Walden by Thoreau Part 7

1. “To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object. Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.”

2. “A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips;—not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.”

3. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.”

4. “It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women. It is time that villages were universities, and their elder inhabitants the fellows of universities, with leisure—if they are, indeed, so well off—to pursue liberal studies the rest of their lives.”

Hugh Simpson

Walden by Thoreau Part 6

1. “When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality. This is always exhilarating and sublime.”

2. “But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages.

3. And we are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us. The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us. Let us spend our lives in conceiving then.”

4. “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.”

5. “I do not wish to be any more busy with my hands than is necessary. My head is hands and feet. I feel all my best faculties concentrated in it.”

Hugh Simpson

99% Rise Up

I have to digress from sharing more of my new mentor THOREAU to again put in my two cents worth about this recent uproar about the 1%! To me it is about as newsworthy as under inflated footballs!

Evidently members of this new 99% Rise Up disrupted the Wednesday session of the US Supreme Court raving about the Court’s decision last year concerning how much businesses could contribute to campaigns.

So why not take this MISUSED energy and work to be NOT a part of the 99%?

I personally enjoy striving to reach the stratosphere of the 1%! I am sure in my wildest dreams I will never come close but it is FUN to play the GAME.

And regardless of what these raving SOCIALISTS think it is only a GAME! My mentor Donald Trump says we must NEVER forget it is just a GAME!

Why not become ENTREPRENEURS and raise money for their bleeding heart causes like ENTREPRENEURS 1%s Bill and Melinda Gates do! I commend Bill and Melinda and plan to checkout their new campaign mentioned at CNN last night – GLOBAL CITIZEN.

More THOREAU in next post unless something else interesting crosses my radar!

Could be Monday before next post as we are expecting freezing rain, sleet and snow here in the western North Carolina mountains!

Hugh Simpson

Walden by Thoreau Part 5

Yes today we are back to THOREAU!


1. “Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nine tomorrow. As for work, we haven’t any of any consequence. We have the Saint Vitus’ dance, and cannot possibly keep our heads still.”

2. “Hardly a man takes a half-hour’s nap after dinner, but when he wakes he holds up his head and asks, “What’s the news?” as if the rest of mankind had stood his sentinels.”

3. “For my part, I could easily do without the post-office. I think that there are very few important communications made through it. To speak critically, I never received more than one or two letters in my life—I wrote this some years ago—that were worth the postage.”

4. “And I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper. If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter—we never need read of another. One is enough.”

5. “To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea. Yet not a few are greedy after this gossip.”

More THOREAU in next post!

Hugh Simpson

Robbin’ Hood Obama

I had said that I was going to share more of my new hero and mentor HENRY DAVID THOREAU; however I must put in my two cents worth about Obama’s State of the Union message.

I guess we can now start calling Obama America’s new Robbin’ Hood. I like to think of it more Obama’s true SOCIALISTIC colors coming to roost in America!

He wants to GREATLY increase taxes on those earning $500,000 or more! Is he not aware that a MILLIONAIRE today is worth about $100,000 in 1960s dollars? In another words to be a 1960s MILLIONAIRE you have be a DECAMILLIONAIRE!

So $500,000 ain’t what it use to be!

If he and his SOCIALISTIC buddies think that HARDWORKING so called wealthy individuals are going to allow this to happen, he must be smoking what has admitted to smoking in the past!

It ain’t going to happen Robbin’ Hood Obama!

Promise you will get back to THOREAU in next post!

Hugh Simpson

Richest 1%

Just read an article on CNN saying by 2016 the richest 1% will own more than the other 99%.

This evidently accounts for 80 BILLIONAIRES and MULT-BILLIONAIRES.

So some person plans to raise holy hell about this at Davos next week. She wants these people to be STRIPPED of their wealth and give it to other 99%!

I don’t think so! It is about as stupid as some Democrat who wants the folks on Wall Street to ease the burden of the American MIDDLE CLASS!

Do not these bleeding LIBERALS realize that many of those in the RICHEST 1% are responsible for many of the other 99% having any way to bring in income to take care of their families? Certainly there are members of the RICHEST 1% that do NOT contribute to their fellow man but that is NOT for me to judge!

If MIDDLE CLASS Americans are still pursuing J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) mentality then so be it! I ain’t underwriting IDIOTS!

More from Thoreau in next post as I had planned before.

Hugh Simpson

Walden by Thoreau Part 4

Yes we are back to my new mentor: HENRY DAVID THOREAU:

1. “The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.”

2. “We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.”

3. “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.”

4. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

5. “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.”

More in next post!

Hugh Simpson

Passion for PERFECTION

Tom Peters nailed it: PASSION FOR PERFECTION! If for some reason you have never heard of TOM PETERS then Google him! Then read EVERY book he has authored!

Today you do NOT see PASSION FOR PERFECTION! My Mom was a true blue PERFECTIONIST and now her son has that same trait in him! Yes it can DEFINITELY be a HUGE pain in the a–!

This is especially with the high level of INDIFFERENCE and STUPIDITY we see today!

I agree with what my mentor King Solomon said about STUPID people: they should NOT be tolerated in a society!

I especially see this with DESIGNERS of products. Today I was trying to open a can of tuna with one of those pull top lids. Well this one must have been designed for Hercules or Zena to open! I’m pretty strong and I could not get the lid to budge. Finally I slipped a knife edge under the area where it normally pops open. I then was able to get it open!

Now the company that makes this can brags about how the size is just perfect for us “young seniors” to use without having to have leftover tuna. That’s true but most seniors don’t possess the strength of Hercules or Zena! They need to make sure the damn can will open easily for us!

So if you are a designer, would you at least run tests (lots of them!) with your target market BEFORE you hoist some so-called nifty designed item on us! Also will you test it over and over to make sure it does what you claim!

If you don’t then a hex upon you and your product/service!

More Thoreau in next post who would agree 100% with this post!

Hugh Simpson

Walden by Thoreau Part 3

If you think I LIKE Thoreau then you are 100% CORRECT!

1. “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.”

2. “Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. Nay, it is greatly overrated; and it is our selfishness which overrates it.”

3. “We should impart our courage, and not our despair, our health and ease, and not our disease, and take care that this does not spread by contagion.”

4. “But I would say to my fellows, once for all, As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.”

5. “The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour. Then there is least somnolence in us; and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night.”

6. “That man who does not believe that each day contains an earlier, more sacred, and auroral hour than he has yet profaned, has despaired of life, and is pursuing a descending and darkening way.”

7. “All memorable events, I should say, transpire in morning time and in a morning atmosphere. The Vedas say, “All intelligences awake with the morning.” Poetry and art, and the fairest and most memorable of the actions of men, date from such an hour.”

More Thoreau to come!

Hugh Simpson

PS. Still looking for people to review my new e/book coming out in January: Guaranteed Wealth Control. This little e-book will shake American corporations up! What I am revealing here has actually been stopped by the IRS under the pretense of the original author and his company participating in income tax evasion!

Walden by Thoreau Part 2

Sorry I have not been able to do this sooner. We just have had the Arctic Express barrel through western North Carolina for the past several days taking us to below ZERO where I am. I had to quickly learn how to turn off all water at our resort The Oaks before we had THOUSANDS of dollars worth of broken water pipes!

Here are some more quotes from my new mentor Henry David Thoreau:

1. “As with our colleges, so with a hundred “modern improvements”; there is an illusion about them; there is not always a positive advance.”

2. “A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince. Genius is not a retainer to any emperor, nor is its material silver, or gold, or marble, except to a trifling extent.”

3. “In short, I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one’s self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely; as the pursuits of the simpler nations are still the sports of the more artificial.”

4. “I would not have any one adopt my mode of living on any account; for, beside that before he has fairly learned it I may have found out another for myself, I desire that there may be as many different persons in the world as possible; but I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way, and not his father’s or his mother’s or his neighbor’s instead.”

5. “We may not arrive at our port within a calculable period, but we would preserve the true course.”

6. “Above all, as I have implied, the man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.”

Will have you a new Touchstone in my next post!

Hugh Simpson