Friday, November 18, 2005


A six-year old lad came home with a note from his teacher suggesting that he be taken out of school, as he was "too stupid to learn." The boy's name was Thomas A. Edison.

Alfred Tennyson's grandfather gave him ten shillings for writing an elegy on his grandmother. Handing it to the boy, the old man said: "There, that's the first money you ever earned by your poetry, and take my word for it, it will be the last."

Benjamin Franklin's mother-in-law hesitated at letting her daughter marry a printer. There were already two printing offices in the United States, and she feared that the country might not be able to support a third.

~Cora M. Campbell, Sunshine Magazine~

I don't know whether or not those stories are true. If they are, then they're good lessons in not putting too much stock in what others think about us. If they're wrong then I guess old Cora M. Campbell fooled a lot of people.

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