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Quote of the Day: Persistence
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge
Coolidge is the intellectual patron of Ricochet. Statements like this are one reason why.
The next month and a half will be a test of the power of persistence. The left will scream and rage. The never-Trumpers will continue to explain why a senile candidate who will allow Marxists to run this country while gutting our civil liberties is somehow superior to a President who has re-established the US economy, restored the US’s position as the world’s leader, and is well on the way to establishing a lasting peace in the Middle East, while simultaneously kneecapping Iran, because “orange man bad” is more important than actual accomplishments.
What it will take for the good guys to win? Persistence. Persistence and determination. Speak up for the right side. Point out the behavior of the “mostly peaceful” rioters. Persist in defending your right. Vote in November (or earlier if you can) and get like-minded acquaintances to turn out. Fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run.
If we persist we will triumph.Published in General
I think the neuroscience of the quote is wrong. Intelligence is a better indicator of wealth and success than mindfulness.*
*Mindfulness is a psychological term for a the genetic trait of hard work.
Mindfulness is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for success. Talent and/or luck are vital, but are almost never successful on their own.
As Louis Pasture once said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” In the same vein Edison said, “I believe in luck. The harder I work, the luckier I get.” Talent and luck are fuel and air, but persistence is the heat that ignites them. And the world has a lot more talented and lucky people than it has persistent ones.
Uh, Cal, why are you looking at me that way while you say that?
I suspect it will be more like three months. The real election will come after the election in several states that have decided to become banana republics.
This is the Quote of the Day. If you have a quotation you would like to persist with, our sign-up sheet awaits. We still have five open dates this month.
There is also the Group Writing Project. This month, the theme is an easy one: If I was a —, I would —. It looks as if Clifford has three open dates in the future, and some in the past if you have been persistent and finished that time machine.
If you haven’t written much on Ricochet, these projects are easy ways to get involved.
I have noted, over the past three weeks, that young people, who happen to be black, standing behind small folding tables with simple “REGISTER TO VOTE” signs. They stand in the 100°F+ heat. They are on public spaces most likely to be crossed by people most likely to respond to Democrat suggestions/appeals. I see no such effort by Republicans in Arizona, so will not be surprised to see a shift in registration.