Prince George’s Clerk of the Court Marilynn Bland, in her own handwritten words

Marilynn Bland, clerk of the Circuit Court in Prince George’s County, likes to jot down her own aphorisms. She keeps them in a book on her courthouse desk.

Blandisms, one might call them.

One day, she says, she plans to type them up. Perhaps even get them copyrighted.

A sampling:

● “Woe to a man who does not recognize the strength of a woman.”

●“A genuine leader cares more about the progress of the people than personal power.”

● “Man himself causes life to be difficult.”

● “Whenever you move to the front of the line, make sure you’re ready to lead because others will follow.”

● “Sometimes I see better when my eyes are closed and my ears and heart are open.”

●“A clear conscience is the direct result of a clear heart.”

● “ We don’t need elected officials who like good people. We need good people to act as our elected officials.”

● “A politician works hard to make sure other people can’t figure out who they really are. A public servant works hard so people can see or know who they are.”

Paul Schwartzman

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