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…And in Life

The most important lesson in investing is humility.

— Sir John Templeton (Courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation)

Nothing like a nice downturn in the markets for investors to re-center themselves and regain their humility. Which, by the way, is not a weakness, but a source of incredible inner strength.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

—Saint Augustine (Image Licensed)

We begin by designing the grand plan, the blueprint of what we are to have, or build, or become. With excitement we set forth. To launch our noble undertaking, however, we must first descend into the abyss. We look ahead and see only the multitude of details which must first be completed; the actual work which will ultimately result in our success. 

Most of us will become so mired in the morass that we lose sight of the grand objective we set for ourselves. In frustration, and unwilling to do the work, we chart another path.

Some of us, however, understand that with each mundane task we are laying another brick in the foundation of our tower. We work cheerfully, day in and day out, to complete each task. One day, we look up to catch our breath, and we suddenly realize that our tower has pierced the clouds. With humility, we thank God for the fortitude that kept us moving forward. 

—Mike Hazell

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In general, any methods of discipline applied to the body which tend to modify its desires or repulsions, are good—for ascetic ends. But if done for display, they betray at once a man who keeps an eye on outward show; who has an ulterior purpose, and is looking for spectators to shout, ‘Oh what a great man!’ This is why Apollonius so well said: ‘If you are bent upon a little private discipline, wait till you are choking with heat some day—then take a mouthful of water, and spit it out again, and tell no man!’

—Epictetus (Public Domain)

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Those who are greedy of praise prove to be poor in merit.

—Plutarch (46 AD—120 AD; Public Domain)

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Too many of us, when we accomplish what we set out to do, exclaim, ‘See what I have done!’ instead of saying, ‘see where I have been led.’

—Henry Ford (1919; by Hartsook, photographer; Public Domain)

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Live with Humility

There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.

Amiel, Henri-Frédéric_public domain

—Henri-Frédéric Amiel (Photo public domain)

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It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.

Augustine, Saint

—St. Augustine

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First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.


—Epictetus, 55AD-135AD

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Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance.







–Sun Tzu

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Mark Twain on Vanity

It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.

Mark Twain






–Mark Twain

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