Quote of the Day: Life

 

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” – Lou Holtz

Since Holtz gave a stirring speech at the Republican Convention on Wednesday, I thought it worth highlighting him this week.

There is a lot of wisdom in his statement. While circumstances (what happens to you) define your initial conditions, how you respond to them determines where you end up. You might start out with all the advantages in the world, but bury yourself in drugs. achieving nothing over your lifetime. You might start out as a slave on a plantation, but grow up to establish one of the most important HBCUs in the nation and become a presidential advisor, as did Booker T. Washington. The difference is the response to the circumstances.

You can allow yourself to become a victim or you can decide to become a success. The result lies in your actions.

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  1. James Madison Member
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    Lou Holtz. The man has slowed a wee bit, but his rapid fire speaking is both assured and still amazingly right on. The guy has an incredible, always-on, never wrong, never offensive, internal moral gyroscope.

    Special thanks to West —by God— Virginia. 

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  2. LibertyDefender Member
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    Seawriter:

    Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. – Lou Holtz

    There is a lot of wisdom in his statement.

    Including the fact that life adds up to 100%.

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  3. Arahant Member
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    Seawriter: You can allow yourself to become a victim or you can decide to become a success. The result lies in your actions.

    It certainly does.


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  4. Bob Thompson Member
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    I liked how he responded to Notre Dame’s disassociating the university from his remarks at the convention.

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  5. The Reticulator Member
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    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    I liked how he responded to Notre Dame’s disassociating the university from his remarks at the convention.

    Tell us more?

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  6. James Lileks Contributor
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    Comedian Jim Gaffigan decided that this would be a good time to go political and tweetedout “F Lou Holtz.” (The F was fully deployed.)

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  7. Bob Thompson Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    I liked how he responded to Notre Dame’s disassociating the university from his remarks at the convention.

    Tell us more?

    Lou Holtz responds to Notre Dame’s decision after he questions Biden’s Catholicism

    Holtz said he doesn’t speak for Notre Dame but he was taught in the Catholic Church that aborting a baby at nine months is wrong and Joe Biden says it is ok. Holtz does not agree.

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  8. Percival Thatcher
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Comedian Jim Gaffigan decided that this would be a good time to go political and tweetedout “F Lou Holtz.” (The F was fully deployed.)

    I think that I have already heard all the Hot Pocket jokes that I’m going to need for a while.

    Quite a while.

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