Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Post #2523

Believe nothing against another but on good authority; and never report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to some other to conceal it.
—William Penn

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Post #2522

To fear the worst, oft cures the worst.
—William Shakespeare

Monday, February 26, 2018

Post #2521

For gold the hireling judge distorts the laws.
—Samuel Johnson

Friday, February 23, 2018

Post #2520

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
—Samuel Johnson

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Post #2519

That can never be reasoned down which was not reasoned up.
—Fisher Ames

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Post #2518

Toil to some is happiness, and rest to others. This man can only breathe in crowds, and that man only in solitudes.
—Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Post #2517

Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius.
—James Russell Lowell

Monday, February 19, 2018

Post #2516

You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater

Friday, February 16, 2018

Post #2515

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
—Cicero

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Post #2514

Gaming is the child of avarice, but the parent of prodigality.
—Charles Caleb Colton

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Post #2513

Never let man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul! Any other issue is doubtful; the evil effect on himself is certain.
—Robert Southey

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Post #2512

Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.
—Pythagoras

Monday, February 12, 2018

Post #2511

Argument does not soften, but rather hardens, the obdurate heart.
—Orville Dewey

Friday, February 09, 2018

Post #2510

Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
—Samuel Johnson

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Post #2509

Good-humor is always a success.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Post #2508

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
—William Shakespeare

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Post #2507

Riches are gotten with pain, kept with care, and lost with grief. The cares of riches lie heavier upon a good man than the inconveniences of an honest poverty.
—Sir Roger L'Estrange

Monday, February 05, 2018

Post #2506

I am climbing a difficult road; but the glory gives me strength.
—Propertius

Friday, February 02, 2018

Post #2505

To pooh-pooh what we are never likely to possess is wonderfully easy. The confirmed celibate is loudest in his denunciations of matrimony. In Aesop, it is the tailless fox that advocates the disuse of tails. It is the grapes we cannot reach that we call sour.
—Aeneas Sage

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Post #2504

A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page. 
—Hosea Ballou

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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