Archive for February, 2020

Humor Friday, Old School

He isn’t a real boss until he has trained subordinates to shoulder most of his responsibilities.

— William Feather (Public Domain)

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With grand ideas it is like with dizzying heights you climb: at first they cause you discomfort and you are anxious to get down, distrustful of your own powers; but soon the remoteness of the turmoil of life and the inspiring influence of the altitude calm your blood. Your steps get firm and sure, and you begin to look…for dizzier heights.

— Nikola Tesla (1896; Public Domain)

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Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

— Søren Kierkegaard (1840 sketch by his cousin; Public Domain)

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It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice to and rebuke the sufferer.

—Aeschylus (Soldier in the Battle of Marathon, author of Agamemnon; Creative Commons)

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Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. 

—Robert Louis Stevenson (by Henry Walter Barnett; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean. For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.

—Luther Burbank (1914, by Fred Harstook; Public Domain)

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Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by J.K. Stieler; Public Domain)

It is a fine and noble cause to create a great vision for where we want to go, what we wish to become, what we plan to accomplish; but the vision is worthless unless we are willing to spend the overwhelming bulk of our day bringing it to fruition.

That means more than putting ourselves in the arena; it also means completing the seemingly endless hours of mind-numbing training needed to compete—and win—in the arena of our chosen industry. This is where the overwhelming majority get lost, in what T.S. Eliot called “the shadow.” But, if we persist, it is also where we grow.

—Mike Hazell

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