Showing posts with label circumstances. Show all posts
Showing posts with label circumstances. Show all posts

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Post #3148

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.
—Chinese Proverb

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Post #3135

We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.
—Menander

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Post #3036

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
—Stephen Covey

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Post #3013

The education of circumstances is superior to that of tuition.
—William Wordsworth

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Post #2987 - Fate is a result of circumstances.

When Fate wills that something should come to pass, she sends forth a million of little circumstances to clear and prepare the way.
—William Makepeace Thackeray

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Post #2962

To give and to lose, is nothing ; but to lose and to give still, is the part of a great mind.
—Seneca

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Post #2884

A prudent man should neglect no circumstances.
—Sophocles

Monday, March 13, 2017

Post #2291

It is circumstances (difficulties) which show what men are.
—Epictetus

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Post #2182

Very few live by choice. Every man is placed in his present condition by causes which acted without his foresight, and with which he did not always willingly cooperate; and therefore you will rarely meet one who does not think the lot of his neighbor better than his own.
—Samuel Johnson

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Post #2117

We all, according as our business prospers or fails, are elated or cast down.
—Terence

Monday, February 01, 2016

Post #2001

Misfortune does not always wait on vice; nor is success the constant guest of virtue.
—William Havard

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Post #1943

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper, but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to his circumstance.
—David Hume

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Post #1853

If you cannot frame your circumstances in accordance with your wishes, frame your will into harmony with your circumstances.
—Epictetus

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Post #1669

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
—George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Post #956

He shall fare well who confronts circumstances aright.
—Plutarch

Monday, March 12, 2012

Post #889

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
—Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Post #347

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
—Henry Kissinger

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Post #186

Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise.
—Samuel Lover

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Post #164

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
—Vince Lombardi

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Post #153

The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.
—JP Morgan

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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People ought to be one of two things, young or old. No; what's the use of fooling? People ought to be one of two things, young or dead. ...

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