Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Great things are the aggregate of little’s; great results proceed from little causes. Human life is a succession of unimportant events; only here and there one can be called great in itself. A crushing sorrow, the loss of a fortune, physical and mental suffering, are the exceptions and not the rule of life. Experiences so small as scarcely to leave a trace behind, are the rule, producing in the consummation a life that is noble or ignoble, useful or useless, an honor or a disgrace.
A banker in the city of Paris, France, said to a boy who entered the bank:--
“What now, my son?”
“Want a boy here?” was the answer.
“Not just now,” the banker replied, engaging in further conversation with the lad, whose appearance favorably impressed him.
When the boy went out, the eyes of the banker followed him into the street, where he saw him stoop to pick up a pin and fasten it to the collar of his coat. The act revealed to the banker a quality indispensable to a successful financier; and he called the boy back, gave him a position, and in process of time, he became the most distinguished banker in Paris, Laffitte.” From “Leaders of Men.”

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