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A not so very aged woman who tells her real age could tell just anything. [A saying]

If your capacity to acquire has outstripped your capacity to enjoy, you are on the way to the scrap-heap. [Glen Buck]

An education isn't always how much you have committed to memory . . . In part it's also getting better able to see into what you didn't know. [With Anatole France]

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body, preferably well united. [With Humboldt]

"Through elevated observation"

We should try to welcome good opportunities. They can be inbringing in some way or other.

It may work well to plan future activity in the light of deep and good sets of purposes above good conformity only.

Much in a life depends on changing allegiances, and on changing the direction of one's loyalties and the like.

We should try to welcome positive opportunities and appreciate and attune to beauty where we find it. Elevated observation may take place in a parade of bathing beauties too.

The ones who learn to observe candidly may raise some new standards that show others that some have struggled through and kept faithful to their own best outlooks and the like. That could be inspiring.

Difficult Outlooks

Seeing a puppy being beaten one day, the Greek thinker Pythagoras (c. 580 BC) took pity and said, "Stop, don't beat it. It's the soul of a friend I recognised when I heard it crying out."

A Turkish pasha was surveying the field with his glass. An aide-de-camp rode up and cried, "All our artillery has been captured!"

The pasha stroked his beard philosophically and said, "Fortunately it wasn't paid for."

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