quotes tagged with 'common'

The single most frightening thing you encounter is confidence-in-government  because it's so common.

Author: Rick Gaber, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in government confidence common scary rickgaber 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be common, nor the common heroic.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in ralphwaldoemerson hero courage common uncommon EDS heroism 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]
If I already intuitively "get" what you're trying to tell me, why should I obsess about remembering it? The danger, of course, is that what sounds like common sense often isn't.... It's your job, as a communicator, to expose the parts of your message that are uncommon sense.
Author: Chip Heath & Dan Heath, Source: Made To Stick, p.72Saved by mlsscaress in remember creative message communicate howto common uncommon expose 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon. I seek opportunity to develop whatever talents God gave me-not security. I do not wish to be kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia. I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any earthly master nor bend to any threat. It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say- 'This, with God's help, I have done.' All this is what it means to be an American.
Author: Ezra Taft Benson, Source: General Conference, April 1969Saved by cboyack in liberty government freedom america socialism success life character work talent activism citizen dream risk personality patriot common peculiar dole utopia heritage 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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