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Gleanings From The Past #53

Debt Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger. — Samuel Johnson, extract from a letter to Joseph … Continue reading

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Quotable #53: Grass

There is no riddle to surpass The mystery of growing grass, Which bravely thrusts its tender stalk Thru tiny cracks along the walk, And thrives in crannies of the wall, And in the flower beds grows tall And grows and … Continue reading

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Quotable #52: Force Of Truth

“As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.” — William Hazlitt, Table-talk; Or, Original Essays, 1822

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Quotable #51: Asking For Reasons

“There is a way of asking us for our reasons that leads us not only to forget our best reasons but also to conceive a stubborn aversion to all reasons. This way of asking makes people very stupid and is … Continue reading

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Quotable #50: Gradualness

“Firstly, gradualness. About this most important condition of fruitful scientific work I never can speak without emotion. Gradualness, gradualness, and gradualness. From the very beginning of your work, school yourselves to severe gradualness in the accumulation of knowledge.” — Ivan Pavlov, … Continue reading

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20 Thought-Provoking Quotes About Reading And Thinking

“He might be a very clever man by nature, for all I know, but he laid so many books upon his head that his brains could not move.” — Robert Hall, when asked whether he thought that Dr. Kippis was … Continue reading

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Quotable #49: Victims

“It is not at all uncommon for someone to arrive at a scene of brutality or injustice and, with a sympathetic murmur or heroic flourish, attack the victim. It happens all the time.” — Renata Adler, Speedboat, 1976

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