Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Leaders

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“There are two kinds of leaders in the world today: those who are interested in the fleece, and those who are interested in the flock.”

“A leader is anyone who has two characteristics: first, he is going somewhere; second, he is able to persuade other people to go with him.”

“A truly great leader is one who never allows his followers to discover that he is as ignorant as they are.”

“A real leader faces the music even when he dislikes the tune.”

“Leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination.”


Some Thoughts About Being An Example From Anonymous

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“It’s difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven’t been willing to try.”

“As a general rule, teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.”

“To really know a man, observe his behavior with a woman, a flat tire, and a child.”

“He who practices what he preaches may have to put in some overtime.”

“Love is more easily demonstrated than defined.”

Some Thoughts On Ideals From Anonymous

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“The true measure of a man is the height of his ideals, the breadth of his sympathy, the depth of his convictions, and the length of his patience.”

“If you are satisfied with yourself, you had better change your ideals.”

“If you are satisfied with yourself, you had better change your ideals.”

“The ideal of some men is to marry a rich girl who is too proud to have her husband work.”

“Ideals may be beyond our reach but never beyond our fondest hopes.”

Some Thoughts About Patience From Anonymous

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“It’s easy finding reasons why other folks should be patient.”

“Patience is a quality that is most needed when it is exhausted.”

“Many a man has turned and left the dock just before his ship came in.”

“Some people who get credit for being patient are just too lazy to start anything.”

“A patient man is one who can put up with himself.”

Currently Reading: Emerson: The Mind On Fire By Robert D. Richardson Jr.

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Emerson: The Mind On Fire by Robert D. Richardson Jr. is a gem in the category of biographies and memoirs. I have read this book through three times and I am discovering more in each read through.

Richardson impresses me with the depth of his research and delving in to the mind of Emerson and even all the family, friends, and acquaintances. There is no speculation in the author’s approach but a deep understanding about Emerson, his personality and even the time period of the 19th century.

The thing that keeps me coming back to this work is Emerson’s readings of so many different works and the effect it had on his life and how it shaped his thought and his writing in his essays such as Self-Reliance, History and The Divinity School Address.

One of my favorite chapters is on Jones Very and how Richardson describes Very as one of the greatest writer of sonnets in the nineteenth century along with Longfellow. In six pages, I felt as if I knew Very intimately and knew all about his eccentricities. His powerful religious experience was given in detail and this I really loved because it explained how others outside the scope of the Emerson family handled it.

I love this excerpt from page 305 from Very’s biographer:

“Christ is in every man, not only in Jones Very, and needs only to be set free in them, as He had already been set free in himself. The Second Advent consists in the freeing of Christ. Therefore the Second Advent could be brought about, even in Emerson—provided he agree to follow the directions of John the Baptist as he (Very) interpreted them.”

Each and every chapter contains exhaustive research about Emerson and gives us in my opinion one of the greatest biographies that I have had the pleasure to read. It is one book that I will come back to time and time again.


Some Thoughts On Enjoyment From Anonymous

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“It’s a grand person indeed who can laugh at himself with others and enjoy it as much as they do.”

“The good things of life were made to enjoy. Enjoying a thing means sharing it with others.”

“Enjoy today and don’t waste it grieving over a bad yesterday—tomorrow may be even worse.”

“If you don’t enjoy what you have, how could you be happier with more?”

“There are a lot of folks in the world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t time to enjoy it.”

More Thoughts About Hope From Anonymous

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Our previous post on Thoughts About Hope From Anonymous was from January 15th, 2014 and here are some more:

“Hope springs eternal in the human heart, but with some the spring is getting very weak.”

“Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

“You can’t live on hope alone, nor can you live without it.”

“Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.”

“Ideals may be beyond our reach but never beyond our fondest hope.”