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Friday, October 13, 2006
From Liberace with love
"Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself."

Friday, August 04, 2006
Benjamin Franklin's Goals

Benjamin Franklin developed a "Plan" for regulating his future conduct? He was partially motivated by Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." He followed the plan he created "pretty faithfully" even to the age of 79 (when he wrote about it), and he was even more determined to stick with it for his remaining days because of the happiness he had enjoyed so far by following it.
His "Plan" was made up of 13 virtues, each with short descriptions:

1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.
2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.
6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
11. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
12. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006
If ...
"If you would thoroughly know something, teach it to others."

Tryon Edwards (1809 - 1894)

and
"Desire, ask, believe, receive."

Stella Terrill Mann.

Monday, February 06, 2006
Be careful ...
"Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter."

Paxton Hood.

and

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. "

Robert Heinlein.

Sunday, January 22, 2006
Your pace of life
"If the people about you are carrying on their business or their benevolence at a pace which drains the life out of you, resolutely take a slower pace; be called a laggard, make less money, accomplish less work than they, but be what you were meant to be and can be. You have your natural limit of power as much as an engine,--ten-horse power, or twenty, or a hundred. You are fit to do certain kinds of work, and you need a certain kind and amount of fuel, and a certain kind of handling."

George S. Merriam.

Sunday, December 18, 2005
A pre-Christmas thought
"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

Benjamin Franklin.

Friday, December 16, 2005
Far better ...
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."


Theodore Roosevelt.

Saturday, November 26, 2005
Never lose sight
Never lose sight of this important truth, that no one can be truly great until he has gained a knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement.


and

Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great.


Both from Johann Georg von Zimmermann.

Monday, October 31, 2005
Self-confidence
"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings."

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784).
English author, critic, & lexicographer.

and

A successful individual
"A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration."

Kurt Lewin (1890 - 1947).
US (German-born) psychologist.

Friday, October 28, 2005
A true friend ...
"A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities."

William A. Ward.

and

Being more productive ....
"No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive."

Dr. Joyce Brothers (1928 - ).
US psychologist & television personality.