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Blupete's Weekly Commentary


May 14th, 2000.

"Action"

"Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."
Longfellow: Psalm of Life.

"Women are angels, wooing;
Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing."
Shaks.: "Troil. and Cress."

"It is hard to concentrate all our attention and efforts on one pursuit, except from ignorance of others; and without this concentration of our faculties no great progress can be made in any one thing."
(Hazlitt, "Mr.Coleridge," Political Essays.)

"There is one disadvantage which the man of philosophical habits of mind suffers, as compared with the man of action. While he is taking an enlarged and rational view of the matter before him, he lets his chance slip through his fingers."
(Holmes, Breakfast-Table.)

"When in doubt if an action is good or bad, refrain."
(Voltaire.)

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