Courtesy of Thomas Russell Wingate
Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
The chief glory of any people arises from its authors.
What they taught us at this law firm is how to be a lawyer. What they taught us at law school is how to graduate from law school.
Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
Solemnity flows out of man naturally; but laughter is a leap. It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity.
Jan Mayen Island
Theory is when you understand everything but nothing works. Practice is when everything works, but nobody understands why. At this station, theory and practice are united, so nothing works and nobody understands why.
If you don’t have a strategy, you’re part of someone else’s strategy.
If there’s a loophole, someone’s going to drive a truck through it, and the people in the truck will get better paid than the people under it.
Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
If successful people have one common trait, it’s an utter lack of cynicism. The world owes them nothing. They go out and find what they need without asking for permission; they’re driven, talented, and work through negatives by focusing on the positives.
A satirist is someone who has a very skeptical view of human nature, but who still has the optimism to make some sort of a joke out of it. However brutal that joke might be.
Chess … helps you develop patience and discipline in choosing between alternatives at a time when an impulsive decision seems very attractive.
George Bernard Shaw
Don’t ask me what you should do to be saved; the last time I was here I told you and you didn’t do it.
Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
Robert A. Heinlein
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded—here and there, now and then—are all the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Wherever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as bad luck.
It befits the achiever to suffer for achievement.
Learn what you are and be such.
David S. Landes
The essence of reputation is exactitude.
Ye need not stop work to inform us. We knew it ten seasons before.
Much I owe to the Lands that grew—
More to the Lives that fed—
But most to Allah Who gave me two
Separate sides to my head.
Discouragement is a moral state, a failure of heart; you treat it by taking courage, not Prozac.
A writer has a duty to say what is wrong about life in his country and a duty, also, to say what is right. When the status quo is good you had better defend it, or you will wake up one morning and it will be gone.
I am quite happy to be a rebel against orthodoxy and am rather supported by the certainty that the orthodoxy of today will be the absurdity of tomorrow.
John Stuart Mill
It often happens that the universal belief of one age, a belief from which no one could be free without an extraordinary effort of genius or courage, becomes to a subsequent age so palpable an absurdity that the only difficulty is to imagine how such an idea could ever have appeared credible.
Lewis H. Lapham
The study of literature, like that of any other art, offers as its reward freedom of mind and spaciousness of thought. Neither of these possessions makes much of a show in the world, and for the most part they are thought to be superfluous.
Jonathan Ogden Armour
The most valuable ability of all is the ability to select the men of ability.
The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.
To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.
It is not our task to tell people what they want to hear; we must tell them what in some sad future time they would wish they had heard.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.
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