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Thought For the Day: An Important Art of Politicians Is To Find New Names For Institutions Which Under Old Names Have Become Odious To the Public

“An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public.” – Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754-1838)

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First Principles: There Is Not A More Important and Fundamental Principle In Legislation, Than That the Ways and Means Ought Always To Face the Public Engagements; That Our Appropriations Should Ever Go Hand In Hand With Our Promises

“There is not a more important and fundamental principle in legislation, than that the ways and means ought always to face the public engagements; that our appropriations should ever go hand in hand with our promises. – James Madison, 1790

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Thought For the Day: Optimism Is A Very, Very Important Part of Leadership…People Don’t Like To Follow Pessimists

“What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership…. People don’t like to follow pessimists.“ – Robert Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company

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First Principles: A Good Moral Character Is the First Essential In A Man

“A good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life.” – George Washington (1790)

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Thought For the Day: I Hope That In This Year To Come, You Make Mistakes

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never … Continue reading

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First Principles: Abuses of the Press and Media Are So Important To Freedom and Science As to Be Deeply Regrettable As These Tend To Lessen Its Usefulness and To Sap Its Safety

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and … Continue reading

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The Moral Imagination

It is not enough to give to our children and our society definitions of right and wrong or normless stories and books leading to an inability to make the profound decisions needed for the better world we so desperately need. … Continue reading

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On Being Eleventeen

My youngest daughter turns 11 tomorrow.   She’s brilliant, witty, charming in her own ways and has a bright future ahead of her.  Yes.  I am a very proud father of both of my princesses.   The only kingdom I … Continue reading

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First Principles: Having Lived Long, I Have Many Instances of Being Obligated…To Change My Opinions… I Thought Right But Found To Be Otherwise

“Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obligated, by better information or fuller consideration, to change my opinions even on important subjects, which I thought right but found to be otherwise.” – Benjamin Franklin, Speech on Sept. … Continue reading

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