lead

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A leader’s second greatest virtue is patience; the first is impatience.

Sequence rules; frequence follows.

Lead a thirsty horse to water; he’ll drink.

Cure mediocrity; do what is impossible.

What doesn’t work leads us to what does.

Followers see a lot of work, leaders a lot of worth.

The best leader is the worst follower.

To lead one must know when to recede.

The greatest leaders celebrate their weakest followers.

To benefit others, do what doesn’t benefit you.

unity

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Snarl be done; laugh be one.

False divides; true, with all the true resides.

Great teams traffic in great trust.

Unity is a decision to forego something great for something greater.

A mouth begins a war; an ear begins a peace.

A man may join a school of fish; a fish may not join a school of men.

Humility gives unity its divine miscibility.

Forgive unite; begrudge benight.

The best -ologies ends the worst -isms.

Respect is a staging area for unity.

Discord is balk, squawk and mock; unity is a quiet, arm-in-arm walk.

feelings

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Feeling is good for healing.

Mic your head; hear your heart.

I feel, I love, I love therefore I feel.

Feelings are traffic lights — run them, risk them.

Fame and shame snort the same cocaine.

Feelings are full of false threats; reality packs an emotional knockout punch.

Thinkers error; feelers beware.

Feelings are like adult children; they keep moving back home.

Think in the face of irrationality; feel within the eye of the emotional storm.

Our real faces surface in the safest places.

No emotion performs alone; all sing and dance within the great choral entourage of feeling.

meaninglessness

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Eat, drink and be wary, for tomorrow you may live.

Death makes sense: it’s life that serves up meaninglessness.

The sage cries out that life is meaningless; we understand this great wisdom because it is false.

“Vanity, vanity,” cries the singer then sits down to a fine dinner.

Wealth generates a bit of meaninglessness, poverty a gigabit of gratefulness.

The extremes devour dreams; reasonable builds what is possible.

Meaninglessness exists where we find it, not in our philosophizing about it.

Meaning passes through a winter just before becoming a wonder.

To everything there is a season understood by rhyme and reason.

Cord and bowl, pitcher, wheel — all are broken at the well, but the soul is safe with God.

courage

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Courage invented cartography, then it invented the ice ax.

Courage is fear — with a game plan.

At the heart of fear is selfishness; at the heart of courage is love.

The wages of courage are failure, discouragement, loss and exhilarating transformation!

Courage is fear, in climbing boots.

Brave is not a feeling; it’s a choice.

Fear refuses to compromise; courage gives something to the other side.

Mediocrity strums conventional chords; courage blasts broken, distorted, tragicified discordances.

Both fear and courage pray, only courage gets back up off its knees.

The courageous are cowards, running full tilt toward their fears.

First share your fear, then share your courage.

The courageous are highly contagious.

All are cowards; a few just refuse to act like it.

grief

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Our grief is the finest proof that we have loved.

Love is a poem; grief is a novel.

Grief has a peak, a straight streak and oblique.

What’s past help isn’t past hurt.

Grieve when you hurt; heal with dessert.

Joy needs a mouth; grief needs an ear.

Grieving rituals are our victuals.

Simmer your losses in silence and sauces.

Grieve all your ouches with blankets and couches.

Sleep’s a respite for the desperate.

Loss instructs wavering minds to steady.

Weep — then make a fiery launch into the future.

Resilience is our super-human brilliance.

sarcasm

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Sarcasm is a way to make clear what you don’t believe to people who don’t believe you.

Sarcasm is a stifled sigh, smothered by a smile and a lie.

Sarcasm is just another way of not saying what you want to say.

Say the very opposite, perform a mental pick pocket.

Sarcasm is the ouch forthcoming from the grouch.

Sarcasm rules — kings, slaves and fools.

Tone cuts to the bone.

Hone tone — or be alone.

Rioting is the one of the few weapons the powerful cannot deny the oppressed; the other is sarcasm.

Bite the lip; withhold the rip.

Sarcastic, sarcastic is bi-metastatic.

men

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Real men deal — and feel.

The man who pumps iron also cradles the baby.

Behind every successful man is his own behind, kicked into action by his own mind.

Man is the only animal that blushes; the rest of the animals savage each other without even blinking.

A man may be judged by the quality of his silence.

Boys will be boys, until you take their toys, then they revert to babies.

A career is a caper; a man is a vapor.

A good male leader is a good female follower.

In any given moment a good man is easy to find; what’s hard to find is a man who remains good over a lifetime.

It was never a man’s world; it was always everybody’s world.

A strong man will let even a little girl lead him.

The manly man will happily dance the canly-can.

women

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Man’s a giddy thing, and woman is his giddy twin.

You can live without them — but why would you want to?

Just beyond the border of gender lies the unifying kingdom of human.

Modern women are fire and spice and good with advice; they’re cool and school and ready to rule.

Upon girls’ curves the world confers its vast reserves; upon girls’ minds the wise incline to act in kind.

Mix her fashion and passion and get boredom’s assassin; mix her brain and her game for stupidity’s bane.

Many women see only other ordinary women; women of genius see extraordinary women everywhere.

Women win when men begin, not-to-have-to.

A woman can own a runway; she can also own a podium.

The best President is the best leader — not the preferred race, height, color or gender.

Men and women are synonymous; neither is autonomous.

droll

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Holy, holy, holy is the highest drollery.

Give me drollery or give me deft.

The circumspect may be elect, but the droll — they get the girl!

Control’s the goal of the foot bridge troll — and the droll.

The droll buffoon may swoon past noon, but late at night, charm and delight.

The world will go dark when we lose the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of drollery.

To make a good speech don’t preach or screech, be wry and dry, end with a lie.

Survive speeches — mock in the back, yuck it up in the front.

Wag and brag but never nag.

Toast all brides with snide asides.

One can never be overdressed; one can over-jest.

hidden

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Beauty shines from every street corner; it also lies deeply hidden in the creases of time.

Next is hidden in now.

Imperfection’s first lesson is in wardrobe; it’s second lesson is in lying.

Potential is the smile at the bottom of the pile.

Love hides, ’til it decides.

Our best commodities hide under our oddities.

In every conversation hides a friendship.

The wounds we can’t see are the ones most in need of attention.

As the rare flower lies hidden in the ancient rain forest so the exquisite soul lies hidden in the aging body.

A bit of belief cowers within every outburst of doubt.

Cowardice hatches within the secret folds of fear; so does bravery.

As the sun breaks through the clouds, so hope shimmers through despair.

souls

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There’s more to thee than tooth and knee, the find of archeology.

There is nothing more poorly defined and yet more widely believed in than the soul.

Most of us know we have a soul, we just can’t remember where we left it.

It is the rare soul that isn’t malnourished.

I’m souled therefore I am.

An ocean and a stroll — mend a soul.

Stuff rots; souls not.

The soul is the only thing in the universe with the power to never stop growing.

The wealth of the world is depleted when one soul is lost.

A wretched soul and a few bullets wreck worlds.

The soul’s our butler, opening wide our doors to each other.

Bodies are a blast, but souls last and last.

value

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The sun rises and the whole world runs after wealth.

One day’s stash is the next day’s trash.

For a deal, the people reel.

Free costs.

Double bubbles; triple cripples.

Older lies in the eye of the withholder.

Only the sick know the worth of well.

Gold is an extolled type of mold.

The wealth of the world was lost the first time someone died for it.

Stuff is duff and puff; the soul is quite enough.

Dollars find their way to scholars.

Emotion rules the attribution of value.

romantic

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Our eyes fall in love every other second, our hearts every other decade.

Dabble in romance; invest in love.

To not fall in love with oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance with others.

Take a chance on a romance; have an affair — start a nightmare!

Romantic is frantic and bi-sycophantic.

Passion is stirred by fashion, but a true love looks good in any old rag.

To recover from a severe romance, take two books with water and rest.

Romance is a slow dance; infatuation a brief prance.

Eve and Adam fell; then they loved.

Cupid is stupid; compassion is lucid.

A romance ends in a fight; true love begins with one.

guitars

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The guitar’s “the thang,” hole, wood and twang.

The electric guitar was invented to give the soul teeth.

To be a star takes a guitar — and hair.

The pick is mightier than the pen.

A power chord cures the bored.

Give a girl a guitar; give a globe a girl.

Emotion gave birth to the guitar; reason raised it.

The human race played with fire for practice, then it played the electric guitar.

The difference between an electric guitar and a pit bull is gentleness — on the part of the pit bull.

The guitar first assassinated silence — then it tore up the soul.

Humans are all basically chordophones — strings stretched over resonators that vibrate and howl when picked on.

dentistry

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One of dentistry’s depravities is getting rich on cavities.

To buy a BMW, frequent the dentist.

Even a dose of novocaine won’t take away the pocket pain.

Nothing’s like a root canal for adding to the general morale.

Gratitude is a dentist that’s not an apprentice.

Even kings suffer dentists gladly.

Dentistry is the discomfort that comforts.

Nothing is more intimate than the mouth, nothing is less so than the dentist.

As the tooth fairy loves the dentist, so the child loves the tooth fairy.

Dentistry is schadenfreude, drilling while in a good mood.

Never suffer the mouthy fool, but suffer gladly the dental tool.

Those who make jokes about going to the dentist aren’t the ones who can’t.

You can always tell you’re in a third world country by the banking, and the dentistry.

independence

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Give me liberty or give me Beth.

The wise don’t self-despise.

Flee every nest at the behest of every quest.

We escape from our mothers only to be recaptured by our lovers.

Take your blows; lick the blood off your elbows.

Self-sufficiency has no deficiency.

The joy of one lover is the grief of another.

With teeters; want totters.

Separation has no anxiety for the soul’s entirety.

The modern woman kicks every locked door off its hinges and carries herself across every new threshold.

To enslave another person is to brick in ones own soul and leave it alone to die in the dark.

Independence isn’t a day; it’s a lifestyle.

place

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There is a time and place for grace — and mace.

Buying space is expensive; dawdling everywhere is free.

To hold your place give up some space.

To be alone travel to outer space; to enhance your isolation add cyberspace.

Space always sings backup for boldface.

Fit or split.

I live in what I do.

Space makes the case.

Most spaces are never named, most motivations never claimed.

Home is where your socks are.

There is no place like home; everywhere else you can get some respect.

witticisms

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Never discount wit; give it away for free.

Wit is ephemeral; fortunately so is dullness.

Bore your enemies with silence; save witticisms for your friends.

Veteran wits verb in soft mitts.

Today’s touché; tomorrow’s cliche.

Wit’s a drilling tool; bore the ghoul, drill the fool.

The obstetrician is afforded the finest opportunity for wit, and the mortician.

The only thing better than a good party is a good repartee.

Wit is not the curse of the drinking class.

The best wit gets the best side split.

Wit requires a little bit.

Holy, holy, holy — is the highest dollery.

Wilde, Churchill and Gabor were blessed with a little more.

control

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Time spins all wins.

The highest goal is self-control.

Control your fork; control your future.

A detailed plan beats “Shazam!”

Learn no; earn control.

There is control in letting go.

The game in the brain lies mainly in the frame.

I control what I don’t care about; what I care too much about controls me.

The doctor is the first and last face to remind us we aren’t in control.

Control is the myth death busts.

The wise extol, the rock and roll, of no control.

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