Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
— Benjamin Disraeli
It’s good to have money and the things money can buy, but it’s good too to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.
— George Lorimer
I was cleaning up, going through old papers, when I found this email that had been sent to me:
You can get in a lot of trouble saying simple (true) things in such a way as they cannot be misunderstood. Shame on you. I thought people with graduate degrees all knew better than to be clear, concise, and to the point.
Any data set can be tortured until it confesses.
He who dares not offend cannot be honest.
Thomas Paine, The Forester’s Letters, Letter III—’To Cato’, Pennsylvania Journal (24 April 1776).
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
“The curse of every ancient civilization was that its men in the end became unable to fight. Materialism, luxury, safety, even sometimes an almost modern sentimentality, weakened the fibre of each civilized race in turn; each became in the end a nation of pacifists, and then each was trodden under foot by some ruder people that had kept the virile fighting power the lack of which makes all other virtues useless and sometimes even harmful.”
— President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (can’t find a specific attribution)
Reminds me of this prior Phriday Filosophy.
Just posted this as a comment on an article on LinkedIn, but – and OK, ego here – I think it’s noteworthy enough to post (and will add to my list of quotations I’ve coined):
Life is about helping people; if you aren’t elevating & aiding others, you’re diminishing yourself.