Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to his Son

Book notes for "Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to his Son", by
George Horace Lorimer


Last annotated on January 15, 2017

Nothing earns better interest than judicious questions, and the man who
invests in more knowledge of the business than he has to have in order
to hold his job has capital with which to buy a mortgage on a better
one. location 857

I simply mention Lem in passing as an example of the fact that when
you're through sizing up the other fellow, it's a good thing to step
back from yourself and see how you look. Then add fifty per cent. to
your estimate of your neighbor for virtues that you can't see, and
deduct fifty per cent. from yourself for faults that you've missed in
your inventory, and you'll have a pretty accurate result. location 1296

The one important thing for you to remember all the time is not to
forget. It's easier for a boss to do a thing himself than to tell some
one twice to do it. Petty details take up just as much room in a
manager's head as big ideas; and the more of the first you store for
him, the more warehouse room you leave him for the second. location 1332

Some men do a day's work and then spend six lolling around admiring it.
They rush at a thing with a whoop and use up all their wind in that. And
when they're rested and have got it back, they whoop again and start off
in a new direction. They mistake intention for determination, and after
they have told you what they propose to do and get right up to doing it,
they simply peter out. location 1441

There's nothing in this talk that two can live cheaper than one. A good
wife doubles a man's expenses and doubles his happiness, and that's a
pretty good investment if a fellow's got the money to invest. location

It was pretty rough sailing, you bet, but one way and another we managed
to get a good deal of satisfaction out of it, because we had made up our
minds to take our fun as we went along. With most people happiness is
something that is always just a day off. But I have made it a rule never
to put off being happy till to-morrow. Don't accept notes for happiness,
because you'll find that when they're due they're never paid, but just
renewed for another thirty days. location 1808

A married man is worth more salary than a single one, because his wife
makes him worth more. He's apt to go to bed a little sooner and to get
up a little earlier; to go a little steadier and to work a little harder
than the fellow who's got to amuse a different girl every night, and
can't stay at home to do it. location 1835