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PassiontoLearn.com - Power Thoughts_079

PassiontoLearn.com - Power Thoughts_079

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Allmortalstendtoturnintothethingtheyarepretendingtobe--thisiselementary.-C.S.Lewis,TheScrewtapeLetters.AtthispointthereoccurredanincidentthatWesternwritershaveseizedonasaseminalcluetoMao'slaterlife.DuringareceptionMao'sfatherbegantoberatehimforbeinglazyanduseless.Infuriated,hefledtoanearbypond,threateningtojumpin.EventuallythequarrelwasresolvedbycompromisewhenMaoagreedtokowtow--ononekneeonly--inexchangeforhisfather'spromisetostopthebeatings."Thusthewarended,"Maorecalled,"andfromitIlearnedthatwhenIdefendedmyrightsbyopenrebellionmyfatherrelented,butwhenIremainedmeekandsubmissiveheonlycursedandbeatmethemore."-FoxButterfield,TheNewYorkTimes,MaoTse-Tung:FatherofChineseRevolution,Obituary,September10,1976.Condition,circumstance,isnotthething;Blissisthesameinsubjectorinking.Pope,EssayonMan,Epis.4.,Line57.Whenallisequallyagitated,nothingappearstobeagitated,asinaship.Whenalltendtodebauchery,noneappearstodoso.Hewhostopsdrawsattentiontotheexcessofothers,likeafixedpoint.-BlaisePascal,Pensees,Number382.Theheartofsomehumorisinthedisproportionatereactionofapersontothesurroundingcircumstances.-ChinaSinclairEachdaydeliversatotallynewsetofcircumstancesandexperiences.Thesamehoursandminuteswhichcapturethewonderofachildmaydeepentherutofanadult.-CharlesR.Swindoll,GrowingStrongintheSeasonsofLife.Foolishmenmistaketransitorysemblancesforeternalfact,andgoastraymoreandmore.-CarlyleWikipediaisjustanincrediblething.Itisfact-encirclinglyhuge,anditisidiosyncratic,careful,messy,funny,shocking,andfullofsimmeringcontroversies—anditisfree,anditisfast.Inafewsecondsyoucanlookup,forinstance,"DiogenesofSinope,"or"turnip,"or"CrazyEddie,"or"quadraticformula,"andyouwillhaveknowledgeyoudidnothavebefore.Itislikesomevastaerialcitywithpeoplewalkingbrisklytoandfrooncatwalks,carryingpicnicbasketsfullofnutritioussnacks.-NicolsonBaker,HowIfellinlovewithWikipedia,TheGuardian,April2008.Nostoryisthesametousafteralapseoftime;orratherwewhoreaditarenolongerthesameinterpreters.-GeorgeEliotTreatingyouradversarywithrespectisgivinghimanadvantagetowhichheisnotentitled.Thegreatestpartofmencannotjudgeofreasoning,andareimpressedbycharacter;sothatifyouallowyouradversaryarespectablecharacter,theywillthinkthat,thoughyoudifferfromhim,youmaybeinthewrong.Treatingyouradversarywithrespectisstrikingsoftinabattle.-SamuelJohnsonThebestarmoristokeepoutofgunshot.-LordBaconGetyourfactsfirst,andthenyoucandistort'emasmuchasyouplease.-S.L.ClemensLearningrequiresgreateffort.Unlearningrequiresgreatereffort.-ChinaSinclairWehavetakenituponustosaythatifsuchis,inanysense,thestateofthecasewithregardtoGoethe,hedeservesnotmereapprovalasapleasingpoetandsweetsinger;butdeep,gratefulstudy,observance,imitation,asaMoralistandPhilosopher.-Preface,TruthandFictionRelatingtoMyLife.Heknewwhatiswhat.-JohnSkelton,ColynCloute.Line1106.Hewhoseekspopularityinartclosesthedooronhisowngenius,ashemustneedspaintforothermindsandnotforhisown.-WashingtonAllstonOneofthenicethingsaboutwritingforchildrenistheirtotalacceptanceofthefantastic...Ididlearnthough,thattomakefantasyworkyouhavetobelieveinityourself.Ifanauthordoesn'tbelieveinhisinventionsandhischaractersnobodyelsewill.-MichaelBondBetteristobowthenbreake.-JohnHeywood,Proverbes.Betterishalfealofethannobread.-JohnHeywood,Proverbes.Manyhandsmakelightwarke.-JohnHeywood,Proverbes.Setthecartbeforethehorse.-JohnHeywood,Proverbes.

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