Josiah Audette

"Aware of the past, curious about the future, ready to argue the present." Tocqueville

Month: March, 2013

Richest Man in Babylon

The following is from Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason.

Lo, Money is plentiful
for those who understand
the simple rules of its acquisition.
Start thy purse to fattening.
Control thy expenditures
Make thy gold multiply
Guard thy treasures from loss
Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment
Insure future income
Increase thy ability to earn.
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I Am Called Habit

I am your constant companion,
I am your greatest helper or your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am at your command.

Half of the tasks that you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed, you must merely be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done; after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people and alas of all failures as well.

I am not a machine, but I work with all the precision of a machine, plus the intelligence of a person.
Now you may run me for profit or you may run me for ruin.
It makes no difference to me.
Take me, train, me, be firm with me, and I will lay the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I? I am called Habit.