Peace and Happiness

Peace and Happiness

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...In life we have all felt how a harsh or angry word will jar the nerves, upset the mind, and spoil the happiest hour; while, on the other hand, in times of sorrow, pain, or anxiety, a kind and sympathetic word will cheer the sufferer, and throw a ray of brightness into the gloom. Poets, it is said, cannot be made, but they may easily be unmade. "Readers of The Pilgrim's Progress will no doubt remember the young woman whose name was Dull, and her choice of companions--Simple, Sloth, Presumption, Shortmind, Slow-pace, No-heart, Linger-after-lust, and Sleepy-head." Much sin is no doubt due to dulness. Drunkenness often arises from a craving for excitement, for some relief from the monotony of existence. No one, however, need be dull; life is full of interest. If we are not witty ourselves, we can at least enjoy the wit of others. One good laugh will lighten up a whole day. It is good for the body as well as for the mind. But "L'esprit sert bien a tout, mais il ne suffit a rien." 1 1 Amiel. Friends may, and indeed in almost all cases must, have secrets from one another. As to their own secrets, it is for them to judge whether to preserve them or not; but as regards those of others they have no such right. On the other hand, one should always be frank and open. Some people are fond of petty mysteries. This is a mistake; but it is also, and even more, a mistake to confide in others too easily. Without meaning mischief or being intentionally faithless, they may publish what you never meant the world to know. Many kind, sympathetic, and well-meaning people find it very hard to keep a secret. As the French proverb says: "Rien ne pese tant qu'un secret." 1 Words are easy, like the wind; Faithful friends are hard to find.2 If...
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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236616588
  • 9781236616586