Showing posts with label confidence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label confidence. Show all posts

Monday, November 11, 2019

Post #2956

Confidence in conversation has a greater share than wit.
—François de La Rochefoucauld

Monday, January 16, 2017

Post #2251

Trust him little who praises all, him less who censures all, and him least who is indifferent about all.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Post #2099

All confidence is dangerous unless it is complete; there are few circumstances in which it is not better either to hide all or to tell all.
—Jean de La Bruyère

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Post #1533

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.
—Nemann Buhl

Monday, April 14, 2014

Post #1521

People forget how little they know, when they grow confident upon any present state of things.
—Robert South

Monday, February 18, 2013

Post #1192

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.
—George Herbert

Friday, August 31, 2012

Post #1048

You must be master and win, or serve and lose, grieve or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Post #717

A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.
—Miles Davis

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Post #707

A capital ship for an ocean trip
Was the Walloping Window Blind -
No gale that blew dimayed her crew
Or troubled the Captain's mind.
The man at the wheel was taught to feel
Contempt for the wildest blow.
And it often appeared, when the weather had cleared,
That he'd been in his bunk below.
—Charles Edward Carryl

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Post #705

Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Post #367

Confidence imparts a wonderful inspiration to it's possessor.
—John Milton

Friday, September 17, 2010

Post #350

He who has lost confidence can lose nothing more.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Post #252

Never make a defence or apology before you be accused.
—Charles I of England

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Post #142

My downfall raises me to infinite heights.
—Napoleon Bonaparte

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Post #138

The strongest man in the world is the man who stands alone.
—Henrik Ibsen

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Post #136

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
—Francis Bacon

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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Post #317

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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