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Topic: Very few reputations are gained by unsullied virtue.
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:53:18 PM
... yet we should try to gain reputations in the most unsullied way possible.
Topic: Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 1:16:06 PM
ithink140 wrote:
Ah, I remember it well! My memory does not deceive and nostalgia and longing is not necessarily false or exaggerated. I love walking the downs to Inkpen, and shooting on the Shefford downs. I have clear and precise recall. My memory is not shrouded in mists.

The only thing that appears to be altered is when I visit past houses and roads I have lived….they invariably appear smaller....but details are largely the same.

I use my recall when writing. I remember the bad as well as the good.


O yes! I don't disagree with you. However, take the example of the cannabinoids: a drug you've long quit. If I think back, marijuana seemed so nice, but if I continue thinking about all the places and situations I was in and where my life was going, it wasn't so great despite the strong nostalgia.

Maybe that makes more sense : ). Perspective helps!
Topic: Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 12:12:11 PM
Bully_rus wrote:
Diminished GABA(A) receptor-binding capacity makes lost pleasures of the long past more sweet than present ones. Just fooling around...
PS Lost and therefore exaggerated pleasures bring about long brooding.


Ha! I was reading an annual review paper sometime ago, and it turns out that endogenous cannabinoid compounds and their retrograde signal pathways (dendrite to axon instead of vice versa) inhibit GABAergic interneuron (GABA releasing neurons). Turns out cannabinoids do the same thing, but since they're super concentrated... yeah. You might be onto something Bully rus ; )

Nerdiness aside, I think the quote is onto something here. Memories do really seem sweeter than they really were. We likely don't even recall half the problems that arose from our pleasures, and that probably leads to some exaggerated nostalgia.
Topic: She had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:35:40 AM
I'm not sure what kind of discussion this quote supposed to spark. Anyone who says anything about how she should be with a man or something similar would likely get flamed. This is certainly not a sensible comment to be made, but I refuse to believe her resolve to be independent is ALWAYS a positive thing. Bare in mind, I'm taking this quote out of context, just on the principle that I can derive without the rest of the text.

So here are some questions I pose: Are we so crazed with individuality now that belonging to another is the worst thing in the world? That, somehow, being identified by another person necessarily demeans your worth as a human being? These questions I think are infinitely more interesting to ponder than to just agree with what she says.
Topic: At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and...
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 4:11:28 AM
Does anyone have the context of this? Somebody usually eventually posts this, but figured I'd ask.

I can't decide at the moment whether his value judgement is too biased to really resonate with me, because I think his comparisons are too general. For example, I know Emerson loved nature, so it's not surprising that he believes the sanctity of a forest shames "our religions", but I think the comment would be better targeted at certain religious institutions that often break sanctity. That said, I do think the "sanctity" and "reality" of nature isn't easily trifled with : )
Topic: Never ... be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices ... and I can always be hopeful of you.
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:23:48 PM
MTC wrote:

With apologies to the deluded, contemptuous, puppy torturing, 9'3" tall, 340 lb minotaur (sic) above (just for fun,) the quotation is from Ch 15 of David Copperfield. Trot's (David Copperfield) great-aunt has left him temporarily at the home of her trusted solicitor, Mr. Wickfield, until he places Trot in a first rate boarding school. She leaves Trot with these parting words of materteral advice:

'Trot,' said my aunt in conclusion, 'be a credit to yourself, to me, and Mr. Dick, and Heaven be with you!'

I was greatly overcome, and could only thank her, again and again, and send my love to Mr. Dick.

'Never,' said my aunt, 'be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you.'

I promised, as well as I could, that I would not abuse her kindness or forget her admonition.

'The pony's at the door,' said my aunt, 'and I am off! Stay here.' With these words she embraced me hastily, and went out of the room, shutting the door after her.

(http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/cdickens/bl-cdick-dcopper-15.htm)




Didn't mean to offend you bud, and I believe me I know most of the quotes are out of context, and I can find general wisdom in it. No contempt at all. However, I might have been slightly delusional as I had stayed up pretty much the whole night doing organic chemistry : )
Topic: Never ... be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices ... and I can always be hopeful of you.
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:36:07 AM
Just for fun -

1)Anyone who posts below me is mentally challenged
2)I am a 9'3" tall, 340 lb minotaur and
3)I torture puppies for fun

Sorry Mr. Dickens >.<

Though I definitely feel his sentiment.
Topic: What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.
Posted: Friday, July 1, 2011 10:27:02 PM
I do not necessarily agree with this quote.

While I understand whatever is forbidden here 'could' also be forbidden in Heaven, it is not necessarily so.

The rules here on Earth are conditioned for a test, and the same laws of physics and everything else as we know it would be different in another universe like Heaven, so therefore what is forbidden here is not necessarily forbidden there.

Also to the contrary, we ARE told what they do there. There is no jealousy, no feuds, you get whatever you'd like, plenty foods, mansions upon mansions built, where you get to recline on couches, with maids to serve you and pure spouses. Obviously we do know something [I mean, what else would you do with a spouse? hehe ;)]

I especially wanted to say all this so that there is a contrasting opinion with the quote.
Topic: Misery generates hate.
Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 8:27:02 PM
You know, I'm kind of surprised that no one said this yet but...

"Misery loves company"

So, if we put the main quote and this together, we'll have lots of miserable and angry people ;)
Topic: Commend a fool for his wit, or a rogue for his honesty and he will receive you into his favor.
Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2011 3:42:36 PM
Possible.

The first part I can fathom working in most situations, however the second part with the thief I don't know about.

What if the dude is like "He thinks I'm honest, haha, He won't suspect a thing if I steal a few things here and there." I guess this could apply to the fool too, but at any rate, easier seen with the case of the thief.

Just my two cents.