Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
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Men on their side must force themselves for a while to lay their notions by and begin to familiarize themselves with facts.
Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be.
It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of a castle, and to see a battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to standing upon the vantage ground of truth… and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below.
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.
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Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
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.
Duties are not performed for duty’s sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty -the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself.
It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.