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Daemon
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Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)
Applause

I am not a genius. I am just a tremendous bundle of experience - Richard Fuller.
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:22:29 AM
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I guess that this quotation applies to intelligent, thoughtful, and decent politicians who run against idiots in elections, and then those idiots are elected by the people.

No wonder Winston Churchill said that democracy is the worst form of government -- except for all the other forms.
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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:47:37 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


Sometimes someone's success is the only fault that we really have against lucky ones. Idiots... Sorry, can't help it.
curmudgeonine
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:15:25 AM

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It can apply to politics, but also to private life.
jcbarros
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:32:00 AM

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Hahaha... that's a great truth!!!Drool
jcbarros
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:44:09 AM

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Maybe we are more idiot than they are. Anxious
Pieter_Hove
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:13:13 AM

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Wow, I don't want to face such an experience. I would call myself a thousand times an idiot.
Klaas V
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:22:58 AM

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curmudgeonine wrote:
It can apply to politics, but also to private life.

Not to speak about the private life of politicians, spending tax money paid by people who voted them and who not voted them together.

Finance Department only has suppliers, no clients.

With maybe the exception of the unasked there just isn't such thing available as a dumb question - Z4us
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I'd rather be an idiot and succeed than a wise man and fail. I think thats what the quote is trying to say.
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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 11:32:14 AM

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If I may:
"Nothing is more contemporary than seeing idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in."
₹Endi₹ wrote:
I'd rather be an idiot and succeed than a wise man and fail. I think thats what the quote is trying to say.

Whatever you say, dummy.

Make every post as if it was the first one in the thread.
Christian Schmidt Q.
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


Oh, but YES, there's something more humiliating: To have to admit "A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another." (Definition of envy in "The Free Dictionary")
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Rien n'est humiliant comme de voir les sots réussir dans les entreprises où l'on échoue.

Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
A wonderful work from Flauber "Sentimental Education" (1869) Pt. 1 Ch. 5

Sentimental Education was in many ways a fictionalized autobiography of Flaubert, documenting both his unrequited love for a married woman as well as the social and political climate of the 1840s, when his friendship with Elise was flourishing. In 1848, students and the working class revolted against the increasingly oppressive regime of King Louis Philippe. The king fled, and a provisional government stepped in, promoting socialist ideals. This government soon gave way to the Second French Republic, led by Louis Napoleon, which lasted only until 1851. Part Three of Sentimental Education takes place during this Second Republic, with many of the novel’s events lining up with historical events of the time. Ultimately, the Second Republic toppled, and the Second French Empire, with Louis Napoleon, now Napoleon III, at the helm, began in 1851. Flaubert intended Sentimental Education to provide a scathing picture of bourgeois society during this time, a society that he criticized as being vapid and unrefined.

(http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/sentimental/context.html)
seemo74
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True .
WanglerExtraordinaire
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Thus describes my humility with the stock market. d'oh!

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Christian Schmidt Q. wrote:
Daemon wrote:
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


Oh, but YES, there's something more humiliating: To have to admit "A feeling of discontent and resentment aroused by and in conjunction with desire for the possessions or qualities of another." (Definition of envy in "The Free Dictionary")


BINGO

That was a back-thought of mine, too, a few hours ago. And I'm not envious at you mentioning it first.
NagatoNoChikara
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 3:15:24 PM
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I don't usually write comments about quotations. But this is so true. However, it can be interpretated in many ways as the number of people's experiences.
In my opinion it refers to the fact that sometimes idiots are more fortunate than keen people because they can cope obstacles without thinking or being undecided. While an intelligent person,who computes every enterprise, can clog his path by being too much iffy and that leads to fail sometimes.. Do you know the motto '' blessed ignorance"?
Dr. Mohammed Albadri
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:21:42 PM

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What kinds of idiots those who succeed where we fail?? are they really the fool or ......!!!? .
mirilli
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:52:19 PM

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jcbarros wrote:
Maybe we are more idiot than they are. Anxious


Applause Applause Applause Applause
Verbatim
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:20:41 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


Nothing is more humiliating... Indeed, to see idiots (check definition) succeed where we failed must be most humiliating for our failure and to ourselves:
something akin to being sub-idiots.
Al Rizwaan
Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:39:14 PM

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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


I really enjoy the quote, it's genius!

The more we know, the stronger we are in our choices. But how can you know the result of every choices??
Bertoray
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Being more clever, the wiser man will cite a laundry list of reasons* he was unable to succeed at the task which the idiot accomplished.


*Excuses
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true
Verbatim
Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 2:08:14 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


On the other hand, failing to see one's own humiliation under the circumstances of the quotation is idiotic.
William39
Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:54:17 PM

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Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

My perception:

Hurt pride and sense of superiority, just a habit of some Homo sapiens. We "people" have the capacity of any subterfuge just to mask our weaknesses...
Klaas V
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William (welcome btw) wrote have the capacity of any subterfuge just to mask our weaknesses... and emphasize our strengths

With maybe the exception of the unasked there just isn't such thing available as a dumb question - Z4us
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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:08:06 AM

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So true.

**DISCLAIMER**
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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:08:08 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)


...except listening to the same idiots tell in great detail the secret of their success.Dancing
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