Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Not a period in sight...............................

Put yourself in the middle of things, to get at once at the heart of the business;  most roam around, in useless millings either about the edge, or in the scrub of tiresome verbosity, without striking upon the substance of the matter;  they make a hundred turns about a point, wearying themselves, and wearying others, yet never arriving at the centre of what is important;  it is the product of a scattered brain that does not know how to get itself together, they spend time, and exhaust patience, over that which they should leave alone, and afterwards are short of both for what they did leave alone.
-Baltasar Gracian,  The Art of Worldly Wisdom:  A collection of aphorisms from the work of Baltasar Gracian

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