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First Principles: I Count Him Braver Who Overcomes His Desires Than Him Who Conquers His Enemies; For the Hardest Victory Is Over Self

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self…” –  Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)      

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On Understanding Children’s Literature

A wisely crafted tale invites its reader or listener, young and old, to inquire what good might be learned from the tale. On Understanding Children’s Literature by Michael Doyle The stories we have heard from childhood Are the classics of … Continue reading

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The Stolen Presence of Both Past and Present

The thirteenth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2020 has the prompt objective of writing a non-apology for things stolen.  This is a close as I have for the concept.  It’s akin, I believe to something said that I read once but have … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Republic Is Defined As A Government of Laws, and Not of Men

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” – John Adams (1775) Not a democracy, a republic.   How have so many lost their way on this one, both sides of the majoritarian aisle. … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Courage and Honor Are The Greatest Qualities of the Mind

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” – Aristotle    

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Thought For the Day: Art Is To Represent Not Outward Appearance, but, Inward Significance

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle    

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Thought For the Day: Excellence Is Not An Accident; It Results From High Intention

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” – Aristotle    

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First Principles: Constitutions For Free Persons Should Aim At Common Advantage of the Community

“Constitutions which aim at the common advantage are correct and just without qualification, whereas those which aim only at the advantage of the rulers are deviant and unjust, because they involve despotic rule, which is inappropriate for a community of … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Consideration of Thought Does Not Mean Its Acceptance

“It is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher Sometimes deep contemplation on the thoughts of others sharpens your own that are contrary.  Consider the above.  … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Truly Good and Wise Seek To Always Act Nobly

“The truly good and wise man will bear all kinds of fortune in a seemly way, and will always act in the noblest manner that the circumstances allow.” – Aristotle, in Nicomachean Ethics, Book I      

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