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The Purpose of Life

But what says Socrates? —’One man finds pleasure in improving his land, another his horses. My pleasure lies in seeing that I myself grow better day by day.’

Epictetus

—Epictetus

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Humor Friday

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.

Wilde, Oscar

—Oscar Wilde

Character

No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel by Mathew Brady

—Nathaniel Hawthorne

Perspective & Citizenry

The more people who own little businesses of their own, the safer our country will be, and the better off its cities and towns; for the people who have a stake in their country and their community are its best citizens.

Hancock, John

—John Hancock

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.

Colorful spring sunrise on meadow

—James Joyce

Investment Intelligence

To invest successfully over a lifetime does not require a stratospheric IQ, unusual business insights, or inside information. What’s needed is a sound intellectual framework for making decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework.

Graham, Benjamin

—Benjamin Graham, the “father” of value investing

Simplify and see clearly

“The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility.”

von Goethe

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe