Fence Nails

Success through verbal and physical wounds


There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same.”

When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.




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Hope is a very unruly emotion. - Gloria Steinem

Success is dependent on effort. - Sophocles

Men are born to succeed, not to fail. - Henry David Thoreau

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Character is not what you are in the dark. - Unknown

She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B. - Dorothy Parker

Friends are God's apology for relatives. - Hugh Kingsmill

Character is much easier kept than recovered. - Thomas Paine

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. - Christopher Lasch

The road to success is always under construction. - Lily Tomlin

The essential thing is not knowledge, but character. - Joseph Le Conte

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? - George Carlin

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. - Albert Einstein

Meet success like a gentleman and disaster like a man. - Lord Birkenhead

If you don't try, you can't fail... or succeed. - Unknown

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. - Alexander Graham Bell

Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success. - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

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The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. - John Foster Dulles


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19-Jul-2018