… but then remembered what I had chosen as my watch word: “Video Et Taceo” — “I see and say nothing.”
It was my task to make them relax, assure them that in my presence they need only be themselves.
That which is most pleasing disappears too soon.
“The rest of my secret is this: Rise early, go to bed likewise, and if you want to prosper, keep your eyes open an dyour mouth shut.”
I was ever the realist, sometimes to my sorrow. But seldom to my regret.
It is wisdom to mask one's weaknesses from others, but only a fool masks them from herself
The only trait that was consistent throughout her life was a superb ability to judge character and to select exactly the right people to serve in the right capacity, thereby getting the most out of the varied talents that surrounded her.