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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants


The Way to See Farther...
This is one of my favorite quotes. It has been attested to many people. As best I can tell, Bernardus Silvestis, a 12th century scholatic, is the original author. If anyone knows otherwise, let me know.

This idea gives me humility.
For I do see farther (note: Not further!) then many of those who have gone before. But it is not by dint of my own Herculean efforts. It is becaues I stand on their shoulders. I benefit from their wisdom, their experiene, their lessons, their insights -- all which has been passed on to those who are curious enough to learn.

This idea gives me direction.
I will see farther as I find good shoulders on which to stand. Who are the GIANTS on whom I will stand? Who are the wise guides from whom I will learn? Who will be the great conversationalists of the past with whom I will dialogue? 

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