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Nuggets of Wisdom – Fall 2020

Every quarter I like to share quotes that I have encountered in my reading and research that have been meaningful to me. I call them “Nuggets of Wisdom.”

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A genius is not born, but is educated and trained.

—LASZLO POLGAR

 

Why do we dread adversity when we know facing it is the only way we become smarter, stronger and better . . .

—JOHN WOODEN

 

We distinguish the excellent man from the mediocre man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.

—JOSE ORTEGA Y GASSETT

 

As a remedy against all ills – poverty, sickness, and melancholy (depression) – only one thing is absolutely necessary: a liking for work.

—CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

 

The character and career of a young person depends on how he or she spends spare time.

—OSWALD SANDERS

 

Every now and then go away, even briefly, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer; since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power.

—Attributed to LEONARDO DA VINCI

 

If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.

—ALEXANDER HAMILTON

 

That something better might be attained in the future by giving up something of value in the present.

—JORDAN PETERSON

 

Freedom is only part of the story and half the truth . . . That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplanted by a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.

—VIKTOR E. FRANKL

 

You can accomplish anything in life, provided you do not mind who gets the credit.

—HARRY S. TRUMAN

 

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.

—RALPH WALDO EMERSON

 

If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

—MICKEY MANTLE


Richard E Simmons III is the founder and Executive Director of The Center for Executive Leadership and a best-selling author.

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