Suffering itself does less afflict the senses than the anticipation of suffering.
Other parts of the body assist the speaker but the hands speak themselves. — By them we ask, promise, invoke, dismiss, threaten, entreat, deprecate. — By them we express fear, joy, grief, our doubts, assent, or penitence; we show moderation or profusion, and mark number and time.
We make a pretext of difficulty to excuse our sloth.
If you direct your whole thought to work itself, none of the things which invade eyes or ears will reach the mind.
A great part of art consists in imitation. For the whole conduct of life is based on this: that what we admire in others we want to do ourselves.
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