Punchy Proverbs of the Week

Well, here they are, randomly chosen from the book:

Money doesn’t make friends; it buys acquaintances.

The conceited do not suffer from too much self-esteem, but too little.

One of the rarest gifts in the world is most often overlooked, greatly downplayed, and hardly practiced. It is the gift of listening.

~ Punchy Proverbs of the Week

I think I suffer from the last proverb.

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12 Responses to “Punchy Proverbs of the Week”


  1. 1 themofman June 5, 2013 at 01:54

    Oh, as for Boesky, he got busted for insider trading. He did 3 years in prison and never recovered from the scandal. Stone made that film to drive a valuable point about good old-fashioned decency. I can at least say that it hasn’t been lost on me.

    • 2 Professor VJ Duke June 5, 2013 at 14:31

      His grin didn’t last long, then!

  2. 3 feelingjoy June 4, 2013 at 04:26

    Hi Professor. I like your punchy proverbs of the week! I agree with the last one (the gift of listening). Many times when I worked with my spiritual teacher I was shown when I wasn’t listening. I definitely had a deaf ear when my teacher was showing me something about myself that I didn’t want to see. I’ve learned this doesn’t do me any good! I choose to be a good listener and this is something I work at. :)
    Thank you for visiting my blog and the like. Pam

    • 4 Professor VJ Duke June 4, 2013 at 13:41

      Definitely, Pam. Listening is a struggle–even for this professor! ;) I think we all have to work on seeing what we don’t want to see!

  3. 5 themofman June 4, 2013 at 00:45

    Who said the first two, Gordon Gekko?

    • 6 Professor VJ Duke June 4, 2013 at 13:40

      Now who is Gordon Gekko?

      • 7 themofman June 5, 2013 at 01:46

        Weeelllllll!

        Gordon Gekko is a fictional character from an old Oliver Stone film called Wall Street. To this day, many see GG as an anti-hero. Personally, I see him as scum.

        Stone based GG on a number of real-life cu-throat the stockbrokers, perhaps particularly Wall Street tycoon Ivan Boesky. The character was portrayed by Michael Douglas in 1987 so impressively that GG practically became a household name in North America, and any American who remotely thinks, speaks or otherwise behaves like GG is often referred to as Gordon Gekko. Douglas reprised the role in the 2010 sequel.

        In the first film, this dangerously charismatic scoundrel interrupted a Tedlar Paper shareholder’s meeting of pretty bad news with the following attention-grabbing speech:

        “The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.”

        In the film, if I remember correctly, the umpteen shareholders listening applauded afterwards. In real life, that speech, in its brain-seering delivery as only Douglas could have done it, has become the defining monologue of every American politician and fortune 500 member, and a reason why Occupy Wall Street and all of its spin-off demonstrations around the world kicked off. The speech was inspired by Boesky who stated the following at a 1986 University of California, Berkeley School of Business commencement ceremony:

        “I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.”

        I’ve seen the video of that speech. Boesky was grinning from ear-to-ear when he said it. The faculty and students applauded him most vigorously afte he finished the first sentence, forcing him to struggle to get the second one out.

        These are not good speeches in terms of ethics. What is so socially and politically profound about these speeches is that they unquestionably contain some measure of truth to them, and certainly epitomize how certain people think in this world in which there are others who unfortunately keep asking, “What is wrong with the world?” That’s why they’re still popular.

        Just try to see how either speech comes across if it were you who said it.
        For example, as a dedicated commercial and visual artist and lover of the arts, I would say the GG speech like this:

        “Art, is good. Art is right, art works. Art clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Art, in all of its forms; art for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And art, you mark my words, is responsible for our species advancement through 100,000 years without complete self-anihilation.”

      • 8 Professor VJ Duke June 5, 2013 at 14:30

        I see, dear soul. But, pray, how does that relate to the proverbs?

  4. 9 Redo You Project June 4, 2013 at 00:20

    Thank you for your visit to Redo! We’ll be sharing visits as we go here.

    Take care,
    Jeff
    Redo…

    • 10 Professor VJ Duke June 4, 2013 at 13:40

      Absolutely!

  5. 11 L. Marie June 3, 2013 at 14:58

    Great thoughts!

    • 12 Professor VJ Duke June 3, 2013 at 15:51

      Thank you! But I really owe it to V. Shnodgrate! ;)


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