Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
I love this quote because it correctly attacks narrow-mindedness of judging people by their capital. Many people think that more resourceful pals are more skillful, otherwise they wouldn't have more money, but this logic isn't always right, instead many stupids and morons have got appreciations from others unfairly only because of this weak logic.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
While you think of overcoming your difficulties, you might fall in anger and temper, thus you forget about your initial goal and you aim destroying people who caused you those difficulties. Enemies are embarrassing you and you want to get freedom again, not destroy people, so why not making them friends?
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
Words are just words. If you try to become a better person, smarter or wealthier, you will make others uncomfortable with themselves, because you will be better than them. They won't tolerate this, they will take revenge by badmouthing you, but in the end of the day only facts will matter, not words.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Everybody who does business forgets that there are many thieves outside, those who become powerful forget that rich corrupters and criminals exist. One of my friend's business is stolen today. Sometimes popularity harms. This doesn't mean you shouldn't become more successful though, just hide your success.
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