Showing posts with label humor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label humor. Show all posts

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Post #2509

Good-humor is always a success.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Post #2027

The little foolery that wise men have makes a great show.
—William Shakespeare

Monday, April 20, 2015

Post #1796

Whenever you find humour, you find pathos close by his side.
—Edwin Whipple

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Post #1472

Men of humor are always in some degree men of genius; wits are rarely so, although a man of genius may, amongst other gifts, possess wit, as Shakespeare.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Monday, August 12, 2013

Post #1316

There are not many things cheaper than supposing and laughing.
Jonathan Swift

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Post #864

The secret source of humor itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
—Mark Twain

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Post #620

In my belief, you cannot deal with the most serious things in the world unless you also understand the most amusing.
—Sir Winston Churchill

Friday, May 21, 2010

Post #231

Dying man couldn't make up his mind which place to go - both have their advantages, "heaven for climate, hell for company!"
—Mark Twain

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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