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  • Activity and Achievement
    “Politicians like to panic. They need activity. It’s their substitute for achievement.” – Sir Humphrey Appleby, The Economy Drive “Why has he got the time? He shouldn’t have the time. That’s your fault Bernard. You are here to ensure that he hasn’t got the time. Create activity, Bernard. He should be making speeches, provincial visits. […]
  • The Pursuit of Perfection
    “He who is determined not to be satisfied with any thing short of perfection, will never do any thing at all, either to please himself or others. The question is not what we ought to do, but what we can do for the best.” “… a dull plodding fellow will often do better than one […]
  • Of Friendship
    “Another sort of false prayers are our regrets. Discontent is the want of self-reliance: it is infirmity of will. Regret calamities, if you can thereby help the sufferer; if not, attend your own work, and already the evil begins to be repaired. Our sympathy is just as base. We come to them who weep foolishly, […]

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