- “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
- “….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
- “Winning is not everything – but making the effort to win is.”
- “Winners never quit and quitters never win.“
- “Winning is not a sometime thing…it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while…you don’t do the right thing once in a while…you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.”
- “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.”
- “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”
- “I would say that the quality of each man’s life is the full measure of that man’s commitment of excellence and victory – whether it be football, whether it be business, whether it be politics or government or what have you.”
- “Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?”
- “If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”
Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.
The internet is an infinite well of nothing.
Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk With Me Live)
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, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt, speech at the the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23rd 1910 (via alittlecoconuttart)
Now look — that damn cowboy is president.
(Mark Hanna, Republican politician, 1901)
Best reaction to Theodore Roosevelt becoming president.
Interesting story at a high school in Texas. A science experiment backfired and the school was evacuated…The experiment that backfired was trying to teach science in Texas.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
So I randomly came across some Leo Durocher quotes today
For those that don’t know, Leo played for the Dodgers from 1925 to 1945 and was a Big League manager from 1939 to 1973. He ranks 10th all time in wins with 2009 and was elected to the Baseball hall of fame in 1994.
According to Wikipedia, Durocher was “A controversial and outspoken character, Durocher’s career was dogged by clashes with authority, umpires (his 95 career ejections as a manager trailed only McGraw when he retired, and still rank fourth on the all-time list), and the press.”
A lot of things he said were pretty awesome and apply not only to baseball, but to other sports as well as life in general.
Here are some of my favorites:
- As long as I’ve got a chance to beat you I’m going to take it.
- Buy a steak for a player on another club after the game, but don’t even speak to him on the field. Get out there and beat them to death.
- Give me some scratching, diving, hungry ballplayers who come to kill you.
- I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren’t any rules, how could you break them?
- Show me a good loser and I’ll show you an idiot.
- Some guys are admired for coming to play, as the saying goes. I prefer those who come to kill.
- What are we out at the park for, except to win?
- Win any way you can as long as you can get away with it.
- I come to win.
Moon landing was real. Evolution exists. Tax cuts lose revenue. The research has shown this a thousand times. Enough already.
He [Shakespeare] basically said something about how there are more… things there than there are actual… things you can see with your eyes…….That’s not the exact quote.
The more you know, the more you can make fun of.
I am not paying heed to public opinion; I am paying heed to the public interest.