The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.
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A toddling little girl is a center of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
Our passions do not live apart in locked chambers but dress in their small wardrobe of notions, bring their provisions to a common table and mess together, feeding out of the common store according to their appetite.
We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
We must not inquire too curiously into motives… They are apt to become feeble in the utterance: the aroma is mixed with the grosser air. We must keep the germinating grain away from the light.
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An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.
For my name and memory I leave to men’s charitable speeches, and to foreign nations and the next ages.
I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth.
As to the rout that is made about people who are ruined by extravagance, it is no matter to the nation that some individuals suffer. When so much general productive exertion is the consequence of luxury, the nation does not care though there are debtors; nay, they would not care though their creditors were there too.
If there be three distinct and separate Persons, then three distinct and separate Substances. . . . And since the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God . . . then unless the Father, Son and Spirit are three distinct Nothings, they must be three distinct Substances, and consequently three distinct Gods.
A home without a cat-and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat-may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?
He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father’s wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father’s care.
Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
Plan backwards as well as forward. Set objectives and trace back to see how to achieve them. You may find that no path can get you there. Plan forward to see where your steps will take you, which may not be clear or intuitive.
There is, indeed, nothing that so much seduces reason from vigilance, as the thought of passing life with an amiable woman.