How Much? #1LinerWeds

During a long conversation with my friend Tom, he rattled off today’s one-liner. He was quick to point out that he didn’t make it up, adding that he didn’t know who did. Since I had never heard it before, it will always be Tom I associate this with this bit of wisdom:

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

I looked it up (you knew I was going to do that), and The Google says:

“Everyone from Teddy Roosevelt to John C. Maxwell has been attributed with coining the phrase above. It’s been repeated often enough to become a well-known truism, especially in education.”

Wow. I never heard it.

Maybe the people educating me didn’t care. Then again, there’s a distinct possibility that I wasn’t paying attention when it was uttered.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.

I had to work from home today (while my car was in the shop) so a few pics of the usual suspects.

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  1. Hi Dan – I wonder how interested everyone was in quotes when we were growing up – those that read and studied the literature etc probably absorbed things … but the rest of us getting by or being scientists – it’d have passed me by. However once in the blogging sphere – I’m amazed at how much my little brain absorbs … including quotes – that one I did know – and how true it is.

    Delighted to see the usual suspects – they look whacked too … fed up with the inclement weather … take care and cheers Hilary

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  2. I never heard this one-liner before today, but it makes perfect sense. A person becomes credible, becomes real, becomes someone we want to know when we feel his or her care. Aren’t we all drawn to genuineness? And, who can resist love? Thank you, Dan, for the journey and the photos. Delightful as always.


  3. I may have heard that expression before. However, if I did, I don’t remember it. Not paying attention either, I guess.

    The girls are adorable. Your gallery made me smile and I admire Mimi’s abilities as a contortionist. She could lead a yoga class.

    Have a super Wednesday, Dan.

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    1. MiMi is so dang flexible, and she loves being upside down. She lays with her head hanging out of the cradle and we just wonder how she does it. I’m feeling better that I’m not the only one who was daydreaming when someone mentioned this. I hope you have a fine Wednesday, too.

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  4. I’ve heard it many times before. But then again, I’ve read way too many self-help books by leadership gurus ;-)! Happy Wednesday. PS – way to use Google. Now I’m wondering what pop-up ads you’ll get today!?!

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    1. Ha – I like to think that the research I do for the random posts I write helps to keep google confused about me. Maybe that’s why it thinks I need hearing aids. Thanks Shelley. I’m not a big reader of self-help/motivation books. I’m pretty sure I’m beyond help.

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  5. I never heard this quote before but it certainly makes sense. During my school days, I was very interested in quotes. So I had a separate book where I would write down interesting quotes which I read in books and newspapers. I still have that book somewhere in my closet. Also, since I’m talking of my school days, just wanted to ask: would you be interested in reading content I wrote during my school days? I know I can’t call it ‘content’ and the quality might be ‘mediocre’ but let me know.

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  6. The perfect demotivational poster:

    Think of Ronald Lee Ermey, otherwise known as Marine corps drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from Full Metal Jacket screaming into the face of a raw recruit

    “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

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  7. I wasn’t paying attention either if that quote was uttered in my company. My loss….it’s a good one. Definitely a truism. I feel your dilemma searching for a new doctor. Of course I want a physician who knows his/her stuff, but I need to be able to connect, to know he/she actually cares about ME. I don’t want to just be “patient #1234”.

    I love the reflection of the sun on the ice. The trash cans? Not so much. Lol. I am so envious of MiMi’s flexibility. Clearly there’s no arthritis in those little joints! And MuMu still knows how to get your attention when it’s ‘brushing time’!! Maddie has definitely found her own way to enjoy her cuddler. Hey! Whatever makes the redhead happy!!

    🐾Ginger 🐾


    1. Thanks Ginger. I thought about moving the trash cans. It does bother me that they are always in that particular view of the sunrise. But, I think it was slightly less than 10 degrees at the time, so…

      I knew I needed a new doctor when I went there to have stitches removed (that I received during a wee-hours visit to the ER) and he didn’t say “so, what happened here?”

      Maddie has been trying all kinds of ways to get comfy this week. I think she’s tired of the ice that’s preventing her from getting her walks, and the cold that is preventing naps on her cot. She needs spring to get here soon.

      MiMi just flops and folds like she isn’t connected. I don’t know how she does it.


    1. It really does make sense, Lois. I would think I would have remembered it. Then again, if you see me using it again next year, you’ll know. After that yawn, she curled up on the shelf for an hour. I wish…


  8. I have never heard it either, but I like it.

    The sunrise? Is lovely! I am viewing/ reading this from my cell phone since I am at Baby Girls for a while. I tap on a photo and the gallery isn’t opening and I can’t read the full caption either. Wonder if I need to mess with settings?
    Hope Kitty got brushed.😁

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    1. Thanks Deborah. When I check these galleries on my iPhone, I notice that it takes just the right kind of tap to get the gallery to open. That’s why I’m usually late replying to comments on individual images.

      MuMu was brushed. She gets brushed several times a day, every day, but she cries like it’s never happened.

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  9. that quote might be the inspiration for Rodin Thinker. As for the shelf help books the theory is weak. Buy this book to help keep this shelf from collapsing. However it does nothing good for the shelf at home. Happy Wednesday Dan. Enjoy the remote day.

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    1. Thanks John. I think Maddie likes having me home. The cats often seem to be bothered. The funny thing is, around 4:00, when I walk into the family room, Maddie acts like “oh boy, oh boy, you’re home” and we have to go through the “normal” after work greeting.

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  10. A doctor who cares is priceless. I gave my doctor a valentine this year, that’s how good she is. She’s about my age (old), and I seldom see her more than for my annual check-up, and I didn’t want her to retire without knowing how much I think of her. :)

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    1. I felt that way about my eye doctor before he retired, and I like the new one. I like my dentist. My doctor is awful. You’re lucky to have a nice one, and you’re very sweet to let her know.


  11. I’d heard it, but teacher. It makes sense in every field I can think of though.
    I just love the Maddie, “You keep working, Dad…” caption! Oh, I envied her today. What a tired I had today. I needed to come home and snuggle my dog!

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  12. One of those days at work, so it was nice to see photos of the usual suspects. Actually, the day was good until the last hour, but that hour colored the whole day. Fortunately, I now have three days off, which I plan to thoroughly enjoy. :-) I have heard the quote before. I think maybe that if people know you care, they don’t even care how much you know.


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  13. I have a difficult time believing that the quote pertains to today’s society where the majority do not care for anything other then themselves. I can see it pertaining to let’s say 20 years ago and older, but now? It’s a rarity to find that person who fits that quote. I happen to know a few, so I see myself as Blessed.

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    1. It is exactly what has me in search of a new doctor, Amy. I think there are people who care, but you have to be willing to keep looking. We know several, and like you, we feel blessed. Thanks for visiting.

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      1. Oh, Dan, good luck and I mean that!! Our family has been so hurt by medicine so it is worth it to find a good doctor. We finally found a good Vet and next week I hope to get the doctor I want to be my GP. I am SO done getting hurt and being mistreated by medicine! I’ll go so far as to say Cuddles, who died Feb. 4th, died due to Vet error and being mishandled. That is a hugely bitter pill to swallow, believe me. He’d still be with us today! You will be in my prayers! 👏🏼

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  14. If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t heard the phrase either. Wonderful photos, I’m a lover of your sunrise or sunset photos. BTW, we might get our first snow day on Monday.

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    1. Thanks Jennie. I’m surprised you haven’t had any. This one looks like it could make a mess of our commute. I brought my laptop home, just in case.

      I thought of you when I heard that phrase. There’s no doubt you kids know how much you care.

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