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Does The Road Wind Uphill All The Way?

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) The illustration is © CoraMax | View Portfolio via Shutterstock

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How many seas must a white dove sail?

How many roads most a man walk down Before you call him a man ? How many seas must a white dove sail Before she sleeps in the sand ? Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly Before … Continue reading

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Exploration: John Wesley Powell

We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore. What falls there are, we know not; what rocks beset the channel, we know not; what walls ride over the river, we know not. Ah, well! we … Continue reading

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Black Clouds and Crystal Rain: Nizami

In the hour of adversity, be not without hope, for crystal rain falls from black clouds. Nizami Ganjavi, Persian, 1141-1209 The illustration is by Nejron Photo via Shutterstock

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Say Not The Struggle Naught Availeth: Arthur Hugh Clough

Say not the struggle naught availeth, The labour and the wounds are vain, The enemy faints not, nor faileth, And as things have been, things remain. If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars; It may be, in yon smoke … Continue reading

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Made for Milder Weather: Thoreau

I am a parcel of vain strivings tied By a chance bond together, Dangling this way and that, their links Were made so loose and wide, Methinks, For milder weather. Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 The illustration is by Fernando Cortes via Shutterstock

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