“The notion of sin and repentance waned with the belief in authority. Men thought they could make good the evil they did.”
~ Lord Acton
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
~ Edmund Burke
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
~ Abraham Lincoln
Cogs In The Machine
"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
-- Gen. George S. Patton
"People don't care how much you know--until they know how much you care."
-- John C. Maxwell
"Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination."
-- Warren Bennis
"Press on: nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
-- Calvin Coolidge
"Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience. Once implemented they can be easily overturned or subverted through apathy or lack of follow-up, so a continuous effort is required."
-- Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.”
“Some people spend their whole lives wondering if they made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.”
~ Ronald Reagan
"A reflective reading of history will show that no man ever rose to military greatness who could not convince his troops that he put them first, above all else."
-- Gen. Maxwell Taylor
"The...thing you can do to make your agency a more interesting place to work and consequently less bureaucratic is to enable those under you to feel they control their own areas of work. In this way they acquire a sense of ownership in what gets done and how they do it."
-- Kenneth Ashworth