Sunday, May 12, 2024

Post #3229

He that is much flattered soon learns to flatter himself.
—Samuel Johnson

Sunday, May 05, 2024

Post #3228

Property has its duties as well as its rights.
—Thomas Drummond

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Post #3227

Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.
—Giuseppe Garibaldi

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Post #3226

There was a wise man in the East whose constant prayer was that he might see to-day with the eyes of to-morrow.
—Alfred Mercier

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Post #3225

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.
—Victor Hugo

Sunday, April 07, 2024

Post #3224

Some must follow, and some command, though all are made of clay!
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Post #3223

"If I should die," said I to myself, "I have left no immortal work behind me —  nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have lov'd the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remember'd."
—John Keats

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Post #3222

The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.
—Andrew Carnegie

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Post #3221

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
—Oscar Wilde

Pareidolia Papa


Pareidolia Papa

 

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Post #3220

If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. 
—Epicurus

Sunday, March 03, 2024

Post #3219

When a youth was giving himself airs in the Theatre and saying, "I am wise, for I have conversed with many wise men," Epictetus replied, "I too have conversed with many rich men, yet I am not rich!"
—The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Post #3218

If at first you don't succeed - get a bigger hammer.
—Alan Lewis

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

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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