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A Quote by Robert Bly on adulthood, clarity, culture, life, men, popularity, schools, time, and work

We are living at an important and fruitful moment now, for it is clear to men that the images of adult manhood given by the popular culture are worn out; a man can no longer depend on them. By the time a man is thirty-five he knows that the images of the right man, the tough man, the true man which he received in high school do not work in life.

Robert Bly (1926 -)

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A Quote by Reinhold Niebuhr on acceptance, change, church, courage, god, grace, popularity, prayer, serenity, and wisdom

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. This prayer was first printed in a monthly bulletin of the Federal Council of Churches and has become enormously popular. It has been circulated in millions of copies.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892 - 1971)

Source: The Serenity Prayer, 1934

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on books, interest, poetry, popularity, schools, time, writers, and zen

Regarding R. H. Blyth: Blyth's four volume Haiku became especially popular at this time [1950's] because his translations were based on the assumption that the haiku was the poetic expression of Zen. Not surprisingly, his books attracted the attention of the Beat school, most notably writers such as Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Jack Kerouac, all of whom had a prior interest in Zen.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes — George Swede, Haiku in English in North America

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on college, education, memory, nature, popularity, schools, students, truth, and words

The popular education has been taxed with a want of truth and nature. . . . We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on action, beginning, citizenship, dignity, joy, labor, learning, limitations, necessity, observation, popularity, sacrifice, society, virtue, and work

I hear therefore with joy whatever is beginning to be said of the dignity and necessity of labor to every citizen. There is virtue yet in the hoe and the spade, for learned as well as for unlearned hands. And labor is everywhere welcome; always we are invited to work; only be this limitation observed, that a man shall not for the sake of wider activity sacrifice any opinion to the popular judgments and modes of action. An Oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Cambridge, August 31, 1837.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: “The American Scholar” from “Addresses,” published as part of Nature; Addresses and Lectures

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on conflict, ethics, excellence, facts, people, popularity, and struggle

When you hold out for high standards, people are impressed-but they don't always like you for it. Not everybody will be on your side in your struggle to do what's right and ethical. In fact, sometimes even you won't be on your side. You'll wrestle with inner conflict, torn between what you should do and what you want to do. You'll also aggravate other people. Seems when you walk the straight and narrow you always step on someone's toes. Don't count on the ethics of excellence to make you popular.

Price Pritchett

Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Paul Johnson on action, belief, danger, emotion, envy, evil, fear, politics, popularity, society, stability, and wealth

The urge to distribute wealth equally, and still more the belief that it can be brought about by political action, is the most dangerous of all popular emotions. It is the legitimation of envy, of all the deadly sins the one which a stable society based on consensus should fear the most. The monster state is a source of many evils; but it is, above all, an engine of envy.

Paul Johnson

Source: The Recovery of Freedom (Blackwell)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on popularity, vulgarity, and war

As long as war is looked upon as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked on as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Nicolò Paganini on composers, fame, friendship, popularity, time, and writing

On December 12, 1829, Paganini wrote his friend Germi: "The variations I've composed on the graceful Neapolitan ditty, 'Oh Mamma, Mama Cara,' outshine everything. I can't describe it!" He was writing from Karlsruhe, in the midst of his triumphal tour through Germany. That letter marks the earliest known mention of the variations that would become famous as "The Carnival of Venice." At the time of his letter, Paganini had already performed the piece in at least four concerts. From then on, it would be one of his most popular compositions.

Nicolo Paganini (1782 - 1840)

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A Quote by Nathaniel Branden on achievement, belief, life, opposites, popularity, reward, and self-esteem

To preserve an unclouded capacity for the enjoyment of life is an unusual moral and psychological achievement. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the prerogative of mindlessness, but the exact opposite: It is the reward of self-esteem.

Nathaniel Branden

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