Mantra - Give More Praise

^z 18th August 2023 at 8:54pm

Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), first Duke of Wellington, was asked in his later years, "If you had your life over again, is there any way in which you could have done better?" He replied: "Yes, I should have given more praise." Such a wonderful turnabout-inversion from a self-oriented question!

(another delightful example of modesty: the Postscript of a letter Arthur sent to his brother Henry in 1814: "I believe I forgot to tell you I was made a Duke."; and cf ImprovingMyMind (2003-06-22), WeeBitMoreComplicated (2007-08-29), Franklin on Pride (2008-06-03), Kundun (2010-03-31), Great Understatement (2011-05-04), John Archibald Wheeler 1985 Letter (2011-09-05), Mantra - Love, Simplicity, Humility (2016-03-29), ...) - ^z - 2019-07-28