James Keller

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 editors, excellence, good, home, and newspapers

"I think we'll have a good potato crop this year," a newspaper editor told his housekeeper one morning. "No such thing," asserted the housekeeper. "I think the crop will be poor." Ignoring her remark, the editor caused to be inserted in the evening paper his estimate of the crop situation. That night when he returned home he found the housekeeper waiting for him with a sheepish grin on her face and a copy of the paper in her hand. "I was wrong," she said apologetically. "It says right here in the paper that the crop will be excellent this fall."

James Keller

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

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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 christ, garden, heart, painting, work, and world

In Holman Hunt's painting, "The Light of the World, "Christ is shown in a garden at midnight, holding a lantern in His left hand. With His right hand He is knocking on a heavily paneled door. When the painting was unveiled, a critic remarked to the painter, "Mr. Hunt, the work is unfinished. There is no handle on the door." "That," Hunt answered, "is the door to the human heart. It can be opened only from the inside."

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

Contributed by: Zaady

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