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Self-Love – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Self-Love – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Leadership, Quotes

“What was Washington’s most notable trait?” I once asked Hamilton when we were working together on a law case. The quick smile flashed in that bright face, the malicious blue eyes shone. “Oh, Burr, self-love! Self-love! What else makes a god?

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To Great a Man to Notice Weather – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on To Great a Man to Notice Weather – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Leadership, Quotes

Like Napoleon Bonaparte, Benedict Arnold was too great a man to notice weather.

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Strategy and Results – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Strategy and Results – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Quotes

It was hubris. It was Churchill’s axiom perfectly demonstrated: ‘However beautiful the strategy one should occasionally look at the results.’

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Bragging – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Bragging – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, WW2

Bragging was the vice that was Eichmann’s undoing. It was sheer rodomontade when he told his men during the last days of the war: “I will jump into my grave laughing, because the fact that I have the death of five million Jews [or “enemies of the Reich,” as he always claimed to have said] […]

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Oneself an Oracle – “Fahrenheit 451” – Ray Bradbury

April 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on Oneself an Oracle – “Fahrenheit 451” – Ray Bradbury · Quotes

‘The folly of mistaking a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself as an oracle, is inborn in us,

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Books – Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

October 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Books – Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury · History, Quotes, Reading Related

Books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. They’re Caesar’s praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, `Remember, Caesar, thou art mortal.’

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