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Of Indeterminate Nature

I came across a fabulous piece of literature written by Giovanni Pico della Mirandola in 1486 (at the age of 23), just six years before Columbus sailed to the Americas. Pico della Mirandola had a wonderful capacity for syncretism, a … Continue reading

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Will

Will by Alfred Tennyson I “O well for him whose will is strong! He suffers, but he will not suffer long; He suffers, but he cannot suffer wrong: For him nor moves the loud world’s random mock Nor all Calamity’s hugest … Continue reading

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True Love

“Love is the divinest element in the human. It is God’s finest gift to man. It is the most powerful factor for good in the whole world. Under its protecting wings nestle all the virtues. In marriage it means that … Continue reading

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True Joy in Life

“This is the true joy in life – being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a … Continue reading

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The Discriminating Powers of the Mind

“A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.” … Continue reading

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A True Lady or Gentleman

I am inclined to agree more with Theodore Roosevelt’s assessment that courtesy is “as much a mark of a gentleman” than with Honore de Balzac’s less encouraging assessment of courtesy being “only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.” While … Continue reading

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