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The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear. Options
Daemon
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The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)
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"... train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

I Timothy 4:7b-8

P.S. Nice hair.
Rey LUIGI (de las Americas)
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Some diamonds are found witg natural beauty n brilliance thus not not necessarily needing polishing for brilliance...as some souls are born with mature wisdom and knowledge demonstrated at a young age...as in a prodigy! Have a nice day! :-)
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The context from : Defoe's An Essay Upon Projects - Of Academies

ACADEMY FOR WOMEN.

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the lustre of it will never appear. And it is manifest that as the rational soul distinguishes us from brutes, so education carries on the distinction, and makes some less brutish than others. This is too evident to need any demonstration. But why, then, should women be denied the benefit of instruction? If knowledge and understanding had been useless additions to the sex, God Almighty would never have given them capacities, for He made nothing needless: besides, I would ask such what they can see in ignorance that they should think it a necessary ornament to a woman. Or, How much worse is a wise woman than a fool? or, What has the woman done to forfeit the privilege of being taught? Does she plague us with her pride and impertinence? Why did we not let her learn, that she might have had more wit? Shall we upbraid women with folly, when it is only the error of this inhuman custom that hindered them being made wiser?

http://www.online-literature.com/defoe/upon-projects/0/
monamagda
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Comment:

Defoe's "Essay on Projects" was the first volume he published, and no great writer ever published a first book more characteristic in expression of his tone of thought. It is practical in the highest degree, while running over with fresh speculation that seeks everywhere the well-being of society by growth of material and moral power. There is a wonderful fertility of mind, and almost whimsical precision of detail, with good sense and good humour to form the groundwork of a happy English style. Defoe in this book ran again and again into sound suggestions that first came to be realised long after he was dead. Upon one subject, indeed, the education of women, we have only just now caught him up. Defoe wrote the book in 1692 or 1693, when his age was a year or two over thirty, and he published it in 1697.

http://www.online-literature.com/defoe/upon-projects/0/
pedro
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If there was a rough diamond in my body I'd have it surgically removed.
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So much diamonds, so little luster - there must be something in it...
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