Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Quotes: Hatred. Hawthorne. Health.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The number after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Hatred 180 "It is a sin peculiar to man to hate his victim." Tacitus. 2nd century. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Hawthorne 1153 His writing style represents the character of the author. "This kindly feeling [of readers for Twice-Told Tales]…extended to the author, who, on the internal evidence of his sketches, came to be regarded as a mild, shy, gentle, melancholic, exceedingly sensitive, and not very forcible man, hiding his blushes under an assumed name, the quaintness of which was supposed, somehow or other, to symbolize his personal and literary traits." Hawthorne: Preface to Twice-Told Tales

Health 326 One's health represents one's view of the world and life. "Health is infinite and expansive in mode, and reaches out to be filled with the fullness of the world; whereas disease is finite and reductive in mode, and endeavors to reduce the world to itself." Oliver Sacks. 1973. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Health 327 Reducing life to concern for diet is tiresome. "To safeguard one’s health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed." La Rochefoucauld. 1665. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Health 134 Maintain your health by eating, drinking and doing what you don't want. "The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like and do what you’d rather not." Mark Twain. Portable Curmudgeon.

Health 315 Don't waste your health. "It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser." Robert Louis Stevenson, “Aes Triplex.” 1878. Gross, ed. Essays.

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