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Daemon
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An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
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An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)
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Context from The Angler

His family consisted of a large black cat with one eye, and a parrot which he had caught and tamed and educated himself in the course of one of his voyages, and which uttered a variety of sea-phrases with the hoarse brattling tone of a veteran boatswain. The establishment reminded me of that of the renowned Robinson Crusoe; it was kept in neat order, everything being “stowed away” with the regularity of a ship of war; and he informed me that he “scoured the deck every morning and swept it between meals.”

I found him seated on a bench before the door, smoking his pipe in the soft evening sunshine. His cat was purring soberly on the threshold, and his parrot describing some strange evolutions in an iron ring that swung in the centre of his cage. He had been angling all day, and gave me a history of his sport with as much minuteness as a general would talk over a campaign, being particularly animated in relating the manner in which he had taken a large trout, which had completely tasked all his skill and wariness, and which he had sent as a trophy to mine hostess of the inn.

How comforting it is to see a cheerful and contented old age, and to behold a poor fellow like this, after being tempest-tost through life, safely moored in a snug and quiet harbor in the evening of his days! His happiness, however, sprung from within himself and was independent of external circumstances, for he had that inexhaustible good-nature which is the most precious gift of Heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

On inquiring further about him, I learnt that he was a universal favorite in the village and the oracle of the tap-room, where he delighted the rustics with his songs, and, like Sindbad, astonished them with his stories of strange lands and shipwrecks and sea-fights. He was much noticed too by gentlemen sportsmen of the neighborhood, had taught several of them the art of angling, and was a privileged visitor to their kitchens. The whole tenor of his life was quiet and inoffensive, being principally passed about the neighboring streams when the weather and season were favorable; and at other times he employed himself at home, preparing his fishing-tackle for the next campaign or manufacturing rods, nets, and flies for his patrons and pupils among the gentry.

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Adyl Mouhei
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Yet, Good nature is next to impossible to sustain.
Wilmar (USA)
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An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:21:48 AM

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Daemon wrote:
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)


True enough, but why would anyone want a bad nature? It seems to me that we have a great deal of choice in the matter in how we behave towards one another.

But today, too many have chosen to be belligerent, combative, hostile, and militant, for the goal of political power, while others act out for no other reason that that it gives them pleasure to do so; they appear to revel in discord.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
ChristopherJohnson
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Inexhaustible good nature ... I wish I had one. Must feel good to be constantly goodnatured.
Bully_rus
Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 1:29:03 PM
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Daemon wrote:
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)


Yeah. How much oil you need to pacify the troubled waters? Are there some ballpark numbers to ascertain the needed volumes?
8BooksOfSengathe
Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 4:10:23 PM

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Daemon wrote:
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)




Bringing , "Shalom !" to bear on the scene is wonderful indeed ;
especially when done with a smile. :)
8BooksOfSengathe
Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 4:12:08 PM

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Daemon wrote:
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)



Washington Irving's comment reminds me of the character "Data",
from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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