TOTD 2019-12-27: Benjamin Franklin on Humility

Quotes are from here.

My List of Virtues contain’d at first but twelve: But a Quaker Friend having kindly inform’d me that I was generally thought proud; that my Pride show’d itself frequently in Conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any Point, but was overbearing & rather insolent; of which he convinc’d me by mentioning several Instances; – I determined endeavouring to cure myself …, and I added Humility to my List, giving an extensive Meaning to the Word.... [Read More]


Tully Charles Garner

Tully’s father thought the vice presidency wasn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. (Actually he thought it wasn’t worth a bucket of another liquid.) If Tully was alive today he might be worth at least $50,000 a month. I don’t want to be too hard on John Nance Garner, his father, because one needs to take into account inflation. :-)


Steve Jobs Quote

“Creativity is just connecting things,” Apple cofounder Steve Jobs said in 1996. “When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”

From “Smarter Better Faster” by Charles Duhigg.... [Read More]


TOTD 2018-10-13: Quotes

Time for something from Chesterton. (I have to keep Blumroch happy.)

  1. What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but an absence of self-criticism.
  2. Moderate strength is shown in violence, supreme strength is shown in levity.
  3. The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.

UPDATE: There was originally only the first quote but then I founds some more.