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Nuggets of Wisdom-Summer 2021

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.”

“We have lost the art of learning how to relate our daily lives to a bigger cause for which we are living.”

—DR. MARTIN SELIGMAN

“A person’s heart is never in such a hopeless condition as when they are totally unaware of their flaws.”

—J.C. RYLE

“Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”

—OSCAR WILDE

“A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.”

—AUTHOR INKNOWN

“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”

—THOMAS JEFFERSON

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”

—CICERO, 55 BC

“We simply cannot be a law unto ourselves without consequence. Peace and quality of life come only as we discover and align with the fundamental Laws of Life.”

—STEPHEN COVEY

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”

—PETER DRUCKER & WARREN BENNIS

“God never calls us in to love and change us without then sending us out to reach and serve others.”

—TIM KELLER

“We get the life we plan for.”

—AUTHOR UNKNOWN

“No one is impressed with your possessions as much as you are.”

—MORGAN HOUSEL

“If the truth makes you uncomfortable, don’t blame the truth, blame the lie that made you comfortable.”

—AUTHOR UNKNOWN

“There are two states of being, submission to God and his will, or the refusal to submit to anything except one’s own selfish will.”

—SCOTT PECK

“In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

—C.S. LEWIS, The Abolition of Man


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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