Taking Action Without Thought

When I was a young teen-ager, I had a clear glass covering the top of my desk in my bedroom. From time to time, I would collect thoughts that made an impression on me and placed them under the glass so I could review them.

One of the quotes I saved under that glass may have a long-term effect on you—as it had on me. The quote I remember most came from Bernard Baruch, an advisor to presidents—among his many other achievements and contributions.

I quote Bernard Baruch: “I believe above all else in reason, in the power of the human mind to cope with the problems of life.

“To nothing so much as the abandonment of reason does humanity owe its sorrows.

“Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in public or private life, have been the consequence of action without thought.”

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