Old Sayings That Apply to Leaders Today

By | January 5, 2018

[January 5, 2018] Here I am, sitting at my wife’s desk while I write this blog entry (my computer is in the shop). The “bomb blizzard” of 2018 just hammered most of the U.S. East Coast and my little town got its share and is digging out. Today, therefore is devoted more to reflection than wisdom but I have provided some light-hearted old sayings for entertainment.

Each one of these I’ve used many times over. Topics cover the span of human knowledge and emotion; courage, friendship, leadership, fear, etc. My original intent was to give an explanation for each but later thought that might be too simple and assume too much.

So here they are with attribution as I know them. Enjoy!

He who angers you conquers you. Elizabeth Kenny
Penny wise but pound foolish. English Idiom
Bravery is not a quality of the body. It is of the soul. Mahatma Gandhi
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Mark Twain
Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. Omar N. Bradley
Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer. Sun Tzu
Better an honest enemy than a false friend. German Proverb
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
There’s a difference in a failure and a fiasco. Orlando Bloom
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Thucydides
He that cannot obey, cannot command. Ben Franklin
Take the bull by the horns. North American saying
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, us your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt
Never given an order that can’t be obeyed. Douglas MacArthur
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Zig Ziglar
Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm. Elizabeth Fuller
Greater love hath no man this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Bible, John 15:13
Respect is earned, not given. Unknown
Trust, but verify. Ronald Reagan
Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for. Norman Schwarzkopf
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. Sir Leslie Stephen
Don’t go looking for trouble. Aesop
Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill
Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own. Chinese Proverb
Plan your life like you will live forever, and live your life like you will die the next day. Unknown

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* Some of these were taken from “Wise Old Sayings: Words to Live By” at: http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/

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