Our approach is characterized by continuous learning and hard work. Herein are a handful of Addresses, Audio/Video Presentations, Articles, Books and White Papers that we found thought provoking.

Madhav Dhar’s Eulogy to Barton Biggs

Madhav Dhar’s Eulogy to Barton Biggs

September 7, 2012Addresses

September 7, 2012Barton (1932 – 2012)I walked with him. I talked with him. I golfed with him—played squash, tennis, lifted weights with him—climbed mountains with him. I travelled the world with him—I helped create new investment worlds with him. I started funds, businesses and companies with him. I laughed with him. Even cried with him. … Read More

Atul Gawande’s 2012 Commencement Address at Williams College

Atul Gawande’s 2012 Commencement Address at Williams College

June 3, 2012Addresses

June 3, 2012We had a patient at my hospital this winter whose story has stuck with me. Mrs. C was eighty-seven years old, a Holocaust survivor from Germany, and she’d come to the emergency room because she’d suddenly lost the vision in her left eye. It tells you something about her that she was at … Read More

Mike Pence’s Address on the Presidency at Hillsdale College

Mike Pence’s Address on the Presidency at Hillsdale College

September 20, 2010Addresses

September 20, 2010President and Mrs. Arnn, Mr. John Cervini, Mr. David Bobb, Elliot Gaiser, College Republicans and each and every one of the faculty and students of Hillsdale College here today…. As I am sure you know, honor is what allows us to do what is right despite the cost. Even greater honor is required … Read More

William Deresiewicz’s 2009 Solitude and Leadership Address at West Point

William Deresiewicz’s 2009 Solitude and Leadership Address at West Point

October 1, 2009Addresses

The lecture below was delivered to the plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in October 2009.My title must seem like a contradiction. What can solitude have to do with leadership? Solitude means being alone, and leadership necessitates the presence of others—the people you’re leading. When we think about leadership in … Read More

David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Commencement Address at Kenyon College

David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Commencement Address at Kenyon College

June 1, 2005Addresses

Transcription of the 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address – May 21, 2005 Written and Delivered by David Foster Wallace (If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I’d advise you to go ahead, because I’m sure going to. In fact I’m gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].) Greetings [“parents”?] … Read More

Courage Under Fire By Peggy Noonan

Courage Under Fire By Peggy Noonan

October 5, 2001Articles

Forgive me. I’m going to return to a story that has been well documented the past few weeks, and I ask your indulgence. So much has been happening, there are so many things to say, and yet my mind will not leave one thing: the firemen, and what they did.Although their heroism has been widely … Read More

Courage Under Fire By Admiral James Stockdale

Courage Under Fire By Admiral James Stockdale

December 1, 1995Articles

Testing Epictetus’s Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior James Bond StockdaleI came to the philosophic life as a thirty-eight-year-old naval pilot in grad school at Stanford University. I had been in the navy for twenty years and scarcely ever out of a cockpit. In 1962, I began my second year of studying international relations … Read More

A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Management & Business Given By Charles Munger at the University of of Southern California

A Lesson on Elementary, Worldly Wisdom As It Relates To Investment Management & Business Given By Charles Munger at the University of of Southern California

April 14, 1994Addresses

Charles Munger – USC Business SchoolI’m going to play a minor trick on you today because the subject of my talk is the art of stock picking as a subdivision of the art of worldly wisdom. That enables me to start talking about worldly wisdom—a much broader topic that interests me because I think all … Read More

Lewis Grizzard: Great moments in a would-be father’s life

Lewis Grizzard: Great moments in a would-be father’s life

September 3, 1984Articles

To my son, if I ever have one: Kid, I am writing this on Sept. 3, 1984. I have just returned from Athens, where I spent Saturday watching the University of Georgia, your old dad’s alma mater, play football against Clemson. While the events of the day were still fresh on my mind, I wanted … Read More

President John F. Kennedy’s Decision to go to the Moon Address at Rice University

President John F. Kennedy’s Decision to go to the Moon Address at Rice University

September 12, 1962Addresses

President Pitzer, Mr. Vice President, Governor, Congressman Thomas, Senator Wiley, and Congressman Miller, Mr. Webb, Mr. Bell, scientists, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen:I appreciate your president having made me an honorary visiting professor, and I will assure you that my first lecture will be very brief.I am delighted to be here, and I’m particularly … Read More

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball Address at Yankee Stadium

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball Address at Yankee Stadium

July 4, 1939Addresses

Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which … Read More

Abraham Lincoln: Perspective from Leo Tolstoy published in The World on 7 February 1909

Abraham Lincoln: Perspective from Leo Tolstoy published in The World on 7 February 1909

February 7, 1909Articles

TOLSTOI HOLDS LINCOLN WORLD’S GREATEST HERO.Bigger Than His Country.Bigger Than All the Presidents Together: a Christ in Miniature.STILL TOO NEAR TO APPRECIATE HIS POWER.Great Russian Tells of Reverence For Lincoln Even Among Barbarians.Of all the great national heroes and statesman of history, Lincoln is the only real giant. Alexander, Fredric the Great, Caesar, Napoleon, Gladstone … Read More

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863Addresses

 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are … Read More