The Ills of Knowing Too Much

Writing and The Written Word

There is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys.

–Robert Louis Stevenson

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The thing to do is to work

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The natural thing to do is to work—to recognize that prosperity and happiness can be obtained only through honest effort.

— Henry Ford

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It is better to be skeptical of all new ideas

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It is better to be skeptical of all new ideas and to insist upon being shown rather than to rush around in a continuous brainstorm after every new idea.

— Henry Ford

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Power and machinery, money and goods

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Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live. They are but means to an end.

— Henry Ford

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To-day

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Here hath been dawning another blue day:
Think, wilt thou let it slip useless away?
Out of Eternity this new day was born;
Into Eternity, at night, will return.
Behold it aforetime no eye ever did;
So soon it forever from all eyes is hid.
Here hath been dawning another blue day:
Think, wilt thou let it slip useless away?

— Thomas Carlyle

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