Great Quotes

 As I go through life, I realize that great thoughts need to be remembered. Below are a collection of some of my favorites. 
Back in 1984-85, one afternoon Paul Brand was asked, "How do you know God's will?" He answered with the most insightful sentence I have ever heard -


God's will is to do what's in front of you.

Paul Brand, FRCS, 1984-85 


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoidance of danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller, The Open Door, 1902


This is a country of freedom. So if you are going to stop someone or their group you better have a good reason why you are stopping them if they are not breaking the law or hurting you. You can't accuse someone of doing something wrong just because you don't agree with their ideas.

Bethany Giurintano, Letter to the Editor
The Advocate, August 15, 1996


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 better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic,
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910


This is the law:
There is no possible victory in defense,
The sword is more important than the shield,
And skill is more important than either,
The final weapon is the brain.
All else is supplemental.

John Steinbeck


What you do speaks so loudly,
I can not hear what you say.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare to win.

Coach Bob Knight 


You can't get ahead staying in bed.

Collis Temple III (CT3)