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By Nancy Polanski on May 1, 2017

Something to think about.

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Imagenap
Apr 30, 2017 7:02 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes.

-- Lord Halifax (Edward Wood) (1881-1959) British Foreign Secretary
ImageZanymuse
May 1, 2017 9:04 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
This quote merits an explanation from someone who understands what noise merit makes.
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Imagenap
May 1, 2017 7:57 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Hmmm. I looked up the definition of merit and it doesn't say it makes any noise ( Hilarious! ) - "the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward"

So I think I'll take a guess that noisy praise or reward means making your own, rather than waiting for someone else to make it.
ImageZanymuse
May 1, 2017 9:34 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
I don't see this as a "don't toot your own horn" type quote. Shrug! This seems to be saying that the more merit a thought, action or event holds, the less "noise" it makes. That just does not seem right to me.
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May 2, 2017 11:22 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
This is another one of those times that I wish Sharon were here to pop in and set us straight. She always figured out the best answer. And this is a quote that she selected.

I'm still thinking that if something or someone deserves merit, it's better given without a whole lot of fanfare.
ImageZanymuse
May 2, 2017 12:01 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
You are right. We need a Sharon explanation.

I see it as just the opposite. An Idea or accomplishment of merit should be heralded far and wide so that it can reach to the far corners of the world. Not to bring praise or glory to the person, but to the thing of merit, finding a cure for a disease, a way to end world hunger, solving the need for clean and affordable energy. . . the person who discovered or created the solutions (things of merit) may not receive recognition or fanfare, but the thing of merit should be sent out into the world with a whole lot of NOISE!

This quote may make more sense in it's original context. Shrug!
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May 2, 2017 6:39 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
You know what? I think Lord Halifax didn't have a clue about what this quote means. Thumbs down I don't know who he was, but I Googled him and he said a lot of other stuff I don't much get either.
ImageZanymuse
May 2, 2017 9:50 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Well, the quote was of merit, in that it made us stop and think. Hilarious!
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ImageMoonhowl
May 16, 2017 8:38 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
This is one Sharon and I discussed one evening ( just another thing I sorely miss Sad )

the conclusion we came to: It means that truly competent people don’t talk about how great they are. Actions speak louder than words.
What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageZanymuse
May 16, 2017 9:34 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Thumbs up Moon, the merit is in the action, not the actor.
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ImageMoonhowl
May 16, 2017 11:53 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Exactly. As the old saying goes, actions speak louder and more honestly than words. Smiling
What I don't know is why books are written.

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