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Avoiding Disappointment: Hilaire Belloc

I had a friend, a most intimate friend, who told me in early life that it was a good tip to expect the worst, for thus one would receive no disappointment. I did not follow his advice; but I watched … Continue reading

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He Never Expected Much: Thomas Hardy

Well, World, you have kept faith with me, Kept faith with me; Upon the whole you have proved to be Much as you said you were. Since as a child I used to lie Upon the leaze and watch the … Continue reading

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The Pessimist: Benjamin Franklin King

Nothing to do but work, Nothing to eat but food, Nothing to wear but clothes To keep one from going nude. Nothing to breathe but air Quick as a flash ‘t is gone; Nowhere to fall but off, Nowhere to … Continue reading

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Surgical Operations:Ambrose Bierce

Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live. Ambrose Bierce The illustration is copyright: Apples Eyes Studio via Shutterstock

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