Mardy Grothe Quotes

Mardell “Mardy” Grothe

Born: 2 May 1942, Minot, North Dakota

Mardy graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1964 and was Director of Student Activities at Beloit College (Beloit, Wisconsin) for three years before heading to New York City to earn a Ph.D. in psychology at Columbia University (1974). Living and practicing in the Boston area he developed a practice largely focused on group dynamics in the workplace and published four volumes dealing with bosses, employees, partners, and colleagues. In 1984 Inc. magazine hailed him as a pioneer in “business therapy”, what is more commonly described today as executive coaching and team building. He has also published five very clever collections of quotes, starting with Never Let a Fool Kiss you or a Kiss Fool You in 1999. In our professional opinion, his quote collections and the weekly mailing (sign up at his website) are delightful.

Mardy Grothe quotes:

A life without purpose is like a novel without a plot. It wanders all over the place, is hard to follow, and in the end, doesn’t get particularly good reviews.
    Mardy Grothe

Adolescence is a kind of slavery cleverly disguised as freedom.
    Mardy Grothe

Be helpful to all who need your assistance, but don’t overdo it. Over-helpfulness too often results in under-performance.
    Mardy Grothe

Even though it runs counter to popular belief, Life’s critical decisions are usually made in the heart and only later ratified by the brain.
    Mardy Grothe

Excessive wealth is a great problem masquerading as a great good.
    Mardy Grothe

For far too many people, retirement may be described as living in the past lane.
    Mardy Grothe

For too many people these days, it would appear that ‘doing the best I can’ has been replaced by ‘looking the best I can’.
    Mardy Grothe

If life is a blank canvas and all people are artists, the big challenge we all face may be expressed this way: Will we ultimately produce something approaching a masterpiece, an acceptable but not particularly memorable work of art, or a creation that wouldn’t even be purchased at a yard sale?
    Mardy Grothe

If life were like a competitive race, some people would be given a flying start and others would line up with weights tied to their ankles.
    Mardy Grothe

If only people fought undeserved praise as much as they do unfair criticism.
    Mardy Grothe

If you are completely comfortable with your life, and feeling absolutely no anxiety, then you are probably coasting, and not really growing.
    Mardy Grothe

If you don’t love your work, it’s hard to love your life.
    Mardy Grothe

If you want to understand a difficult or trying person, begin by asking the question: ‘What is the wound they are trying to heal?’
    Mardy Grothe

In all human affairs, the wisest course is to be passionate about the role of reason and reasonable about the role of passion.
    Mardy Grothe

It is one of history’s greatest ironies that, over the centuries, the pursuit of pleasure has resulted in more pain than enjoyment.
    Mardy Grothe

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