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Nuggets of Wisdom – Summer 2024

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.”


“Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician and I will show you a crook.”



“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.”

—JACOB RIIS, Social Reformer


“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.”

—JOHN ADAMS (1756)


“The most important things are almost never urgent.”



“We will eventually burn out from work that draws income but fails to capture or exercise our gifts.”



“Money has become a playing field where we measure our competence and worth as people.”



“Principles are guidelines for human conduct that are proven to have enduring, permanent value.”



“Of all the awkward people in your house or job there is only one you can improve very much.”



“People don’t change with time. They change by understanding reality.”



“My goal for growing older, for preparing to die, is to care less about how others view me and more about how God views me. We’ll have much longer together, after all.”


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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