The Wisdom of Others Pt. 1

Posted on July 29, 2009


Here are some quotes about leadership that I like to keep handy for guidance and inspiration.

  • “But down these mean streets a man must go who is not in himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.” -Raymond Chandler in his essay “The Simple Art of Murder.”
  • “If there’s no pain and no loss, it’s only recreational, and we can leave it to the minks.  People have to be valued.” -Travis McGee in “Nightmare in Pink,” by John D. MacDonald
  • “The future is up for grabs.  It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want.”  -Robert Anton Wilson
  • “It’s impossible for anyone to be responsible for another person’s behavior. The most you or any leader can do is to encourage each one to be responsible for himself.”  -Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Success in almost any field depends more on drive and energy than it does on intelligence.  This is why we have so many stupid leaders.” -Sloan Wilson
  • “The most important lesson I learned from those proficient gunfighters was that the winner of a gunplay was usually the man who took his time.” Wyatt Earp, from Stuart Lake’s Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshall.
  • Anything you do can get you killed, including doing nothing. – Murphy’s Laws of Combat #2
  • No plan survives the first contact intact. – Murphy’s Laws of Combat #5
  • The important things are always simple; the simple things are always hard.- Murphy’s Laws of Combat #8
  • “If you’re not alone at the head of your troops, you’re not leading.” Richard Marcinko, founder, SEAL Team Six
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