Thursday, December 6, 2007

In "Simplicity", William Zinsser wrote:

"We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills, and meaningless jargon...
How can the rest of us achieve such enviable freedom from clutter? The answer is to clear our heads of clutter..."

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Ralph Waldo Emerson in "History" wrote:

" Nothing is so fleeting as form..."

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also by R. W. Emerson in History:

"A mind might ponder its thought for ages, and not gain so much self-knowledge as the passion of love shall teach it in a day. Who knows himself before he has been thrilled with indignation at an outrage, or has heard an eloquent tongue...No man can antedate his experience, or guess what faculty or feeling a new object shall unlock, any more than he can draw to-day the face of a person whom he shall see to-morrow for the first time."

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Ralph Waldo Emerson in "History" wrote:

"The student is to read history actively and not passively...There is no age or state of society or mode of action in history, to which there is not somewhat corresponding in his life...Every mind must know the whole lesson..."

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