Sunday, February 18, 2024

Post #3217

Perseverance, self-reliance, energetic effort, are doubly strengthened when you rise to battle again.
—Anonymous

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Post #3216

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
—Albert Einstein

Sunday, February 04, 2024

Post #3215

The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
—Voltaire

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Post #3214

If a man would pursue Philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows.
—Epictetus

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Post #3213

All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
—Edmund Burke

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Post #3212

You cannot solve a problem with the same mindset that created it.
 —Albert Einstein

Sunday, January 07, 2024

Post #3211

For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech to stir men's blood. I only speak right on.
—William Shakespeare

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Post #3210

Men exist for the sake of one another. Teach them then or bear with them.
—Marcus Aurelius

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Post #3209

Keep neither a blunt knife nor an ill-disciplined looseness of tongue.
—Epictetus

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Post #3208

He that hath no musical instruction is a child in Music; he that hath no letters is a child in Learning; he that is untaught is a child in Life.
—Epictetus

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Sunday, December 03, 2023

Post #3206

Oh if a man tried
To take his time on Earth
And prove before he died
What one man's life could be worth
I wonder what would happen
to this world.
—Harry Chapin

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Post #3205

Character is simply habit long enough continued.
—Plutarch

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Post #3204

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
—Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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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