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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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