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Robert Shea Quotes and Sayings

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It often happens that when a person possesses a particular
ability to an extraordinary degree,
nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent
in every other department.
- Robert Shea

Even while we busily attend meetings,
contribute money and perform our assigned tasks,
we suspect that we may be helping to create a force
that is inimical to many values we hold dear.
- Robert Shea

The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines
are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength.
- Robert Shea

Because the better an organization is at fulfilling its purpose,
the more it attracts people who see the organization
as an opportunity to advance themselves.
- Robert Shea

 

A permanent division of labor inevitably creates occupational
and class inequality and conflict.
- Robert Shea

Military organization, like religious organization,
can be seen as a paradigm of organization in general.
- Robert Shea

Organized religion provides a model of the way all organizations,
from the state down to the village garden club,
end a price in terms of a member's freedom of thought and action.
- Robert Shea

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The Gnostics were rapidly driven out of business by
the hierarchical orthodox Christians.
- Robert Shea

The ability to get ahead in an organization is simply another talent,
like the ability to play chess, paint pictures,
do coronary bypass operations or pick pockets.
- Robert Shea

But the more an organization succeeds and prospers,
the more it is likely to be diverted from its original ideals,
principles and purposes.
- Robert Shea

Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power.
- Robert Shea

Of all human inventions the organization,
a machine constructed of people performing interdependent functions,
is the most powerful.
- Robert Shea

But instead I usually say that, though it may surprise them,
I too believe in the necessity of organization.
- Robert Shea

One simple way to keep organizations from becoming
cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular,
frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions.
- Robert Shea

As such people achieve influence within the organization,
whenever there is a conflict between their own interest
and the interest of the organization,
their interests will win out.
- Robert Shea

You are attached to what you attack.
- Robert Shea

It is instructive, for instance, to trace the computer
industry's decline in vision,
idealism, creativity, romance and sheer fun as it becomes
more and more important and prosperous.
- Robert Shea

Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?
- Robert Shea

To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to
violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out -
or worse.
- Robert Shea

Every combination of two or more human beings has both
a useful aspect and a political aspect.
- Robert Shea

Individuals, too, who cultivate a variety of skills seem brighter,
more energetic and more adaptable than those who know
how to do one thing only.
- Robert Shea

Indeed, if our ancestors of millions of years ago hadn't
learned how to care for one another and hunt in packs,
they'd all have ended up being eaten by leopards.
- Robert Shea

That the more authoritarian organizations survive and
prevail goes generally unnoticed because people focus
on the objectives of organizations,
which are many and varied, rather than on their structures,
which lend to be similar.
- Robert Shea

Just as predatory animals follow a similar general
design and behave in similar ways,
so organizations, especially those in competition with one another,
must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail.
- Robert Shea

This whole phenomenon of the diversion of organizations
from their purposes and ideals does not seem very serious
when the scum rise to the top in the bridge club or
the offices of a small magazine publisher.
- Robert Shea

Indeed, one of the most successful and influential
religious organizations in history,
the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along
military lines by its founder,
Ignatius Loyola.
- Robert Shea

The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
- Chinese proverb often quoted by Eleanor Roosevelt PHOTO

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is your day to laugh at life,
laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad,
laugh loud - laugh often,
laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Laugh Loud - Laugh Often
Laugh At What's Funny - Laugh At What's Sad
Laugh At Me - Laugh At You - Laugh At Life
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Play as often as you can.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
- T. S. Eliot

Know that the darkest night is often
the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A widespread belief is more often likely
to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell

Success often grows best in the fertile soil of failure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness
than to ask for permission.
- Grace Hopper

When I'm trusting and being myself...
everything in my life reflects this
by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
- Shakti Gawain

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Watch what people are cynical about,
and one can often discover what they lack.
- George S. Patton

I've learned that mistakes can often be
as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

To improve is to change;
to be perfect is to change often.
- Winston Churchill

Great talents are the most lovely
and often the most dangerous
fruits on the tree of humanity.
They hang upon the most slender twigs
that are easily snapped off.
- Carl Jung

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

They must often change,
who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
- Confucius

Avoiding danger is no safer
in the long run than outright exposure.
he fearful are caught as often as the bold.
- Helen Keller

Often it does not matter so much what we choose,
but that we do choose.
- Alan Cohen

Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.
- English Proverb

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; ...
Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith
(often attributed to Mother Teresa, who kept a copy
on the wall of her orphanage)

In war as in life, it is often necessary
when some cherished scheme has failed,
to take up the best alternative open,
and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
- Winston Churchill

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia


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