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Food for Thought

Posted by auroracitizen on May 7, 2009

We thought these quotes were interesting. We have endeavoured to give appropriate credit where due. Please let us know if we have credited incorrectly.

It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit. Robert Yates

Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he serves. Unknown

When all think alike, then no one is thinking. Walter Lippman

The older I get the less I listen to what people say and the more I look at what they do. Andrew Carnegie

Celebrate what you want to see more of. Tom Peters

Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated. Dag Hammarskjoeld

He who has great power should use it lightly. Seneca

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14 Responses to “Food for Thought”

  1. Heather said

    “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth signing your name to.”

    I remember my grade one teacher telling me to be proud of my work and sign my name to it so that not only would I know it was mine, but so everyone else would know as well. The same thing goes for comments.

  2. Elizabeth Bishenden said

    I can’t find the origins of the quote, but I do like these words of wisdom:

    “Generally speaking, you’re not learning while your lips are moving.”

  3. Robert the Bruce said

    Anonynmous said:

    Hugo T Kroon lives in Bethesda.
    Why should the Mayor of Aurora be required to respond to any request of his?
    I hope this blog will not be riddled with the ramblings of HTK of Bethesda. There are enough of his ramblings in The Auroran to ignore.
    Are you saying that only residents of Aurora should be served by Aurora council and services?
    Don’t tell Sher St. Kitts that….

    🙂

  4. Heather said

    Hugo T. Kroon said:

    “”Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.”
    -Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton”

    I like that one. I’ll drink to that!!

  5. An Auroran said

    If you read Mr Kroon’s blog, the mayor of Aurora wanted to take him out for lunch to discuss his ideas – I wonder whether that’s the promise to which he’s referring? I don’t know what to think about that…. but I don’t mind reading his musings in the Auroran. Wish his blog had all his letters!

  6. Walt said

    I don’t know who’s more delusional, Hugo for thinking anyone cares what the hell he thinks about anything, or Ron Wallace, and for that matter, the Aurora Citizen blogmeister, for choosing to publish his scribblings.

    Why on earth does Wallace give as much as a half page of the paper to Hugo’s musings?

    Oh, wait. Free content. Right.

  7. Anonymous for a good reason said

    Hugo T Kroon lives in Bethesda.
    Why should the Mayor of Aurora be required to respond to any request of his?
    I hope this blog will not be riddled with the ramblings of HTK of Bethesda. There are enough of his ramblings in The Auroran to ignore.

  8. Hugo T. Kroon said

    Aurora Citizen said; “Blessed is the leader who seeks the best for those he (she) serves. Unknown”

    Unknown in Aurora, apparently.

    Try this one…

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
    equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
    Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
    That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, …
    That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends,
    it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”
    — Declaration of Independence
    July 4, 1776
    Source: written by Thomas Jefferson

    And for all you wienies hiding behind your cloak of anonymity, including those council members to scared too show their true identities, try this:

    “Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.”
    -Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

    Anonymous?… sheesh, how old are you folks, six?
    Are you afraid of mean ol’ mayor Phyllis exacting some kind of retribution for your comments?
    Do you think she even cares?
    She doesn’t seem to care about any of the things you citizens say publicly, why would you think she cares about what you say on this blog here?
    C’mon, we should all at least try to act like adults here, at least I do, and as many of you may well know I’m not afraid to say what I mean, mean what I say, put my name to what I say, and stand behind it when I say it, and then be not afraid to let the chips fall where they may.
    You the people behind this blog, the some what grandiously self-described “Citizen” of Aurora, are always railing on about accountibility, honesty and transparency in government.
    Coming from you… what a load of hogwash.
    If you don’t hold yourselves and your contributors to that standard, how could you have the audacity to expect it from you government?

    Hypocrites.

    So here’s one more for you…

    How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
    Luke 6:41-43

    Enjoy.

    P.S. Phyllis, and I know you’re out there, remember the promice you made to me? It’s time you made good on it.
    You, your citizens, and this “Citizen” deserve no less.
    “The hour is late, and darkness yet comes to those who dare only to curse the twilight…”

  9. Elizabeth Bishenden said

    It is neither wealth nor splendor but tranquility and occupation which give happiness – Thomas Jefferson

  10. Heather said

    People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
    – Dale Carnegie

  11. aurora 5 by 5 said

    “Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.”

    Publilius Syrus

  12. Anonymous said

    Excellent thoughts for all of us. Thank you.

    Here is another:

    “The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

  13. Robert the Bruce said

    Great quotes! After reading his book years ago, I made a copy of General Colin Powell’s “rules”. He kept them under the glass desk cover of his desk. I keep a copy of them at my office too.

    1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.

    2. Get mad, then get over it.

    3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

    4. It can be done!

    5. Be careful what you choose, you may get it.

    6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

    7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.

    8. Check small things.

    9. Share credit.

    10. Remain calm. Be kind.

    11. Have a vision. Be demanding.

    12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

    13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

  14. Anonymous said

    I’m lovin’ this thread. Good on you, let’s aspire to great ideas.
    Thanks for the change-up.

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