Unusual Quotations: No Comment

A Witty Way To Say No Comment

By Gene Griessman, PhD

If you don’t want to respond to a question, here’s one way to do it:

“I probably should answer that question with the words of the famous American composer John Cage (pause) ‘I have nothing to say…and I’m saying it.’”

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust. 

We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

You might also enjoy Lincoln Speaks To Leaders by Gene Griessman and Pat Williams.

 

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How To Express Gratitude

How To Express Gratitude

Here is a simple little phrase that packs an emotional wallop:  “lack the words to adequately express the joy that I feel toward you for making it happen.”

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust. 

We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

You might also enjoy Lincoln Speaks To Leaders by Gene Griessman and Pat Williams.

 

 

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Unusual Quotation by Donald Trump

UNUSUAL QUOTATION BY DONALD TRUMP

”The buck stops with everybody.”  October 10, 2019

(Donald Trump’s version of the statement on a famous plaque on the desk of President Harry Truman: “The buck stops here.”)

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust. 

We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

 

 

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Trump’s Wall: What’s In A Word

Trump’s Wall

Donald Trump has said if we don’t think a wall will work we should ask the Israelis. Well, the Israelis don’t like to call their wall a wall, so they are probably not the best people to ask

Perhaps we should ask the Russians how well walls work. The Berlin Wall didn’t work out all that well.

Perhaps we should ask the Chinese how the Great Wall of China worked out.  (Hint.The Manchu Qing marched through it and overthrew the wall-building Ming dynasty. )

Or maybe we should ask the Romans how well Hadrian’s Wall worked out. (Hint. It was abandoned within three decades after it was built.)

A big lesson can be learned from the history of walls. They’re really expensive to build, maintain, and protect, and soon or later they become ruins or tourist attractions… usually sooner than later.

And there’s a question that needs to be asked.

How in the world did the United States manage to survive, indeed thrive, for going on three centuries without a big, beautiful wall?

If we must have a wall in order to have integrity as a nation, shouldn’t we start building a northern wall to save us from the Canadians?

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust. 

We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him

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President Trump’s False Claim

Words Matter. Donald Trump Stokes Fear Of Immigrants. By Gene Griessman

President Trump used the Oval Office to create the false belief that “illegal immigrants” cause violent crime to increase. In point of fact, immigrants do NOT commit more violent crimes than native-born Americans. Overwhelmingly, research studies show that immigration does not lead to higher crime rates; if anything, it may actually reduce them.

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust. 

We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

 

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How To Break Into An Ongoing Discussion

How To Break Into An Ongoing Discussion

Here’s an simple but effective power phrase that you can use in a media interview, a team!board  meeting, or a negotiation

Say: “May I just add something…”

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust. 

We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

 

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Unusual Quotation:The Genius Of Compromise  

“Zhou Enlai combined utter fluidity with absolute resilience, like water, which espouses instantaneously the shape of whatever container it happens to fill, and never surrenders one atom of its own nature—-in the end, it always prevails.” 

—Simon Leys, The Times Literary Supplement, 4/20/2018

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust. 

We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

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How To Change The Subject

How To Change The Subject           By Gene Griessman, Ph.D.

Terri Gross,  host of NPR’s “Fresh Air” offers this advice if you’re being interviewed for a job or if you’re on radio or TV and it’s going badly, change the subject by saying, “Let me share an experience.”

This lets you shift the conversation so that it focuses on what you’d rather talk about. If it’s a job interview, you can use a brief story focus on your strengths.

This verbal tactic is sometimes referred to as a bridging technique. This particular one works even with skillful interviewers because they can’t know in advance that the illustration you’re about to tell will shift the focus of the conversation.

Abraham Lincoln did this all the time—in the courtroom, on the platform, and in personal conversations.  Lincoln would say, “That reminds me of a story.”  He did it so often that it became a trademark tactic.

There’s probably no better way to change the subject than to tell a story, and tell it well.

(For the full interview, see The New York Times, 11/18/18)

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust. 

We’ve found numerous phony quotes on popular websites and quote books. Every Lincoln quotation in this book is authentic.

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

You might also enjoy “Lincoln Speaks To Leaders by Gene Griessman and Pat Williams.

 

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One Way To Get An Honest Answer

One Way To Get An Honest Answer

Let’s say you’re thinking about buying a new car and haven’t decided whether to get a Toyota, a Nissan, or a Chevy . So you ask a friend who bought a Nissan if he likes his car.
You may not get an honest answer if you ask, “Do you like your Nissan?”  Chances are he’ll tell you he likes it.
It’s better to ask,  “Have you had any problems with your Nissan?”  Or, “Have you had to spend any money on your Nissan”
A question about something specific generally will get you a specific answer.
Here’s why.  People want to be regarded as intelligent. They hate to admit that they made a stupid choice.
So, if you give them a chance to be evasive, they generally will pounce on it. They will tell you they like their Nissan even if it won’t start most mornings.
The question you ask generally determines the answer you get. Ask a mushy question. Get a mushy answer.
THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust:

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

 

 

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Unusual Quotations:Unfinished Work

Unfinished Work:  “An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.”      Paul Valery

THE Lincoln Quotation Book

Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s a quotation book you can trust:

The Words Lincoln Lived By

“This is a book to cherish and share.”—Bill Marriott, CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“Absolutely awesome! Inspirational and even life-changing for leaders or for general living. An in-depth exploration of Lincoln’s character, spiritual beliefs, lifetime motivations…”  —Amazon verified purchaser

“Not only does Griessman give us Lincoln quotes, but he also weaves each one into a little jewel of an essay on that particular subject. In addition, this small volume contains “Biographical Notes” on the main figures cited and also a Bibliography of the sources quoted.” —Wayne C. Temple, world-renowned Lincoln scholar, critic, and author, Illinois State Archives

A stirring, inspirational treasury of quotations from our greatest and most admired president, the book offers rich material for interpretation, reflection, and spiritual guidance.

In these pages, Lincoln, famed as an orator, shares his wisdom on courage and determination, compassion and compromise, tolerance and tact—the essential traits that define character. The timeless impact of his words is as powerful as the achievements that have helped to make him an American hero.

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