Habit Quote

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Habit Quote

Post by reinhard » Wed May 06, 2009 1:12 pm

I was forwarded another good habit quote last week:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Reinhard Engels <reinhard.engels@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, May 1, 2009 at 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: feedback
To: Anonymous


That's a great quote! Though I'm a collector of habit quotes I haven't
seen that one yet.

I think I'll post it the the bulletin board (unless you'd like to post it?).

I'd change just one line:

"I am the servant of all great men, and, alas, of all failures as well."


"I am the servant of all great men, and the master of all failures."

Best wishes,


On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 7:42 PM, Anonymous wrote:


> Following is something you may enjoy that came
> from a March 09 Robert Genn art newsletter. Forgive me if you've already
> seen it-
> "Not long ago the popular business coach John Di Lemme broadcast a simple
> idea that applies to anyone wishing to succeed. It goes like this:
> 'I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
> I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your
> command. Half the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I
> will be able to do them quickly and correctly. I am easily managed--you must
> merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and
> after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all
> great men, and, alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have
> made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a
> machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the
> intelligence of a man. You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin--it
> makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will
> place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you. Who am
> I? I am a habit!'"
> Sincerely,
> Anonymous, Somewhere

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