Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

In order to have an enemy, one must be somebody. One must be a force before they can be resisted by another force. A malicious enemy is better than an aloof friend. 

Madame Sophie Swetchine (pron “SVYEE-chen”; Public Domain)

(Madame Swetchine was a Russian mystic who converted to Catholicism in 1815 and, as a result, was forced to emigrate to Paris.) 

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The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

—Thucydides (Greek philosopher, 460 bc – 400 BC; Public Domain)

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There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.

—Jean-Paul Sartre (Image Licensed)

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Keller on Boldness

Security is mostly an illusion. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

—Helen Keller (1920; Public Domain)

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He who is false to the present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and you will see the effect when the weaving of a lifetime is unraveled.

—William Ellery Channing (by Oswald Chambers; Public Domain)

There are no small tasks or actions; every one of them plays their unique role in the tapestry.


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It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.

—Cicero (Public Domain)

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Borrow trouble for yourself, if that’s your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbors.

—Rudyard Kipling (1895, by Elliott & Fry; Public Domain)

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