Not Because They Are Easy, But Because They Are Hard

May 25th, 2011 by Potato

Today is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s speech at Rice.

My favourite part of the speech — I’m sure the favourite of many — is in the title. There are many situations where those words apply, from choosing worthwhile courses over electives with easy marks, to bike routes for your daily work-out.

My second-favourite part:

We have had our failures, but so have others, even if they do not admit them.

One Response to “Not Because They Are Easy, But Because They Are Hard”

  1. Jenn Says:

    Well chosen favorites! I think I like the second one because it levels the playing field somehow. Even someone going around with an air of perfection has their flaws. Reminds me of when I was in highschool and getting picked on – my dad always told me to remember – ‘they poo too’. Perhaps JFK’s way of saying it is a touch more dignified… :)