“everything is tough” and you can grit your way through it and come out the other side, battle-tested, and with rings on your fingers
Pompey the Great would snap at magistrates who challenged him: “Cease quoting laws to those of us with swords.”
Eventually all pretense of civility was dropped and Rome was engulfed by a series of destructive civil wars that destroyed the republic once and for all.
— The Washington Post, in Perspective | This is how republics end
Consider “war”, another popular trope. Wars on poverty, drugs and terrorism have all failed. Why? Politicians aim to summon one element of the “war” metaphor when they use it: an intense national struggle. But there is another crucial part of war, namely the adversary.
In a real war, they fight back and might win. When your side prevails, the foe might be persuaded to formally surrender on the deck of the battleship Missouri. Drugs or poverty or terrorism don’t do that, leaving the public that had been roused by the talk of “war” frustrated. The metaphor backfires. You don’t need to be Sun Tzu to know that you shouldn’t declare a war that cannot be won.
— The Economist, in ‘The dangers of misleading metaphors’
The 40% rule is that your growth rate + your profit should add up to 40%.
No public man in these islands ever believes that the Bible means what it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means.
— George Bernard Shaw
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
I used to be a steady follower of this philosophy. It’s not the same anymore.