Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Post #3193

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family: but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
—Willa Sibert Cather

Sunday, November 01, 2020

Post #3043

Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
—Chief Tecumseh

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Post #3041

Without friends the world is but a wilderness.
—Sir Francis Bacon

Monday, October 07, 2019

Post #2931

A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody.
—Spanish Proverb

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Post #2438

Those who want friends to open themselves unto are cannibals of their own hearts.
—Francis Bacon

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Post #2302

He who hath many friends, hath none.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Post #2279

Real friends are our greatest joy and our greatest sorrow. It were almost to be wished that all true and
faithful friends should expire on the same day.
—François Fénelon

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Post #2264

As you grow ready for it, somewhere or other you will find what is needful for you in a book or a friend.
—George MacDonald

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Post #2194

Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
―Amos Bronson Alcott

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Post #2053

Keep company with the humble, with the devout, and with the virtuous; and confer with them of things that edify.
—Thomas à Kempis

Friday, January 08, 2016

Post #1985

Those friends are weak and worthless, that will not use the privilege of friendship in admonishing their friends with freedom and confidence, as well of their errors as of their danger.
—Sir Francis Bacon

Monday, April 06, 2015

Post #1786

Friends are to be estimated from deeds, not words.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Post #1764

As gold is tried by the furnace, and the baser metal shown, so the hollow-hearted friend is known by adversity.
—Pietro Metastasio

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Post #1674

Friends should be weighed, not told; who boasts to have won a multitude of friends has never had one.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Friday, November 23, 2012

Post #1119

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Post #1111

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
—Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Post #1098

Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Post #55

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.

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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