Bill’s Favorite Quotes


The poet Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, “How sad that most people die with their song still inside them.” I don’t intend to die with my song for public service still inside me. And when in office, it will be my job to ensure that your song doesn’t either.
Bill Haas

“Show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Leadership is action, not position.
Bill Haas and others 

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment. You own it. Never let it go.
Eminem

Ducunt volentum fata, nolentem trahunt.” (Fate leads the willing, drags the unwilling.)
Seneca

“Success is the ability to go from defeat to defeat with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Winston Churchill

“You’re never too old to chase your dream.”
Diana Nyad after finally completing the Cuba to Florida swim after more than 30 years of trying.

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Thoreau, Walden

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Frequently attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
Albert Einstein

Leadership is action not position.
I know where I want to go, but I will go where God takes me.
Bill Haas

Faith is born of complete engagement in human conduct.
Bonhofer, Lutheran philosopher who died in a Nazi concentration camp.

Genocide is not an Olympic event. [referring to China’s support of Sudan’s assault on Darfur] St. Louis Post-Dispatch

I figure I’m here, so I might as well try to swim fast.
Michael Phelps after setting world record in his first prelim. of the 2004 Olympic trials

If you’re not taking flak, you’re not over the target.
US Air Force
 

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Frequently attributed to Maya Angelou

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn out tools,
And hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: “Hold on!”
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that is in it,
And which more, you will be a man, my son.
Kipling – “If”

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again… who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement. And who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.”
Theodore Roosevelt – April 23rd, 1910