Useful Quotations on Fame, Glory and Honor

Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers.

John 8:54 – Jesus answered, “If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing; it is My Father who glorifies Me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’;

John 7:18 – “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

Proverbs 27:2 – Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

“Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in knowing you have earned them.” Aristotle

“Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

“No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.” Andrew Carnegie

“After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.” Cato the Elder (234-149 BC, AKA Marcus Porcius Cato)

“Honor is better than honors.” Flemish Proverb

“Visibility can be the easiest path to credibility.” MDH

“Don’t compromise yourself. It’s all you’ve got.” Janis Joplin

“We laugh at honor, and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” C.S. Lewis

“His cardinal mistake is that he isolates himself and allows nobody to see him; and by which he does not know what is going on in the very matter he is dealing with.” Abraham Lincoln, 9 September 1861

To make judgements about great and high things, a soul of the same stature is needed; otherwise we ascribe them to that vice which is our own. Montaigne (1533-1592, French writer)

“Rather fail with honor than to succeed by fraud.” Sophocles

“It is better to deserve honors and not receive them than to receive them and not deserve them.” Mark Twain

The British Campaign in Afghanistan 1839-1842

The British campaign against Afghanistan was prompted by fear, began with hubris, squandered advantages, decayed into folly, and ended with tragedy. Many other military campaigns, and endeavors in life, are the same. 

India was the crown jewel of the British Empire, providing raw materials such as cotton for the growing British economy. Queen Victoria had just taken the throne (20 June 1837) of “this vast empire on which the sun never sets, and whose bounds nature has not yet ascertained.” The British East India Company was in de facto control of much of modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, except for in the United States, British arms had prevailed for a century, and the Industrial Revolution (mid 1700s to mid 1800s) was transforming the British Lion into the first European superpower since Rome.

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Using the Military Decision Making Process in Civilian Organizations

One of the hardest tasks in any organization is to know your strategy, align actions to it, and equip people to perform the actions. Making decisions is the first step, and the MDMP can help. 

The vocabulary of the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) is not typical for civilian organizations, but the concepts are germane.  Translating MDMP into health care can be very useful for process improvement.

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