Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Uncommon Quotes

One of the bonuses found in Tony Dungy's book Uncommon is the quotes found at the beginning of every chapter. Here are some of my favorites.

Mark Twain: When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

Old English Proverb: One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Men are respectable only as they respect. (As a side note, Emerson is my great-great-great-great-great uncle. Too bad, I didn't inherit his literary skill.)

Doug Larson: If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage f fishing poles.

Robert Fulghum: Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

Will Rogers: We can't all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.

Francois Mauriac: No love, no friendship, can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.

Booker T. Washington: Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.