James Keller

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 age, ambition, beginning, justice, music, students, study, and writing

A young man, just beginning the study of musical composition, once went to Mozart and asked him the formula for developing the theme of a symphony. Mozart suggested that a symphony was rather an ambitious project for a beginner: perhaps the young man might better try his hand at something simpler first. "But you were writing symphonies when you were my age." the student protested. "Yes, but I didn't have to ask how."

James Keller

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

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A Quote by James Keller on familiarity, justice, names, and time

Some time ago I took a trip on the Hudson and Manhattan Transit System. Not being familiar with the names of the various stops, I asked the man next to me the name of the station where we had just stopped. He replied, "I've been riding this line for fifteen years and I only know two stops: where I get on and where I get off."

James Keller

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

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A Quote by James Keller on excellence, fame, force, giving, heart, losing, military, order, war, and world

In one of the decisive battles of World War I, disastrous reports poured into the headquarters of Marshal Foch, the commander of the Allied forces. The great general never lost heart. When things were at their worst, he drafted his famous order which is now in all textbooks of military strategy: "My center is giving way, my right is pushed back, my left is wavering. The situation is excellent. I shall attack!"

James Keller

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

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A Quote by James Keller on advice, children, christ, kindness, love, understanding, women, and world

The will of a wealthy New York woman, in addition to distributing her worldly goods to her children, left them the following advice: Love one another. Hold fast to that whether you understand one another or not, and remember nothing really matters except being kind to one another in the name of Christ and to all the world as far as you can reach.

James Keller

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

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A Quote by James Keller on art, custom, glory, mortality, and slavery

When conquering proconsuls returned to pagan Rome to celebrate their triumph, custom was to assign each of them a slave whose only function was to remind the conqueror that the greatest human glory passes quickly. This slave would crouch in the victorious warrior's chariot, whispering as the conqueror rode along triumphantly: "Remember . . . remember thou art mortal.

James Keller

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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