Monday, December 20, 2004

He Wouldn't Stand a Chance in France

Today is the birthday of Branch Rickey, the American baseball executive (1881-1965) who said
I don't like the subtle infiltration of 'something for nothing' philosophies into the very hearthstone of the American family. I believe that 'Thou shalt earn the bread by the sweat of thy face' was a benediction and not a penalty. Work is the zest of life; there is joy in its pursuit.

I don't care if I was a ditch-digger at a dollar a day, I'd want to do my job better than the fellow next to me. I'd want to be the best at whatever I do.

I did not mind the public criticism. That sort of thing has not changed any program I thought was good.

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