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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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One cannot utter two or three sentences without disclosing to intelligent ears precisely where they stand in life and thought, whether in the kingdom of the senses and the understanding, or in that of ideas and imagination, or in the realm of intuitions and duty.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1857; Public Domain)

Furthermore, does who and what you portray effectively represent who and what you want to be? If so, embrace it! If not, change it! Either way, understanding your strengths and weaknesses and how you come across to others is a critically important tool in life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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People are always asking me, where is the outlook good? But that’s the wrong question. The right question is: Where is the outlook most miserable?

—Sir John Templeton (Photo courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation)

John Templeton was one of the greatest value and international investors of the 20th century. He made a fortune by sifting through forlorn or forgotten sectors or industries in search of hidden gems. Fittingly, one of his first investment moves came as America was reeling from a decade of depression and economic turmoil, and as Hitler was invading Poland to begin a world war. He called his broker and requested to buy 100 shares of every company trading for under $1 per share. There were 104 such companies. Over the course of World War II, that investment went up 400%. While everyone else was battening down the hatches, Sir John was looking for opportunities.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Humor Friday

My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.

—Oscar Wilde (his final words as he lay dying in a seedy Paris hotel room)

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