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...shooting the arrow. The bird of Paradise gleams on the lofty branch, and the man takes aim, and draws the tough yew into a crescent with might and main,--and lo! there is never an arrow on the string.
The first great requisite is absolute sincerity. Falsehood and disguise are miseries and misery-makers, under whatever strength of sympathy, or desire to prolong happy thoughts in others for their sake or your own only as sympathizing with theirs, it may originate.All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD.
The pre-eminence of truth over falsehood, even when occasioned by that truth, is as a gentle fountain breathing from forth its air-let into the snow piled over and around it, which it turns into its own substance, and flows with greater murmur; and though it be again arrested, still it is but for a time,--it awaits only the change of the wind to awake and roll onwards its ever increasing stream:--
I semplici pastori Sul Vesolo nevoso, Fatti curvi e... Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
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