Mistake most people make-they underestimate themselves.

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“Deep within man dwell these slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him…,forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.”~Orison Swett Marden 

“My daddy is very important” said a pretty little girl at a children’s party in Denmark; “he is in a very high office for the king. Some people’s last name ends in the letters “sen” and they will never amount to anything. We have to work hard to keep those kind of people down, because they are not related to aristocracy.

“But my papa can buy a hundred dollars’ worth of bonbons, and give them away to children,” angrily exclaimed the daughter of the rich merchant Petersen. “Can your papa do that?”

“Yes,” chimed in the daughter of an editor, “my papa can write about your papa and everybody’s papa in the newspaper. All sorts of people are afraid of him, my papa says, for he can do as he likes with the paper.”

“Oh, if I could be one of them!” thought a little boy peeping through the crack of the door, by permission of the cook for whom he had been turning the spit. But no, his parents had not even a penny to spare, and his name ended in “sen.”

Years afterwards when the children of the party had become men and women, some of them went to see a splendid house, filled with all kinds of beautiful and valuable objects. There they met the owner, once the very boy who thought it so great a privilege to peep at them through a crack in the door as they played. He had become the great sculptor Thorwaldsen.

This sketch is adapted from a story by a poor Danish cobbler’s son, another whose name did not keep him from becoming famous,—Hans Christian Andersen. With quotes from Orison Swett Marden


  1. This sort of boundary % black and white is sometimes quite troublesome. But, I do think it is good to open your blog/journal for comments, coz somehow it is still very encouraging to have people responding to what you have wrote. ^^ eh…well, just feel you are a very poor guy… having to reply to dozens of “messages” everyday, which seems never-ending…sigh… T_T honestly, I feel frustrated whenever I come across “comments” like these… it is just like a cycle… newbies step into the gothic & lolita field. After acquiring certain knowledge about the scene, they start to fighting against each other verbally with a view to confirm theirselves as an eligible one…And one more thing, it’s a trend I guess. Many people nowadays are impulse-driven: Responding without reading and thinking thoroughly about the 6Ws. (that’s why I say you are poor)XDXD~ perhaps let’s put an end to this discussion, shall we? because the next debate will be staged somewhere again one day UNLESS we all learn how to accept and appreciate others. ^^”p.s. my comments are in fact very local and rude( in cantonese~ because I was too tired when I gave the comment~ )

  2. kargi postia..am mobiecxus rcheva daigebebi amovida yelshi. gvesmis ro gamocdileba bevrs shveba, magram axali dro modis da taobebi icvlebian, amas ver sheeguvnen ra. ://

  3. We looooove this stowie, and Hans Christian Andersen, and Danny Kaye, too! 🙂

    On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM, Give me 5 minutes a day and I’ll give you

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