Armen Chakmakjian

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Famous quotes that keep me focused…

In Famous Quotes on May 8, 2008 at 2:03 am

Admiral Spruance:

Can’t find the original, so here goes: “Historians will write that this event or that choice made the difference here or there. While you’re there though, it’s a hell of a lot of groping around in the dark”. 

Translation:  You’ll figure it out

General U.S. Grant:

 “Oh, I am heartily sick of hearing what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think that he is going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.”

Translation: Tell me what you can do, not what can’t be done.

Winston Churchill:

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Translation:  Stop thinking about an end game…consider yourself in the midst of something and you just have to plow through it.

John Adams:

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

Translation: It is what it is…so deal with it.

George Washington:

“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for, I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country. “

Translation: What are you really thinking about when you grouse and complain…


“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be the sons of God.”

Translation: It’s pretty obvious.