Richard G. Petty, MD

The Greatest Help is Self-Help

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“I have come to discover through earnest personal experience and dedicated learning that ultimately the greatest help is self-help; that there is no other help but self-help — doing one’s best, dedicating oneself wholeheartedly to a given task, which happens to have no end but is an on-going process.”          

–Bruce Lee (Chinese-American Martial Artist, Actor, Director and Author, 1940-1973)   

Passion and Focus


“If a man is called to be street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Baptist Minister, Social Activist and, in 1964, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1929-1968)

“Strength to Love” (Martin Luther King Jr)  

The Value of the Quest

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“But the important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. If this machine gave you the truth immediately, you would not recognize it, because your heart would not have been purified by the long quest.”

–Umberto Eco (Italian Writer and Semiologist, 1932-


“Foucault’s Pendulum” (Umberto Eco)
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