The wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others' advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily; to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous mien, as being ashamed of our high calling.
Yes, there are parallels. The difference is that i just look at [my son] david and think that he's absolutely perfect, whereas you look at the finished book and you think, 'oh, damn it, i should have changed that.' you're never happy. Whereas with a baby, you're happy. If you've got a perfect baby, you're just grateful.
Years ago someone wrote [about me]: 'she characterizes molly weasley as a mother who is only at home looking after the children.' i was deeply offended, because i until a year before that had also been such a mother who was at home all the time taking care of her child [...] what has lesser status and is more difficult than raising a child? And what is more important?
It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, "and this too, shall pass away." how much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!
Part of what makes a language 'alive' is its constant evolution. I would hate to think britain would ever emulate france, where they actually have a learned faculty whose job it is to attempt to prevent the incursion of foreign words into the language. I love editing harry with arthur levine, my american editor-the differences between 'british english' (of which there must be at least 200 versions) and 'american english' (ditto!) are a source of constant interest and amusement to me.
Will is the measure of power. To a great genius there must be a great will. If the thought is not a lamp to the will, does not proceed to an act, the wise are imbecile. He alone is strong and happy who has a will. The rest are herds. He uses; they are used. He is of the maker; they are of the made. Will is always miraculous, being the presence of god to men. When it appears in a man he is a hero, and all metaphysics are at fault.
I would be a liar if i said i don't care [about my appearance]; yes, i care. I found it very difficult, when i first became well known, to read criticism about how i look, how messy my hair was, and how generally unkempt i look. The nastiest thing ever written was written by a man, and i do remember that. I wasn't looking for it either, it was just simply in the newspaper i was reading.
Hence, the less government we have, the better,--the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formalgovernment, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the individual; the appearance of the principal to supersede the proxy; the appearance of the wise man, of whom the existing government, is, it must be owned, but a shabby imitation.
But the wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting; that the state must follow, and notlead the character and progress of the citizen; the strongest usurper is quickly got rid of; and they only who build on ideas, build for eternity; and that the form of government which prevails, is the expression of what cultivation exists in the population which permits it.
We are driven by self-interest, its necessary to survive. But we need wise self-interest that is generous and co-operative, taking others interests into account. Co-operation comes from friendship, friendship comes from trust, and trust comes from kind-heartedness. Once you have a genuine sense of concern for others, theres no room for cheating, bullying or exploitation.
'god put the rainbow in the clouds, not just in the sky'... It is wise to realize we already have rainbows in our clouds, or we wouldn't be here. If the rainbow is in the clouds, then in the worst of time, there is the possibility of seeing hope... We can say 'i can be a rainbow in the cloud for someone yet to be.' that may be our calling.
Happiness itself is sufficient excuse. Beautiful things are right and true; so beautiful actions are those pleasing to the gods. Wise men have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it. The answer to the last appeal of what is right lies within a man's own breast. Trust thyself.