Personal Values and Interests

Interests, other Vocations

  • Literature:  collector of Modern First Editions, Illustrated Books
  • Golf:  16 Handicap.  Most awesome course played so far: Bandon Dunes
  • Music:  Professional musician and teacher on saxophone and clarinet.

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing.  To him he’s always doing both.

–James Michener

Only those who have to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.

–Johan Schiller (1759-1805) Poet and Dramatist

Conducting your business in a socially responsible way is good business. It means that you can attract better employees and that customers will know what you stand for and like you for it.

–M. Anthony Burns

The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share. When you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought into other people’s lives than you will from the times that you outdid and defeated them.”

— Rabbi Harold Kushner, Massachusetts

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of the facts and evidence.

–John Adams, 2nd President of the United States (1735-1826)

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, essayist (1803-1882)

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group: there was much less competition.

–Indira Ghandi (1917-1984)