More of Napoleon’s bons mots

More insight from Napoleon Bonaparte:

  • He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
  • A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.
  • The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.
  • Men take only their needs into consideration, never their abilities.
  • To do all that one is able to do is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do is to be a god.
  • Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.
  • As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the two o’clock in the morning kind. I mean unprepared courage, that which is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the most unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgement and decision.
  • The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
  • How many really capable men are children more than once during the day?
  • All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before a single word: faith.
  • If they want peace, nations should avoid the pinpricks that precede cannon shots.
  • 10 persons who speak make more noise than 10,000 who are silent.
  • Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
  • You may ask me for anything you like except time.
  • Time is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men.
  • If you start to take Vienna – take Vienna.
  • Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances.
  • One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.
  • This man Wellington is so stupid he does not know when he is beaten, and goes on fighting.
  • The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes.
  • My downfall raises me to infinite heights.
  • Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.

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Napoleon on the art of governing and leadership

Here are By George’s favourite 10 quotes of Napoleon Bonaparte on the subject of governing and effective leadership:

  1. The art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.
  2. A leader is a dealer in hope.
  3. The heart of a statesman should be in his head.
  4. Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
  5. There are two levers for moving men – interest and fear.
  6. With audacity one can undertake anything.
  7. Ability is of little account without opportunity.
  8. The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
  9. All celebrated people lose dignity on a close view.
  10. Victory belongs to the most persevering.

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The wisdom of QB Tom Brady

Tom Brady did it again yesterday, leading his New England Patriots team to an amazing 4th quarter comeback Superbowl victory. Brady becomes the first QB with 5 NFL championship rings. So, to follow-up on this game-for-the-ages, By George compiled our 15 FAV observations of a truly great football quarterback – and a decent human being.

  • Football is unconditional love.
  • If you don’t play to win, don’t play at all.
  • You wanna know which ring is my favorite? The next one.
  • I didn’t come this far to only come this far, so we’ve still got further to go.
  • I think that at the start of a game, you’re always playing to win, and then maybe if you’re ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose. The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.
  • Mentally, the only players who survive in the pros are the ones able to manage all their responsibilities. Everybody struggles in different ways.
  • If you don’t believe in yourself why is anyone else going to believe in you?
  • A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don’t ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren’t blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.
  • I’m not a person who defends myself very often. I kind of let my actions speak for me.
  • To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it’s digging deep, it’s doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.
  • You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.
  • Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.
  • We all have experiences in our lives that change us, and we all learn from people, like my dad, but at the end of the day, it’s only us. And we’re only responsible to make ourselves happy.
  • You know, watching Dan Marino and Steve Young get nominated to the Hall of Fame… those guys are unbelievable and they did it for so long. I’d love to play like those guys, but there’s still a long way to go and a lot of growing.
  • If I have something to say, I want it to be meaningful.

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The Dalai Lama (5 memes)

These memes have appear through this past year both on By George Twitter @ByGeorgeJournal and on the BGJ Facebook page. The Dalai Lama provides inspiration and reason to pause for millions around the world. He is truly a spiritual guiding light.

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Marcus Aurelius’ 10 Rules for an Exceptional Leader

MarcusAureliusThe Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled from 161 to 180 A.D. Aurelius is renown for being the ideal wise leader whom Plato called the “philosopher king.” His book, Meditations (from which By George has often quoted), has inspired leaders for centuries because of its timeless wisdom about human behavior.

Here are 10 rules, as prescribed by Marcus Aurelius, that every great leader should know and practice.

1. Understand that people exist to help one another. Mankind was meant to live in harmony, “That we came into the world for the sake of one another.”

2. Be mindful of others’ humanity. Every person has dignity and pride.

3. Realize that many mistakes, even egregious ones, are the result of ignorance.
Punishment or chastisement should thus be done in an educational way.

4. Do not overly exalt yourself. “You’re just like them.”

5. Avoid quick judgments of others’ actions. “A lot of things are means to some other end. You have to know an awful lot before you can judge other people’s actions with real understanding.”

6. Maintain self-control. You can choose to spend your time and energy languishing over things that have already happened, or you can choose to be calm and address any problems that arise.

7. Recognize that others can hurt you only if you let them. The only actions that should truly hurt you are things you do that are shameful, since you are in control of your own self-worth and values.

8. Know that pessimism can easily overtake you. “How much more damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them.”

9. Practice kindness. Sincere kindness is “invincible” and more powerful than any negative transgression.

10. Do not expect bad people to exempt you from their destructive ways. It is “the act of a tyrant” to think that you can try to change these kinds of people or persuade them to treat you differently.

To read more on these rules click here.

Read more in the By George Journal of this great leader and sage here:  Marcus Aurelius

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