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Robert M. Gates Quotes and Sayings

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I had no concerns - I had no reason to have concerns
based on what was available to me about North's contacts
with the private sector people,
but I didn't think a CIA person should do it.
- Robert M. Gates

If Poindexter made a comment to me like that,
it would have been in the context of once the authorized
program is approved there would be no point in having
any of these private benefactors any longer.
- Robert M. Gates

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

 

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet PHOTO

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard PHOTO

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

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Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

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

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

A person isn't who they are during
the last conversation you had with them -
they're who they've been
throughout your whole relationship.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's YOUR time - it's YOUR life -
YOU get to choose how you use it. T
here is no way that your life is "supposed" to be.
Your parents had their vision for your life.
Your boss, your spouse, your church, your friends,
and even the family next door have their ideas
of how you should live your life.
What about YOUR vision for your life?
What do YOU want?
YES, it matters what you want.
YES you can have what you want.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My father and he had one of those English friendships
which begins by avoiding the intimacies
and eventually eliminates speech altogether.
- Jorge Luis Borges

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
That person did the very best they could,
given the knowledge, emotions, and prior experience
they had to draw upon at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Touch me in the morning
Then just walk away
We don't have tomorrow
But we had yesterday
- Ron Miller/Michael Masser

You know the only people who are always sure about
the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.
- Bill Cosby

I tried to remember how to exhale.
I had to look away before it came back to me.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation,
man would still be a beast in the forest.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Suppose our gratitude could be zero-based gratitude.
With zero-based gratitude,
we would be grateful for everything we had each day -
regardless of whether it was more or less than yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude, I can be grateful for all the people,
the love, the food, the shelter, the services,
the health, that I am blessed with today,
regardless of what I had yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude,
I can be grateful each day for the gift of life itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Essentially all suffering is the result of...
1. Comparing what we have (or don't have) today
... with what we had yesterday.
2. Comparing what we fear we might have (or not have) tomorrow)
... with what we have today.
3. Comparing what we have (or don't have) with what others have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The soul would have no rainbow,
Had the eyes no tears.
- John Vance Cheney

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

I do not fear death.
I had been dead for billions and billions
of years before I was born,
and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
- Mark Twain

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin,
they would never have found time to conquer the world.
- Heinrich Heine

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar
haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.
- Sam Ewing

Getting fired is nature's way to telling you
that you had the wrong job in the first place.
- Hal Lancaster

In every country and every age,
the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the
very end of 1978 for half of my annual income.
I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.
- Bill Budge

I've had an exciting time; I married for love and got
a little money along with it.
- Rose Kennedy

I had more clothes than I had closets,
more cars than garage space, but no money.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.
- Don Marquis

Do you know that other than my father,
I've never had a man take care of me?
- Dionne Warwick

My mother was the influence in my life.
She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate
triumph of justice and hard work.
She believed passionately in education.
- John H. Johnson

I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to
go to school every day and do my homework.
- Constance Baker Motley

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else.
- Cornelius Vanderbilt


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