Words of Wisdom and Wit for Classic Principles of Leadership


“You fool!  You fell victim to one of the classic blunders.  The most famous of which is: never get involved in a land war in Asia.”     — Vizzini in The Princess Bride (1987)

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path.”      — Abraham Lincoln (1838)

“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”           — Abraham Lincoln (1860)

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.  It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”                 — Abraham Lincoln (1863)

“The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.”                           — Albert Einstein

“Those are my principles!   And if don’t like them…  well, I have others.”    — Groucho Marx