September 30, 2014

ULTIMATE ADAPTABILITY


"He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance."

David Hume (1711-1776) Scottish philosopher/economist/historian

Do you know anyone who can consistently do this?

The inclusion of "consistently" rules out most of us most of the time.

Would that I could.

September 29, 2014

(DO YOU) KNOW WHEN TO HOLD 'EM, WHEN TO FOLD 'EM(?)


"Nobody ever lost money taking a profit."

Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) American financier/political consultant

This is more about timing with "profit" covering everything from making money to deciding when to leave one job for another.

It's not as much about what you do as it is when you do it.


September 26, 2014

HOWEVER A NICE TRICK IT MAY BE . . .


"It is a cursed evil to any man to become as absorbed in any subject as I am in mine."

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English Naturalist

The problem is more often the reverse; NOT being as absorbed in whatever we're doing. 

But too much can be too much to.

September 25, 2014

LET ME UNDERSTAND YOU


"Words are the money of fools."

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) British philosopher

Like so much money down the drain.

Be careful not to spend more than you can afford.

September 24, 2014

(IS IT?) TIME TO GO


"My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturer

Overstaying one's welcome is not only a social issue but a business one as well.

You need to know when it's time to go.

September 23, 2014

LEARNING IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME


"No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes."

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author

We have an infinite capacity to learn new things if only we continually question that we already know.

September 22, 2014

LET ME INTERPRET THIS FOR YOU


"All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation."

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer

Understanding this will largely be the result of you having interpreted it's meaning.

Moreover, what you determine that meaning to be will not be the same as what many others decide is true.

The quote is about "meanings", plural.


September 19, 2014

I HAD TO THINK AWHILE BEFORE DECIDING TO USE THIS


"I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up."

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist/writer/lecturer

Taking time to think things through is a good thing.

I think.

I'll have to think about that and get back to you.

September 18, 2014

SITTING IN JUDGMENT OF YOUR WIT


"Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast."

William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leader


However you define "wit", without an appropriate amount of judgment, too much of (w)it is too much.