Saturday, July 31, 2010

Post #302

We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those whose have differed.
—Charles Caleb Colton

Friday, July 30, 2010

Post #301

The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.
—Queen Victoria

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Post #300

I leave this rule for others when I'm dead
Be always sure you're right — THEN GO AHEAD!
—Davy Crockett

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Post #299

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Post #298

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
—Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, July 26, 2010

Post #297

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Post #296

I have the greatest of all riches: that of not desiring them.
—Eleonora Duse

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Post #295

Failure is success if we learn from it.
—Malcolm Forbes

Friday, July 23, 2010

Post #294

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.
—Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Post #293

I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.
—Clarence Darrow

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Post #292

The Ancient Mariner said to Neptune during a great storm 'O God, you will save me if you wish, but I am going to go on holding my tiller straight.'.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Post #291

God enters by a private door into every individual.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, July 19, 2010

Post #290

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
—Mark Twain

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Post #289

Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
—George Sand

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Post #288

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.
—Søren Kierkegaard

Friday, July 16, 2010

Post #287

Nothing is worth more than this day.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Post #286

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
—Albert Einstein

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Post #285

Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing well those you do hold.
—H.W. Shaw

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Post #284

If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.
—Logan Pearsall Smith

Monday, July 12, 2010

Post #283

Property given away is the only kind that will forever be yours.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Post #282

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.
—Eckhart von Hochheim

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Post #281

Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me, these have always been contemptible.  I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for the body and the mind.
—Albert Einstein

Friday, July 09, 2010

Post #280

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it's letting go.
—Hermann Hesse

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Post #279

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Post #278

He who laughs - lasts.
—Wilfred Peterson

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Post #277

Time is the devourer of everything.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Post #276

There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can.
—Mark Twain

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Post #275

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
—Paul Valéry

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Post #274

He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly need not be rich.
—Benjamin Franklin

Friday, July 02, 2010

Post #273

Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be; custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.

Post #272

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor.
—Lady Bird Johnson

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Post #271

Death means nothing to us; When we are, death has not come yet, and when death has come, we no longer are.

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...