Six Mistakes of Man

This started out just to post Six Mistakes of Man: Cicero, but my search lead me down parallel paths.

So I give you both:

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Cicero

Six Mistakes of Man: Cicero or The Seven Mistakes of Life: Bernard Meador?

Six Mistakes of Man

  1. The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others.
  2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
  3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
  4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
  5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.
  6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

The “Six Mistakes of Man” is spuriously attributed to Cicero. This list was part of a book written by Bernard Meador in 1914 entitled “Secrets of Personal Culture and Business Power”, and advertised in various labor and trade union journals in the 1910’s. It was published as a list of 7 items, and “The Seven Mistakes of Life” was one of the chapters in this book that looked at each point in detail

(see this advertisement from 1916 for reference). Click to enlarge.

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Journals, books, and editorials don’t start attributing this list to Cicero until the 1940’s. -HanClinto (talk)

The Seven Mistakes of Life

  1. The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others down.
  2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
  3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we ourselves cannot accomplish it.
  4. Attempting to compel other men to believe and live as we do.
  5. Neglect in developing and refining the mind by not acquiring the habit of reading fine literature.
  6. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences, in order that important things may be accomplished.
  7. The failure to establish the habit of saving money.

They are both good advice and show the danger of trying to personally own a set of thoughts.