We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains — chains of training, custom, convention, association, environment—in a word. Circumstance — and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in vain.
— Mark Twain, “3,000 Years Among the Microbes”, 1905
A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well.
— Frederick Douglass, The Portable Frederick Douglass, 2016
Without Language Barriers
A curé of a large city in France was obliged, upon a certain festival day, to reply to a Latin discourse, but as he did not understand that language, he managed to get out of the scrape by observing, “The apostles, sir, spoke many languages; you have just addressed me in Latin, and I am going to answer you in French.”
— American Masonic Record, December 29, 1827
Yes: I am a dreamer. For…
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