Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Post #2537

Man is certainly stark mad ; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.
—Michel de Montaigne

Monday, October 30, 2017

Post #2536

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
—Socrates

Friday, October 27, 2017

Post #2535

The price of wisdom is above rubies.
—The Bible

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Post #2534

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
—Sir W. Scott

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Post #2533

Rage is mental imbecility.
—Hosea Ballou

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Post #2532

Conscience is the voice of God in the soul.
—James H. Aughey 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Post #2531

A good man regards the root; he fixes the root, and ail else flows out of it. The root is filial piety; the fruit brotherly love.
—Confucius

Friday, October 20, 2017

Post #2530

The soul shares not the body's rest.
—Charles Maturin

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Post #2529

No one becomes guilty by fate.
—Seneca

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Post #2528

In the world there are only two ways of raising one's self, either by one's own industry or by the weakness of others.
—Jean de La Bruy√®re

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Post #2527

Each day is the scholar of yesterday.
—Publius Syrus

Monday, October 16, 2017

Post #2526

Let every eye negotiate for itself, and trust no agent.
—William Shakespeare

Friday, October 13, 2017

Post #2525

Maxims are often quoted by those who stand in more need of their apnlication.
—James Ellis

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Post #2524

As many as are the difficulties which Virtue has to encounter in this world, her force is yet superior.
—Anthony Ashley Cooper Earl of Shaftesbury

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Post #2523

If it is a pleasure to be envied and shot at, to be maligned standing and to be despised falling, then it is a pleasure to be great.
—Robert South

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Post #2522

Necessity is the last and strongest weapon.
— Titus Livy

Monday, October 09, 2017

Post #2521

All looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.
—Alexander Pope

Friday, October 06, 2017

Post #2520

Music is the fourth great material want of our natures, — first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.
—Christian Nestell Bovee

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Post #2519

 Ease leads to habit, as success to ease. He lives by rule who lives himself to please.
—George Crabbe

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Post #2518

A man in earnest finds means, or, if he cannot find, creates them.
—William Ellery Channing

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Post #2517

The bed has become a place of luxury to me! I would not exchange it for all the thrones in the world.
—Napoleon Bonaparte

Monday, October 02, 2017

Post #2516

If you wish to remove avarice you must remove its mother, luxury.
—Cicero

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

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