Archive for October, 2018


Decide firmly what you will not do, and you will be free to do vigorously what you ought to do.


— Mencius (Public domain)

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If you are in Gyaros, do not let your mind dwell upon life in Rome, and all the pleasures it offered to you when living there, and all that would attend your return. Rather, be intent on this—how he that lives in Gyaros may live in Gyaros like a man of spirit. And if you are in Rome, do not let your mind dwell upon life in Athens, but study only how to live in Rome. 

Finally, in the room of all other pleasures put this—the pleasure which springs from conscious acquiescence to God.

Epictetus, public domain

Epictetus (Public domain)

(Gyaros is a small, desolate island in the Aegean Sea which served as a place of exile in the early Roman Empire.)

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The outer world of circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both by suffering and bliss.

Allen_James as a Man Thinketh

— James Allen (Public domain)

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Humor Friday

Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.

Descartes, René_pd_by Frans Hals

— René Descartes (Public domain)

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We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

person sky silhouette night

Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com

— T.S. Eliot

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Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

silhouette of mountains

Photo by Simon Matzinger

— Peter Drucker

…And how many of us, in our working life, have seen those in a position of power use it poorly or abuse it? How should we react? By being the best at what we do, pushing forward, not lamenting it, and…developing an exit strategy.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.


— Demosthenes (Public Domain)

…And small opportunities swirl everywhere around you, it just takes the right perspective to see them with clarity.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Plough Ahead

Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth, rain or shine. To carry your cargo and make your port is the point.

Babcock, Maltbie, PD

— Maltbie Babcock (Public Domain)

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I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.

Buckley, William F Jr, 1985_PD

— William F. Buckley, Jr (1985, Public Domain)

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A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track—an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity.

Beecher, Henry Ward, by Mathew Brady, pd

— Henry Ward Beecher (by Mathew Brady, Public Domain)

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