Monday, March 20, 2006

True Words of Wisdom

“One man’s justice is another’s injustice; one man’s beauty, another’s ugliness; one man’s wisdom, another’s folly; as one beholds the same objects from a higher point. One man thinks justice consists in paying debts, and has no measure in his abhorrence of another who is very remiss in this duty, and makes the creditor wait tediously. But that second man has his own way of looking at things; asks himself which debt must I pay first, the debt to the rich, or the debt to the poor? The debt of money or the debt of thought to mankind, of genius to nature? For you, O broker! There is no other principal but arithmetic. For me, commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred; nor can I detach one duty, like you from all other duties, and concentrate my forces mechanically on the payment of moneys. Let me live onward; you shall find that, though slower, the progress of my character will liquidate all these debts without injustice to higher claims. If a man should dedicate himself to the payment of notes, would not this be injustice? Does he owe no debt but money? And are all claims on him to be postponed to a landlord’s or a banker’s?” – Emerson

“The only reprehensible materiality is the materialism of getting lost in your material so you can’t find out yourself what it is all about.” – Frost

“The one inalienable right is to go to destruction in our own way. What’s worth living for is worth dying for. What’s worth succeeding in is worth failing in.” – Frost

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” – Marilyn Vos Savant

“Ultimately all you will have left at the end of the day are your name and your reputation. Invest in them wisely and you and others will simultaneously reap the rewards.” – Leonard A. Schelesinger

“The only thing wrong with capitalism is capitalists. (They are too greedy)” – Herbert Hoover

“We sell the thrones of angels for a short and turbulent pleasure.” – Emerson


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