Monday, February 20, 2006 02/24/06-Common sense

In today's excerpt, Ulysses Grant, one of the greatest generals and leaders in military history, is remembered for his common sense:

"Common sense--time and again observers used this term to describe Grant's approach to generalship. There was no attempt to ape Napoleon or Wellington; no elaborate references to the exploits of legend; the general was just 'a plain businessman of the republic' getting things done. 'Dash is handsome, genius glorious,' one officer remarked; 'but modest, old-fashioned, everyday sense is the trump, after all.' Newspaper correspondent William Shanks agreed: 'His wisdom is that which results from a combination of common sense trained to logical reflection with practical observation. He deals with all questions in a plain, business-like manner, and in a systematic style, which enables him to dispatch a great deal of business in a very short time.' "

Brooks D. Simpson, Ulysses S. Grant, Houghton Mifflin, 2000, p. 459


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