There are in every man, always, two simultaneous allegiances, one to God, the other to Satan. Invocation of God, or Spirituality, is a desire to climb higher that of Satan, or animality, is delight in descent.
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For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.
It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.
Alas, human vices, however horrible one might imagine them to be, contain the proof (were it only in their infinite expansion) of man's longing for the infinite but it is a longing that often takes the wrong route. It is my belief that the reason behind all culpable excesses lies in this depravation of the sense of the infinite.
Fathomless well of fault and foolishness!
It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
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Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton