HeartNote, January 10, 2019: “A Man’s First Care…”

Updated: Jan 15, 2019

In high school, I met a man named Frank McNaughton, and we became friends. He was in his seventies. He was a congressional correspondent for Time magazine from 1940 to 1954.

He inhaled knowledge. And recorded it. After his death in 1977, his wife gave me two books of quotations that Frank assembled. He and I spent afternoons together, he trying to explain some of his favorites to me.

I’ve kept his books of quotations with me for over forty years.

I will pass these on to you, once a week or so. Frank would have loved that.

I’ll start with this:

“A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart; his next to escape the censures of the world; if the last interferes with the former, it ought to be entirely neglected; but otherwise there cannot be a greater dissatisfaction to an honest mind than to see those approbations which it gives itself being seconded by the applauses of the public.” -Sir Roger at the Azzizes, (Addison, 1913.)

Here’s the translation: Believe in your feelings. Don’t be bothered by what others say. Don’t compromise what your heart tells you to be in agreement with others. Be yourself.

Yeah, that’s the interpretation. But is this one of the coolest ways you’ve ever seen it written?

HeartNotes just got more classy. Thank you, Frank McNaughton.


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