The Cynics Workshop

Where I can try to influence the world, one word at a time.

Category: Quotes

He Was a Visionary

And his name was Henry Ford

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anyone can complain.”

“When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it…”

“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”

“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get to the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as your own.”

“I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.”

“People can have the Model T in any color they want – so long as it’s black.”

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.”


“Well Patrick…young Pa…

“Well Patrick…young Pat, I’m a farmer, born and raised on a farm, and I’ve hunted all my life. And I’ve…had Springer spaniels with short hair {that} could hunt like hell, and I’ve had long-haired Springer spaniels that coundn’t hunt worth a damn. But you know, when I found one that could hunt, I didn’t give a damn whether his hair was long or short, I just wanted it to hunt.”

-Lyle Setencich-
Linebacker Coach, Arizon State University (1995-1996)

This quote (found on page 177) comes from one of the best books I have ever read, Boots on the Ground by Dusk, My tribute to Pat Tillman, written by his mother, Mary Tillman.  Pat Tillman had just been moved to Linebacker from Safety when he walked into Lyle’s office, who was the new linebacker coach.  The two had never met before when Pat (who had long hair), walked into his office and and says “hey, are you the new linebacker dude?”  Lyle responds by saying “yeah, I’m the new linebacker dude.”  Pat said, “well I hope you know your shit because I want to be good.”  Lyle responds by saying “son, I know my shit.”  Pat asks, “what do you think about my freakin hair?” which was down to his waist.  Lyle then responded with the above quote…


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