Sunday, August 09, 2020

Post #3031

Knowledge without practice is like a glass eye, all for show, and nothing for use. 
—George Swinnock

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Post #3030

Poor is the man who can boast of nothing more than gold and equally so must the woman be who can boast of nothing more than her beauty.
 —W.S. Downey 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Post #3029

Life is just a tire swing.
 —Jimmy Buffett

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Post #3028

We are born crying, live complaining, and die disappointed.
 —Sir William Temple

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Post #3027

A liar is subject to two misfortunes ; neither to believe, nor to be believed.
—Sir Walter Raleigh

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Post #3026

Love that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health is short-lived.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Post #3025

He that will not permit his wealth to do any good to others while he is living prevents it from doing any good to himself when he is dead and by an egotism that is suicidal and has a double edge cuts himself off from the truest pleasure here and the highest happiness hereafter.
—Charles Caleb Colton

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Post #3024

A lie has always a certain amount of weight with those who wish to believe it.
—E. W. Rice

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Post #3023

Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
—Bruce Lee

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Post #3022

The life of man is a journey ; a journey that must be travelled, however bad the roads or the accommodation.
—Oliver Goldsmith

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Post #3021

 Every reply is an answer, though every answer is not a reply.
—G.F. Graham

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Post #3020

A man in his own opinion, deserves more than he receives; in the opinion of others, he receives more than he deserves.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Post #3019

Politeness is an easy virtue, costs little, and has great purchasing power.
—Amos Bronson Alcott

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Post #3018

Arrogance is a weed that grows mostly on a dunghill.
—Owen Feltham

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Post #3017

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
—Malcolm S. Forbes

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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