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John D. MacDonald

John D. MacDonald

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Altruism

Indiscriminate alms-giving confuses itself with charity, and the momentary impulse which prompts it with altruism, and the true spirit is lost. It is easy to give without thought—to pander to the self-sufficient sense of generosity, and an ignorant sense of a virtuous deed performed. No underlying knowledge accompanies the indifferent…
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Aspiration

Aspiration emerges from mere desire when the wish is for the ennoblement of character and not for material gain. When the clog of selfishness lifts before at vision of nobleness, it reveals the permanent and transient, the gold and the dross. After the pursuance of many objects, after the striving…
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Quiet Heroism (Poem)

His courage seemed a meager thing,A butt for boasted might; A weakness open to a sting, A subject for a slight. Some thought him capable of wrong, Some capable of right; Some thought him weak, and none too strong To bear up through the fight. They little knew how, day…
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