Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Post #270

Less is more - more or less.
—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Post #269

What's money?  A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
—Bob Dylan

Monday, June 28, 2010

Post #268

Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar.
—Edmund Burke

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Post #267

Many things are wanting to poverty, all things to avarice.
—Publilius Syrus

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Post #266

We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.
—W.R. Alger

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Post #265

Concetrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand.  The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
—Alexander Graham Bell

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Post #264

Criticism has few terrors for the man with a great purpose.
—Benjamin Disraeli

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Post #263

If we don't change the direction we are headed, we will end up where we are going.
—Chinese Proverb

Monday, June 21, 2010

Post #262

The honest man must endure hatred and envy.  It adds to a man's worth when hatred pursues him.
—Gottfried von Strassburg

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Post #261

The deed is everything; the fame is nothing.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Post #260

Insolence is the precursor of destruction.
—Greek Proverb

Friday, June 18, 2010

Post #259

What is the good of Fear? The whole solar system were it to fall together about our ears could kill us only once.
—Thomas Carlyle

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Post #258

Sometimes valour returns even to the hearts of the conquered.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Post #257

Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.
—Cato the Censor

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Post #256

The ear is a less trustworthy witness than the eye.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Post #255

Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Post #254

Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.
—Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Post #253

In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering.
—William James

Friday, June 11, 2010

Post #252

Never make a defence or apology before you be accused.
—Charles I of England

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Post #251

To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny, or delay right or justice. 
—The Magna Charta

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Post #250

Quam miserum est id quod pauci habent amittere! - How wretched a thing it is to lose that which few people posses!
—Publilius Syrus

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Post #249

It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes

Monday, June 07, 2010

Post #248

Only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul's habitation henceforth be safely built.
—Bertrand Russell

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Post #247

Nothing recedes like success.
—Walter Winchell

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Post #246

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
—James Russell Lowell

Friday, June 04, 2010

Post #245

Insanity in individuals is rare - but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Post #244

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
—Muhammad Ali

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Post #243

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I want to see the manager."
—William S. Burroughs

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Post #242

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
—Søren Kierkegaard

The Penalty of Leadership

In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity. Whether the leadership be vested in a man or in a manufactured product, emulation and envy are ever at work. In art, in literature, in music, in industry, the reward and the punishment are always the same. The reward is widespread recognition; the punishment, fierce denial and detraction. When a man’s work becomes a standard for the whole world, it also becomes a target for the shafts of the envious few. If his work be mediocre, he will be left severely alone – if he achieve a masterpiece, it will set a million tongues a -wagging. Jealousy does not protrude its forked tongue at the artist who produces a commonplace painting. Whatsoever you write, or paint, or play, or sing, or build, no one will strive to surpass or to slander you unless your work be stamped with the seal of genius. Long, long after a great work or a good work has been done, those who are disappointed or envious, continue to cry out that it cannot be done. Spiteful little voices in the domain of art were raised against our own Whistler as a mountebank, long after the big world had acclaimed him its greatest artistic genius. Multitudes flocked to Bayreuth to worship at the musical shrine of Wagner, while the little group of those whom he had dethroned and displaced argued angrily that he was no musician at all. The little world continued to protest that Fulton could never build a steamboat, while the big world flocked to the river banks to see his boat steam by. The leader is assailed because he is a leader, and the effort to equal him is merely added proof of that leadership. Failing to equal or to excel, the follower seeks to depreciate and to destroy – but only confirms once more the superiority of that which he strives to supplant. There is nothing new in this. It is as old as the world and as old as human passions – envy, fear, greed, ambition, and the desire to surpass. And it all avails nothing. If the leader truly leads, he remains – the leader. Master-poet, master-painter, master-workman, each in his turn is assailed, and each holds his laurels through the ages. That which is good or great makes itself known, no matter how loud the clamor of denial. That which deserves to live — lives.
written by Theodore F. MacManus

A deadly viper once bit a hole snipe's hide; But 'twas the viper, not the snipe, that died.

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Post #269

What's money?  A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do. —B...