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Armed with the Lessons from our Past we Forge Ahead, Creating a Bright and Vibrant Future
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. — Søren Kierkegaard (1840 sketch by his cousin; Public Domain)
Aeschylus ("EHS kuh lus") on Empathy
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)
Continue Failing Forward with Alacrity
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)
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....
The More Powerful—yet Hidden—Part of the Equation
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...
Who and What do You Portray to Others?
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...
John Templeton on Value Investing
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...
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)
Don't Fear Failure, Embrace it
Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough. —Elon Musk (by Duncan Hull; Creative Commons)
Time is What You Make of It
Don’t be fooled by the calendar; there are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One may get only a week’s value out of a year, while another gets a full year’s value out of a week....
Define, and then offer, that which the marketplace desires
Your market has a free choice, and only by supplying what the market wants, and not by your efforts to impose your merchandise, will you get your maximum share of the market’s potential. —Walter...
Success & Forgiveness
Success is the best revenge; forgiveness the best solution. —Mike Hazell (Image Licensed) It may seem as though you must choose between the two sides of that equation, but using the negative...
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. —Oscar Wilde (1889, by Napoleon Sarony; Public Domain)
The Immense Power of Attitude
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter their life by altering their attitudes. —William James (by Notman Studios; Public Domain)
The Creativity/Conformity Paradox
A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty. —Nadia Boulanger (Image Licensed) Throughout my life, I have come across a good number of people with a high level of creativity...
Pursue One Great Cause…Relentlessly
Many people wonder why they don’t amount to more than they do. They have good stuff in them; are energetic, persevering, and have ample opportunities. It is all a case of trimming the useless...
Edison on Tenacity
Many of life’s failures emanate from people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. —Thomas Edison (1877; Public Domain)
Lord, give me chastity, but not yet. —Saint Augustine (Creative Commons) Let’s face it, humor is not the first attribute that comes to mind when we are pondering the saints. But history if full of...
Build by First Descending
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...
Henry on Spiritual Follow-Through