Friday, December 19, 2008

Hit the Ball, You-All

Mamie, who contributed yesterday's Goethe quote, has found us another bit of get-up-and-go inspiration:

"Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't be afraid to hit the ball."
Billie Jean King

As matter of fact, Goethe said something similar: "A clever man commits no minor blunders." (from

It's the "sin boldly" principle, an idea that has always stuck in my head. It has a refreshing clarity.

And "hit the ball?" Well, that brings back my days as head junior varsity cheerleader at Wilmington, NC's New Hanover High School, the home of the Wildcats. One of our ever-useful cheers was: "Hit the ball, you-all! Hit the ball!" Clap. Clap. Clap. Which is pretty much what Billie Jean King, Goethe, Mamie, and I are saying.

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AZ said...

Man, Peggy, you need a Wikipedia page. No true person or thing in life can go without one. Then I'd put it on StumbleUpon and Digg just for the shameless self-promotion. If idiot high school kids have a wiki to let their friends abuse it then an author like you should, too.

Peggy Payne said...

Good idea, AZ. I do have it on my to-do list and haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for reminding me.

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