Quotes – Full List
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 insure that your song doesn’t either.
I’ll always try my best to make you proud.
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
Ducunt volentum fata, nolentem trahunt.” (Fate leads the willing, drags the unwilling.)
Faith is born of complete engagement in human conduct.
Bonhofer, Lutheran philosopher who died in a Nazi concentration camp.
One day you will have a fork in the road, and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go [one] way, you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and get good assignments. Or you can go [the other] way and you can do something – something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself . If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself . To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you have to make a decision. To be or to do.
Legendary Air Force maverick, the late Col. John R. Boyd
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
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 impostors 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