Showing posts with label friendship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label friendship. Show all posts

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Post #3016

Avoid the friendship of him who, from mere curiosity, asks three questions running about a thing that cannot interest him.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Post #2664

Friendship is infinitely better than kindness.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Post #2648

That friendship only is, indeed, genuine when two friends, without speaking a word to each other, can, nevertheless, find happiness in being together.
—George Ebers

Monday, November 06, 2017

Post #2441

I hate the prostitution of the name of friendship to signify modish and worldly alliances.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Post #2323

No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
—Thomas Fuller

Friday, March 04, 2016

Post #2025

Disproportioned friendships ever terminate in disgust.
—Oliver Goldsmith

Friday, November 20, 2015

Post #1950

If friendship is to rob me of my eyes, if it is to darken the day, I will have none of it.
—Henry David Thoreau

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

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Post #1027

Sometimes we owe a friend to the lucky circumstance that we give him no cause for envy.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, July 27, 2012

Post #1017

Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.
—Samuel Butler

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Post #846

The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
—Mark Twain

Friday, November 18, 2011

Post #774

A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
—Walter Winchell

Friday, September 30, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Post #632

Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.
—Edna Buchanan

Monday, November 29, 2010

Post #423

The feeling of friendship is like that of being comfortably filled with roast beef.
—Samuel Johnson

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Post #37

To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Post #25

Be a friend to yourself, and others will.
—Scottish Proverb

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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