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    meaning of the saying...

    Could you please tell me what this saying means? Thank you.
    " (There is) No man is indispensable"

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    Re: meaning of the saying...

    There is no indispensable man.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    No man is indispensable
    Proverbial Meaning: We (your employer) can always get someone else to do your job.

    Literal Origins: If a person was indispensable they would not be replaceable, but this proverb suggests that no one, no matter how good they are at what they do, is unique and irreplaceable.

    Common Usage: This proverb is fairly well-known and often used in a working environment, especially a high pressure work environment such as a busy corporate office.

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    Re: meaning of the saying...

    Quote Originally Posted by onetwothree View Post
    Could you please tell me what this saying means? Thank you.
    " (There is) No man is indispensable"
    Leaving out the (There is), which doesn't belong, the phrase means pretty much what it says. "Any man can be dispensed with without adverse effects".
    No individual person is so important that they cannot be done without.
    If, for example, person A drops dead tomorrow, he can be replaced.

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    Re: meaning of the saying...

    The Indispensable Man

    (by Saxon White Kessinger)

    Sometime when you're feeling important;
    Sometime when your ego 's in bloom;
    Sometime when you take it for granted,
    You're the best qualified in the room:
    Sometime when you feel that your going,
    Would leave an unfillable hole,
    Just follow these simple instructions,
    And see how they humble your soul.

    Take a bucket and fill it with water,
    Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
    Pull it out and the hole that's remaining,
    Is a measure of how much you'll be missed.
    You can splash all you wish when you enter,
    You may stir up the water galore,
    But stop, and you'll find that in no time,
    It looks quite the same as before.

    The moral of this quaint example,
    Is to do just the best that you can,
    Be proud of yourself but remember,
    There's no indispensable man.

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