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
... a child , and causes misery , unrest and heartache incomputable . A few years
ago we were congratulating ourselves that the devil at last was dead , and Love ,
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ourselves that the devil at last was dead , and that the tears of pity had put out the
fires of hell , but the serpent of superstition was only slightly scotched , not killed .
The intent of the religious revival is dual : first , the claim is that conversion ...
We want friends , so we scheme and chase ' cross lots after strong people , and
lie in wait for good folks — or alleged good folks— hoping to be able to attach
ourselves to them . The only way to secure friends is to be one . And before you
... good work is a prayer , prompted by a loving heart - a prayer to benefit and
bless . If prayer is not a desire , backed up by a right human effort to bring about
its efficacy , then what is it ? Work is a service performed for ourselves and others
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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.