I anticipate with pleasing expectations that retreat in which i promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as i trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
At my age, and in my circumstances, what sinister object, or personal emolument had i to seek after, in this life? the growing infirmities of age and the increasing love of retirement, daily confirm my decided predilection for domestic life: and the great searcher of human hearts is my witness, that i have no wish, which aspires beyond the humble and happy lot of living and dying a private citizen on my own farm.
Among the numerous requisites that must concur to complete an author, few are of more importance than an early entrance into the living world. the seed of knowledge may be planted in solitude, but must be cultivated in public. argumentation may be taught in colleges, and theories formed in retirement; but the artifice of embellishment and the powers of attraction can be gained only by a general converse.
She also considered very seriously what she would look like in a little cottage in the middle of the forest, dressed in a melancholy gray and holding communion only with the birds and trees; a life of retirement away from the vain world; a life into which no man came. It had its attractions, but she decided that gray did not suit her.
Here, the certain temple rule, this seems to me to have a certain responsibility to look after the well-being of society and look after buddhism and culture. I consider these part of the practice of spirituality. There is no competition between spiritual practice and party politics. That is outdated. We already, since 2001, have elected political position. My position is semi-retired. I am looking forward to complete retirement.