The Transaction of Business

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Forbes, 1907 - 164 pages
 

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Page 149 - Sibylla's offer, which at first offereth the commodity at full, then consumeth part and part, and still holdeth up the price...
Page 73 - But this is that which will indeed dignify and exalt knowledge, if contemplation and action may be more nearly and straitly conjoined and united together than they have been; a conjunction like unto that of the two highest planets, Saturn the planet of rest and contemplation, and Jupiter the planet of civil society and action.
Page 32 - If you would work any man you must either know his nature and fashions, and so lead him ; or his ends, and so persuade him ; or his weakness and disadvantages, and so awe him ; or those that have interest in him, and so govern him.
Page 160 - I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship. The government will support you to the utmost of its ability, which is neither more nor less than it has done and will do for all commanders. I much fear that the spirit which you have aided to infuse into the army, of criticising their commander and withholding confidence from him, will now turn upon you. I shall assist you as far as I can to put it down. Neither you nor Napoleon, if he were alive again, could get any good out...
Page 149 - Nay, it were better to meet some dangers half way, though they come nothing near, than to keep too long a watch upon their approaches ; for if a man watch too long, it is odds he will fall asleep. On the other side, to be deceived with two long shadows, (as some have been, when the moon was low, and shone on their enemies...
Page 160 - I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying, that both the army and the government needed a dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have; given you the command. Only those generals who gain successes can set up dictators. What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship.
Page 154 - There is a cunning, which we in England call " the turning of the cat in the pan ;" which is, when that which a man says to another, he lays it as if another had said it to Mm ; and, to say truth, it is not easy, when such a matter passed between two, to make it appear from which of them it first moved and began.
Page 162 - If you work for a man, in heaven 's name work for him ! If he pays you wages that supply your bread and butter, work for him — speak well of him, think well of him, stand by him and stand by the institution he represents.
Page 148 - There be three parts of business, the preparation ; the debate, or examination ; and the perfection; whereof, if you look for despatch, let the middle only be the work of many, and the first and last the work of few.
Page v - A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us, that a higher law than that of our will regulates events...

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