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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To that end I pray that I may never meddle , interfere , dictate , give advice that is
not wanted , or assist when my services are not needed . If I can help people , I'll
do it by giving them a chance to help themselves ; and if I can uplift or inspire , let
Sensuality , gluttony , and the life of license repress the life of the spirit , and the
soul never blossoms ; and this is what it is to lose one's soul . All adown the
centuries thinking men have noted these truths , and again and again we find ...
I 0 ) Every religion is made up of two elements that never mix any more than oil
and water mix s A religion is a mechanical mixture , not a chemical combination ,
of morality and i dogma . Dogma is the science of the unseen : the doctrine of the
The question of how to express your life will questi probably never down , for the
reason that men vary in temperament and inclination . Some men have no
capacity for certain sins of the flesh ; others there be , who , having lost their point
Whether the race will ever grow to a point where men will be willing to leave the
matter of life - expression to the individual is a question ; but the millennium will
never arrive until men cease trying to compel all other men to live after one
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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.