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Archive for February, 2019

Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.

—Tacitus (photo by Pe-Jo; Public Domain)

Decisiveness is a positive and noble attribute, but too often rashness and a quickness to judge is incorrectly placed under the rubric of this virtue. Consider the people, situations, and circumstances we have misjudged in the past, only to find the truth after time and upon further inspection.

Some judge so quickly, refusing to consider or accept new information, that they become cold and brittle in their thinking. A strong mind is one with a core set of values, and one that is not afraid to evaluate new information and change course as needed.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.

—Lord Jeffrey Amherst (Public Domain)

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I have brought myself by long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public Domain)

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Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil; our great hope lies in developing what is good.

—Calvin Coolidge (1919, Notman Photo Co.; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

—Robert Frost (Public Domain)

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Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.

—René Descartes (by Frans Hals; Public Domain)

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It will generally be found that those who sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples.

—Charles Dickens (by Jeremiah Gurney; Public Domain)

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