MY FAVORITE QUOTES

In the end, you think only of people you love. Passing thoughts and joy can be found in music, nature, things of beauty . . . but those we love are most important. – Myrna Jacobs

Whether you keep your attention on finding an excuse or a solution – that’s what tends to show up. – Daniel Jacobs

Your future will become what you can envision in the present. – Daniel Jacobs

The future is simply now, with a different date attached. Start to believe, feel, and act as if what you want for the future is an inevitability. And it is. – Daniel jacobs

Excellence in any field comes from knowledge and exact application of the fundamentals, not simply the accumulation of methods and techniques. Growth, confidence, and prosperity result from a correct, disciplined practice of the basics. – daniel  jacobs

Successful men and influenced by the desire for pleasing results. Failure is influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do. – Albert Gray

Your attitude about the present can change your future – just as your attitude about the future can change your present. – daniel jacobs

Thinking is overrated. It’s the enemy of imagination and creativity. It’s a slippery slope into self-consciousness and introspection. – Daniel Jacobs

Worry only results in more worry. Stress begets only stress. – Daniel Jacobs

Look around. What do you see? Problems?  Threats? They are all hollow illusions that vanish at the dawn.  – Daniel Jacobs

Goals and obstacles alike become more real by putting your attention on them.- Daniel Jacobs

The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe that it is possible. – Alice In Wonderland, the movie

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. – Oliver Seneca in winter 2014Wendell Holmes

The price of freedom is never too great – when the cost of indifference is so dear. – daniel w. jacobs

Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.  – Albert Schweitzer

An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail. – Edwin Land

You know . . . you just don’t want to look. – Juan Casillas, DVM

We project ourselves on everyone else.  We see hate in others because we ourselves hate.  We see love in others because we ourselves love.  We see talent and potential in others because we believe those qualities are in ourselves.   When we see others as a hopeless case, it’s because we feel that way about ourselves. – Brian Austin Whitney, Founder, Just Plain Folks

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. -Abraham Lincoln

Circumstances don’t dictate your attitude, your attitude creates circumstances. – Daniel Jacobs

People can face up to all manner of difficulty, tragedy, reversals of fortune and misadventures, but if you want to separate the men from the boys regarding who you can trust, watch what happens when you let them handle your money. – Daniel Jacobs

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin

This is the true joy in life – being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no brief candle to me, it is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it to future generations.  – George Bernard Shaw

dan with tool beltYour creation of time, circumstance and conditions of life determine where you have been, what you are and who you will become. – daniel w. jacobs

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing can truly harm you – unless you have decided priorly that such a thing is harmful. – daniel w. jacobs

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately happy. What a man can be, he must be. – Abraham Maslow

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

People have an insatiable desire for surprise. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Your power to expand is infinite – so is your ability to limit yourself. ~ daniel w. jacobs

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world.  The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. — George Bernard Shaw

My creed for art in general is that it should enrich the soul; it should teach spirituality by showing a person a portion of himself that he would not discover otherwise . . . a part of yourself you never knew existed. – pianist Bill Evans

Your future unfolds in minute increments and with inexorable certainty. Large changes can and do occur, but only when preceded by countless infinitesimally small ones. – Daniel Jacobs

Often even a slight shift of viewpoint can precipitate enormous positive changes in your life. –Daniel Jacobs

With our thoughts, we carry the seeds of our futures along with us – planted, given life and sustenance to grow and mature by our ongoing attention on them . ~ daniel w. jacobs

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~ Hans Hoffman, abstract expressionist painter.

When you set up the idea that anything is too painful to experience, you also set it up so that you can be harmed by that thing. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill

If something that doesn’t feel right, it’s not  right. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Criticism often reveals a secret, hidden message. Learn to listen to what they are not saying. – daniel w. jacobs

Learn to criticize with humor, at least then they won’t kill you for it. ~ daniel w. jacobs

 Wisdom begins by calling things by their right name.- Ancient Chinese proverb

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo Da Vinci

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well-tried before you give them your confidence. – George Washington

The willing contribution, coordination and cooperation of the individual members of a group lead to a strong and expanding entity. The relationship is symbiotic, as a group thus empowered becomes a greater source of strength and power for those creating it.  – daniel w. jacobs

Our enemies of today are the forces of privilege and greed within our own borders. – Franklin Roosevelt

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats. – Howard Aiken

Self-doubts and self-confidence alike require constant nurturing and attention to become reality. – daniel w. jacobs

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite. – John Kenneth Galbrait

” . . . (both the) genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.” – Edith Sitwell

Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others. – Sir Winston Churchill

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. – Ray Bradbury

Accept good advice gracefully – – as long as it doesn’t interfere with what you intended to do in the first place. – Gene Brown

Only when you stop being someone you are not and start being who you really are, will happiness finally find you. – daniel w. jacobs

“The Lord sent me . . . the Lord loves my trumpet.” – from the movie, The Commitments

Only a fool accepts, unquestionably and unconditionally, the advice of those with no skin in the game. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious — George Orwell

Studies of life and human relationships are a never-ending pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and truth, wherever they may lie. – daniel w. jacobs

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Art is above insanity . . . not the same as or because of. ~ Myrna Jacobs

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly; to keep the channel open.  You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU.

Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

– Martha Graham – American Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer of modern dance, 1894-1991 – in a letter to Agnes DeMille

He who tells no lies, fears nothing. – daniel w. jacobs

Yogi Berra Explains Jazz

Interviewer: “What do expect is in store for the future of jazz guitar?”

Yogi: “I’m thinkin’ there’ll be a group of guys who’ve never met talkin’ about it all the time.”

Interviewer: Can you explain jazz?

Yogi: I can’t, but I will. 90% of all jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play the right part, it might be right if you play it wrong enough. But if you play it too right, it’s wrong.

Interviewer: I don’t understand.

Yogi: Anyone who understands jazz knows that you can’t understand it. It’s too complicated. That’s what’s so simple about it.

Interviewer: Do you understand it?

Yogi: No. That’s why I can explain it. If I understood it, I wouldn’t know anything about it.

Interviewer: Are there any great jazz players alive today?

Yogi: No. All the great jazz players alive today are dead. Except for the ones that are still alive. But so many of them are dead, that the ones that are still alive are dying to be like the ones that are dead. Some would kill for it.

Interviewer: What is syncopation?

Yogi: That’s when the note that you should hear now happens either before or after you hear it. In jazz, you don’t hear notes when they happen because that would be some other type of music. Other types of music can be jazz, but only if they’re the same as something different from those other kinds.

Interviewer: Now I really don’t understand.

Yogi: I haven’t taught you enough for you to not understand jazz that well.

by Yogi Berra

Tree over river in fallThe most desired commodities in life, are admiration, human attention and affection. -daniel w. jacobs

Never Explain – your Friends do not need it and your Enemies will not believe you anyway. – Elbert Hubbard

Good friendships are fragile things and require as much care as any other fragile and precious thing. – Randolph S. Bourne (1886-1918) American Writer

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” ~ Albert Einstein

Trust is fragile and easily broken. It requires as much care and attention as any other delicate and precious thing – Daniel Jacobs

“Now this is the Law of the Jungle — as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back –
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.”- LAW OF THE JUNGLE” by Rudyard Kipling

“I’ve always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I’m going to make the next one.” – Isiah Thomas, basketball star

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ~Johann von Goethe

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”–Johann von Goethe

The first time you get bad advice from someone, it’s excusable; the second time, it’s suspicious; the third time, it’s not a coincidence. You’re being set up or something else is very wrong. Take action now.~ daniel w. jacobs

Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all the way.” – Jimmy Buffett, (from lyrics to “He Went To Paris”)

We wish for riches and fame to quench our thirst for peace and tranquility – but the dirty little secret is that “being” famous and “having” riches are never quite enough. Happiness and fulfillment come from remaining interested in life and “doing” something that challenges, stimulates and engages us fully.  Our lives become enriched by the process of living. – daniel jacobshead shot smiling

My final lesson of history is the same as that of Jesus. Love one another. You may think that’s a lot of lollipop but just try it. Love is the most practical thing in the world. To love, to be kind, not to be greedy, not to be ambitious, not to be influenced by people but to think for yourself – these are all very practical things, and they will bring about a practical, happy society. – Will Durant, 1885-1981, American Philosopher, Historian and Author

“Cold-hearted orb that rules the night, removes the colours from our sight. Red is gray and yellow white, but we decide which is right, and which is an illusion.” – “Days of Future Passed’ – The Moody Blues

“You can produce a piece of beauty . . . of such a magnitude that you just stop people in their tracks! You can blow away and erase their anger, hate, discomfort or anything else with an aesthetic.” ~ American philosopher, Ronald Hubbard

“It’s better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you aren’t.” ~ Andre Gide

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ~ Albert Einstein

“The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them” ~ Thomas Jefferson

“I predict the future happiness of Americans if they can prevent the government wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. ” ~ Thomas Jefferson

 Silent enim leges inter arma.
Interama, eynem seelent leggess
Translation: “In time of war, the law falls silent”

There is no past, present or future . . . except that which you yourself create at this moment . . . and it won’t be there unless you yourself create it. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. – Aldous Huxley

“Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn’t have fucked with? That’s me.”~ Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) in the movie Gran Torino.

Never invest with someone who brags incessantly about how they “have never lost money.”  Eventually they will. And it’s your money that will be lost. ~ daniel w. jacobs

10475526_10153654752815752_3558699778447120644_nThere is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.  ~ Thomas Jefferson

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. ~ Thomas Jefferson

People who are unwilling to discipline themselves, should not complain when those whom they have elected to represent them, act the same. ~ daniel w. jacobs

A society of criminals will invariably elect its own kind – those who can not or will not work and whose help is invariably injurious. ~ daniel w. jacobs

The truth is often camouflaged by the veil of complexity. – daniel w. jacobs

Generalities, rumor, and lies mask the simplicity of truth. ~ daniel w. jacobs

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. ~ Thomas Jefferson

If you strive to be understood, slow down. – daniel w. jacobs

If you can’t explain something so that a five-year-old can understand it, you don’t know your subject well enough. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Misunderstanding creates complexity just as complexity creates misunderstanding. ~daniel w. jacobs

If the Nation can issue a dollar bond it can issue a dollar bill.  The element that makes the bond good makes the bill good also.  It is absurd to say our Country cannot issue bonds and cannot issue currency.   Both are promises to pay, but one fattens the usurer and the other helps the People.  ~Thomas Edison, interviewed in The New York Times in1921.

You can have any two of the following—fast, cheap, or good—but not all three. – author unknown

“. . . I now believe truth lies not in logic but in hope, both past and future.  I believe hope can surprise you.  It can survive the odds against it, all sorts of contradictions, and certainly any skeptic’s rationale of relying on proof through fact.” – “The Hundred Secret Senses,” by Amy Tan

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt ~ Honore de Balzac

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught. – Honore de Balzac

In every artist there is a touch of audacity without which no talent is conceivable. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Music is a moral law.  It gives wings to the mind, a soul to the universe, flight to the Dan in vest looking downimagination, a charm to sadness — and life to everything.  – – Plato

On being an artist: the state of mind which enables a man to do work of this kind is akin of the religious worshiper or the lover; the daily effort comes from no deliberate intention or program, but straight from the heart. ~ Albert Einstein

People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians or painters, and because of them, we have a culture.  If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it — people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent van Gogh or Mozart. ~ Kurt Vonnegut (Nov. 1985)

I have been absolutely terrified my entire life, and I have never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do. ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.  ~ George Bernard Shaw

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven’t got it.  – George Bernard Shaw

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.~ George Bernard Shaw

We artists are indestructible; even in a prison cell or a concentration camp, I would be alright in my own world of Art; even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell. ~ Pablo Picasso

front window at SenecaTruth will not make us rich, but it will make us free.  ~ Will Durant

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. ~Franz Kafka

The truth is, we are not that smart and we are not that dumb. ~ Donald Keough, President and COO of Coca-Cola said in 1985 after the company reintroduced original Coca-Cola as Classic Coke.

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.  ~Thomas Jefferson

We are trapped only by the lies of others and ourselves. – daniel jacobs

Jazz is the art of mastering your own life so that you can play your life’s story. ~ Wayne Shorter,  jazz musician.

Figures don’t lie, but liars figure. – Samuel Clemens (alias Mark Twain)

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein (Occam’s Razor theory)

Dealing with people you don’t like or trust is never worth the sour taste that remains after. Instead, develop walk-away power.  ~ daniel w. jacobs

One expands under the spotlight of truth; with lies, it is the reverse. –  daniel w. jacobs

It’s only when the tide goes out that you discover who’s been swimming naked.  ~ Warren Buffett

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. – John F. Kennedy

Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself – and thus make yourself indispensable.  ~ Andre Gide

Being in the present moment is an ability that requires daily exercise. – daniel w. jacobs

Dan with new hatDemocracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

If the Nation can issue a dollar bond, it can issue a dollar bill.  The element that makes the bond good makes the bill good also.  It is absurd to say our Country cannot issue bonds and cannot issue currency.   Both are promises to pay, but one fattens the usurer and the other helps the People. ~ Thomas Edison reported in The New York Times in 1921.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. – Yogi Berra

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.~ Mark Twain

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. ~ Plato

Technology is a consequence of science which is born of philosophy. ~ daniel w. jacobs

The best remedy against an ill man, is much ground between. ~ Proverb

Our wisdom comes from our experience, and our experience comes from our foolishness. ~ Sacha Guitry

A child cannot lie;  even if it is not what you want to hear, you will still get only the truth. But the slick con-artist always tells you only what they believe you want to hear. By this fact alone you can tell the difference. – daniel w. jacobs

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.  – Bertrand Russel

The very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. ~ Theodore Hesburg

When everyone’s thinking alike . . . then no one’s thinking. ~ George Patton

The simplest explanation is almost always somebody screwed up.  ~ House, the TV show

When things just don’t add up or make sense . . . follow the money.  ~ daniel w. jacobs

You must resist the seductive temptation of beauty if you wish to walk the road to truth. – daniel w. jacobs

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. ~ Michael Crichton

No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one. ~ Elbert Hubbard

You will no longer be the ill effect of your future once you realize that you are the one creating it. – daniel w. jacobs

Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it.  Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.  ~ Tina Turner

Those who hammered their guns into plows will plow for those who did not.~ Thomas Jefferson.

If anyone  can show me,  and prove  to me,  that I am  wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth,  which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm. ~ Marcus Aurelius

Never be the lender of last resort, as you will also be the last to be repaid. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Borrow money from your children.  It’s the best way to teach them the value of money. – unknown

The route to worry and trouble starts with one small step; it begins when you start believing your own lies. – daniel w. jacobs

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. ~ Eric Hoffer

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

Once you realize that the outcome of your life depends totally on you, your life begins. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Pablo Casals, at 95 years old, was answering questions one day. One of them went like this.  “Mr Casals, you’re the greatest cellist of the 20th Century, perhaps of all-time, and your career has been nothing short of spectacular. Why, at the age of 95, do you still practice 6 hours a day?  Casals answered, “Because I think I’m making progress.

It is my belief that if everything is happening all at once, it can dissolve just as fast. ~ daniel w. jacobs

If your friends see you as an easy touch for a loan, you will soon have an abundance of debtors and a scarcity of friends. ~ daniel w. jacobs

To believe is to be strong. Doubt cramps energy. Belief is power. – Dr. Peabody (quoted by President Roosevelt)

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government.  So let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legal version of the first. ~ Thomas Jefferson

The peace I feel and have is self-generated. To wait for the insanity of the outside world to deliver it, is . . . well, crazy. ~ Myrna Jacobs

Regret is a trap and a complete waste of time; it traps your attention in a vain attempt to change something that has already happened.  ~ daniel w. jacobs

When you get to Wall Street, you give up your right to be called a man of the people.  ~  TV Special BBC, “The Final Days of Leman Brothers.”

Assuming without verifying invites disappointment. – daniel w. jacobs

The corollary of freedom is individual responsibility, compromise the latter and you lose the former. – daniel w. jacobs

Freedom without individual responsibility, isn’t. – dan jacobs

Freedom begins with the capacity for self-determination.- daniel w. jacobs

I make the rules, I don’t follow them. ~ Andrew Johnson (age 6)

Live fast and you live long. No time for empty dreaming. No time for useless building. But only time to live and taste the wine of living. No time to be afraid. No time to waste on worry. Only the moment, for that is the only thing in life worth saving. – Ron Hubbard, American philosopher and best-selling author – from a personal letter written in 1932.

The music must be regarded as one of the first elements of education and its loss or its corruption is the surest mark of the decline of the empire. ~ Confucius (c.551-479BC)

Behind every great fortune there is a crime ~ Honore de Balzac, 1799-1850 (authorship questionable)

Music feeds my soul and allows me to communicate in ways words fail me, it brings me close to the people and things I love most. It is the therapy that makes life livable. ~ Stan Bawol, Detroit trumpeter, educator

When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both. ~ James Dale Davidson

Insecurity creates complexity – complexity creates insecurity. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Pick one: simplicity or complexity, as they cannot coexist. dan jacobs

It’s the worst-kept secret in the world. Most of what you read, see, or hear cited in the current ‘mainstream news media‘ is pure, unadulterated fiction. Even worse, is that the insiders believe their own lies. The more generalized bad news conveyed in the message, the bigger the lie. It is a carefully crafted scheme intended to make the passive sheeple unthinkingly accept at face value, everything they are told by some would-be authority. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Freedom is not an entity but a condition. And conditions can (and will) change in the absence of constant alertness. – daniel w. jacobs

If someone is lying to you, they’re seeking hidden control over you. If someone is trying dan and myrna 2006to manipulate you, they’re lying to to you, to serve their own selfish purposes. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Truth knows no boundaries and answers to no authority. Truth alone shines like Mars at Perihelion – ubiquitous, undeniable, and unstoppable.~ daniel w. jacobs

A person who makes only money is not necessarily rich. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Wisdom, truth and lies can not coexist. – daniel w. jacobs

Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society. – Thomas Jefferson

Fear is the decision that what you have already experienced is too painful to experience. – daniel w. jacobs

Common denominator of success — the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful — lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do. – Albert E. N. Gray

Courage is not the absence of fear or insecurity. It’s being willing to face what needs to be done and going ahead in spite of your fear. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Do not let the opinions of others undermine you, as they are after all . . . just opinions. – daniel w. jacobs

The  vagaries of what is laughingly called, “conventional wisdom” is, in my opinion, laughable. – daniel w. jacobs

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.  ~ e.e. cummings

One of the more frustrating times in life is when you know the answers but nobody asks you the questions. – author unknown

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan

Normal is not something to aspire to; it is something to get away from. – Jodie Foster

You cannot contemplate doing evil to others without at once inviting it to your abode.  ~ daniel w. jacobs

Truth, though fought and strewn with potholes of ignorance and arrogance, still remains the only road to freedom. ~ daniel w. jacobs

The memory of giving a gift of money lasts longer for the giver than he who receives it. ~ daniel w. jacobs

It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good. — Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121-180)

What you reward with attention, interest, or admiration. you tend to get more of. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. — Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest. — Confucius (551-479 BCE)

All problems become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them.  Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble. ~ Admiral William (Bull) S. Halsey, Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet in the way against Japan.

Fear itself is not dangerous. The real danger comes from trying to avoid fear through non-confront. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Dan in LansingI shoot at least 1,000 shots every morning.  They I do the same with all other aspects of the game just to keep my balance and coordination of my skills all working together.  I work at it every day.  If I don’t, I know someone else is working on his or her game just as hard to try to outplay me in the next game.  My job is to keep them from doing that. ~ Kobe Bryant, basketball superstar

Only those things you are unwilling to face can trap you. – daniel w. jacobs

The single most valuable commodity, it turns out, is human attention. . . ” – Tom Portante and Ron Tarro, management consultants at Ernst & Young LLC

To allow your art and your message to be exposed to disinterest, disdain or rejection requires a supreme belief in yourself. ~ daniel w. jacobs

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” ~Plato

Love the life you life, live the life you love. ~ Bob Marley

Worrying about future problems can ruin your present and visa-versa. – daniel w. jacobs

Even an uncomfortable sense of well-being, can still  do wonders for your attitude. – daniel w. jacobs

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are now taught to believe that legerdemain tricks upon paper can produce as solid wealth as hard labor in the earth. It is vain for common sense to urge that nothing can produce but nothing; that it is an idle dream to believe in a philosopher’s stone which is to turn everything into gold, and to redeem man from the original sentence of his Maker, ‘in the sweat of his brow shall he eat his bread’. –Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. – Winston Churchill

When you convince your mind of it’s accomplishing power, you can do anything. ~ Paramahansa Yogananda

The true essence of any art form is to get out of the way of yourself and let your own truth shine though. ~daniel w. jacobs

The key to being a recording artist is telling my story and finding my truth. Not because it’s the new thing of the moment, but because it’s genuine emotion. It’s how I feel and how I articulate it to the world. It’s having the discipline and the confidence in who I am. – Jay-Z

Confusion is eliminated giving it a name. – daniel w. jacobs

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people. – Chinese Proverb

The two moments which require the greatest attention and effort in accomplishing anything are: at the beginning, which requires the most thrust to overcome inertia, and when you’re nearing completion, which requires the most discipline and determination to push it through to completion.  Both times rely upon supreme confidence in yourself.  – daniel w. jacobs

The only real obstacle to achievement is desire. How much do you really want it? – daniel w. jacobs

Dan and Bryce in chairIf not now, when? – daniel w. jacobs

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

Music is infinite. When I say it’s good to always  practice, it doesn’t mean playing something you know; you practice what you don’t know. – James Moody, jazz legend

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming. –Johann von Goethe

I don’t sell something you can touch, I sell something you can feel. – Vittoria Grigolo

The best is not only yet to come, but it’s pretty darn good right now! – Debra Michelle

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. – Von Goethe

Things will change. – Virginia Miller, age 96.

Don’t you wish that other people were as smart as we think we are? – Virginia Miller, age 95.

Some people – when they don’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of – will manage to find you, no matter how distant or remote. Help them back on their feet again, and they can’t remember your name, but help them anyway. ~ daniel w. jacobs

Imagine. Dream. Grow. Create. Become. – unknown

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. – James Madison, U.S. Founding Father.

Never give up on anything you can’t go a day without thinking about. – unknown

The only way to get anything worthwhile done, is to ignore the reasons, explanations, and justifications why it can’t be. – daniel w. jacobs

I’m in competition with myself. I just want to be able to play better tomorrow than I did today. – James Moody

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children. – Pablo Picasso

All my life I’ve wanted to be someone; I guess I should have been more specific. – Jane Wagner, American writer, director and producer.

There is a difference between looking at a thing and seeing a thing.  – Oscar Wilde

Life will knock you down more times than you can possibly image, don’t knock yourself down.  – from the TV show, Parenthood.

You paint what you know is there, not what you see. – Gertrude Stein

We are bounded only by the limits of our own imagination. – daniel w.jacobs

When blinded by self-serving arrogance and unrestrained self-importance – only a reasoned, healthy dose of humility provides the courage to create positive change in your life. – daniel w.jacobs

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who knows how, will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few.  The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.  The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

With the stresses and pressures of life, it’s easy to forget that being yourself is an ability, one that grows stronger with attention and practice ~ daniel w. jacobs

The specter of mistrust has its beginnings in doubts of yourself. – daniel w. jacobs

Regret is in the past, apprehensions are of the future. Staying in the present  diminishes both. – daniel w. jacobs

It’s no accident, with my writings, that you are often reminded of what you already know. -daniel w. jacobs

Don’t let the obsessive search for perfection suffocate your art. – daniel w. jacobs

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein.

Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening – Dorothy Sarnoff

I see people striking out all the time. It’s not because they don’t have talent or because they don’t want to be, but because they don’t put the work in to do it. They don’t have the discipline to do it.   —   Woody Allen

Being a part of something important, assisting others, being in control of your life, – these are what give purpose to one’s life – and life to one’s purposes. – daniel w. jacobsDan smiling, ice cream cone

A principle is an immutable, natural law. It does not change because you lack the self-discipline to learn and use it.- daniel w. jacobs

The power of music can transform your life, by inviting you to experience a sublime sensation known only to those initiated in the art form. – daniel w. jacobs

Understand the principles and you can develop your own methods.  – daniel w. jacobs

The notes are not music, they are only the guidelines. A musician brings life and meaning to the notes. Don’t just play the notes; play the music. – daniel w. jacobs

Music is the language of sound and silence not just the notes. – daniel w. jacobs

Principles can establish methods but methods don’t determine principles. – daniel jacobs

The ways of applying a fundamental principle can be infinite with the basic law remaining unchanged. – daniel w. jacobs

One of the funniest rewards of playing music is when you start to sound like yourself – Maynard Ferguson

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. — Isaac Asimov

Dan looking ag camera with new hatI’m glad I’m here. I’m glad you’re here. I care about you. I know that I know. – Dorthy Sarnoff

The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin.  – Ernest Hemingway

In history, nothing happens by accident.  If it happened, you can bet someone planned it. – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious or otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. — Voltaire

Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird, that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus (American jazz musician)

Fame and money are the addiction of those who have them – and the Holy Grail of those who don’t. – daniel w. jacobs

Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.  – Thomas Jefferson

And there is a time where you can be beyond yourself. You can be better than your technique. You can be better than most of your usual ideas. And this is a whole other category that you can get into. – Dave Brubeck

Ultimately, a welfare state suffocates initiative by substituting dependence for imagination and slavery for freedom. – daniel w. jacobs.

The ability to do or have anything, begins with the willingness to be who you are. – daniel w.jacobs

Our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. – Steve Jobs

Once you decide to change your life, what shows up is the reason you haven’t done so before now. – daniel w. jacobs

You don’t have a soul, you are a soul. You have a body. ~C.S. Lewis

We are made for action not idleness. The cure for nearly anything that ails you is having something to do. The keynote of fulfillment is to produce something of value. – daniel jacobs

I never strive for identity. That’s something that just has happened automatically as a result of just putting things together, tearing things apart and putting it together my own way. – Bill Evans, pianist

Sometimes you have to rid yourself of trivial thoughts, ideas, and even people, to make room for the consequential.  – daniel w. jacobs

Create time and space in your life for those whom you treasure most, or they won’t be there long. – daniel w. jacobs

“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” ~~ Chinese Proverb

Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. – William Gibson

Artists are arguably the most valuable people on this earth as without the working artist, the world would not be as livable. For they inject the culture with all the art, beauty or aesthetics found on this planet.- daniel w. jacobs

In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. – Robert A. Heinlein

Making the simple awesomely simple, that’s genius. – daniel w. jacobs

dan and bryce 11.2.10 copyTruth is freedom, as is the reverse. – daniel w. jacobs

The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms.  – Neal Boortz

Once you realize that the subject of economics is made intentionally impossible to understand, it’s simple. – daniel w. jacobs

No solution will work until you know exactly what caused the problem.- daniel w. jacobs

A false diagnosis and wrong solution are worse than none at all. – daniel w. jacobs

Jazz is a certain process that is not an intellectual process, you use your intellect to take apart the materials learn to understand them and learn to work with them. But actually it takes years and years of playing to develop the facility so that you could forget all that and just relax and play. I do like to state things as clearly as I can, as concisely as I can. I don’t like to make people work hard to understand what I’m doing, or myself either. If you can say it easy, why make it hard? That’s how I feel. To reveal something to someone else through the music, something that is good, and something that they feel enriches their lives a little bit or makes them feel better as a person, that would be  the main guiding force. – Bill Evans, pianist, 1970 interview

The reason most thorny problems never resolve, is they are held in place as an attempted solution to some earlier unconfronted  confusion. – daniel w. jacobs

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

I believe an artist should NEVER lose sight of his creativity. – Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter

Give your children enough money to do something, but not enough money to do nothing. –  From the movie, “The Decedents”

The advice of most financial talking-heads is bad for your wealth. – daniel w. jacobs

The most desired commodity in life, is human attention and affection. daniel w. jacobs

Practice your principles and they’ll be there when you need them. – daniel w. jacobs

A steady diet of canned media chatter can lead to truth decay. – daniel w. jacobs

Living a long life can sometimes be its own reward. – daniel w. jacobs

If I’d have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me, “A faster horse.” – Henry Ford

The true test of your character is what happens when power arrives unexpectedly at your doorstep. – daniel w. jacobs

Simple truths vanquish complex secrets. They cannot coexist. – daniel w. jacobs

Fear creates indecision, doubt and immobility, courage creates the reverse. – daniel w. jacobs

Complex answers to simple problems never work. – Myrna Y. Jacobs

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. – Mark Twain

The road less traveled can often be difficult terrain but much more interesting.
– Myrna Jacobs

Ethics and justice remain foreign concepts, until you realize that you too belong to the human race.- daniel w. jacobs

Isn’t it funny how you usually find what you’re looking for the moment you stop frantically searching for it? – daniel w. jacobs

Many personal problems vanish once you recognize the importance of human attention and affection. – daniel w. jacobs

It’s not where you take things from it’s where to you take things to. – Jean – Luc Godard

-Henry Miller Miscellanea: Work Schedule, 1932 – 1933

  1. Work on one thing at a time until finished.
  2. Start no more new books, add no more new material to “Black Spring.”
  3. Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
  4. Work according to Program and not according to mood. Stop at the appointed time!
  5. When you can’t create you can work.
  6. Cement a little every day, rather than add new fertilizers.
  7. Keep human! See people, go places, drink if you feel like it.
  8. Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.
  9. Discard the Program when you feel like it – but go back to it next day.
  10. Concentrate. Narrow down. Exclude.
  11. Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
  12. Write first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterward.

Is it what you want, or what others want? – Mad Men TV Series

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. – Blaise Pascal

If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.  – Mario Andretti

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do . . . and I understand. – Confucius, Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)

Master one thing at a time and you can master anything. – daniel w. jacobs

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months over-analyzing a situation, trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve, or should’ve happened. Or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on. – Tupac

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. – Albert Einstein

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. –  Albert Einstein

Most people don’t listen. Real listening, means to listen before you play. – Hakan Hardenberger, International Trumpet Master

Excellence is built upon a mastery of the fundamentals not the accumulation of techniques. – daniel w. jacobs

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. – Winston Churchill

Search for the seed of opportunity in every adversity; it’s always there. – daniel w. jacobs

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, author of The Scientist Speculates

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. – Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Perfection, it is said, is possible only in the mind. But to severely restrict yourself to this prison of perfection is folly. Freedom from this trap comes once you recognize that you too, are human. –  daniel w. jacobs

Want people to connect with you? Slow down. – daniel w. jacobs

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. – Confucius

Don’t ask what to do – do what you know.- daniel w. jacobs

Don’t let who you’ve been or done be the cause of undue worry. Be who you are right now and you’ll be who you can become.  – daniel w. jacobs

Have the courage to face anything and you will be trapped by nothing. – daniel w. jacobs

Just hire the best people you can find. They will soon find a way to make themselves worth more than you pay them. – daniel w. jacobs

We create our own prison when we decide something is to painful to experience. daniel w. jacobs

Imagination lives the present and creates futures. – daniel w. jacobs

Joy is not in things; it is in us. – Benjamin Franklin

Don’t let your own voice be smothered by the opinions of others. – daniel w. jacobs

dan-at-mimosa-1Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

He who doth wisheth always to live, must also seeketh sooth, as whatsoever is in a man’s heart, so he speaketh. – daniel w. jacobs

To the innocent, unconditional power is but an invitation to corruption of character, but once initiated to such power, unlimited corruption is practiced with religious zeal. – daniel w.  jacobs

Lying to yourself is the ultimate betrayal; a futile attempt to forget the truth but remember the lie. – daniel w. jacobs
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. unknown author
Being interested in life makes you (and your life) more interesting.- daniel w. jacobs
Interest, directed by concern or curiosity, attracts attention. – daniel w. jacobs

With maturity comes the wisdom to see perfection in an imperfect world. – daniel w. jacobs

He who trusts no one, must, by definition, include himself. – daniel w. jacobs

Confront of problems is not always easy, but always necessary. – daniel w. jacobs

Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers. – William Feather

Confront of evil is not compulsory, it is a personal choice of truth over lies, and freedom over slavery. – daniel w. jacobs

If you empower your friends, you weaken your enemies. The reverse is also true. – daniel w. jacobs

“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates
Greek Philosopher, 469 BC–399 BC

Justifications, explanations, rationalizations about what you could’ve, would’ve, or should’ve done is just one more way to avoid dealing with the truth. – daniel w. jacobs

Improvement begins with the acceptance that one doesn’t know everything. – daniel w. jacobs

“You can’t con an honest man” is well-known concept to the con artist. A scam or a con is an exploitation of weaknesses in the human psyche, such as dishonest, fear, vanity, naivety and greed. It is accomplished by getting the “mark” (the victim) to envision the dream and ignore the reality. – daniel w. jacobs

Anytime you hear, “Trust me, I’ll never let you down” – run, don’t walk. You’re being set up. – daniel w. jacobs

Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are. – The Prince by Machiavelli

Lending to or trusting a friend money is the surest way to lose both. – daniel w. jacobs

Hidden beneath miscommunications you will find a false assumption.  – daniel w. jacobs

A con man plays on your fears, to get you to place your confidence in them and ignore the facts. – daniel w. jacobs

What I have I learned in my first seventy years? Those who can be trusted with your money are scarcer than hens teeth. – daniel w. jacobs

The oldest trick in the book of any con man is to tell you only want you want to hear. – daniel jacobs

Myrna Bryce on hay bale with myrnaFocused, disciplined practice is how you internalize basic principles. It is also the backbone of confidence. – daniel w. jacobs

Function monitors structure. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. You have the capacity for anything. – Pablo Picasso, Spanish Artist and Painter, 1881-1973

If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.  ~Albert Einstein

As every trial lawyer knows, facts and figures make people think. But tell a story and you touch them emotionally. – daniel w. jacobs

Most impossible situations, when faced directly, often reveal great opportunities. – daniel w. jacobs

Trust, but verify. – President Ronald Regan

Spend too much time warming up, you’ll miss the race. Don’t warm up at all, you may not finish the race. – Grand Heidrich

To engender trust from others, first trust yourself. – daniel w. jacobsDan driving boat 2014

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble. – Elbert Hubbard

Honesty is in scarce supply. If you want to stand out from the crowd, tell the truth. – daniel w. jacobs

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. –  Bill Crosby

If they feel it, it’s true. If you say it, it’s questionable. – daniel w. jacobs

Once you make a clear, unambiguous decision of what you want. At that moment the universe begins the process of aligning with your dictates instead of the reverse. – daniel w. jacobs

Get out of the habit of saying  “. . . because . . .”  Instead, be cause. Life becomes simpler Dan close up with hatand far more livable. – daniel w. jacobs

When you make assumptions, it appears to be a symptom of either arrogance, not confronting, or both. – Myrna Y. Jacobs

To solve any problem, you must first ask, “What is it?” It is impossible to solve anything you can not identify. – daniel w. jacobs

It’s a vicious circle: false assumptions create ignorance, and ignorance is fertile ground for more false assumptions. – daniel w. jacobs

The world, the human world, is bound together not by protons and electrons, but by stories.”― Brian Morton, Starting Out In The Evening.

Talking yourself out of the job is easy. But have you ever listened yourself out of a job? Me either. – daniel w. jacobs

 “You seize your freedom in a spirit of rebelliousness, exuberance, defiant joy. But to live that choice — over the weeks and months and years to come — requires different qualities. It requires that you turn hard, turn rigid. Because it isn’t a choice that the world encourages, you have to wear a suit of armor to defend it.” – Brian Morton, American author

To follow the calling of art, to keep faith with it, to continue with your daily labors despite the frustrations, the distractions, and the other varieties of madness that will inevitably beset you—all this requires passion. But it also requires something else, something more down-to-earth. Call it steeliness. Call it persistence. Call it tenacity. Call it resilience. Call it devotion. Whatever you decide to call it, the ability to consecrate yourself to the daily task of art isn’t rooted in madness . . . It’s rooted in sanity. ― Brian Morton

In jazz today, there’s no emotional content – it’s not music from the heart, it’s music from the head. Music today is very intellectual, there is an emotional disconnect which sometimes leaves you cold. –  Jazz legend, pianist Kenny Baron

The pursuit of happiness is often its own reward. – daniel w. jacobs

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. – Henry Ford

Success is built on a realistic, step by step approach, while enjoying the process as much as the result.  – daniel w. jacobs

In an absolute sense, jazz is more of a certain creative process of spontaneity than a style. – Bill Evans, pianist

When nothing’s working, remember your principles and adjust your methods. – daniel w. jacobs

Before you can solve any problem, you must first acknowledge that you have one. – daniel w. jacobs

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. – Bill Gates

In music, you can either, impress people or touch people. – Bobby Shew, trumpeter

The keys to improvisation are” imitation, assimilation, innovation.” – Clark Terry, trumpeter.

A classical musician is an interpreter, a jazz musician is a creator.  – unknown

A solution that can’t be implemented, isn’t. It’s part of the problem. – daniel w. jacobs

One who has never failed, has never tried. The shame lies not in failure, but in not trying. – daniel w. jacobs

America: can you live a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t. Go for it! – Jimmy John

Every choice we make is either a growth choice or a fear choice. – Brian Morton, American author

It’s time to stop pretending that you’re ‘normal,’ when what passes for “normal” would be a step backwards. – daniel w. jacobs

A true friend: one who can receive without forgetting, and give without remembering,. – daniel w. jacobs

Truth is like a mist; you can’t weigh it, measure it, touch it, or smell it, but you sure know when you feel it. – daniel w. jacobs

To even know there is a choice to be made, is a step in the right direction.  – Myrna Y. Jacobs

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Thoreau

Some people are unbearably normal. – Myrna Y. Jacobs

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. – Pablo Picasso

Character can outlast any insult, libel or defamation. – daniel w. jacobs

Knowledge and human power are synonymous. – Francis Bacon

How would it feel to be more control of your life, do something worthwhile, and have more fun? It all depends on your ability to decide. – daniel w. jacobs

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The man who has no more problems to solve is out of the game.–Elbert Hubbard

Any thorny problem contains something you don’t know about. If you knew everything about it, it would vanish. – daniel w. jacobs

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus

Unravel any problem and you’ll usually find an earlier solution that didn’t work. – daniel w. jacobs

Disorder tends to generate more disorder. The same is true of order. – daniel w. jacobs

The natural laws of life are immutable. They don’t change just because you disagree with them. – daniel w. jacobs

Rushing through the basics will not get you to the advanced. Master one thing at a Paris_Noir_by_MYvonnetime and you can master anything. Excellence is built on a mastery of the fundamentals. – daniel w. jacobs

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you’re living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. – Lao Tzu

You cannot force serenity or calmness, any more than you can command your mind to be still. Why? Because, serenity is unstrained; tranquility cannot be forced; effortlessness is the absence of tension. A calm spirit and a peaceful life come unbidden with cessation of effort, as force, effort, tension, and strain are found only in the universe of physical things. Certainty, excellence, confidence, serenity, tranquility, calmness, and peace cannot be measured or weighed, bought nor sold; for they are not of this universe. They appear only with the absence of effort, the cessation of strain and tension, and are not native to the universe of objects, force and physics. There is a senior universe, above the trap of the physical, discoverable only when you release yourself from the slavery of material things, the bondage of possessions, the insatiable desire for consumption. When you do, this senior universe awaits. – daniel w. jacobs

The key to credibility is to be worthy of trust. The way to inspire trust is to first trust yourself. – daniel w. jacobs

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.  – From the novel “Life of Pi”

The way I see it, the two rules for happy living are:
1. Be true to yourself
2. Refer to rule #1
– daniel jacobs

Humanity is going to need a substantially new way of thinking if it is to survive. – Albert Einstein

Some create destruction, others destroy creation. Only the most advanced can create without also harming others in the process. – daniel w. jacobs

Trying to create a future with your attention is stuck in the past is like trying to drive your car with the emergency brake on. – daniel w. jacobs

The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.—Bernard Meltzer

Never worry about asking permission to be yourself. For once you decide, who’s going to stop you? – daniel w. jacobs

Courts are made for judges and lawyers. – Bernard Meltzer

The good people in this world far outnumber the bad. – Bernard Meltzer

Live a life of truth and you move beyond the borne of human limitations. – daniel w. jacobs

You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. – Bernard Meltzer

You look, but you refuse to see. You see, but you don’t want to know. You know, but you pretend you don’t. – daniel w. jacobs

The first thing to face is your fear. Face your fear and the fear vanishes. – daniel w. jacobs

The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitudes. – Dr. Viktor Frankl

All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership. – John Kenneth Galbraith

Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. – Albert Einstein

Given the level of stress and pressure of existence, it’s easy to forget that being yourself is ability, one that grows stronger with attention, intention and practice. – daniel w. jacobs

If it’s true that people are paid less than they are worth, what does that say about politicians, bankers, thieves and other con men? – daniel w. jacobs

You can’t be neutral on a moving train. – Howard Zinn

Lying to avoid causing a problem, is the surest way to create another one. – daniel w. jacobs

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.-  Viktor Frankl

Give your children enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing.  – the movie The Descendents

A very rich person would leave his kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing. – Warren Buffett

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~Marcel Proust

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. – Elbert Hubbard

To maximize your focus and concentration, Mark Twain says, “Put all your eggs in the one basket – and watch that basket.” (from Pudd’nhead Wilson)

We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage. – Theodore Roosevelt

Applying the right solution to the wrong problem is no better than using the wrong solution for the right problem. – daniel .w jacobs

Dan - murry's 1.3mbI would rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out. – Theodore Roosevelt

Focus your attention, thoughts, feelings and actions on what it would feel like to win. You’ve got nothing to lose, except losing. – daniel w. jacobs

Don’t let rules get in the way of doing the right thing. – daniel w. jacobs

I don’t want to be interesting. I want to be good. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Searching for a solution before facing the real problem creates another problem in disguise. – daniel  jacobs

Less is more. – – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Play to win. Playing to avoid losing is a game for losers. – daniel jacobs

You can’t create a future by holding on to the past.  If you’re alive today, you can create tomorrow. – daniel jacobs

A solution that can’t be implemented is part of the problem. – daniel w. jacobs

Unravel any problem and you’ll usually find an earlier solution that didn’t work. – daniel w. jacobs

Two types of artists: 1) Those who learn and obey the rules and attain a high level of technical expertise. 2) Those who know the rules but do not let them get in the way of their instinctive personal innovation and unique creative expression. – daniel w. jacobs

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler. -Herbert Spencer (often attributed to Albert Einstein)

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. –  Henry Ford

If you want to know what they’re really saying, listen to their emotions not their words. – daniel jacobs

Never let what you’re saying get in the way of your message. – daniel w. jacobs

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson

They can always doubt what you say, but let them see it and say it for themselves, and it’s true. – daniel jacobs

Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind. – Albert Einstein

The child is father of the man. – Henry Wordsworth

Assume an attitude of power and soon people will see you that way. – daniel jacobs

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the U.S.

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.  – Thomas Szasz

Those fields which most depend upon authoritative opinion for their data least contain known natural laws. – Ron Hubbard

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. – Oscar Wilde

In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily Dan after gigtrivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. – Robert A. Heinlein

A thing is worth whatever the buyer will pay for it. – Pubilius Syrus, Roman writer, 1st century B.C.

Those who don’t know history tend to invent their own version, skewed to suit their own purposes. – daniel w. jacobs

If they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them. ~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952.

The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic – in short the closest thing to a genuine panacea known to medical science – is work. — Thomas Szasz

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. — David Brin

Wanting to be happy is the biggest swindle in the universe.  One would be miserable if he were happy.  What one is seeking is drama, strain. — Ron Hubbard

Intelligence is when you spot a flaw in your boss’s reasoning. Wisdom is when you refrain from pointing it out.  —James Dent

The greatest punishment to which one can be condemned, is to be denied work. For to be without purpose, without goals, without a game, the ennui eventually becomes intolerable.– daniel jacobs

All emotions are personal. If they don’t feel it, they won’t believe it. – daniel jacobs

Emotion is the bridge between thinking and doing. – daniel jacobs

Myrna in chairWhen you stop being part of the problem and actually become part of the solution is when things start to change. – Myrna Jacobs

I no longer live my life and make decisions based on fear of loss. The worst things I ever did came out of behaviors based in fear. That is when you betray yourself and others. – Myrna Jacobs

Freedom of religion must also embrace freedom from religion, or self-rule and power of choice would have no meaning. – daniel jacobs, 1.1.2014

Worrying about what other people think? Why not let them worry about Dan working at computer 12.13what you think for a change? – daniel jacobs

Dreams, imagination and creativity breathe life into living. – daniel jacobs

A true friend can give help without remembering that he gave it, and accept help without forgetting where it came from.  – daniel jacobs

There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it hardly behooves any of us
To talk about the rest of us. – Edward Wallis Hoch

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you. – Spanish Proverb

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple. –  Charles Mingus

A simple question doesn’t always demand a simple answer. Nor does a complicated question necessarily require a complicated answer. Sometimes a complicated question only needs a simple answer. –  unknown

Amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong. – George W. Loomis

Decide what to be and go be it – Avett Brothers from, “Head Full Of Doubt, Road Full Of Promise.

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest – but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. – John F. Kennedy

Dan after snowblowing copyTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -Mark Twain

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear. – Dr. Thomas Sowell

To live well, live in the present and create your own future. – dan jacobs

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. Marcus Aurelius

The art of life is the art of avoiding pain; and he is the best pilot, who steers clearest of the rocks and shoals with which it is beset. – Thomas Jefferson

We are always getting ready to live, but never living. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I knew the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes. – Albert Einstein

While average is looking for an excuse, exceptional is finding a way. – daniel jacobsBryce looking at Dan

Remember persistence, perseverance, and patience when you have nothing; gratitude, appreciation and thankfulness when you have everything. – Daniel Jacobs

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Believing their own lies, cowards first betray themselves; followed closely by betrayal of others. – dan jacobs

Truth is treason in an empire of lies. – Ron Paul

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. – James Allen

If you work hard on your job, you can make a living. If you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune. – Jim Rohn

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that . . . imitation is suicide . . . that through the wide universe if full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power, which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor do know until he has tried. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s a trumpet…some days you’re going to wake up and sound like shit…there’s nothing you can do about it, so you should just go have a beer.  – Laurie Frink, acclaimed trumpeter and teacher

Fear is an emotion based in unknowingness. Know fear and you will have no fear. – Daniel Jacobs

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

Take something that everyone understands and present it in a way they would never imagine. – Michael Chiarello

Find something they understand and develop a way to make it unforgettable. – daniel jacobs

Motivation gets you going. Discipline keeps you growing. – John C. Maxwell

The solution to a problem often is revealed by asking the right question. – Daniel Jacobs

Two things define you, your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. – author unknown

Character is determined by choices and choices reveal your character. – Daniel Jacobs

Life is not complex.  We are complex.  Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing. ―Oscar Wilde

We don’t know what we don’t know. – unknown

An error doeesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. – Orlando A. Battista

Temptation, unlike opportunity, usually happens more than once. – Daniel Jacobs

Even when you’re convinced you’re totally wrong, isn’t it just possible that you may be wrong about that too? – Daniel Jacobs

Excellence comes from the persistence and patience to master the fundamentals. – daniel jacobs

If, when through an alchemy of specious argument and vacuous logic, some seek to reduce life to a mechanical, robotic, stimulus-response existence, and in the process try to minimize or eliminate all real human contact and interchange, then dreams become a thing of the past; curiosity is stifled, imagination is lost and survival itself is reduced to its barest and crudest form. At that moment, mankind will have lost its greatest asset for continued existence: the ability and willingness to create. – Daniel Jacobs

Luck is not a business plan or a mission statement. It is something that happens when you show up with your eyes open and your powder dry and do what you’ve got to do, when you’ve got to do it.  – Daniel Jacobs

External change inevitably follows internal change. Even even a slight change in attitude can precipitate enormous positive changes in altitude. – Daniel Jacobs

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty – Winston Churchill

People tend to wish others had as much common sense as they think they do. – Daniel Jacobs

The discipline to practice combined with the willingness to prepare mentally, emotionally and physically is what separates winners from losers. – Daniel Jacobs

Your attitude determines whether you are broke (a condition) or you are poor (a state of mind). – Daniel Jacobs

People who are literal rather than literate simply haven’t achieved conceptual understanding. – Daniel Jacobs

Your life is an outward reflection of your inner beliefs about yourselves, about what it is possible for you to achieve and about what you deserve to have. These beliefs set the boundaries and limitations of your self-image and ultimately determine the degree of your success or failure in life. – Daniel Jacobs

I never lie, because I don’t fear anyone. You only lie because you’re afraid. – John Gotti

Dedicated and disciplined practice of the fundamentals is what builds consistency and confidence for life. – Daniel Jacobs

Once you make the decision it’s time to change your life, the first thing you run into is the reason you haven’t done so before now. – Daniel Jacobs

Never go through life saying “I should have.” If you want to do something, you do it. – – Vincent Ardolino, Captain of the Amberjack V.

On Art and Artists: When, through some alchemy of specious argument and vacuous logic, some intend to reduce all life to a mechanical, stimulus-response existence, while seeking to minimize or eliminate any real human contact and interaction, then they become the enemy of free people. For when the dreamers cease to dream, when the curiosity and imagination of poets, writers, painters, musicians, and other artists is abandoned or laid to waste through neglect or abuse, then the aesthetics and beauty of the culture deteriorates to its crudest and most savage form. And we will have lost our greatest resource for sustaining life, existence, and survival . . . our ability and willingness to create – which is the essence of artists and of all art. – Daniel Jacobs

Success is acquired through habit. – Albert E.N. Gray

Which is easier? Selling to people who don’t want what you’re offering or finding people who already want it? – Daniel Jacobs

“Your MINDSET or attitude is the most powerful tool you possess. Your state of mind can intensify negativity of dark worries, fears, troubles, doubts, and insecurities beyond all recognition to reality. But shifting your attitude to attitudes of hope, faith, confidence, trust, belief, and self-esteem can MAKE NEGATIVE IDEAS VANISH like shadows that they are.” – Daniel Jacobs, 2016

If you’re walking with your eyes closed, don’t blame the door when you run into it. – Daniel Jacobs, 2016

“Maybe,” is not necessarily a negative. It means you’re half-way between “yes” and “no.” – Daniel Jacobs

Even if you decide to do nothing, that is, at least, doing something. – Daniel Jacobs

Everyone appreciates ADMIRATION and the genuine recognition of ones’ abilities and value. True admiration is apparently so rare that when given with sincere intent, without the “hook” of expecting something thing in return, it is treasured forever.
– Daniel Jacobs

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