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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Women should not “ obey ” men any more than men should obey women . There
are six requisites in every happy marriage ; the first is Faith , and the remaining
five are Confidence . Nothing so compliments a man as for a woman to believe in
would be as to who could love the most ; and the desire to obey would be the one
controlling impulse of our lives . We gain freedom by giving it , and he who
bestows faith gets it back with interest . To bargain and stipulate in love is to lose .
... in the wrong environment , but the malcontent who takes your order with a
smile and then secretly disobeys , is a dangerous proposition . To pretend to
obey , and yet carry in your heart the spirit of revolt is to do half - hearted ,
slipshod work .
To keep off the rocks , obey the rudder . Obedience is not to slavishly obey this
man or that , but it is that cheerful mental state which responds to the necessity of
the case , and does the thing without any back talk , unuttered or expressed .
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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.