Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.
– Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
Monthly Archives: December 2016
“Read over your compositions and, when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.”
— Samuel Johnson
Snāw-gebland (Old English; n):
obtestv. to call heaven to witness; to protest against
“People don’t think how they feel, they don’t say what they think and they don’t do what they say.”
– David Ogilvy
A pleasure that comes when the mind is at rest.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
– Luke, 19.10
“I think it’s a reset moment for how businesses are going to be treated: 145 million people work in America; 125 million of them work for private enterprise; 20 million work for government—firemen, sanitation, police, teachers. We hold them in very high regard. But you know, if you didn’t have the 125 you couldn’t pay for the other 20. Business is a huge positive element in society. But for years it’s been beaten down as if we’re terrible people. So I think it’s a good reset.”
Worth a read.
Advantage is a better soldier than rashness.
–William Shakespeare, Henry V, III.6
Icelandic for “Christmas book flood”
“The culture of giving books as presents is very deeply rooted in how families perceive Christmas as a holiday. Normally, we give the presents on the night of the 24th and people spend the night reading.”
I really must visit Iceland next year. It sounds like my kind of place.