Thursday, August 5, 2010

CLOSER IS FARTHER

One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he

hears him

speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. 

The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then.

 

    ~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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“As a leader... I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a con-sensus of what I heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom: a leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”
~ Nelson Mandela