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...of water in a river, gauging them by the fathom instead of appreciating them as individuals. Such men are reckoned and weighed merely as so many bodies: they have never been individualized by conscience, after the manner of souls.
He who floats with the current, who does not guide himself according to higher principles, who has no ideal, no convictions--such a man is a mere article of the world's furniture--a thing moved, instead of a living and moving being--an echo, not a voice.The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.as the barometer is the obedient servant of the air at rest, and the weathercock the humble servant of the air in motion.
January 21, 1866.--This evening after supper I did not know whither to betake my solitary self. I was hungry for conversation, society, exchange of ideas. It occurred to me to go and see our friends, the ----s; they were at supper. Afterward we went into the _salon_: mother and daughter sat down to the piano and sang a duet by Boieldieu. The ivory keys of the old... La Mance, Thomas
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