Mark Stehlik's Favorite Quotes
The following may or may not tell you something about me, but I hope you
enjoy them anyway...
- You only have to take a job for money once to realize that money isn't
enough to fulfill you when you aren't doing what makes you happy.
– Bob McConnell, basketball coach at George Junior Republic High
School, on taking a $26,000 pay cut to return to the school to coach and work
with kids at risk.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 7, 2003
- We are all what we are, in large degree, because of others who have helped,
coached, taught, counseled, who set a standard by example, who've taken an
interest in our interests, opened doors, opened our minds, helped us see, who
gave encouragement when we needed it, who reprimanded or prodded when we
needed it, and at critical moments, inspired.
– David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning social historian,
giving the commencement address at Dartmouth College, June 8, 2003
- I sincerely believe that there is nothing truly great in any man or woman
except their character, their willingness to move beyond the realm of self and
into a greater realm of selflessness. Giving back is the ultimate talent in
life. That is the greatest trophy on my mantel.
– Ozzie Smith, the "Wizard of Ahhs", at his induction into the
Baseball Hall of Fame, July 28, 2002
- Yes, indeed, 'God Bless America'. But not so that America can stand and
gloat about how superior we are and expect the rest of the world to pay homage.
No, God should bless America so that America can be a beacon of light to the
rest of the world; to illuminate a path to peace and justice amid conflict
and discord. God Bless America so that it can live up to the mission that is
symbolized by the torch held aloft in New York Harbor, 'Liberty Enlightening
– paraphrased from a sermon by Fr. Eric Diskin, January 6, 2002
- I'm not going to fire a 2 million dollar missile at a 10 dollar empty
tent and hit a camel in the butt.
– George W. Bush (addressing senators on Capitol Hill)
- Do not be arrogant because of your knowledge, but confer with the ignorant
man as with the learned.
– Ptahhotpe (twenty-fourth century B.C.)
- There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror
that reflects it.
– Edith Wharton
- Hell is full of the talented; heaven is full of the energetic.
– Archbishop Fulton Sheen
- To find God, you have to give yourself away.
– Fr. Bill Hausen, 7/28/2002
- God, grant me
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can, and
Wisdom to know the difference.
– Reinhold Niebuhr
- Even the Masai are wearing underwear now.
– ostensibly, a Kikuyu tribe saying concerning the inevitability of
change, but I have received the following rejoinder:
Some time ago, I sent (this quote) to a friend who does field work in Africa.
Thanks for the funny quote. But I don't believe it — none of the
Masai in my area were in the habit of wearing underwear (not that I was in
the habit of looking but when the wind was blowing it was pretty obvious)!
- In Korea, when students do wrong things, teachers usually hit students
with long sticks...
– excerpted from an admissions essay I once read (we do
- I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore
that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let
me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way
– Stephen Grillet
- That best portion of a good man's life — his little, nameless,
unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
– William Wordsworth
- You know, it's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life
which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted,
that we never have to fear the truth, that ultimately there is someone who
loves our very being.
– Fred (Mr.) Rogers, speaking at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's
1994 commencement ceremony
- I feel that the real drama of life is never center stage, it's always in
the wings. It's never with the spotlight on, it's usually something that you
don't expect at all.
– Fred (Mr.) Rogers, 2000
- The highest happiness is a by-product of worthy work well done.
– Rene Auberjonois ("Odo", class of 1962), speaking at Commencement,
2001 (quoting from Robert S. Woodward's address to the inaugural graduating
class of Carnegie Tech in 1908)
- Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls
in the air. You name them — work, family, health, friends and spirit
and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand
that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.
But the other four balls — family, health, friends and spirit — are
made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed,
marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the
same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
– attributed to a speech made by M. Douglas Ivester, CEO of Coca Cola
- Genuine tragedy is a case not of right against wrong but of right against
right — two equally justified ethical principles embodied in people of
– Georg Friedrich Hegel
- It is not enough to fight. It is the spirit which we bring to the fight
that decides the issue. It is morale that wins the victory.
– General George Catlett Marshall, "Military Review"
- He who has never failed somewhere, that man cannot be great.
– Herman Melville
- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act,
but a habit.
- The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
– Walter Gagehot
- It is of no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to
succeed in doing what is necessary.
– Winston Churchill
- People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't
believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people
who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find
them, make them.
– George Bernard Shaw, "Mrs. Warren's Profession"
- It's supposed to be hard; if it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The
hard is what makes it great.
– Tom Hanks, "A League of Their Own"
- It requires a certain largeness of spirit to give generous appreciation to
large achievements. A society with a crabbed spirit and a cynical urge to
discount and devalue will find that one day, when it needs to draw upon the
reservoirs of excellence, the reservoirs have run dry. A society in which
the capacity for warm appreciation of excellence atrophies will find that
its capacity for excellence diminishes. Happiness, too, diminishes as the
appreciation of excellence diminishes. That is no small loss, least of all
to a nation in which the pursuit of happiness was endorsed in the founding
...As Aristotle said, happiness is not a condition that is produced or
stands on its own; rather, it is a frame of mind that accompanies an
activity. But another frame of mind comes first. It is a steely
determination to do well.
– George Will, "Men at Work"
- Greed managed to do what two world wars and an earthquake could not —
cancel the World Series.
– WTAE sportscast, 9/15/94
- The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do
– attributed to Edmund Burke, 1776
- An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has
– Victor Hugo, "Histoire d'un Crime"
- The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great
moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.
- At the dinner with Reagan, it was obvious to Kerr that the balance was
tipping against him. In the last months, [former Governor] Brown had been
his most powerful defender. With him gone, Kerr was without political
support, and his critics on the Board of Regents were in the ascendancy.
One of the University Regents rose to make a toast to Reagan, "To the man
who will bring a big breath of fresh air into the University." Reagan
accepted the toast and replied in measured words that he hoped that faculty
members would now teach their students to respect the morality of the
community. Kerr, a Quaker, later said he thought to himself that youngsters
should be taught a morality higher than that of the community.
– Bill Boyarsky, "The Rise of Ronald Reagan"
(from a chapter concerning the impending ouster of Clark Kerr, president of
the University of California, by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1968)
- I hear, and I forget.
I see, and I remember.
I do, and I learn.
– Native American saying
- Drag-racer Butch Leal, 46, who is also a good golfer, on hoping to join
the Senior PGA Tour when he turns 50: "If I can do that, then hopefully I
can go through my entire life without a real job."
– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/6/90
- But girls aren't supposed to be weird; we are!
– my 12-year-old son on discovering a girl that liked Ren & Stimpy
- ...there is more to life than increasing its speed.
– Wilferd A. Peterson
- ...it's about 80 miles north of the city (I say the city because we all
say the city, but if it's not your city, I should say New York City).
– TIME magazine, 6/17/85
- ...there has never been a better time to be a geek with a dream.
– 9/19/2011 New York magazine article on Silicon Valley startups
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