6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. —Proverbs 27:6 (KJV 1900):
I interpret this as, “It is better for a friend to tell you something bad than an enemy tell you something good.”
I was happier returning my (Olympic) gold medal more than receiving it. — Tyler Hamilton, a pro and Olympic cyclist.
People aren’t afraid of failure. They are afraid of trying.
As some of you all know, I lived in Japan as a young child. During the mid-to-late 1970s, my father was a U.S. Customs representative assigned to the embassy in Tokyo and my mother taught Spanish at an all-girls Catholic school. My dad’s first boss during his tenure was Ambassador James Day Hodgson, who before being appointed to that position by Gerald Ford, had served as Secretary of Labor under Richard Nixon.
In 1992, Hodgson published a book titled American Senryu: Verses by a Former Ambassador. I purchased a copy in 1993 on a visit to Tokyo, and the tome remains one of my most valued possessions, for the wisdom contained therein is timeless.... [Read More]
Dwight Eisenhower understood. In 1943 the American commander wrote to Washington from North Africa requesting equipment to set up ten bottling plants. His staff had determined that Coke was crucial to the war effort. “I had them make a survey to see just what the men wanted,” Ike afterward told a congressional committee, “and more of them voted for Coca-Cola than beer.” Beer might quench the men’s thirst, but Coke reminded them what they were fighting for. A sergeant from Kansas explained to his parents: “It’s the little things, not the big things, that the individual soldier fights for or wants so badly when away.” “It’s the girl back home in a drug store over a Coke, or the juke box and the summer weather.” Eisenhower (another Kansan) felt exactly the same way. “I wish I could be home and go down to the cafe this morning and have a Coke with the gang,” Eisenhower wrote a friend. “I can’t do that here.”—Masters of Enterprise by H. W. Brands
Ike knew that Pepsi would not have gotten the job done.