Ana Frith pearl of wisdom

A M Frith – Pearl of Wisdom


Ana Frith

Pearl of Wisdom

When things get tough, many people turn to a motivational quote for a bit of encouragement. Some of these "pearl of wisdom" have become celebrated parts of society’s glossary. Some include:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison


But out of all of the things that people famous, influential, and otherwise have to say, what makes some turns of phrase so powerful that they become mantras for generations?

“As O.J. Simpson’s lawyer once said, ‘If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit.’ The study shows that the way an idea is expressed can affect judgments about its merit,” he says. A more upbeat and motivational example is, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” by Napoleon Hill.

Metaphor use can also make a simple idea compelling. When people talking about business say that you should “skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been”—or when they just talk about “dropping the ball”—they are making implied comparisons to sports. A metaphor usually succeeds by making its subject more visible, or by making it simpler, or by caricaturing it, Farnsworth says. The quote “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” would be far less powerful or evocative if it stopped after the first sentence. (by :

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