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The good life. In its simplest form, it is what you wish for those you love and care about, as well as for yourself. But what is it? What's the prescription?

The truth of the matter is that no doctor can prescribe a pill that will make every heart content. But through the words of extraordinary men and women who have achieved a level of greatness, we can glean insights into passion, dedication, and wisdom.

So, for today's astute students of the...

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Overview

The good life. In its simplest form, it is what you wish for those you love and care about, as well as for yourself. But what is it? What's the prescription?

The truth of the matter is that no doctor can prescribe a pill that will make every heart content. But through the words of extraordinary men and women who have achieved a level of greatness, we can glean insights into passion, dedication, and wisdom.

So, for today's astute students of the good life, you hold in your hands an admit-one ticket―a timeless collection of inspiration and wisdom. What you go on to do with it is up to you.

"A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life." ―Muhammad Ali

"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference." ―Tom Brokaw

"Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you're not alive." ―Mel Brooks

"Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help." ―Alex Haley

"College is something you complete. Life is something you experience. So don't worry about your grade, or the results or success. Success is defined in myriad ways, and you will find it, and people will no longr be grading you, but it will come from your own internal sense of decency." ―Jon Stewart

"When the heart is right, the mind and the body will follow. ―Coretta Scott King

"My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them. ―Bono

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  • ISBN-13: 9781401603038
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Curtis is an author and the president of Dance Floor Books. He isthe author/coauthor and editor of more than 25 books, including My South, My Southern Food, Classic Wisdom for the Good Life, Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life, and the popular GentleManners series.

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Classic Wisdom for the GOOD LIFE


RUTLEDGE HILL PRESS

Copyright © 2007 Bryan Curtis
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ISBN: 978-1-40160-303-8


Chapter One

the good life

There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or out. There's no such thing as a life in-between. -Pat Riley

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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not. -Oprah Winfrey

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney

You know, I used to think the future was solid or fixed, something you inherited like an old building that you move into when the previous generation moves out or gets chased out. But it's not. The future is not fixed; it's fluid. You can build your own building, or hut or condo ... the world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape. -Bono

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. -Albert Einstein

College is something you complete. Life is something you experience. So don't worry about your grade, or the results or success. Success is defined in myriad ways, and you will find it, and people will no longer be grading you, but it will come from your own internal sense of decency. -Jon Stewart

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Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life. -Michael Leboeuf

Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor. -Ulysses S. Grant

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken, winged bird that cannot fly. -Langston Hughes

You will, undoubtedly, meet people who will try to shut you up or entice you to compromise your principles in any number of ways. They'll try to seduce you and distract you with money, power, security and perhaps, most dangerously, a sense of belonging. Don't let them; it's just not worth it. -Samuel L. Jackson

then everything will be okay. And that's true, it's just that that someone is you. Because I know so well how easy it is to be hard on yourself, too hard, and how unforgiving one can be when it comes to one's own shortcomings. And of course, some healthy self-criticism is good, but I also know how negative voices inside you can get carried away, until that's all you hear. -Callie Khouri

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. -Alexander Graham Bell

The man who has no imagination has no wings. -Muhammad Ali

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. -Henry David Thoreau

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. -John F. Kennedy

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. -Tom Brokaw

Draw strength from the knowledge that education will break the backs of poverty, disenfranchisement, and violence; that war is never inevitable but only a terrible failure of the imagination; and that love is stronger than hatred. -Wally Lamb

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Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

To be successful, this education must foster the habit of critical thinking, rooting out the inconsistencies of self-serving ethical thought; this suggests a key role for religious and secular philosophy. And it must also nourish the imagination; this suggests a key role for the arts. Third, it must offer much more knowledge of the world: the major world religions, economic conditions in developing countries, the deprivations with which a large proportion of the world's people live from day to day. -Martha C. Nussbaum

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. -Ayn Rand

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A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. -Larry Bird

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I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

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