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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The best revenge is massive success. - Frank Sinatra

Sweat plus sacrifice equals success. - Charlie Finley

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

A patient man will ultimately succeed. - Unknown

Success and failure are equally disastrous. - Tennessee Williams

Failure changes for the better, success for the worse. - Marcus Annaeus Seneca

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

Joy is one of the only emotions you can't contrive. - Bono

Everybody has an addiction, mine happens to be success. - Drake

In Hollywood, a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk. - Rita Rudner

Initiative is to success what a lighted match is to a candle. - Orlando A Battista

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Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal. - Earl Nightingale

The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. - Albert Einstein

You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing. - Dale Carnegie

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. - Dale Carnegie

What a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised! - Colette

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Success is not the absence of failure; it's the persistence through failure. - Alisha Tyler

You can only go as high on the leadership ladder as your character will allow you. - John C Maxwell

It's what we do when we don't succeed that determines whether we will succeed. - Dave Williams

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Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Lately all my friends are worried they're turning into their fathers. I'm worried I'm not. - Dan Zevin

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A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. - Elbert Hubbard

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14-Apr-2021