"If we wish to influence our own life in a particular direction, which is constantly threatened by the danger of the emergence of alien life-forms, and protect it from deterioration, then we must either allow Nature to rule or, if we wish to intervene, we must first acquaint ourselves with the simplest principles of life."
My purpose in writing these essays has been to Acquaint men who are interested in the bearings of modern history on public life with sundry statesmen whose time was devoted not to seeking office or to winning a brief popular fame by chicanery or pettifoggery , but to serving the great interests of modern states and, indeed, of universal humanity. I would present these statesmen and their work as especially worthy to be studied by those who aspire to serve their country in any way.Andrew Dickson White
Have you wondered why all the windows in heaven were broken? Have you seen the homeless in the grave of God's hand? Do you want to Acquaint the larks with the fatuous music of war?
With these examples before you, you should aspire to nobility of character, and not only abide by what I have said, but Acquaint yourself with the best things in the poets as well, and learn from the other wise men also any useful lessons they have taught. For just as we see the bee settling on all the flowers, and sipping the best from each, so also those who aspire to culture ought not to leave anything untasted, but should gather useful knowledge from every source. For hardly even with these pains can they overcome the defects of nature.
Have you wondered why all the windows in heaven werebroken?Have you seen the homeless in the grave of God'shand?Do you want to Acquaint the larks with the fatuousmusic of war?Kenneth Patchen