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"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you

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Felix Escobar

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Transcript of "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you

"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do"
- Walter Bagehot

The Quote
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do"
-Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot
February 3, 1826 – March 24, 1877
Born in Langport, Somerset, England
British journalist, businessman, and essayist, who wrote extensively about government, economics, and literature.
One of the most influential journalists of the mid-victorian period
As a child he went to Langport Grammar School
At 13 he was sent to Bristol College, one of the best schools in Great Britain
Received an intense grounding in philosophy, mathematics, literature, the classics, and the new natural sciences.
Where It Came From
This quote is from the essay “Shakespeare: The Individual” by Walter Bagehot.
It was published in “Estimates of some Englishmen and Scotchmen” by Walter Bagehot.
This quote was taken from one of his books on page 272. The complete paragraph was The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. Why did Mr. Disraeli take the duties of the Exchequer with so much relish ? Because people said he was a novelist, an ad capfandum man, and — monstrutn horrendum! — a Jew, that could not add up. No doubt it pleased his inmost soul to do the work of the redtape people better than those who could do nothing else.
What It Means
Basically, what this quote means is that the best feeling in life can be attained through showing people that said you couldn't, that you actually could.
Proving people wrong and not limiting yourself by what others say you should and can or cannot do.
You should define yourself and when ever someone tells you that you aren't capable of doing something, show them that you can do it and that you can even do it better. Showing people that you are capable of doing what they think you can't is better than any revenge because you showed them that they were wrong, and you may have even gained a few things in the process.
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In Conclusion...
Don't limit yourself by what has already been done and what others believe you can do. Break boundaries and create new standards to prove that you're 100% capable and to have the satisfaction of being able to say "I did it."
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