The Wisdoms Project


The letter “c” carries a lot of connections to me.  Let’s cee, there’s Canadian and California and cancer.  And there’s communicate, concern, compromise, cooperation, creativity, compassion, criticism, cooking and cuddling.

The c-word that is most meaningful to me is commitment.  I think it is important to make a lot of them in all areas of life and relationships….and I firmly believe that it’s vital to keep them.

Duty is a matter of the mind. Commitment is a matter of the heart.

The secret to success is constancy to purpose.
    Benjamin Disraeli

A promise made is a debt unpaid.
Robert Service

Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right
….for the minority which is right will one day be the majority.
    William Jennings Bryan

A young person once asked an old person, “What is life's heaviest burden?”
The old person replied, “To have nothing to carry.”

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen
….not so many in pursuit of the goal.
        Friedrich Nietzsche

If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then you’ll start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking.  It’s tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when someone stands up and starts putting on their life jacket.
        Lou Holtz

The great tragedy of life is not that people set their sights too high and fail to achieve their goals, but that they set their sights too low and do.
    Buonarroti Michelangelo

If you set out to take Vienna….take Vienna!
    Napoleon Bonaparte

Wheresoever you go….go with all your heart.

What makes my “Thinker” think is that he thinks not only with his brain, with his knitted brow, his distended nostrils and compressed lips,
but with every muscle of his arms, back and legs,
with his clinched fists and gripping toes.
    Auguste Rodin

Most significant social movements throughout history began with one person
….plus one other person who believed in that first person.

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart,
that you can’t take part
….and you’ve got to put your bodies against the gears
….and you’ve got to make it stop.
    Mario Savio

Commitment is a line you cross.  
It is the difference between wishing and doing.

Be not diverted from your duty by any idle reflections the silly world may make upon you….for their censures are not in your power and should not be at all your concerns.

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform.  Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation….and publicly and privately, in season and out, whenever necessary avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates….and bear the consequences.
                                                                         Susan B. Anthony


Don’t let the bastards wear you down.
    John Wayne