Archive for October 14th, 2012


better than millard fillmore

Historian Richard Norton Smith said admiring Lincoln is practically routine for presidents, particularly embattled ones. “I’m not sure how much it matters to voters. I suppose it’s better to associate yourself with Lincoln than Millard Fillmore.”

Ben Feller and Christopher Wills, quoting Richard Norton Smith, “Obama urges political foes to follow Lincoln’s example…” (2009)


so that you will not quit

“You have to force yourself to stay with rowing,” Wood said. “If you put the first of your contact lenses in your eye, that is almost a sure guarantee that you won’t go back to sleep. If you can get up and past the bed, then you will reach the kitchen. If you can reach the kitchen you can reach the front door. If you reach the front door, you will reach the car, and if you reach the car, you can reach the boathouse. Each step leads to the next one. You keep pushing yourself so that you will not quit.”

Tiff Wood in David Halberstam’s The Amateurs, p. 22 (1996)

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