“No Cabinet Minister is Indispensable!” Abraham Lincoln (Post No.2700)


Statue of Plato.

Compiled by london swaminathan

Date: 6 April, 2016

Post No. 2700

Time uploaded in London :–  19-53

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Modesty anecdotes


Plato’s Story about Spirits
Plato tells a fable of how spirits of the other world came back to find bodies and places to work. One took the body of a poet and did his work. Finally, Ulysses came and said,
“All the fine bodies have been taken and all the grand work done. There is nothing for me”.

“Yes”,said a voice, “the best has been left for you – the body of a common man, doing a common work for a common reward”.


Respectable Ladies thrown out!
A t Lyon assizes, in France, before the trial of a certain case, the presiding judge remarked on seeing the court crowded with ladies:
“The persons composing the audience are probably not aware of the nature of the case about to be tried. I therefore feel it incumbent on me to request all respectable women to withdraw”.

Not one of the ladies stirred from her place.

“Usher”, the judge continued, “now that all the respectable women have left, turn the others out”.


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Let him resign; no one is a national necessity!
Salmon P Chase, when Secretary of the Treasury, had a disagreement with other members of the Cabinet, and resigned.
The President was urged not to accept it as “Secretary Chase is today’s national necessity”, his advisers said.

“How mistaken you are!” Lincoln quietly observed, “yet it is not strange. I used to have similar notions.
No! if we should all be turned out tomorrow and could come back here in a week, we should find our places filled by a lot of fellows doing just as well as we did, and in many instances better”.

“Now, this reminds me of what the Irish man said. His verdict was that ‘in this country one man is as good as another. And, for the matter of that, very often a great deal better’. No, this government does not depend upon the life of any man.


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Learno da Vinci’s modesty

Vasari relates that when Learnado da Vinci lay on his death bed, the King came to visit and cheer him. He raised himself as far as he could in the Royal presence and lamented that he offended God and man in that he had not laboured in art as he ought to have done.



Picture of Pederewski

Piano at Beethoven Museum

In Bonn, the home of Beethoven has been converted into a memorial museum. In one of the rooms, roped off from curious hands, is the Piano upon which Beethoven composed many of his great works. A Vassar girl visiting the shrine with a party of American students, looked upon the instrument with awe and asked the guard, with the additional persuader of a generous tip, if she might play upon for a minute. The permission was granted and she sat at the piano and strummed out a few bars of the ‘Moonlight Sonata’.

Departing she remarked to the guard, “I suppose all the great pianists who have come here at one time or another played on it”.

The guard said, “No, Miss, Paderewski (famous Polish pianist) was here two years ago; but said he was not worthy to touch it”.
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FRIENDSHIP: Anecdotes and Quotations!


Article No.2008

Written by London swaminathan


Date : 21  July 2015

Time uploaded in London : 20-36

Anacharsis, coming to Athens, knocked at Solon’s door, and told him that he, being a stranger, was come to be his guest, and contract a friendship with him and Solon replying, “It is better to make friends at home,” Anacharsis replied, “Then you that are at home make a friendship with me.”

((Anacharsis : Scythian philosopher who lived in sixth century BCE

Solon: Greek statesman who lived in sixth century BCE))



Abraham Lincoln’s Friend

Thousands of appeals for pardon came to Lincoln from soldiers involved in military discipline. Each appeal was as a rule supported by letters from influential people. One day a single sheet came before him, an appeal from a soldier without any supporting documents.

“What!” exclaimed the President, “has this man no friends?”

“No, sir, not one,” said the adjutant.

“Then,” said Lincoln, “I will be his friend.”

((adjutant: a military officer who acts like an administrative assistant to a Senior Officer))

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Quotations on Friends and Friendship

Valluvar’s Advice

Tiruvalluvar, Tamil poet who lived at least 1500 years ago says in his Tirukkural:
“Weigh the worth and chose for friendship men of ripe wisdom who know the law (Kural 441)

“Friendship is not that which shines as a smile in the face; friendship is which shines as a joy in the soul within” ( Kural 786)

“What matters whether we win or lose the friendship of the unsympathetic who show love when it profits them and withhold it when it does not” – Kural 812

Friendship with a bad person is like a clay pot – easy to break but difficult to put back together.

Friendship with a good person is like a golden vase – difficult to break but easy to put back together

– Hitopadesa 1-223


What is to be cultivated with affection?
Compassion towards the helpless and friendship with the good.

What bestows happiness?
Friendship with good people. —Adi Shankara, Prasnottara Ratnamalika

Secret whispering kills friendship;

Counsel is ruined by garrulity (Talkativeness);

Waters break a bridge;

Cowards only are routed by a mere noise

–Katha Sari Sagara Story of the Monkey

The good are easily melted with compassion, and show causeless friendship to all.

–Introduction to Katha Sarit Sagara

Love for one’s equal is called friendship – Swami Chinmayananda

Why do friends go away?

When they get nothing from you, they go away.

—Katha Sarit Sagara

“Wealth obtained by oppression of subjects,

Friendship obtained by deceit

And lady love gained by violence

Will not remain long” (—Katha Sarit Sagara :

Story of the Three Fish)

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Bible on Friends: “Wealth makes many friends;

But a man without means loses the friend he has “– Proverbs 20,4