Simple Truths Can Make a Difference

by admin on May 28, 2010

Simple Truths Can Make a Difference

Dr. Judd Biasiotto & Dr. Richard Williams

July 2011

The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is.

Mary Pettibone

I love motivational quotes and passages. In fact, you might say that I have inordinate preoccupation with collecting inspirational quotes, passages and stories. I doubt seriously if a day has gone by in the last four decades that I didn’t attempt to read a new inspiring narrative or passage or a motivational quotation. Reading and collecting motivational stories and books of quotations is one of my pursuits in life. For me they provide daily encouragement and inspiration. Whenever I’m feeling a little down or I am having trouble getting the best out of myself, I’ll turn to my collection of positive affirmations for some inspiration and words of wisdom. Like I said, for me positive passages of condensed thought and striking anecdotes, of sound maxims and truthful apothegms, provide me with insight and determination to get through each and every day at a peak level. I am also sure if you have read my column with any consistency you are aware that I use such passages to express many of my thoughts and beliefs. Obviously, I am smart enough to know that stealing someone else’s words frequently spares the embarrassment of eating my own. I think that was a quote by someone too, but I don’t know who, so I will use it as if it were my own.

Anywho, what follows is a collection of my favorite quotes.  I hope these quotes will inspire you to achieve your best through good sportsmanship, confidence, hard work, determination and faith. Don’t just read through them. Take your time and really digest what message the authors are trying to convey to you. Irrespective of how inspiring or motivating an inspirational quote may be, it needs to be absorbed in order for it to be effective. So, when you read each quote spare a moment for contemplation of the quote’s meaning. Really give them some serious thought. I am hoping, like me, you find these inspirational quotes a source of emotional strength and guidance.

“The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t ‘ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” — Nike

“The will to win means nothing if you haven’t the will to prepare.” — Juma Ikangaa

“I know what I have to do, and I’m going to do whatever it takes. If I do it, I’ll come out a winner, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else does.” — Florence Griffith Joyner

“It is the weak who are cruel; gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.” — Lynn Jennings

“The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” — Unknown

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.” — Muhammed Ali

“If you win by cheating, that’s no real victory.” — Babe Didrikson Zaharias

“When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less.” — Paul Brown

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky

If you hear a voice in your head that says don’t paint. Then for God’s sake paint and the voice will disappear. — Picasso

“A free lunch is only found in mousetraps.” — John Capuzzi

“Imagination rules the world.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” — Michael Jordan

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?” — Jesse Owens

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.” — Knute Rockne

“Nobody can acquire honor by doing what is wrong. He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so.” — Walter Lippmann

I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” — Leo Rosten

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”— Arthur C. Clarke

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle

“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” — Author Unknown

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” — William Arthur Ward

“To win without risk is to triumph without glory.” — Corneille

“Happiness comes only when we push our hearts and souls to the furthest reaches of which we are capable.” — Leo Rosten

“If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.” — Vince Lombardi

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” — Yogi Berra

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.—Elbert Hubbard

“Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Oliver Goldsmith

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

“In this world a man is either going to be an anvil or hammer.” — Henry W. Longfellow

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” — Winston Churchill

“The dreams of today are the realities of tomorrow.” — Unknown author

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Ghandi

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” — Martin Luther

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

“A wise man learns by the mistakes of others, a fool by his own.” — Latin Proverb

“After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.” — Italian Proverb

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” — Elbert Hubbard

“We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.” —  Mao Tse-Tung

“Men give me some credit for genius. All the genius I have lies in this: When I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. I explore it in all its bearings. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort which I make is what the people call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought…not genius.”— Alexander Hamilton

“He knows the water best who has waded through it.” — Danish Proverb

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me food to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.” — Mother Teresa

“God’s gift to you is life; your gift to God is how you life it.” — Author unknown

Zig Ziegler who is also a proponent of motivational passages was once told, “Zig, motivation doesn’t last, so why get so excited about your daily quotes?” To which Zielger responded, “Bathing doesn’t either; that is why I recommend it daily.”

Words to live by!

Author’s Note: Although this article was written in first person in order to make the text more entertaining, the writing of this article was truly a cooperative task which required essentially equal contributions from each of the authors. The order of authorship does not imply or indicate a primary contribution.



by admin on May 28, 2010


Dr. Judd Biasiotto & Dr. Richard Williams

May 2011

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge amid controversy.

- Martin Luther King Jr.

When I was growing up the athlete that I disliked the most was Muhammad Ali. Now I know that Ali is one of the greatest athletes of the millenium, and without question he is the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. Even as a small boy I understood Ali’s greatness. I knew that he was something very special. An athlete unlike any other I had ever witnessed. Still I loathed him with a passion. And my dislike for him had nothing to do with his religious beliefs or his refusal to be inducted into military. It was about him as an athlete.

He was just so brash and bold… so arrogant. He wouldn’t just defeat his opponents he would taunt and belittle them. He took great pride in humiliating competitors who were not in his class. Often mocking their lack of talent and skill. He had no empathy or compassion for his opponents even after he had defeated them soundly. In effect he exhibited a total lack of respect for everyone and everything that was associated with his sport. He displayed absolutely no style or class. He certainly didn’t understand or choose not to understand the concept of winning with dignity and humility. In my opinion he was the antithesis of what the true spirit of sport was all about. He went against everything that I was taught to honor and respect in sports. Naturally I detested him. I knew he was a great athlete but I had no desire to support him and in fact I couldn’t wait until Ali got his butt beat but good.

Well that day finally came in 1971 against Joe Frazier. Before the fight Ali demeaned Fraizer calling him stupid and ugly. He said that Frazier was such a bad boxer that if he beat him he would get on his hands and knees and craw across the ring and kiss Fraziers feet. He even said he would leave the country for good if Fraizer beat him. Frazier wasn’t impressed. When the bell to start round one rang Fraizer can out “smoking” raining blows to Ali’s head and midsection. I knew right then that Ali would lose. Here was the first man to really stand up to the great Muhammad Ali. I loved it. In the third round Ali bellowed to Fraizer, “Joe you can’t beat me. Don’t you understand God is with me.” Fraizer undaunted responded, “ Well then God and you are going to get an ass whoopen tonight.”  True to his word Fraizer put a good whoopen on Ali. In the fifteenth round Fraizer floored Ali with a thunderous left hook. It was a blow that would have crumbled a brick wall. Amazingly, Ali regained his feet before the count of ten. He survived the rest of the round but it was clear that he was a defeated man.

After the fight Ali sat in his corner his face bruised and swollen from the terrible beating he took. In his eyes you could see that his heart was weighted down by the defeat. I loved every second of it. I just couldn’t wait until the post fight press conference. I knew Ali would have to eat his words. And I knew the press was going to be really hard on him. After all he had humiliate so many other people in the past. Now it was going to be his turn to eat crow.

Well I was partially right. The press “hammer” him unmercifully but Ali handled the situation with such grace and dignity that he actually inspired me, and I am sure millions of other people who were watching the event. Although he had not boxed in three and a half years prior to the fight he never used that as an excuse. In fact he never made any excuses. He took sole responsibility for the loss and he gave Fraizer all the credit that was due him. He talked about how great Fraizer was as a fighter and a man. He was so gracious in defeat that you couldn’t help but admire him. Ali may never have won with humility but he certainly knew how to lose with grace. Everyone talks about how great a winner Ali was, but in my opinion he was a great loser. He certainly taught me a lot about the experience of losing.

Lets face it life is tough. It’s an endless series of ups and downs, yet it is through the process of facing and overcoming difficulties that life really has meaning. Certainly the way we deal with setbacks goes a long way in distinguishing how successful we will be in life.  Failure arouses our determination and wisdom.  Because of this, many people facing failure have been pretty surprised to find that the impending loss actually created courage, determination, and a new found wisdom.  In basic terms, it’s synonymous with that trite old cliché; “Every black cloud has a silver lining.” Failure teaches us.  Or as Ben Franklin said, “Those things that hurt, instruct.”  If we get burned, we learn not to play with matches.  If we make a mistake, we learn not to do it again.  Nobody can avoid failure all of the time. Even Muhammod Ali tasted failure.

Many times the difference between a good athlete and a world class athlete is whether or not he can learn from failure, whether he can use it or whether he will be eaten up by it.  Martin Luther King Jr. has said, “The true measure of man is not how well he does during times of comfort and convenience, but during times of trials and tribulations.”  Look at a man who has handled defeat and setbacks well, and you will see a man with character. People who can rise from the ashes, who can handle defeat and adversity are the champions of life. Ali never let defeat, defeat him. That is why he is ALI-THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME!

Author’s Note: Although this article was written in first person in order to make the text more entertaining, the writing of this article was truly a cooperative task which required essentially equal contributions from each of the authors. The order of authorship does not imply or indicate a primary contribution.



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