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"Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance ... through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality ... and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely ... that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time."

Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Words to Live By
Words to Live By
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Words to Live By

Oct 3, 2014 by

An old teacher gave me this, at first I thought it was corny, but the longer I live the more brilliant I realize it is. I’ve added a few of my own in over time. Never entertain any negative thoughts, even past negative thoughts. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the prize. Defeat is a state of...

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C.S. Lewis – The Value of Old Books
C.S. Lewis – The Value of Old Books
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Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. All contemporary writers share to some extent the contemporary outlook—even those, like myself, who seem most opposed to it. … To...

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Below Freshet and Frost and Fire
Below Freshet and Frost and Fire
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If the engine whistles, let it whistle till it is hoarse for its pains. If the bell rings, why should we run? We will consider what kind of music they are like. Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe,...

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