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FEW Journal 25

[NOTE inside front cover:] De Carte's "Three great reserves of Happiness: "

First, lies employment itself. "The brutes, which have only their bodies to conserve are continually occupied in seeking sources of nourishment, but men, of whom the chief part is the mind, ought to make the search after wisdom their principal care; for wisdom is the true nourishment of the mind."

Second, intercourse with the highest minds of all times & countries.

Thirdly, the subjection of his wishes to his condition, (except for our thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power." - Are they?)

"For solid happiness & peace, there are no more favored than those blessed with a master-passion and a monopolizing work." (That I most heartily believe.)

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-- The last, best fruits which come to late perfection, even in the kindliest soul, is tenderness toward the hard, forbearance toward the unforbearing, warmth of heart towards the cold, philanthropy towards the minsanthropic----


[NOTE in left margin:] (June '68)

cure for sea-sickness!!

5 drops choloform in 1 tablespoonful of cold water.

[1st unnumbered page. In pencil at top:] No. 1.

"The majority of men in every age are superficial in character and brittle in purpose and lead "undedicated lives."

("Genius of Solitude.")

-"Exactingness is the bane; renunciation the antidote."

-"Health without denying the evil of the world, enjoys its good, & tries by making the best of it, to rise into something better."

-"Many live to out-strip their rivals, pursue their enemies, gratify their lusts & make a display. Few live distinctly to develop the values of their being, know the truth, love their fellows, enjoy the beauty of the world, & aspire to God. Why are not more persuaded to joint this select class?"

-"The true end of life is the fruition of the faculties of our individual being." (?)

-"The great strug-gle with them [?] as with all, rages between what they desire for the moment, & what they desire really; what they "would" and what they "do."

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Note I have 20 vol. of European Travels.