Tag Archives: Pride

Thought For the Day: Wrongs Are Often Forgiven, But Contempt Never Is. Our Pride Remembers It Forever

“Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.” -Lord Chesterfield, statesman and writer (22 Sep 1694-1773)

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Waters of Life

Waters of Lifeby Michael DoyleNavigating the waters of lifeFrom dreams of others comes lateThe sacrifices are not in vainFor the dreams and nightmares on the mainTo open one’s eyes and seeThe rebirth needed for eternityDreaming of the endless nightThe one … Continue reading

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Scaling the New Heights of the Dawn Wall

(Scaling the New Heights of the) Dawn Wallby Michael DoyleIn the dawn of winterWe scaled the face of the wallLearning to never pause in winterWe rose above Yosemite’s fallCapturing the dreams of our own storyFinding the way through until the … Continue reading

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Turning the Impossible

Turning the Impossibleby Michael DoyleIn all of our daysLet us lift our voices in praiseLike the Lion of JudahRaises our valleysAnd lowers our mountainsGaining vantage that we might seeTurning our impossibleInto all our needed miraclesWith the faith of a mustard … Continue reading

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First Principles: There Can Be No Greater Error Than To Expect, or Calculate Upon Real Favors From Nation To Nation

“There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favours from Nation to Nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.” – George Washington (1796)

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A Life Lived Publicly

A Life Lived Publiclyby Michael DoyleWe walk through life brisklyThinking thoughts ironicallyAbout a life lived publiclyWhen it cannot be lived privatelyThere are eyes most everywhereAs the cameras blink and others stareIt only works if we live comfortablyWith the feeling we’re … Continue reading

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First Principles: Men Must Be Ready…To Sacrifice Their Private Pleasures…When They Stand In Competition With the Rights of Society

“Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society.” – John Adams (1776)

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The Devil Tempts

The Devil Temptsby Michael DoyleThe Devil tempts an overplayed handSomething that even kings understandThere is merit in finding humiliationIt leads us to patience and tolerationEach a step toward our maturationAs we learn to live lives of moderationSomehow…between our grief and … Continue reading

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A Servant of His People

A Servant of His Peopleby Michael DoyleMy hat is off to Volodymyr ZelenskyAs with his courage, he steps into historyHe has consistently proven his fitnessAs the heroic man becomes a remarkable witnessOnce a comedian who commanded laughterHe has proven himself … Continue reading

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A Brodsky View of the Pandemic

A Brodsky View of the Pandemicby Michael DoyleShow trial advances without stayCharges pressed without any delayThe time arrives to dispense all playIn a fluke filled with fearsCame the nice as if to cheersThat would repeat themselves through yearsQuickly then comes … Continue reading

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