Love, Life & Work: Being a Book of Opinions, Reasonably Good-natvred, Concerning how to Attain the Highest Happiness for One's Self with the Least Possible Harm to Others
The Roycrofters, 1906 - 149 pages
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We ourselves are the better judges . Most of the frightful cruelties inflicted on men
during the past have arisen simply out of a difference of opinion that arose
through a difference in temperament . The question is as alive to - day as it was
If the victims can be made to indulge in hysterical laughter occasionally , the
control is better brought about . No chance is allowed for repose , poise or sane
consideration . When the time seems ripe a general promise of joy is made and
Neither does he realize that wrong thinking is better than no thinking at all , and
that the only damnation consists in ceasing to think , and accepting the
conclusions of another * Final truths and final conclusions are wholly unthinkable
The intent of the religious revival is dual : first , the claim is that conversion makes
men lead better lives ; second , it saves their souls from endless death or
everlasting hell . To make men lead beautiful lives is excellent , but the Reverend
... useful person you desire to be , and the thought that you hold is hourly
transforming you into that particular individual you so admire . Thought is
supreme , and to think is often better than to do . Preserve a right mental attitude -
the attitude of ...
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The old man and the sea. All my life the good people are the sailfish that the sharks bite at. For the first time ever, in seeing so much of his writing as individual quotes, and wisdom, the notion of being the fish who bites at a much bigger fishes understanding is not so upsetting.
I admit to you that i am a minnow when compared to him. But in his writings we are all made to feel like wise plankton eating whales or nurse sharks. So terrible in our power we might be something much more toothed. His wisdom is to radiate goodness.