I know of scarcely anything so apt to impress the imagination as the wonderful form of cosmic order expressed by the 'Law of Frequency of Error.' The law would have been personified by the Greeks and deified, if they had known of it. It reigns with serenity and in complete self-effacement, amidst the wildest confusion. The huger the mob, and the greater the apparent anarchy, the more perfect is its sway. It is the supreme law of Unreason. Whenever a large sample of chaotic elements are taken in hand and marshaled in the order of their magnitude, an unsuspected and most beautiful form of regularity proves to have been latent all along.
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The conditions that direct the order of . . . the living world . . . are marked by their persistence in improving the birthright of successive generations.
Well-washed and well-combed domestic pets grow dull they miss the stimulus of fleas.
Life is a republic where the individuals are for the most part unconscious that while they are working for themselves they are also working for the public good.
Whenever you can, count.
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