Thread: Quotes of Motivation
11-21-2008, 12:57 AM #1
Quotes of Motivation
Have you seen the movie about Mother Teresa's works? I was most stunned by what happened when she was negotiating with a financier in Phoenix to open a mission. She went through the location and told him to tear out all the carpet, donate the nice beds to another charity, disconnect the electricity, etc. etc. In other words, she didn't want her nuns living in better conditions than the population they were going to minister to. Mother Teresa was a phenomenal human being and an excellent example of what just one person can do to help change the world.
Random Quote from Mother Teresa
"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
11-21-2008, 01:15 AM #2
Man in the Arena (Or Woman)
"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."
President Theodore Roosevelt
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
11-21-2008, 01:17 AM #3
Marcus Aurelius (121-180) was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. He is best known for his Meditations. He was concerned with the social problems of the poor, the enlsaved, and the incarcerated. Ironically, he continued the persecution of the growing Christian population. He died of the plague while planning an excursion that would have extended the Roman Empire northwards. His son and successor, Commodus, abandoned those plans.
Marcus Aurelius was one of the great philosophers who embraced Stoicism. He was influenced by Epicetus as a young man.
Random Quote from Marcus Aurelius
"Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also."
11-21-2008, 01:18 AM #4
Winston Churchill, best known as the leader of Great Britain during the Second World War, was also an orator, artist and writer. His words and example have been motivating people for more than a half century.
Random Quote from Winston Churchill
"The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult."
11-21-2008, 01:19 AM #5
Horace (65 BC to 8 BC) was the son of a freed slave in Rome who became one of the nation's greatest poets. His works espoused the virtues of moderation and simplicity.
Full name: Quintus Horatius Flaccus
Horace received his education in one of the best schools in Rome. In 46 BC he went to Athens and attended lectures at the Academy. After the assassination of Julius Caesar, he was appointed tribunus militum in the army of Brutus. In 42 BC, he commanded his troops against Antony and Octavian and was defeated. He fled back to the Sabellian hillside country where he was born, but found that his father's lands had been confiscated by the state. Horace returned to Rome during a period of general amnesty. In 36 BC He held a minor post as clerk of the treasury where he was befriended by Gaius Maecenas, a writer who also served as one of Octavian's political advisors. Through Maecenas, Horace met many other writers. Maecenas provided Horace with land and a home in the peaceful hillside away from the politically charged atmosphere of Rome. Horace retired to the countryside retreat to write, refusing later offers of political posts from Emperor Augustus.
In 35 BC Horace published the first book of the Satires, a compilation of 10 poems. In the poems, Horace rejected his previous life as a public official and political appointee and espoused a life of growth through serenity. He later published the Epodes, an attack on social abuses and blind ambition. In 29 BC he published the second book of Satires, then set his pen to composing the Odes, a collection of 88 poems on topics such as love, friendship, and beauty. The Odes were published in 23 BC. Horace thereafter abandoned the lyrical form, and turned to a free verse form that he called "literary letters." Horace wrote three books of Epistles in this form, which were published between 19 and 15 BC. He returned to the lyric form for the Secular Hymn, written at the behest of Augustus for the Secular Games. He resumed writing in this style for his final book of Odes. He died just a few months after his friend, Maecenas, in 8 BC.
A biography of Horace written by Suetonius contains excerpts of letters between Augustus and the poet in which we learn that Horace was short, chubby, prematurely gray, and quick to anger but just as quick to forgive.
Random Quote from Horace
"We set up harsh and unkind rules against ourselves. No one is born without faults."
11-21-2008, 01:20 AM #6
Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1979 to 1990. "I am in politics because of the struggle between good and evil. I believe that in the end good will triumph."
Random Quote from Margaret Thatcher
"Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that is it not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. "
11-21-2008, 01:21 AM #7
Albert Einstein (3/14/1879-4/18/1955) was a Nobel Laureate in physics. Many people don't realize that as a young man, Einstein was an indifferent student. At the age of 12, he decided to solve the riddle of the world, but he dropped out of school at age 15. He resumed school later in life, finishing four years at the Polytecnic Academy in Zurich studying physics. After graduation, he taught math and worked as a patent examiner in Switzerland. In 1905, he published his doctoral thesis and was awarded his doctorate by the Polytecnic Academy. In that same year he published four other research papers that outlined his theories on relativity, equivalence of mass and energy (e=mc2), Brownian motion, and the photon theory of light. The theory of relativity was very controversial, and although it was proven in 1919, the Nobel committee did not mention it when bestowing the prize.
Einstein had two children by his first wife. His son, Albert Hans Einstein, studied river hydraulics, including the movement of sediment and tidal flows. He was estranged from his other son. Einstein was living in Germany when WWI broke out. His wife and children were vacationing out of the country. The separation ended in divorce. Einstein was remarried in 1919. He was a critic of German militarism, but stayed in Germany after the war, believing that it had been quashed. When Hitler became Chancellor in 1933, Einstein moved to the United States and settled in Princeton, NJ, where he eventually died. Thoughout his life, he championed the cause of peace. Although his critics often accused him of political naiveté, Einstein knew the devastation of war firsthand.
Ironically, it was a letter from Einstein to then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that led to the establishment of the Manhatten Project and the development of the atom bomb. He wrote the letter upon hearing that the Germans were making progress toward splitting the atom. He wrote to FDR urging watchfulness and preparation for swift action if the Germans were successful. He did not even know that the US had begun the research until the bomb was detonated at Hiroshima. Einsteinium, an element found only in material that has undergone massive neutron irradiation, was named after Einstein after being found in wastes at the site of the first detonation of a thermonuclear device. After the war, Einstein joined with other scientists in a call for world harmony to avoid the future use of nuclear weapons.
Einstein was an active correspondent. He exchanged letters with Sigmund Freud on violence, and with Rabindranath Tagore on the essence of Truth. He traveled extensively on lecture tours, and often complained that it kept him from continuing his work. In his later years, Einstein worked on the unified field theory, which most physicists felt was flawed in light of discoveries in quantum mechanics.
Random Quote from Albert Einstein
"Good acts are like good poems. One may easily get their drift, but they are not always rationally understood."
11-21-2008, 01:22 AM #8
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) born out of wedlock in the region of Vinci (Italy). Despite his lowly birth, his father took him and his mother into his own house, where Leonardo was treated as a legitimate son and giving an education. At age 15, his father apprenticed him to Andrea del Verrocchio, a painter and sculptor in Florence. Verrocchio's studio was involved not only in painting and sculpture, but in bronze casting and architectural projects as well. Leonardo was accepted into the Florentine painter's guild in 1472, but stayed in the Verrocchio studio for five more years. It is said that Leonardo was once assigned to paint an angel in a painting Verrochio was working on (The Baptism of Christ). After Verrochio saw Leonardo's handling of light and shadow (angel on far left), he laid down his brushes and never painted again. Leonardo's biggest contribution to painting was his method of painting light.
In 1482, Leonardo left Florence for Milan where he worked as an artist for the Duke of Milan, as well as consulting on architectural and military engineering projects.He spent 17 happy, productive years in the court of the duke, though he finished only 6 paintings in those years. His biggest disappointment was the interruption of a project that many called impossible: the casting of of a 16' high statue of Francisco Sforza on horseback. Leonardo was obsessed with this project for over 12 years, but the project was called off due to the unstable political climate in the area. Anticipating war, the bronze was ordered to be used for cannon balls instead of the sculpture.
In the early 1490s, Leonardo's energies turned to writing. His notebooks indicate that he was planning to write at least 4 books. It is during this period in Milan that he began his habit of journaling. Leonardo was particularly fascinated with nature, including anatomy, which led him into a study of the sciences. He was an inveterate journaler, writing down his findings, experiments, observations, and ideas in his notebooks, along with sketches illustrating his observations. Over a thousand pages of his studies, observations, and sketches have been found - 31 notebooks in all have been preserved.
Leonardo was left-handed. He undertook his journals in "mirror writing", not as a way of keeping the contents secret as it is easily read. Rather, it is believed that he just didn't care to write as a mode of communication. The notes were for himself and he wrote them in the way that was most natural to him.
Throughout the journals, Leonardo makes reference to his lack of learning. He undertook ambitious programs to improve himself, including learning Latin on his own and working to increase his vocabulary.
Leonardo returned to Florence at the turn of the century where he was received with great acclaim. At this time, however, he was more interested in mathematics than painting and turned down several portrait commissions. He was employed by Cesare Borgia as senior military architect and engineer. In Borgia's court, Leonardo met Niccolo Machiavelli and became fascinated by politics. In 1503, while investigating a scheme to divert the Arno river, but Leonardo was captured again by the beauty of the area and began making studies for paintings. It was during this period that the Mona Lisa was painted. While in Florence, Leonardo also became fascinated by anatomy and undertook disections at the local hospital. In addition to human anatomy, he studied avian anatomy, hydrology, and the movement of air.
In 1506, Leonardo returned to Milan where he worked with Giovanni Francesco Rustici on some bronze statues. He painted very little during this 7 year stay in Milan, but did accept some apprentices. He was commissioned for another sculpture by Gian Giacomo Trivulzio who, at the last minute, decided to forego the massive monument planned by Leonardo for a more modest one. During this period, Leonardo continued with his study of comparative anatomy and began to delve into physiology as well. His journals of this period also contain notes on mathematics, optics, mechanics, geology and botany. In 1513, due to continued political unrest in Milan, Leonardo moved to Rome.
Leonardo's natural curiosity had the unfortunate effect of scattering his energies. He was forever fascinated by the workings of the world around him, believing that observation was the most important skill an artist could develop. He liked to criticize his contemporaries for their slavish copying of past art rather than developing a style of their own. He was criticized in turn for starting paintings and never finishing them. He started sculptures and other projects, only to abandon them for a new fancy that had caught his eye. The atmosphere in Rome was congenial for artists - Raphael, Michaelangelo, and many others were working steadily, but Leonardo could not get any commissions because of his reputation for leaving projects unfinished. He studied mathematics and engineering experiments while writing bitter letters to potential patrons.
In 1516, Leonardo left Italy at the invitation of King Francis I. He lived in France for the remainder of his life. The king granted him complete freedom in his pursuits and treated him as an honored guest. Leonardo spent most of his time writing and studying anatomy. He died on May 2, 1519 in Cloux.
Random Quote from Leonardo da Vinci
"It is better to die than to lose one's freedom. [Leonardo: Discovering the Life of Leornardo da Vinci: A Biography by Serge Bramley] "
11-21-2008, 04:15 AM #9
"Innovation and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at the beginning (and very often at the end) of their careers'
11-21-2008, 05:41 PM #10
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