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Learning

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There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.   Will Rogers

William Penn Adair Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. He was a Cherokee citizen born in the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.

 

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Men

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Remember those black-and-white films with Frank Sinatra? Those guys looked like men and they were only 27! Listen to Otis Redding singing ‘Try A Little Tenderness’. That was a man who understood what a man has to know in the world. Show me a real man now! Where are they?  Chrissie Hynde

Christine Ellen “Chrissie” Hynde (born September 7, 1951) is an American musician who is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Pretenders.  Inspired by hippie counter-culture, Hynde worked in London with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at their punk-themed clothing store, SEX. In 1978, she formed her own band, The Pretenders, with Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott and Martin Chambers. As singer, songwriter and guitarist, she has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history. She has also released a number of hits with other musicians including Frank Sinatra and UB40. Hynde and The Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Repair

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.   Frederick Douglass   (February 1818 – February 20, 1895)  was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman.  After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.

Various sites about his life including this one from the History Channel.

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A tinted version of a picture of Fredrick Douglas

 

 

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Ought

The best men know that they are very far from what they ought to be; and the very worst think that, if they were a very little better, they should be as good as they need be. James Anthony Froude

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Effect

I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they frighten me” Duke of Wellington, in reference to his own army.