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Character and Its Expression

Endless are the marks of identification we carry about us, whether the insignia of rank, or mental scars and birthmarks. The evidences of our present outlook—the impress of the restless mind upon the plastic clay—are written all over the man, and head, face and hands are pages on which are…
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Spiritual Laws

The living Heaven thy prayers respect,House at once and architect,Quarrying man's rejected hours,Builds therewith eternal towers;Sole and self-commanded works,Fears not undermining days,Grows by decays,And, by the famous might that lurksIn reaction and recoil,Makes flame to freeze, and ice to boil;Forging, through swart arms of Offense,The silver seat of Innocence. When…
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The Simplication of Life

Civilization is that which tends to make a man the best sort of national unit, and progress is his approach to that ideal. On this point the collective wisdom of the ages seems to be agreed; namely, that man in best sub-serving his own ends, consciously or unconsciously sub-serves the…
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Love

I was as a gem concealed;Me my burning ray revealed.—Koran Every promise of the soul has innumerable fulfillment; each of its joys ripens into a new want. Nature, uncontainable, flowing, fore-looking, in the first sentiment of kindness anticipates already a benevolence which shall lose all particular regards in its general…
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Heroism

Paradise is under the shadow of swords.—Mahomet Ruby wine is drunk by knaves,Sugar spends to fatten slaves,Rose and vine-leaf deck buffoons;Thunderclouds are Jove's festoons,Drooping oft in wreaths of dreadLightning-knotted round his head;The hero is not fed on sweets,Daily his own heart he eats;Chambers of the great are jails,And headwinds right…
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Echoes of the Past

Epictetus the Stoic possessed that nobility and dignity of mind which at once places him among the world's sages and philosophers. Centuries have passed since his words, full of the beauty of truth, were uttered, yet despite the hand of time, and the accumulation of knowledge, the thoughts are as…
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Self-Reliance

Ne te quaesiveris extra.1 Man is his own star; and the soul that canRender an honest and a perfect man,Commands all light, all influence, all fate;Nothing to him falls early or too late.Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.—Epilogue to Beaumont…
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A Plea for Matter

'There was a man in our town, And he was wondrous wise: He jumped into a bramble bush And scratched out both his eyes. And when he saw his eyes were out, With all his might and main He jumped into another bush And scratched them in again."—Mother Goose A…
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Clouds

Let us not so live in the airy clouds of theory as to be incapable of practical work. A man may be able to think subtly on metaphysical subjects, may be able to argue ever so cunningly, yet may not be practical. Above all things let our ideals and aspirations…
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Elements of Freedom

There is ever in the human mind a longing and desire to transcend the limits of the known—to break bounds and away. It is this desire that has led to great discoveries; it drew certain frail barks across the then unknown expanse of sea and brought a Columbus to the…
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