Nuggets of Wisdom – Fall 2023

Nuggets of Wisdom – Fall 2023 October 5, 2023

Every quarter I like to share quotes that I have encountered in my reading and research that have been meaningful to me. I call them “Nuggets of Wisdom.”


“There are two ways to get enough, one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”



“Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”



“Take action. An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention.”



“I never won a fight in the ring. I always won in preparation.”



“Nearly every single one of the American founders—from Washington to Franklin to Adams and Henry—made some version of the argument that their novel system of government was impossible without virtue in the people.”



“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”



“If it falls to one’s lot to be a street sweeper, he should at that moment seek to sweep streets like Michelangelo carved marble, like Rafael painted pictures. He should seek to sweep streets like Beethoven composed the music or like Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should seek to sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper, and he swept his job well.”



“The beautiful thing about learning is no one can take it away from you.”



“No one is useless in this world . . . who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.”



“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men!”


Richard E Simmons III is the founder and Executive Director of The Center for Executive Leadership and a best-selling author.

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