“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

from Douglas Moore’s Art of Quotation. The same I might add can be said of judging anyone by the friends they surround themselves with.

Art of Quotation

“The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.”

Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian, diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, and writer


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a small world

because as often as we think we change, we remain who we always are

Leonard Durso

at a meeting
exploring options
talk swiftly changes
when business cards are exchanged
it’s that last name
bells ring
suddenly a call is made
across seas an ocean
seven hours away
and names faces
a world reappears
what was new
is now familiar
a small world
isn’t it
getting smaller every day
and suddenly
you are who you were
who you always
have been

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