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“FAITH is taking the first step when you can’t see the whole staircase.” — Martin L. King

“Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.” — Paul Newman

“Don’t mistake activity for achievement.” —  John Wooden

“A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — Grace Murray Hopper

“All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.” — George Orwell

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” —  Thomas Jefferson 

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill

“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” — Teddy Roosevelt

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell

“If you're going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you're not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you're probably doing something wrong.” — Antonin Scalia

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” — Alexander Hamilton

“It’s not just that Americans are scandalously ignorant.  It’s that they seem to believe they have a democratic right to their ignorance.  People are forming and expressing passionate views on the basis of no information at all.” — Michael Kinsley

“American campuses have insistently proclaimed their commitment to diversity as they have become more intellectually monochrome.  They do cultivate diversity, in everything but thought.” — George F. Will

“Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.” — George Orwell

“If an assertion reflects a widely shared emotion, it can make great headway in this culture without any need to prove its truth.” — John Leo

“Get the right amount of wisdom from an experience.  A cat will never sit on a hot stove burner again, but will never sit on a cold one either.” — Mark Twain

“If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it.  If he is offered something in accordance with his instincts, he will accept it on the slightest evidence.” — Bertrand Russell

“Not what I have but what I do, is my kingdom.” — Thomas Carlyle

“Death tugs at my ear and says, ‘Live! I am coming.’ ” — Oliver Wendell Holmes



BC Cook, PhD lived on Saipan and has taught history for 20 years. He currently resides on the mainland U.S.




November 2020 pssnewsletter

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