Past Quotes & Thoughts of the Week

Words and thoughts to live by; that is what my grandparents and parents always said.  They were and are wise people, (I'm old enough to admit that now).  I hope as you read through this collection of ideals, you try to adjust your lifestyle and thinking to include some of the wisdom expounded.  

" I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."

Alice Walker
The Color Purple, 1982

When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown,
Faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.

Barbara J. Winter

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. 
Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break an individual… a team… a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…

I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.  And so it is with you… 
We are in charge of our attitudes!!!!!!!!!

When one door closes, another door opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which opened for us.
---
Alexander Graham Bell

“Commitment to Excellence”

“And it’s a grace, I think, a great deal like life in that it demands that a man’s personal commitment be toward excellence and be toward victory, even though you know that ultimate victory can never be completely won. Yet it must be pursued with all of one’s might. And each week there’s a new encounter, each year a new challenge. 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.  And I’d like to say that the quality of any man’s life has got to be a full measure of that man’s personal commitment to excellence and to victory, regardless of what field he may be in.” 

Vince Lombardi

Excerpts form his “Commitment to Excellence” speech

 

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
                                                                                          --- John Wooden

 

 

"Pressure usually comes when we have no plan"

"Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence."

Abigail Adams in a letter to John Quincy Adams, May 8, 1780

It is wise to direct your energies toward Solutions - Not problems!

To focus your energies on Answers - Not excuses!

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"Truth exists,
only falsehood has to be invented."

Georges Braque

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Moms are someone you look up to,
 no matter how tall you are!!

 

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.           

Henry Ford

 

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It is said that "some of a mans character is revealed in how he handles victory, 
but all his character is revealed in how he handles defeat."
Perhaps we can all learn a little from Coach K !!!!

There are human elements in all these things. I would never, ever blame a loss on one play, or an official, or a player. If you want to blame anybody, blame me. The game is too great to reduce it to excuses or making bogus statements like: 'If this would have happened or that would have happened. Well, it didn't happen! 
Be a man and congratulate the winner and go on.

Mike Krzyzewski's 
post game comments after his loss to Indiana in the 2002 NCAA Playoffs

 

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to Victory!          ---Arthur Golden

 

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It does not Matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.

---Confucius

 

It's kind of fun to do the impossible!

-Walt Disney

 

 

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Luck is what happens when 

Preparation     meets    Opportunity!

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" The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best."                              

Epictetus

 
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.
                                                                                              Mark Twain

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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
---Maya Angelou

 

 

 

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The difference between success and failure in life
is no magical secret or mysterious gift;
it is merely one's ability to do
what you do not want to do, when you do not want to do it!

 

When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.

Barbara J. Winter

Each day of your life, as soon as you open your eyes in the morning, you can square away for a happy and successful day.  It's the mood and the purpose at the inception of each day that are the important facts in charting your course for the day.  We can always square away for a fresh start, no matter what the past has been. It's today that is the paramount problem always.  Yesterday is but history.  

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats!!!

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
                                                                                               Mahatma Gandhi
Enjoy the Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What lies behind us and 
what lies before us 
are tiny matters compared to 
what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson- 
This quote was sent to me by one of our former greats!

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
--- Mahatma Gandhi

 

Remember, we did not inherit this earth from our parents, 
we are only borrowing it from our children.
Walt Disney

Some days you are the bug, 
Some days you are the windshield!

Seeds are for the Birds!

C, B & A Faust; 2010 District XI Track & Field Meet

 

 

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
-Thomas Jefferson

We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.  

                Aristotle                  

 

"Work as if you were to live a hundred years,
 Pray as if you were to die tomorrow."
  
Benjamin Franklin

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
                                                                                               Mahatma Gandhi
Enjoy the Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Life is not a spectator Sport... 

If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, 
in my opinion you're wasting your life.

---Jackie Robinson

Problem is, we just don't recognize the most significant events of our lives while they are happening.

Doc Moonlight Graham

"The Man in the Arena"
 "It is not the critic who counts,
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles,
or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 
The credit belongs to the man in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,
who strives valiantly...
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions,
who spends himself in a worthy cause,
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and  
who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
 who have never known neither victory nor defeat."

 THEODORE ROOSEVELT
(Paris Sorbonne,1910)

Seeds are for the Birds!

C, B & A Faust; 2010 District XI Track & Field Meet
The problem with doing nothing is,
 you are never quite sure when you are done!

Think about it:         One Seventh of your life is spent on Monday!

It's all in an attitude!!!!

"The Greatest Discovery of Any Generation is that A Human Being 
Can
Alter His Life By Altering His Attitude."            
                                                                               
William James

It is wise to direct your energies toward Solutions - Not problems!

To focus your energies on Answers - Not excuses!

"There comes a time in a person's life when to get where he has to go -- if there are no doors or windows -- he walks through a wall"                     

Bernard Malamud

Seeds are for the Birds!

C, B & A Faust; 2010 District XI Track & Field Meet
Never be afraid to try something new. Have confidence in yourself, but realize goals are achieved with hard work and proper guidance.

Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. 
A large group of professionals built the Titanic. 
Go For it!!!!!!
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. 
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. 

--Calvin Coolidge            

 

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. 
Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break an individual… a team… a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…

I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.  And so it is with you… 
We are in charge of our attitudes!!!!!!!!!

The difference between success and failure in life
is no magical secret or mysterious gift;
it is merely one's ability to do
what you do not want to do, when you do not want to do it!

EACH OF US WANTS TO SUCCEED  WE ALL LOOK TO THE FUTURE AND DREAM.

 WE SET GOALS ....  AND APPLY OURSELVES TO REACH THEM.

 BUT IT TAKES PREPARATION,  PRACTICE AND CONSTANT DEDICATION

 TO GAIN THE CONFIDENCE TO WIN!

 AND IT TAKES PATIENCE,

 BECAUSE IT DOESN’T HAPPEN ALL AT ONCE.

                                                     Michael Jordan