Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Little Red Book of WISDOM

The Little Red Book of WisdomThe Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark Demoss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book to learn practical wisdom from a Godly man. The book is written from a Biblical Worldview. I highly recommend this book.

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Here are several great quotes from the book:

Knowledge is horizontal, but wisdom is vertical – it comes down from above.  p. xv

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. ~Euripides   p. 1

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. – Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield p. 7

Walt Disney used to advise people to “find a job that you like so much that you’d do it without compensation; then do it so well that people will pay you to continue.”  p. 9

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt   p. 15

Less is more. – Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto    p. 22

Under-promise, over deliver. p. 25

I have yet to see the company fail that promises less and delivers more. p. 25

Great leaders are first of all great servants—and that great service is modest, understated in speech and action. pp. 28-29

The significant problems we face in life cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. ~Albert Einstein p. 30

To send a letter is a good way to move somewhere without moving anything but your heart. ~Phyllis Theroux p. 36

Technology has kind of turned the tables on us. We move to its speed and its rhythm. ~Carl Honore p. 47

Honesty’s the best policy. ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote p. 56

You can buy a person’s hands but you can’t buy his heart. His heart is where his enthusiasm is, his loyalty is. ~Stephen Covey p. 62

Einstein once said: “a person doesn’t so much need rest as variety.”  p. 64

All honest work glorifies God. p. 66

People have an easier time serving a leader who is wholeheartedly serving them.   p. 67

Everything you do or say is public relations. ~Anonymous p. 70

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. ~Walt Disney p. 76

I teach my children that words have powers. “Stupid” and “shut up,” for instance, close doors. “Please” and “thank you” open them. p. 79

Small things often make the biggest impact—thinking like a customer, admitting to not knowing everything, asking for help. Just take a look around then join the minority who understand and practice these simple principles. p. 82

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. ~Aldous Huxley p. 85

God’s ownership opens my hands, loosening my grip on stuff. The standard, “How much should I give?” gives way to “How much should I keep?” p. 90

I feel it is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another. ~E.M. Bounds p. 91

 “It should be our rule never to see the face of men before first seeing the face of God.” ~Spurgeon. p. 92

We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone…and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. ~Sandra Day O’Connor p. 98

Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~Mark Twain  p. 98

Always do right. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.  ~Mark Twain p. 104
Integrity is not what we do when it serves us. It is who we are in the dark and how we treat people when it makes no difference to us. p. 111

Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life has illustrated it.   ~John Keats, letter George and Georgiana Keats p. 113

Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age. ~Proverb p. 120

I never dealt with expectations. Our team never talked about winning,” John Wooten said. The legendary coach focused instead on practice, and winning followed. p. 121

“Your character is who you are, Tom. Your reputation is who people think you are. Only you know your character, so focus on that. You can fool everybody else, but you can’t fool yourself.” ~John Wooden p. 121

A man of knowledge uses words with restraint…Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue. ~King Solomon, The book of Proverbs. p. 130

In my life it’s safe to say that I have never learned a single thing while I was talking. p. 131

There’s one thing to be said about inviting trouble: it generally accepts. ~May Maloo p. 135

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe p. 142

What defines us is not one large intention to be a good person, or parent—it’s a hundred thousand ongoing choices of every size that arise when we’re tired, satisfied, distracted, full of ourselves, threatened, happy, reactionary, sentimental, hurried, bored…. p. 147

One of the reasons I don’t drink is that I want to know when I’m having a good time. ~Lady Astor p. 148

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. ~Barbara W. Tuchman p. 154

“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”  ~Charles “Tremendous” Jones p. 155

What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world yet lose his own soul? The Bible, The Gospel According to Saint Matthew p. 160

Blaise Pascal wrote, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator.” p. 164

“You can afford many wrong choices in life. You can choose the wrong career and survive, the wrong city and survive, the wrong house and survive. But there is one choice that must be made correctly and that is your eternal destiny.”  ~ Max Lucado  p. 167

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