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Daemon
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The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

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The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

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Daemon wrote:
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Yeah. Does it mean that the forks are less valuable than spoons, folks? What about knives?
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Daemon wrote:
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

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Cannot escape the humor exuded by this quote. Of course, one has to be careful of those who bleat unsparingly about their own virtues and trustworthiness.
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Daemon wrote:
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Adyl Mouhei
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True, that's the kind of person we tend to avoid and not trust.
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In Zimbabwe they have wooden spoons thanks to President Robert Mugabe. But charities are working hard there to improve the circulation of metal-made spoons. Norway businesses are also helpful with their engagement in Zimbabwe registered NGO.

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That's why the dish ran away with them!!
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Context from: "The Conduct of Life", a collection of essays published in 1860.

Worship

In Italy, Mr. Gladstone said of the late King of Naples, "it has been a proverb, that he has erected the negation of God into a system of government." In this country, the like stupefaction was in the air, and the phrase "higher law" became a political jibe. What proof of infidelity, like the toleration and propagandism of slavery? What, like the direction of education? What, like the facility of conversion? What, like the externality of churches that once sucked the roots of right and wrong, and now have perished away till they are a speck of whitewash on the wall? What proof of skepticism like the base rate of which the highest mental and moral gifts are held? Let a man attain the highest and broadest culture that any American has possessed, then let him die by sea - storm, railroad collision, or other accident, and all America will acquiesce that the best thing has happened to him; that, after the education has gone far, such is the expensiveness of America, that the best use to put a fine person to, is, to drown him to save his board.

Another scar of this skepticism is the distrust in human virtue. It is believed by well - dressed proprietors that there is no more virtue than they possess; that the solid portion of society exist for the arts of comfort: that life is an affair to put somewhat between the upper and lower mandibles. How prompt the suggestion of a low motive! Certain patriots in England devoted themselves for years to creating a public opinion that should break down the corn - laws and establish free trade. "Well," says the man in the street, "Cobden got a stipend out of it." Kossuth fled hither across the ocean to fry if he could rouse the New World to a sympathy with European liberty. "Aye," says New York, "he made a handsome thing of it, enough to make him comfortable for life."

See what allowance vice finds in the respectable and well - conditioned class. If a pickpocket intrude into the society of gentlemen, they exert what moral force they have, and he finds himself uncomfortable, and glad to get away. But if an adventurer go through all the forms, procure himself to be elected to a post of trust, as of senator, or president, - though by the same arts as we detest in the house - thief, - the same gentlemen who agree to discountenance the private rogue, will be forward to show civilities and marks of respect to the public one: and no amount of evidence of his crimes will prevent them giving him ovations, complimentary dinners, opening their own houses to him, and priding themselves on his acquaintance. We were not deceived by the professions of the private adventurer, - the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons; but we appeal to the sanctified preamble of the messages and proclamations of the public sinner, as the proof of sincerity. It must be that they who pay this homage have said to themselves, On the whole, we don`t know about this that you call honesty; a bird in the hand is better.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Worship." Great Literature Online. 1997-2011 <http://emerson.classicauthors.net/Worship/> (14 May, 2011).
Alisson Souza
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Bully_rus wrote:
Daemon wrote:
The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Yeah. Does it mean that the forks are less valuable than spoons, folks? What about knives?


I'm seeing something different into those rhymes power and glory. Probably, I should be wrong.
Alisson Souza
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The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Speak to the hand Louder is a kind of comparison equally faster ... about what, who or which d'oh!
Alisson Souza
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365er wrote:
That's why the dish ran away with them!!


Applause Applause Applause Of course! Doesn't have enough money!!
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