"Life is not about weathering storms, its about learning how to dance in the rain." Tony Robbins

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

"Eleventy thousand". From Different by Young me Moon (I love the irreverence of this coming from a scholar. MB)

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

"You need to pump up that puppy." Waitress at Denny's talking about bland grits

"The trouble with a good many of us is that we come to a conclusion before we arrive at the end." F.J.Mills (The Twinkler)

"what is true in the light of day can become false in the dark of night." Young me Moon

"Consumption has become the identity cloak of our generation." Young me Moon

" We are living in a culture in which the hallmark of sophisticated consumption is a refusal to be impressed for too long." Young me Moon

"The best executive is one who has enough sense to pick good men to do what he wants done and the self restraint to keep from meddling while they do it." Franklin d Roosevelt

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, if you want to really test a mans character give him power." Abraham Lincoln

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

"Talented people need organisations less than organisations need talented people". Dan Pink.

"Better followership often begets better leadership." Barbara Kellerman Harvard University

"People don't leave bad companies, they leave bad bosses." Beverly Kaye. CEO

"In the absence of clearly defined goals we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until we ultimately become enslaved by it". Robert Heinlein, Author.

"Without a clear vision and an explicit set of goals, all decisions are based on politics." Pete Ramstead, Toro.

"In terms of barriers to change, there is not a single rural community that wouldn't benefit from a few timely deaths." Jim Krile, Community researcher.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and think." Mark Twain

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children, one is roots, the other is wings." Hodding Carter Jr.


 "It’s important for us to do unto others as we would have others do unto us." Anon though with an obviously biblical reference.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain

"Homes used to contain three and sometimes more generations- these days families are spread across the planet, not just around the village." Anon but may have been me. Equally, I may have unwittingly stolen it from someone.

"National unity starts with every family, national integrity starts with each person." Sir David Martin 1990

"How are we getting on with making Australia a good place to live? I would say pretty badly. We hear and read and see every day about crime, drugs, unemployment, dishonesty in high places, violence. And we all complain about it. But we should not just blame politicians, or the police or the church for not fixing everything up. After all, leadership starts with every parent. National unity starts with each family. National integrity starts with each person. The failure of any one person in the land weakens the whole community. I think it is time we had the sense to establish some standards and the courage to stick to them. For example the family is the basis of our society; excellence is a respectable goal; profit is healthy; competition is vital, success and reward are not dirty words; and dishonesty and violence are disgraceful. Sir David Martin 1990

“To build bridging social capital requires that we transcend our social and political and professional identities to connect with people unlike ourselves. This is why team sports provide good venues for social capital creation.” Steven R Balzac  

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

"The problem with most failing businesses is not that the owners dont know enough about finance, about marketing, about management, about operations- they don’t, but those things are easy enough to learn. The problem is they think they know enough. So they spend their time defending what they know, rather than discovering what they don’t." Geller lk, 2002 Customers for Keeps.

"listening makes people feel special and cared about listening alerts you to problems or opportunities that you didn't know existed listening builds relationships and develops rapport trust and understanding. Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear." Dave Isay (Storycorp is the free app that allows people to record their own story for posterity)

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain

"You can read as many books as you like, but nothing beats having a real crack, safe in the knowledge that it's OK to be wrong, well, a little bit wrong. Nothing beats having a real red hot crack at it." Michael B

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain

"I will see you in the countryside" MB