STUDYING THE SYSTEM

“Our little systems have their day.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

 

Men, Women, and Chiefs from Tristes Tropiques by Claude Levi-Strauss

Pericles Reminds The Athenians Who They Are from The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

 

On Authority from Almanacco Repubblicano by Friedrich Engels

 

Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution from a speech at The National Cathedral by Martin Luther King

 

EMULATING HEROES

“Emulation is the very nerve of human society.” – William James

 

Once Upon a Time from When Men Were the Only Models I Had by Carolyn G. Heilbrun

 

ALBUM – ARTISTS OF DEEP ATTENTION

“Do external things distract you?” – Marcus Aurelius

 

On Noise from Moral Epistles by Seneca

“…Conceptions are artificial.  Perceptions are essential. – Wallace Stevens

RISKING REVISION

Does change terrify you? Yet what can come into being without change? What after all is dearer, or more proper to nature? Can you have your bath, without change passing upon the firewood? Or nourishment, without change passing upon the viands? Can any serviceable thing be accomplished without change? Do you not see that change within yourself is of a piece with this, and equally indispensable to Nature? – Marcus Aurelius

 

Whoever Desires Constant Success Must Change His Conduct with the Times from Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius by Niccolo Machiavelli

 

 

Personal Best from The New Yorker by Atul Gawande

 

 

Birth Of A Dynasty in Sports Illustrated by Alexander Wolff

 

KNOWING THE WAY

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one great thing.” – Archilochus

 

About Good Sense and Cleverness of Queen Dido from The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan

 

Of Studies from Essays Civil and Moral by Francis Bacon

 

On Military Genius from On War by Carl von Clausewitz

 

Time and Patience from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 

Mobile and Other War Pieces by Omar Bradley

 

ALBUM – ARTISTS OF DELAY

“If someone stops where they should not, they’ll stop anywhere. If someone’s slights a person they should treat generously, they’ll slight anyone. And if someone races ahead, they retreat in a hurry. – Mencius

 

Fabius Maximus from Lives by Plutarch

 

Replies to Parliamentary Petitions by Elizabeth I

 

CULTIVATING TRUST

“He’s here in double trust:

First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,

Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,

Who should against his murderer shut the door,

Nor bear the knife myself.

 

 

Interview with Jean Renoir from Conversations with Great Moviemakers: Hollywood’s Golden Age by George Stevens, Jr.

 

Mission Command by General Martin E. Dempsey

 

Open Secrets from The New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell

 

ALBUM – CON ARTISTS

“The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.” – Sam Spade to Wilmer Cook, Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

 

NEGOTIATING WORLD AND SELF

“If you don’t follow the same Way, don’t make plans together. – Confucius

 

Of Cannibals from Essays by Michael de Montaigne

 

Of Negotiating from Essays Civil and Moral by Francis Bacon

Elizabeth I

 

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY

“You were right, and I was wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln letter to Ulysses S. Grant

 

ALBUM – ARTISTS OF PERSUASION

“I an no orator, as Brutus is…I only speak right on.” – Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

 

The Four Freedoms by Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

The Defence of Freedom and Pace by Winston Churchill

 

 

We Will Stand and Fight Here by Bernard Montgomery

 

Speech to the Third Army by George Patton

 

LEARNING FROM FAILURE

“It is possible to fail in many ways…” – Aristotle

 

The Arctic Hedonist from The American Scholar by Anne Fadiman

 

The Story of Croesus from The Histories by Herodotus

 

The Trek to Kabul from Baburnama by Babur

 

A Valuable Lesson from Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

 

RESISTING THE SYSTEM

“Go down Moses,

Way down to Egyptland,

Tell old Pharaoh,

To let my people go.

 

 

The Peasant’s Revolt from A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

 

The Tyranny of the System from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

 

Taking The Eli from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas

 

Statement to the Court by Eugene Debs

 

Nonviolence Is the First Article of My Faith by Mohandas Gandhi

 

I Am prepared to Die from Nelson Mandela’s statement from the dock at the opening of the defence case in the Rivonia Trial

 

ALBUM – ABRAHAM LINCOLN, ARTIST OF JUDGMENT

“Life is short, the art is long, opportunity fleeting; experiment hazardous, judgment difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendance, and externals cooperate. – Hippocrates

 

DISCIPLINING DESIRE

“In the nighttime of all beings,

The self-controlled man is awake;

that time when beings are awake

 is nighttime for the seeing sage.”

-Bhagavad Gita

 

ALBUM – ART OF THE STORY

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether the station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”  – Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

 

Of the Inconsistency of Our Actions from Essays by Michel de Montaigne

 

American Everyman: Portrait of Warren Buffett from Atlantic Monthly by Walter Kirn

 

CODA

“Now my charms are o’erthrown, And what strength I have is mine own…” – Prospero, The Tempest