Working on the Railroad
I recently found this tiny 1961 Cottonbelt Route rail employee's daybook for 99 cents on ebay. It arrived yesterday and I was quite amused by the motivational quotes on every page, which read a bit like fortune cookie slips but also seem so much more grounded than some of those silly motivational posters found in offices today. It also recalled my great uncle Frank, who worked for the railroads in North Dakota and enjoyed it thoroughly, as well as another family ancestor who was unfortunately killed one winter while working on the rails in NoDak. Oh, and let's not forget some of my memorable Amtrak adventures - some of these quotes would have been useful to share with their employees!
Here are a few:
- A cup must be bitter that a smile will not sweeten.
- He that grasps too much holds nothing.
- Prosperity gains friends; adversity tries them.
- No one has ever injured another through silence. (Perhaps this quote was included after employees complained about some of the chatterboxes they had to travel with for many miles?)
- A man never appreciates ashes until he slips on ice.
- A bold attempt is half of success.
Do you have any pithy advice to share with us today?