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John Thorn Quotes and Sayings

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In over 160 years of recorded baseball history,
no team had ever won a championship this way.
- John Thorn

The National League was born the following year,
as an attempt to exert the control of capital over labor.
- John Thorn

Award trophies, as opposed to letting the players define and claim their own.
Ultimately, pay them to play so that their activity
not only resembles work but is work.
- John Thorn

This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense:
the pain of not being able to return to one's home and family.
- John Thorn

 

Finally, for all of us but a lucky few,
the dream of playing big-time baseball is relinquished
so we can get on with grown-up things.
- John Thorn

The caliber of play suffered and attendance declined year by year.
Interest in college football was exploding,
and there was this new game called basketball.
- John Thorn

My egotistical concern was less that I would fail to
relate to my classmates than that they would know nothing
of my uniquely tortured life's course and,
thus, me.
- John Thorn

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But the dream is never forgotten, only put aside and never out of reach:
Where once the dream connected boys with the world of men,
now it reconnects men with the spirit of boys.
- John Thorn

Distant replay morphs into instant replay,
and future replay cannot be far off.
- John Thorn

Pursuing employment or climatic relief,
we live in voluntary exile from our extended families and our longer past,
but in an involuntary exile from ourselves and our own past.
- John Thorn

Baseball presents a living heritage,
a game poised between the powerful undertow of seasons
past and the hope of next day,
next week, next year.
- John Thorn

There was much woe and lamentation in the seventies that the game was dying.
- John Thorn

We know these men are professionals whose services
are up for bid and whose bags are packed,
and yet we call them our own and take personal,
even civic pride in their accomplishments.
- John Thorn

Whatever else I do before finally I go to my grave,
I hope it will not be looking after young people.
- John Thorn

The heroes of our youth grow old - 'the boys of summer in their ruin,'
in Dylan Thomas's verse -
yet we seem the same.
- John Thorn

In response to the challenge of strangers,
sport arose as a sublimated representation of a community's
armed might as well as its pride of place and clan.
- John Thorn

For many of us, sport has provided the continuity in our lives,
the alternative family to the one we left behind.
It gives us something to talk about,
to preen about,
to care about.
- John Thorn

This illuminates not only fans' interest in major league
teams but also the minors and even Little League.
- John Thorn

Donning a glove for a backyard toss,
or watching a ball game,
or just reflecting upon our baseball days,
we are players again, forever young.
- John Thorn

If I haven't made myself clear, this worrisome chain
of events describes the game of the nineteenth century.
- John Thorn

But the citizens of Cincinnati loved their Reds because they won,
no matter what their addresses had been the year before.
They rooted for the Old-English 'C' on the players' shirts.
- John Thorn

Yes, we've seen it all before.
And yes, those who do not study history are condemned to repeat it.
But no, the sky is not falling - baseball is such a
great game that neither the owners nor the players can kill it.
After some necessary carnage, market forces will prevail.
- John Thorn

But baseball bounced back in the next decade to reclaim
its place as the national pastime:
new heroes,
spirited competition, and booming prosperity gave birth to dreams of expansion,
both within the major leagues and around the world.
- John Thorn

Do we settle on a regional team because we can go to
its ballpark and see its games on television? Or do
we choose a team as our favorite because it has an
especially appealing player,
a Barry Bonds or an Ichiro?
- John Thorn

Why we play as children is not because it is our work
or because it is how we learn,
though both statements are true; we play because we are wired for joy,
it is imperative as human beings.
- John Thorn

As the game enters its glorious final weeks,
the chill of fall signals the reality of defeat for all but one team.
The fields of play will turn brown and harden,
the snow will fall, but in the heart of the fan sprouts a sprig of green.
- John Thorn

I think that much of this was running in background
as I contemplated whether or not to attend the PS 99 reunion,
although I certainly anticipated that I would not;
it smelled like death,
not youth.
- John Thorn

More fundamentally, it is a dream that does not die
with the onset of manhood:
the dream is to play endlessly,
past the time when you are called home for dinner,
past the time of doing chores, past the time when your
body betrays you past time itself.
- John Thorn

One of the first lessons he or she learns is that in baseball anything,
absolutely anything, can happen.
Just two days ago as I write this, something happened
that had never happened in baseball before.
- John Thorn

Planning to play: that's what saving for retirement is today -
and it is antithetical to the nature of play,
fully within the definition of work,
and blissfully ignorant of the reality of death.
- John Thorn

And then came the nineties, when management,
suddenly frightened that they had ceded control to the players,
sought to restore baseball's profitability by 'running
the game like a business.'
- John Thorn

Better than anything else in our culture,
it enables fathers and sons to speak on a level playing
field while building up from within a personal history of shared experience -
a group history -
that may be tapped into at will in years to come.
- John Thorn

For many in baseball September is a month of stark contrast with April,
when everyone had dared to hope.
If baseball is a lot like life, as pundits declare,
it is because life is more about losing than winning.
- John Thorn

We are fans because the game also appeals to our local pride,
our pleasure in thinking of ourselves as,
yes, Americans but nonetheless different from residents of other towns,
other states, other regions.
- John Thorn

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

Every blade of grass has an angel
that bends over it and whispers, "grow! grow!
- Talmud

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out.
- Ray Bradbury

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein (attributed)

You can have no dominion greater or
less than that over yourself.
- Leonardo da Vinci

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no's.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The tyrant dies and his rule is over,
the martyr dies and his rule begins
- Soren Kierkegaard

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

Nothing external to you has any power over you.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
- Lee Iacocca

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery,
and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

When we are happy and serene,
time loses its power over us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Completion:
It is time for the project to be over.
You submitted the proposal, you painted your house,
you passed-in the term paper.
Whatever praise or criticism you received,
it is now time to move on to your next project.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The grass is not always greener
on the other side of the fence.
Fences have nothing to do with it.
The grass is greenest where it is watered.
When crossing over fences, carry water with you
and tend the grass wherever you may be.
- Anonymous

The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another.
- William James

My Cup Runneth Over - My Life Is Abundant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anger is a destructive emotion
that becomes instinctive over the years.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

USE this time of fresh beginnings.
Use it as an impetus, the force or energy toward change.
Become stronger, a better leader, more focused in your thoughts.
Exert more influence over your dreams
by bringing them closer to your thoughts, every day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I allow life to wash over me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie


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