Showing posts with label action. Show all posts
Showing posts with label action. Show all posts

Sunday, April 30, 2023

Post #3174

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.
—Chinese Proverb

Sunday, April 09, 2023

Post #3171

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.
—Amelia Earhart

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Post #3083

The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Post #3081

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
—Lewis Carroll

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Post #3032

In every action reflect upon the end ; and in your undertaking it, consider why you do it.
—Jeremy Taylor

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Post #2957

Time is short, your obligations are infinite.
—Jean Baptiste Massillon

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Post #2784

The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Post #2472

What a man knows should find its expression in what he does. The value of superior knowledge is chiefly in of that it leads to a performing manhood.
—Christian Nestell Bovee

Monday, December 18, 2017

Post #2471

I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate.
—Adam Clarke

Friday, September 22, 2017

Post #2410

When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.
—Samuel Johnson

Friday, December 02, 2016

Post #2220

Advise well before you begin, and when you have maturely considered, then act with promptitude.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Post #2147

There is only one proof of ability,—action.
—Marie Ebner-Esehenbach

Monday, August 01, 2016

Post #2131

He gives twice who gives quickly.
—Publilius Syrus

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Post #2124

Man is born for action; he ought to do something. Work, at each step, awakens a sleeping force and roots out error. Who does nothing, knows nothing. Rise! to work! If thy knowledge is real, employ it; wrestle with nature; test the strength of thy theories; see if they will support the trial; act!
 —Aloysius Gonzaga

Monday, June 27, 2016

Post #2106

It is not enough to know; we must apply what we know. It is not enough to will; we must also act.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, October 02, 2015

Post #1915

Life is a short day; but it is a working day. Activity may lead to evil, but inactivity cannot lead to good.
— Hannah More

Monday, July 14, 2014

Post #1596

Attack is the reaction; I never think I have hit hard unless it rebounds.
—Samuel Johnson

Monday, August 26, 2013

Post #1326

Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.
—Thomas Huxley

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Post #1177

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Post #1171

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
—Abraham Lincoln

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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