"The key element in tragedy is that heroes and heroines are destroyed by that which appears to be their greatest strength."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Robert Shea on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Robert Shea on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Robert Shea on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Robert Shea on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Robert Shea on Ernest Hemingway
"Just as predatory animals follow a similar general design and behave in similar ways, so organizations, especially those in competition with one another, must follow certain design principles if they are to succeed and prevail."
"Ultimately we may still ask, why can't humans design a perfect society?"
"One simple way to keep organizations from becoming cancerous might be to rotate all jobs on a regular, frequent and mandatory basis, including the leadership positions."
"It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department."
"To reject even one major tenet of the religion or to violate one major rule of behavior is enough to get one kicked out - or worse."