Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Commonplaces

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.~~Martin Luther

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Some things are worth knowing on their own account; but others, although apparently offering no return for our trouble, should not be neglected, because without them the former cannot be thoroughly mastered. Learn everything; you will afterwards discover that nothing is superfluous; limited knowledge affords no enjoyment.~~Hugh of St. Victor

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Were earthly comforts permanent, who would look for heavenly?~~Anne Bradstreet

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Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.~~Benjamin Disraeli

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Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.~~Frederic Bastiat

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