Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
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Sir, I have no objection to a man’s drinking wine, if he can do it in moderation. I found myself apt to go to excess in it, and therefore, after having been for some time without it, on account of illness, I thought it better not to return to it. Every man is to judge for himself, according to the effects which he experiences.
The great advantages of simulation and dissimulation are three. First to lay asleep opposition and to surprise. For where a man’s intentions are published, it is an alarum to call up all that are against them. The second is to reserve a man’s self a fair retreat: for if a man engage himself, by a manifest declaration, he must go through, or take a fall. The third is, the better to discover the mind of another. For to him that opens himself, men will hardly show themselves adverse; but will fair let him go on, and turn their freedom of speech to freedom of thought.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.
Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.