One evening on the way home from his office, Matthew Henry was robbed.

Before going to bed, he wrote in his diary, "Let me be thankful: First, because I was never robbed before.

Second, because although they took my money, they did not take my life.

Third, because although they took my all, it was not much.

And fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed."

Join Us To Receive Updates


The Stanford Story

Created on 27 January 2011
The President of Harvard made a mistake by prejudging people and it cost him dearly.

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the president's outer office.

The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge. She frowned. "We want to see the president," the man said softly. "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped. "We'll wait," the lady replied. For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn't. And the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted to do.

"Maybe if they just see you for a few minutes, they'll leave," she told him. And he sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, but he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office.

The president, stern-faced with dignity, strutted toward the couple. The lady told him, "We had a son that attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago he was accidentally killed. And my husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus." The president wasn't touched--he was shocked.

"Madam," he said gruffly, "We can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery." "Oh, no," the lady explained quickly, "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.

The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical plant at Harvard."

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. He could get rid of them now. And the lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a University? Why don't we just start our own?" Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.

And Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the University that bears their name, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

Simple Mistakes That Cost A Lot!
  • Xpressions
  • Menu
  • Inspiring Life

We meet to create memories and we depart to preserve them.To meet and depart is

Dont sell life short

Everywhere you go there are opportunities for new richness. In everything you do

Push yourself

Success wouldn't have the glory without the struggle.You will never fall if you


If I knew as a child what I know now,Mom, I probably wouldn't have madethings so

Stack of cards

Life can be compared to a stack of cards;Where the choices are limited:You did n

He Played His Best

This is the story of Robby. He was a young boy who lived with his elderly mother

Logical Solution

This is worth reading…never underestimate your customer's complaint, no ma

Meaning Of Life

An eight-year-old boy approached an old man in front of a wishing well, looked u

Take Time To Listen

Writer Charles Swindoll once found himself with too many commitments in too few

A Crummy Lesson

Fountain Sq. Church of Christ, Indianapolis 9/29/97Mrs. Baughman was a Sunday Sc



Kamal Sethi
2011-06-07, 22:23
hey dude lovely Xpressions... when r u coming back ...???
Whenever i feel low .. I go through all of your Xpressions pics and i gain my momentum...
Ashwini Prajapati
2007-04-25, 21:54
Good Hello,
Thanks for very good services, i am happy to join you.
Many many thanks,
Have a nice day!
Thanks & Best Regards, <...
Jiji Jenny
2007-03-01, 07:28
hey hi
howz u? nice mails ... c ya for now... jen