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Gooding with Carter Hulsey in Tampa

(Things I have borrowed, begged, and stolen from books, movies, conversations, etc.)


Even the kindest man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. —H. L. Mencken

It’s not what they call you—it’s what you answer to.

Ignorance screams and wisdom whispers. —My brilliant neighbor Craig Morris

It is time now for us to rise from sleep. —Saint Benedict

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul
—Bob Dylan, “Masters of War”

I don’t talk about the past. —Prince

When you start making stuff for other people is when you lose yourself. —Questlove

Baseball is not a game you can play with your teeth clenched. —George Will

Measure twice, cut once.

Work is love made visible. —Kahlil Gibran

One thing about show biz—Monday can be disappointing and Tuesday exhilarating. Momentum and fortunes turn on a dime. —Rob Lowe

Hire talented people and get out of their way. —Tina Fey

Your job is to open a door into another world. —Daniel Lanois

No race can prosper till it learns there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. —Booker T. Washington

If writing seems hard, it is because it is hard. It is one of the hardest things people do. —William Zissner

All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. —Orwell

We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else. —Elie Wiesel

He who protests evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. —MLK

If people aren’t made to feel valuable, they will eventually learn to believe it.” —John Hope Bryant

Nothing ever truly meaningful or lasting has been created in a short period of time. —Jerzy Gregorek

The reason that [actors] are basically alcoholics waiting to happen, is that if you are the personality that at some point in your life goes to a Broadway play or sees a movie and somewhere in your mind you’re thinking, I should be there. I should be up on a screen. I should be someone that people go to see in a play—if you are that kind of person, the kind of person who acts on that, you are in the most assertive, extroverted .022 percent of the population. That’s a very assertive chord in your personality. Then the business renders you totally passive. And there is no resolution to assertive people in a passive position. It’s corrosive. There’s no resolution to that. —Bradley Whitford

When I knew nothing, I thought I could do anything. —Robert Duvall

I learned what an amazing feeling not compromising is. —Ricky Gervais re The Office

Good strategy always feels like you are closing doors. —Leo from The West Wing

Failure—few mistakes repeated every day.
Success—few disciplines repeated every day.

From the pain come the dream
From the dream come the vision
From the vision come the people
From the people come the power
From the power come the change
—Peter Gabriel

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. —Emerson

There is no competition at all—it is your VOICE. —Paul Haggis

I also have in mind that seemingly wealthy, but most terribly impoverished class of all, who have accumulated dross, but know not how to use it, or get rid of it, and thus have forged their own golden or silver fetters. —Thoreau

The universe rewards you for taking risks on its behalf.

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