James Keller

A Quote by James Keller on action, brevity, home, parenthood, time, and words

We heard recently the touching story of a young flier who was killed in action. Before he died, he had time to scrawl only a few words as a brief final message to his parents back home. The note read: "Dear Mom and Pop; I had time to say my prayers. Jack."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on men, spontaneity, and tears

During a rehearsal of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony the members of the orchestra were so overwhelmingly moved by the conducting of Arturo Toscanini that they rose as one man and applauded him. When the spontaneous cheering has subsided, Toscanini turned to his men, tears glistening in his eyes. "Please . . . please! Don't do this! You see, gentlemen, it isn't me you should applaud. It's Beethoven!"

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on art, awards, funerals, museums, painting, time, and work

The Metropolitan Museum of Art some time ago held a display of contemporary art at which $52,000 was awarded to American sculptors, painters, and artists in allied fields. The award for the best painting went to the canvas of an Illinois artist. It was described as "a macabre, detailed work showing a closed door bearing a funeral wreath." Equally striking was the work's title: "That which I should have done, I did not do."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on justice, life, and mountains

A man on a hiking trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains came to the top of a hill and saw, just below the crest, a small log cabin. Its aged owner was sitting in front of the door, smoking a corncob pipe, and when the traveler drew close enough he asked the old man patronizingly: "Lived here all your life?" "Nope," the old mountaineer replied patiently. "Not yet."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on beginning, decisions, honor, justice, losing, men, thought, time, and work

There is an ancient tale about a king who wanted to pick the wisest man among his subjects to be his prime minister. When the search finally narrowed down to just three men, he decided to put them to the supreme test. Accordingly, he placed them together in a room in his palace, and on the room door he had installed a lock which was the last word in mechanical ingenuity. The candidates were informed that whoever was able to open the door first would be appointed to the post of honor. Setting themselves to the task, two of the men began to work out complicated mathematical formulas to discover the lock combination. The third man, however, just sat down in his chair, lost in thought. Finally, without bothering to put pen to paper, he got up, walked to the door, and turned the handle. The door opened. It had been unlocked all the time!

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on church

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As William Dean Howells and Mark Twain were coming out of church one morning, it commenced to rain heavily. "Do you think it will ever stop?" asked Howells. "It always has," answered Twain.

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on cities, confidence, courage, depression, gloom, and individuality

An old Arabian fable tells of a prince imprisoned in a castle which had thirteen windows. Twelve of these windows overlooked lovely scenes, while the thirteenth looked down on the black ash heaps of the city. Ignoring the twelve windows, the prince always looked out through the thirteenth. It is so often true that whether a person carries with him an atmosphere of gloom and depression or one of confidence and courage depends on his individual outlook.

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on engineering

The ship's chief engineer, coming down the companionway into the engine room, shouted: "how long have you been working in this compartment?" The fireman, recently assigned to the crew, answered honestly: "Ever since I saw you coming down the ladder."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on desires, harmony, inferiority, leadership, life, and play

William L. Stidger, in the magazine, Your Life, tells a story about the conductor, Walter D. Famrosch, who once stopped his orchestra when everything was apparently going along smoothly, and asked: "Where is the seventh flute? Where is the seventh flute?" As Mr. Stidger points out, the conductor didn't ask for the first flute, or the second-but the seventh. Even the seventh flute had an important place in creating the harmony the leader desired. "We may feel inferior, untalented, not even beautiful, and some of us uneducated," Mr. Stidger comments, "but each of us has a part to play and should play it well."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Keller on belief, chance, divinity, existence, god, injustice, interest, laws, mankind, nations, peace, people, surprises, and time

One of the big surprises of the 1946 opening session of the UN General Assembly in New York was a forthright statement by Abayomi Cassell, the delegate from Liberia: "Every single human creature is the object of God's interest and care [and there will be no chance for lasting peace] so long as one shred of injustice exists on the globe. "I believe that each time . . . one group of people or one nation takes advantage of the other, retribution follows either from within or from without for that breach of the perfect law of God as well as those of mankind, [which are] products of the Divine within man!"

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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