Capt. Petroni Fav Quotes
- “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”
- “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth”
- “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own Reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act; arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.”
- “How soon we forget history… Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like a fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master.”
- “Where Liberty dwells, there is my country.”
- “Those who would give up essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security and lose both.”
- “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”
- “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
- “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
- “One man with courage is a majority”
“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”
- “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
- “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.”
- “I believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies”
- “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
- “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
- “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
- “I am a great believer in the America people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.”
- “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
- “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
- “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
- “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
- “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
- “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!”
- “I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.”
- “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
- “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
- “Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a
name worth remembering.”
- “No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.”
- “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
- “Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.”
- “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
- “The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.”
- “The government is us; we are the government, you and I.”
- “The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.”
- “The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.”
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”
“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”
“The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.”
- “The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
- “There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.”
- “We can have no “50-50″ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.”
- “There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.”
- “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
- “When you are asked if you can do a job, tell’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”
- “When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.”
- “With self-discipline most anything is possible.”
- “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”
- “It is no use to preach to children if you do not act decently yourself.”
- “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.”
- “I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
- “There were all kinds of things I was afraid of at first, ranging from grizzly bears to ‘mean’ horses and gun-fighters; but by acting as if I was not afraid I gradually ceased to be afraid.”
- “Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.”
- “It is true of the Nation, as of the individual, that the greatest doer must also be a great dreamer.”
- “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
- “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
- “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- “All we have to fear is fear itself.”
- “When your at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.”
- “Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.”
- “There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.”
- “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
“Man in the Arena”
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
“The Strenuous Life”
Thrice happy is the nation that has a glorious history. Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
“Is America a weakling, to shrink from the work of the great world powers? No! The young giant of the West stands on a continent and clasps the crest of an ocean in either hand. Our nation, glorious in youth and strength, looks into the future with eager eyes and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.”
– Letter to John Hay, American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, London, Written in Washington, DC, June 7, 1897
“The American Boy”
“A healthy-minded boy should feel hearty contempt for the coward and even more hearty indignation for the boy who bullies girls or small boys, or tortures animals.”…”What we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man.”
“If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base and sordid creature, no matter how successful.”
– Letter to his son Kermit,
“Success – the real success – does not depend upon the position you hold, but upon how you carry yourself in that position.”
University of Cambridge,
In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
Gen. George S. Patton
- “A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.”
- “Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way”
- “A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.”
- “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”
- “Always do everything you ask of those you command.”
- “Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.”
- “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
- “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”
- “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
- “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
- “Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”
- “There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear.”
- “There is only one sort of discipline, perfect discipline.”
- “Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”
- “Do more than is required of you.”
- “By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.”
- “Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.”
- “No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.”
- “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”
- “You’re never beaten until you admit it.”
- “War is the supreme test of man in which he rises to heights never approached in any other activity.”
- “No sane man is unafraid in battle, but discipline produces in him a form of vicarious courage.”
- “Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tire, more hungry. Keep punching.”
- “A man must know his destiny. if he does not recognize it, then he is lost. By this I mean, once, twice, or at the very most, three times, fate will reach out and tap a man on the shoulder. if he has the imagination, he will turn around and fate will point out to him what fork in the road he should take, if he has the guts, he will take it.”
Robert E. Lee
- “In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”
- “The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.”
- “What a cruel thing war is… to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors.”
- “Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.”
- “Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.”
- “It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.”
- “The devil’s name is dullness.”
- “Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.”
- “Americans never quit.”
- “I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”
- “We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.”
- “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
- “Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
- “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
- “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”
- “There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.”
- “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
- “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”
- “Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
- “A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.”
- “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”
- “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”
- “We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.”
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Then yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
“Together” England at War
When Horse and Rider each can trust the other everywhere,
It takes a fence and more than a fence to pound that happy pair;
For the one will do what the other demands, although he is beaten and blown,
And when it is done, they can live through a run that neither could face alone.
When Crew and Captain understand each other to the core,
It takes a gale and more than a gale to put their ship ashore;
For the one will do what the other commands, although they are chilled to the bone,
And both together can live through weather that neither could face alone.
When King and People understand each other past a doubt,
It takes a foe and more than a foe to knock that country out;
For the one will do what the other requires as soon as the need is shown;
And hand in hand they can make a stand which neither could make alone!
This wisdom had Elizabeth and all her subjects too,
For she was theirs and they were hers, as well the Spaniard knew;
For when his grim Armada come to conquer the Nation and Throne,
Why, back to back they met an attack that neither could face alone!
It is not wealth, nor talk, nor trade, nor schools, nor even the Vote,
Will save your land when the enemy’s hand is tightening round your throat. But a King and a People who thoroughly trust each other in all that is done
Can sleep on their bed without any dread–for the world will leave ’em alone!
For want of a nail -Unknown
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
The Hound of Heaven
I fled Him down the nights and down the days
I fled Him down the arches of the years
I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind, and in the midst of tears
I hid from him, and under running laughter.
Up visited hopes I sped and shot precipitated
Adown titanic glooms of chasmed hears
From those strong feet that followed, followed after
But with unhurrying chase and unperturbed pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat, and a Voice beat,
More instant than the feet:
All things betray thee who betrayest me.
I pleaded, outlaw–wise by many a hearted casement,
curtained red, trellised with inter-twining charities,
For though I knew His love who followed,
Yet was I sore adread, lest having Him,
I should have nought beside.
But if one little casement parted wide,
The gust of his approach would clash it to.
Fear wist not to evade as Love wist to pursue.
Across the margent of the world I fled,
And troubled the gold gateways of the stars,
Smiting for shelter on their clanged bars,
Fretted to dulcet jars and silver chatter
The pale ports of the moon.
I said to Dawn — be sudden, to Eve — be soon,
With thy young skiey blossoms heap me over
From this tremendous Lover.
Float thy vague veil about me lest He see.
I tempted all His servitors but to find
My own betrayal in their constancy,
In faith to Him, their fickleness to me,
Their traitorous trueness and their loyal deceit.
To all swift things for swiftness did I sue,
Clung to the whistling mane of every wind,
But whether they swept, smoothly fleet,
The long savannahs of the blue,
Or whether, thunder-driven,
They clanged His chariot thwart a heaven,
Plashy with flying lightnings round the spurn of their feet,
Fear wist not to evade as Love wist to pursue.
Still with unhurrying chase and unperturbed pace
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
Came on the following feet, and a Voice above their beat:
Nought shelters thee who wilt not shelter Me.
I sought no more that after which I strayed
In face of Man or Maid.
But still within the little childrens’ eyes
Seems something, something that replies,
They at least are for me, surely for me.
But just as their young eyes grew sudden fair,
With dawning answers there,
Their angel plucked them from me by the hair.
Come then, ye other children, Nature’s
Share with me, said I, your delicate fellowship.
Let me greet you lip to lip,
Let me twine with you caresses,
Wantoning with our Lady Mother’s vagrant tresses,
Banqueting with her in her wind walled palace,
Underneath her azured dais:s,
Quaffing, as your taintless way is,
From a chalice, lucent weeping out of the dayspring.
So it was done.
I in their delicate fellowship was one.
Drew the bolt of Nature’s secrecies,
I knew all the swift importings on the wilful face of skies,
I knew how the clouds arise,
Spume d of the wild sea-snortings.
All that’s born or dies,
Rose and drooped with,
Made them shapers of mine own moods, or wailful, or Divine.
With them joyed and was bereaven.
I was heavy with the Even,
when she lit her glimmering tapers round the day’s dead sanctities.
I laughed in the morning’s eyes.
I triumphed and I saddened with all weather,
Heaven and I wept together,
and its sweet tears were salt with mortal mine.
Against the red throb of its sunset heart,
I laid my own to beat
And share commingling heat.
But not by that, by that was eased my human smart.
In vain my tears were wet on Heaven’s gray cheek.
For ah! we know what each other says,
these things and I; In sound I speak,
Their sound is but their stir, they speak by silences.
Nature, poor step-dame, cannot slake my drouth.
Let her, if she would owe me
Drop yon blue-bosomed veil of sky
And show me the breasts o’ her tenderness.
Never did any milk of hers once bless my thirsting mouth.
Nigh and nigh draws the chase, with unperturbe d pace
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
And past those noise d feet, a Voice comes yet more fleet:
Lo, nought contentst thee who content ‘st nought Me.
Naked, I wait thy Love’s uplifted stroke. My harness, piece by piece,
thou’st hewn from me
And smitten me to my knee,
I am defenceless, utterly.
I slept methinks, and awoke.
And slowly gazing, find me stripped in sleep.
In the rash lustihead of my young powers,
I shook the pillaring hours,
and pulled my life upon me.
Grimed with smears,
I stand amidst the dust o’ the mounded years–
My mangled youth lies dead beneath the heap.
My days have crackled and gone up in smoke,
Have puffed and burst like sunstarts on a stream.
Yeah, faileth now even dream the dreamer
and the lute, the lutanist.
Even the linked fantasies in whose blossomy twist,
I swung the Earth, a trinket at my wrist,
Have yielded, cords of all too weak account,
For Earth, with heavy grief so overplussed.
Ah! is thy Love indeed a weed,
albeit an Amaranthine weed,
Suffering no flowers except its own to mount?
Ah! must, Designer Infinite,
Ah! must thou char the wood ‘ere thou canst limn with it?
My freshness spent its wavering shower i’ the dust.
And now my heart is as a broken fount,
Wherein tear-drippings stagnate, spilt down ever
From the dank thoughts that shiver upon the sighful branches of my
Such is. What is to be?
The pulp so bitter, how shall taste the rind?
I dimly guess what Time in mists confounds,
Yet ever and anon, a trumpet sounds
From the hid battlements of Eternity.
Those shaken mists a space unsettle,
Then round the half-glimpse d turrets, slowly wash again.
But not ‘ere Him who summoneth
I first have seen, enwound
With glooming robes purpureal; Cypress crowned.
His name I know, and what his trumpet saith.
Whether Man’s Heart or Life it be that yield thee harvest,
Must thy harvest fields be dunged with rotten death?
Now of that long pursuit,
Comes at hand the bruit.
That Voice is round me like a bursting Sea:
And is thy Earth so marred,
Shattered in shard on shard?
Lo, all things fly thee, for thou fliest me.
Strange, piteous, futile thing;
Wherefore should any set thee love apart?
Seeing none but I makes much of Naught (He said).
And human love needs human meriting —
How hast thou merited,
Of all Man’s clotted clay, the dingiest clot.
Alack! Thou knowest not
How little worthy of any love thou art.
Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee,
Save me, save only me?
All which I took from thee, I did’st but take,
Not for thy harms,
But just that thou might’st seek it in my arms.
All which thy childs mistake fancies as lost,
I have stored for thee at Home.
Rise, clasp my hand, and come.
Halts by me that Footfall.
Is my gloom, after all,
Shade of His hand, outstretched caressingly?
Ah, Fondest, Blindest, Weakest,
I am He whom thou seekest.
Thou dravest Love from thee who dravest Me.
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.
Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.
Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.
It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.
And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.
I don’t say these things because I believe in the “brute” nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.”
It is hard to see how a great man can be an atheist. Without the sustaining influence of faith in a divine power we could have little faith in ourselves. We need to feel that behind us is intelligence and love. Doubters do not achieve; skeptics do not contribute; cynics do not create. Faith is the great motive power, and no man realizes his full possibilities unless he has the deep conviction that life is eternally important, and that his work, well done, is a part of an unending plan.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
“The Ship” or “What is Dying”
I am standing upon the foreshore,
A ship at my side spreads her white sails in the morning breeze
And starts for the open sea.
She is an object of great beauty and strength,
And I stand watching her sail,
Till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says:
“She is gone.”
Gone from my sight- that is all.
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when she left my side,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its fullest,
Her diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says:
“There! She is gone”,
There are other eyes watching for her coming,
And other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “There she comes!”
-and this is dying.
The horizon is just the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, Oh Lord, that we may see further.
– Bishop Brent
Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.