Short Shavings #6: The most important tool

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Blog entry by Div posted 09-02-2010 08:27 PM 1466 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have some meaningful words posted on a large sign above my workbench. It describes the only tool one really needs to accomplish any project. I want to share it:

“Nothing in the world can take the
place of persistence…

Talent will not; nothing is more common
than unsuccessful people 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

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 09:04 PM

words to live by div :) i can understand why you have these inspirational words hanging over your bench!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 09:11 PM

Calvin Coolidge was my Great-Great Uncle. Perhaps I should listen to him. :)

-- 温故知新

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 09:49 PM

hobomonk Your Great-Great Uncle was a very insightful man! I listen to him every day!

flemming just read about your new tools! Now you have words to go with them!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 10:08 PM

I remember you post those words as a comment not too long ago

and I still like them, so true , so easy to say and so hard to lieve up to :—))

take care

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 10:28 PM

Go to work and stop to talk!
‘the grumpy old fart, from Denmark’...

[The truth are I love it!]
Best thoughts brother,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 10:40 PM

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins- not through strength but by perseverance.”

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 07:31 AM

Thomas Jefferson had a good one. He said “the harder I work the liuckier I get”! Thanks for lookin in on me.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 09-04-2010 05:17 PM

Julius Caesar had one I used to have over the door between my office and the store I managed back in the early 70’s. (It was on the office side where customers couldn’t see it)

He was speaking to a senior officer who’d been griping about senators interfering with the operation of the army. His reply was “Illegitimo nil carborundum est!”

Translation: “Don’t let the bast@@ds wear you down!”

Those words saved many lives, as they kept me from killing some of my more annoying customers… ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 08:55 PM

Hal excellent! same thing different words. docsavage That quote is very true! BigTiny I like it. A lot. Another one to put on the wall.
Thanks guys!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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