way that you catch it, but only in such a way that it catches you. Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Truth — Embracing

Shoot the guy who shoots the messenger. — Ryder Executives

The house of delusion is cheap to build but draughty to live in. — A.E. Housman

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