Pith and eloquence

January 1, 2006 in It is what it is - opinion column | Comments (0)


When I worked in the corporate gauntlet, I often gathered interesting quotes to post by my desk.
It was one way to screen the bland walls of my corporate jail cell. It was also a way to surround myself with inspiration and humor. And in some cases send not so subtle hints to the bureaucratic world around me.
Now that I’m starting off a fresh year with a fresh perspective … not to mention somewhat fresh liberty from working in a 9 to 5 world … I thought I’d share some of my favorites.
Quite a few of these were sometimes used in signature files for my business email at work. Guess which ones raised hierarchical eyebrows!

“If you can keep your head while everyone else is running around losing theirs, perhaps you haven’t fully grasped the gravity of the situation.”
— Quote posted at the U.S. Strategic Air Command Headquarters
“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
— William Shakespeare
“It is pardonable to be defeated but never to be surprised.”
— Frederick the Great

“It is better to die standing than to live on your knees.”
— Spanish Revolutionary, Dolores Ibarruri
“Don’t suffer … solve; don’t whine … win; don’t complain … convince.”
— Acting Coach, Cliff Osmond


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