Following are some quotes and insights that have come to me from my own reading and friends' posts, blogs and emails.
- "It is only by being prepared for battle that we can hope to avoid it. If we cannot, our nation expects and demands victory. We shall not fail." (Vice Admiral Charles A. Richard, Commander of U.S. Submarine Forces)
- "The idea of merit rating is alluring. The sound of the words capture the imagination: pay for what you get; get what you pay for; motivate people to do their best. The effect is exactiy the opposite of what the words promise. Everyone propels himself forward, or tries to, for his own good, on his own life preserver. The organization is the loser." (W. Edwards Deming)
- "I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: I served in the United States Navy." (John F. Kennedy)
- "Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." (George Washington)
- "It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that men are enabled to judge correctly of the past and give a proper direction to the future." (James Monroe)
- "There is no substitute for knowledge." (W. Edwards Deming)
- "I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." (Abraham Lincoln)
- "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." (Martin Luther King)
- "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." (Confucius)
- "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." (St. Francis of Assisi)
- "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." (Vince Lombardi)
- Teacher Rule #212: You will drag yourself to school when you're sick because the only thing worse than writing sub plans is the state of your classroom the next day. (Source: My niece, a kindergarten teacher)
- My niece also wrote that she loves the friends that she hasn't seen for days, weeks or even years and the bond is still strong. I find this to be true of Kevin Dilley, my Naval Academy roommate. Weeks or months can go by between phone calls, and yet we pick right up on our last conversation as if it were only yesterday.