September 23

WORK of his hand
He nor commends nor grieves;
Pleads for help the fact;
As unrepenting Nature leaves
Her every act.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


MAKE not the Consequence of Virtue the Ends thereof. Be not beneficent for a Name or Cymbal of Applause, nor exact and punctual in Commerce, for the Advantages of Trust and Credit, which attend the Reputation of just and true Dealing: for such Rewards, tho’ unsought for, plain Virtue will bring with her, whom all Men honour, tho’ they pursue not.
Sir Thomas Browne

WHO is only good that others may know it, and that he may be the better esteemed when ’tis known, who will do well but upon condition that his virtue may be known to men, is one from whom much service is not to be expected.
Michael E. Montaigne

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