Saturday, May 31, 2008

Napoleaon Hill's view on Time

I am deeply saddened by the murder of an ex-neighbour, Alison Fisher Lall. She used to babysit my children when they were young. Certainly shook my kids.

A friend emailed me this piece from 1921 about time that I thought was appropriate to share. Seems time is timeless.

Time by: Napoleon Hill

"Time flies, you say-ah no! Time stays, but we go."

Time is the only priceless treasure in the universe! Time is the friend of all who are true unto themselves and who play the game of life squarely with their fellowmen, but it is the mortal enemy of all who cheat and all who try to GET without GIVING a fair equivalent.

Time heals wounded hearts, rebuilds lost faith and eradicates hatred, envy and jealousy. Time strikes the scales of ignorance from the eyes and reveals to all who will see, the beauty and glory and happiness that are born of wholesome love for humanity.

Time is the mighty hand that rocks the eternal cradle of progress and nurses struggling humanity through that period during which man needs protection against his own ignorance.

Time softens the human heart and separates man from his baser animal instincts. Fortunate is the man who learns, before the age of forty, the cleansing value of time.

Without the aid of Time the Law of Compensation falls flat and becomes practically inoperative. Time is forever changing, tearing down and re-building mankind, therefore no man can be properly judged except he be weighed over a considerable period of time.

Character, good or bad, is the sum total of the handiwork of Time, through the aid of which one's thoughts and acts have been slowly woven into character. Time builds character out of whatever it finds to work with, but never goes outside of one's own thoughts and acts for material.

Time compensates the human race for all its virtues and exacts appropriate penalties for all its mistakes. That which it doesn't pay back to or exact from the individual it hands to or collects from the community.

"If I had the time to learn from you How much for comfort my word would do; And I told you then of my sudden will To kiss your feet when I did you ill - If tears aback of the bravado Could force their way and let you know - Brothers, the souls of us all would chime If we had the time!"

Source: Napoleon Hill's Magazine. September, 1921, Volume I, Number 5, pg. 29.


At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


This is a very disconcerting event to deal with. Losing a person so close to family, especially is such a manner is definitely something that no one should have to endure. Our best wishes go out to your family and hers.


At 5:21 PM, Blogger Benjamin Bach said...

A very powerful quote from Hill

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been an avid follower of your blog since the Globe and Mail article. I am always impressed at how much you manage to get accomplished despite the many demands on your time. To be honest, I assumed you didn't have any kids, so I was surprised to see that you mentioned children in this post (I'm sorry to hear of your connection to the tragedy in Calgary). As a young father I struggle to balance my family responsibilities with my professional workload, a desire to maintain physical (and spiritual) fitness, as well as a love of learning. I would be very interested in any future posts that could shed some light on how you address these work/life and work/family balance issues.
Best regards,


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