The Autobiography of an Individualist

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Houghton Mifflin, 1912 - Businessmen - 290 pages

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Page 154 - It was the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night, till I confess it began to be something of a bore to me.
Page 280 - Not of the sunlight, Not of the moonlight, Not of the starlight ! O young Mariner, Down to the haven, Call your companions, Launch your vessel, And crowd your canvas, And, ere it vanishes Over the margin, After it, follow it, Follow The Gleam.
Page 118 - In presenting an argument, stating a case, or pleading a cause, other things being equal, I always attributed my intellectual advantage to the fact that in my youth I had received a thorough drilling in Latin and Greek, while my companions as a rule, in my line of life, had not. As a simple, practical equipment for life's journey, what may be called my classical foundation seems to me now to be worth all the other features of my school education put together.
Page 267 - Whatever deprives a man of a personal, individual motive for self-improvement and robust exertion will not make him free, but, on the contrary, more servile and in the long run less intelligent, industrious and free ; for freedom is a matter of character and will-power.
Page 219 - A personable man of seven-and-forty; stoutmade, stands erect as a pillar; with bushy eyebrows, the eyes of him beaming into you in a really strange way; the face massive, grave, with 'a very eminent nose"; his head almost bald, its auburn remnants of hair, and the copious ruddy beard, getting slightly streaked with gray.
Page 260 - No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned. Every dollar received should represent a dollar's worth of service rendered — not gambling in stocks, but service rendered. The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size acquires qualities which differentiate it in kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means.
Page 20 - In all probability he pounces upon a "dunce," takes him by the ear and deposits him silently in the corner of the room with his face to the wall.
Page 276 - Be with us or go hungry"; to the traveler, "Be with us or walk." To the politician as well as to the inoffensive voter it offers an unquestioning alliance or the private life. To the ministers of the Gospel it presents the ultimatum, "Consider our terms or consider religion a dead issue.
Page 184 - ... course of time a sort of intuition of Tightness both of form and substance. To a greater extent than I can possibly explain, a sentence has always been to me a matter of euphony, not only in the measured ring of the words, but also as it were in the sounding significance of the thought.

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