Archive for October 17th, 2012


democracy & discipline

…where the principles of democracy so universally prevail, where so great an equality and so thorough a leveling spirit predominates, either no discipline can be established, or he who attempts it must become odious and detestable, a position which no one will choose.

Joseph Reed, letter to his wife, quoted in David McCullough’s 1776 (1776)



How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Anne Dillard, The Writing Life (1989)

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