All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. Walt Disney
Walt Disney was an American motion-picture and television producer and showman, famous as a pioneer of cartoon films and as the creator of Disneyland.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford (1863-1947)
An American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the twentieth century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism”: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents. Ford left most of his vast wealth to the Ford Foundation and arranged for his family to control the company permanently. Ford was also widely known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I, and also for being the publisher of antisemitic texts such as the book The International Jew.
The more I read about him the more I think he was a big jerk.
A speech by Abraham Lincoln (played by the amazing Daniel Day Lewis) to the Congressman Thaddeus Stevens from the Pennsylvania (played by the equally amazing Tommy Lee Jones)
This whole scene, heck the whole movie shows why democracy often takes a meandering course to the right place, eventually.
A compass I learnt when I was surveying, it’ll… it’ll point you true north from where your standing, but it’s got no advice about the swamps, deserts and chasms that you’ll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp, what’s the use of knowing true north? Abraham Lincoln
Here are how the actors looked when they portrayed these men for the movie Lincoln.
And of course the YouTube clip from the movie.
Sorry folks for no original content lately, am putting the finishing touches on my science fiction novel, Scouts Out. Which is currently available on this blog, but soon I will be sending it off to smashwords and you will no longer be able to read it for free. Of course it might not be worth a red cent, so if you have any curiosity you can begin reading it here. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.