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Daemon
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One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
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This is like a short definition of a a relationship between the employer and employee
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There somewhere must be place for family… Isn't it, darling?
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This is how, if I may, I would like to make you (my neighbour) happy- no words necessary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_kloG2Z7tU
pedro
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Daemon wrote:
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)



..and if I may not I'll play Motorhead at max volume 24/7, pour vinegar on his roses and block his light out with a 30 foot Leylandii hedge


Nisar Akhtar
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Daemon wrote:
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Omar Mariani
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Nothing new, Love thy neighbour
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Nothing new, Love thy neighbour
8BooksOfSengathe
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:06:00 AM

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Daemon wrote:
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


Quite a chore to make anyone happy but doing / being good is a proper ambition anytime.
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One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

It's hard to practise, the human being always cares bout himself/herself.
If you can make your wife happy 7 days a week, I adore you.
Gary98
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clavicalbone wrote:
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

It's hard to practise, the human being always cares bout himself/herself.
If you can make your wife happy 7 days a week, I adore you.


Have to say you are reaching for something that is unattainable: Wife is fickle. You will bore her to death if you keep her happy 7 days a week. She needs a good cry from time to time, and don't even dream you want to be the cause, but take heart if you are the cause from time to time.
Gary98
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Daemon wrote:
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


Isn't he bantering that he loves himself, and tries and hopes he love his neighbor?
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you have to be happy before you can make ours happy
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I'd like to see that quote in context. Anyone know what it is from? An essay? A letter?
Verbatim
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 3:29:09 PM
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Daemon wrote:
One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


The sentence introducing the quotation changes the meaning quite a bit: "There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good." Robert Louis Stevenson. From: Across the Plains, &c. (1892). A Christmas Sermon.

It's not "Me first and after that the deluge".
Milica Boghunovich
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One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

If I don't take care of myself, I will not be able to take care of anyone else. Taking care of others is such a beautiful thing because it fills each soul with contentment, life fulfilment and peace.
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The quote in context from the paper :A CHRISTMAS SERMON - NEW YORK-1900


"The sight of a pleasure in which we cannot or else will not share moves us to a particular impatience. It may be because we are envious, or because we are sad, or because we dislike noise and romping—being so refined, or because—being so philosophic—we have an overweighing sense of life's gravity: at least, as we go on in years, we are all tempted to frown upon our neighbour's pleasures. People are nowadays so fond of resisting temptations; here is one to be resisted. They are fond of self-denial; here is a propensity that cannot be too peremptorily denied. There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbours good. One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbour is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy—if I may."

(By the time this paper appears, I shall have been talking for twelve months;[1] and it is thought I should take my leave in a formal and seasonable manner. Valedictory eloquence is rare, and death-bed sayings have not often hit the mark of the occasion. Charles Second, wit and sceptic, a man whose life had been one long lesson in human incredulity, an easy-going comrade, a manoeuvring king—remembered and embodied all his wit and scepticism along with more than his usual good humour in the famous "I am afraid, gentlemen, I am an unconscionable time a-dying.")

i.e. In the pages of Scribner's Magazine (1888).

Read it here:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14535/14535-h/14535-h.htm
Dr WWWW
Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:01:21 PM

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Thank you for finding the source Verbatim and Monamagda.

It's hard enough to make your neighbor (or your wife) happy but near impossible to mold another to your idea of what is good [not that you should even try].
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Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
Ronald Reagan
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A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's.

Richard Whately
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I'm not in the least in accordance with this quote, just let him alone!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:49:24 PM

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Very good advice....
Verbatim
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 5:35:07 PM
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Docmatu wrote:
I'm not in the least in accordance with this quote, just let him alone!


That's what the quote says, more or less: let the neighbor alone! Welcome to this forum! Be a good neighbor.
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