The Riddle of Life


“How true is that old fable of the sphinx who sat by the wayside, propounding her riddle to the passengers, which if they could not answer, she destroyed them! Such a sphinx is this life of ours to all men and societies of men. Nature, like the sphinx, is of womanly celestial loveliness and tenderness; […]

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One Great End


“Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest and most universal causes of all our disquiet and unhappiness. When ambition pulls one way, interest another, inclination a third, and perhaps reason contrary to all, a man is likely to pass his time but […]

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Improve the Present


“Look not mournfully into the past,—it comes not back again; wisely improve the present,—it is thine; go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson While events of the future cast their shadows on the present moment, the future remains largely unknown. The unknown can be […]

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Good and Happiness


“Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of each other.” – Joseph Addison True friends promote both the good and happiness of each other, not just the happiness. As such there is occasionally the need to communicate hard sayings, counsel which would likely offend in more […]

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Fundamental Preferences


“Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error before an afflicted truth.” – Jeremy Taylor The world is filled with the by-products of prosperous errors, in fact, it may appear on occasion to turn on them. The momentary success of prosperous errors creates the misleading appearance of a sustainable alternative to a life lived according […]

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Purity of Heart


“When you admonish your friend, let it be without bitterness; when you chide him, let it be without reproach; when you praise him, let it be with worthy purpose, and for just causes, and in friendly measures; too much of that is flattery, to little is envy; if you do it justly, you teach him […]

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