Showing posts with label hope. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hope. Show all posts

Monday, October 15, 2018

Post #2676

Hope is a willing slave ; despair is free.
—Charles G. Dawes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Post #2403

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, May 19, 2017

Post #2340

It is charity not to excite a hope, when it must end in disappointment.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Post #1398

Hope is a delusion; no hand can grasp a wave or a shadow.
—Victor Hugo

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Post #1368

Hope is such a bait, it covers any hook.
—Ben Jonson

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Post #1209

The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope.
—Samuel Johnson

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Post #966

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
—Francis Bacon

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Post #396

Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery.
—Bertrand Russell

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Post #331

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
—Francis Bacon

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Post #8

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
—Benjamin Franklin

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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