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Entries from March 2013

A break from duty

March 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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Pre-lingual, perhaps

March 16th, 2013 · No Comments

“What sort of mental habit, or rather what sort of life would that be which should dispense with all rules for reasoning or even for living?” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Where is virtue to be found?

March 15th, 2013 · No Comments

“If we are looking for mental enjoyment and relaxation, what pleasure can be compared with the pursuits of those who are always studying out something that will tend toward and effectively promote a good and happy life? Or, if regard is had for strength of character and virtue, then this is the method by which […]

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Can’t think of anything

March 15th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“What, in the name of heaven, is more to be desired than wisdom? What is more to be prized?” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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And can lead to heads on pikes

March 14th, 2013 · No Comments

“Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Justice, the great leveller

March 14th, 2013 · No Comments

“Men of high moral character were made kings in order that the people might enjoy justice. For, as the masses in their helplessness were oppressed by the strong, they appealed for protection to some one man who was conspicuous for his virtue; and, as he shielded the weaker classes from wrong, he managed by establishing […]

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Applied practical geometry (safe for home use)

March 13th, 2013 · No Comments

“An interesting application of the theorem relating to similar triangles is this: Extend your arm and point to a distant object, closing your left eye and sighting across your finger tip with your right eye.  Now keep the finger in the same position and sight with your left eye.  The finger will then seem to […]

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Such as our recent history can demonstrate

March 13th, 2013 · No Comments

“The greater our prosperity, moreover, the more should we seek the counsel of friends, and the greater the heed that should be given to their advice. Under such circumstances also we must beware of lending an ear to sycophants or allowing them to impose upon us with their flattery. For it is easy in this […]

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You can check your ego at the door on your way out

March 12th, 2013 · No Comments

“When fortune smiles and the stream of life flows according to our wishes, let us diligently avoid all arrogance, haughtiness, and pride. For it is as much a sign of weakness to give way to one’s feelings in success as it is in adversity. But it is a fine thing to keep an unruffled temper, […]

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Assuming we have one

March 12th, 2013 · No Comments

“Regal powers and military commands, nobility of birth and political office, wealth and influence, and their opposites depend upon chance and are, therefore, controlled by circumstances. But what role we ourselves may choose to sustain is decided by our own free choice.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Box within your weight

March 11th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“We must so act as not to oppose the universal laws of human nature, but, while  safeguarding those, to follow the bent of our own particular nature; and even if other careers should be better and nobler, we may still regulate our own pursuits by the standard of our own nature. For it is of […]

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Youth, too, may wish to be cautious

March 11th, 2013 · No Comments

“There is nothing against which old age has to be more on its guard than against surrendering to feebleness and idleness, while luxury, a vice in any time of life, is in old age especially scandalous.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis (trans. Miller) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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It’s not over till it’s over

March 10th, 2013 · No Comments

“I shall never forget how you received the news of the secession of South Carolina.  I happened to be in your room with you when the mail was brought in, and when you read of the actual passage of the formal and solemn withdrawal by that State from the Union, you cried like a little […]

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Tags: American Civil War · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · William Tecumseh Sherman

When you get old (and we all get old)

March 10th, 2013 · No Comments

“I can see, in memory, a beautiful young city-bred lady, who had married a poor second-lieutenant, and followed him to his post on the plains, whose quarters were in a ‘dug-out’ ten feet by about fifteen, seven feet high, with a dirt roof; four feet of the walls were the natural earth, the other three […]

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Imagining a civil discourse

March 9th, 2013 · No Comments

“Neither must we listen to those who think that one should indulge in violent anger against one’s political enemies and imagine that such is the attitude of a great-spirited, brave man. For nothing is more commendable, nothing more becoming in a pre-eminently great man than courtesy and forbearance. Indeed, in a free people, where all […]

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Revolutionary old ideas

March 9th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Those who propose to take charge of the affairs of government should not fail to remember two of Plato’s rules: first, to keep the good of the people so clearly in view that regardless of their own interests they will make their every action conform to that; second, to care for the welfare of the […]

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Medicine fit for the malady

March 8th, 2013 · No Comments

“My opinion is, the country is doctored to death, and if President and Congress would go to sleep like Rip Van Winkle, the country could go on under natural influences, and recover far faster than under their joint and several treatment.” – William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Railroaded

March 8th, 2013 · No Comments

“The troops were posted to the best advantage to protect the parties engaged in building these [rail]roads, and in person I reconnoitered well to the front, traversing the buffalo regions from south to north, and from east to west, often with a very small escort, mingling with the Indians whenever safe, and thereby gained personal […]

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Descartes’s Dreams: Sixteenth Dream

March 7th, 2013 · No Comments

Scoring Six Hits “If I Fell” was written by Lennon and McCartney and recorded by the Beatles. Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Going for the noble

March 7th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Beware of ambition for wealth; for there is nothing so characteristic of narrowness and littleness of soul as the love of riches; and there is nothing more honourable and noble than to be indifferent to money, if one does not possess it, and to devote it to beneficence and liberality, if one does possess it.” […]

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Descartes’s Dreams: Fifteenth Dream

March 6th, 2013 · No Comments

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Buck up

March 6th, 2013 · No Comments

“We must, of course, never be guilty of seeming cowardly and craven in our avoidance of danger; but we must also beware of exposing ourselves to danger needlessly. Nothing can be more foolhardy than that. Accordingly, in encountering danger we should do as doctors do in their practice: in light cases of illness they give […]

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Descartes’s Dreams: Fourteenth Dream

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments

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This morning’s political lesson

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments

“Our beneficence should not exceed our means; for those who wish to be more open-handed than their circumstances permit are guilty of two faults: first they do wrong to their next of kin; for they transfer to strangers property which would more justly be placed at their service or bequeathed to them. And second, such […]

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Noon 2013 is now available

March 4th, 2013 · No Comments

Descartes dreams on, but tonight again his sleep is interrupted for a commercial message.  Noon 2013 is out and includes a very short story by me, called “The Lock” (masterfully edited by Diane Williams).  Dylan Nice, Noy Holland, Greg Mulcahy, Christine Schutt, Lydia Davis, Clancy Martin, Deb Olin Unferth, Kim Chinquee, and others also have […]

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Cautious kindness

March 4th, 2013 · No Comments

“Let us speak of kindness and generosity. Nothing appeals more to the best in human nature than this, but it calls for the exercise of caution in many particulars: we must, in the first place, see to it that our act of kindness shall not prove an injury either to the object of our beneficence […]

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Descartes’s Dreams: Thirteenth Dream

March 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

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It’s a matter of perspective

March 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

“He who posits the supreme good as having no connection with virtue and measures it not by a moral standard but by his own interests — if he should be consistent and not rather at times over-ruled by his better nature, he could value neither friendship nor justice nor generosity; and brave he surely cannot […]

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Descartes’s Dreams: Twelfth Dream

March 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

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So high you can’t get over it; so wide you can’t get around it

March 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

“No phase of life, whether public or private, whether in business or in the home, whether one is working on what concerns oneself alone or dealing with another, can be without its moral duty; on the discharge of such duties depends all that is morally right, and on their neglect all that is morally wrong […]

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