It is so difficult to draw a clear line of separation between the abuse and the wholesome use of the press, that as yet we have found it better to trust the public judgment, rather than the magistrate, with the discrimination between truth and falsehood. and hitherto the public judgment has performed that office with wonderful correctness.
Emotions are far more contagious than any disease. a smile or a panic will spread through a group of people far faster than any virus ever could. when you walk into the office or a negotiation, then, wash your bad mood away before you see us. don't cough on us, don't sneeze on us, sure, but don't bring your grouchiness, your skepticism or your fear in here either. it might spread.
The grand duke [of tuscany] ...After observing the medicaean plants several times with me ... Has now invited me to attach myself to him with the annual salary of one thousand florins, and with the title of philosopher and principal mathematicial to his highness; without the duties of office to perform, but with the most complete leisure; so that i can complete my treatises.
The effect, if not the prime office, of criticism is to make our absorption and our enjoyment of the things that feed the mind as aware of itself as possible, since that awareness quickens the mental demand, which thus in turn wanders further and further for pasture. This action on the part of the mind practically amounts to a reaching out for the reasons of its interest, as only by its ascertaining them can the interest grow more various. This is the very education of our imaginative life.
In his address of 19 september 1796, given as he prepared to leave office, president george washington spoke about the importance of morality to the country's well-being: of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. . . . and let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. . . . can it be that providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue?