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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Stoke the Heart

Posted May 9, 2008 7:54 a.m. EDT
Updated May 9, 2008 8:23 a.m. EDT

What advice would you like to leave on this blog for the thousands of college graduates who will be turning their tassels this weekend across North Carolina? What inspirational words might resonate with the students getting ready to face the real world of work and life as a responsible adults?

I heard something simple this week that I really liked. It came from Nate James, the new assistant basketball coach at Duke. Asked what his philosophy of coaching will be, Nate said it is the same as it was in college: "Bring it every day." Bring your best effort to everything you do and bring it day in and day out.

I keep a daily collection of quotes and here are some of my favorite inspirational ones:


"Life should be a daring adventure." Helen Keller

"It's never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot

"Whatever excites you do it. Whatever drains you stop doing it." Derek Sivers

"Anytime you're afraid to do something and you do it, it makes you stronger." Fred Bartlit


What are your favorite slogans to fire the imagination and stoke the heart?