The Stirrings Of Conscience

The etymologists tell us that the word conscience is derived from the Latin conscire, meaning to know well, or to have an intimate knowledge of something.  This verb could be used in two contexts:  conscire alii (to know something along with someone else), and conscire sibi (to know something with oneself only).  Time and modern usage has given “conscience” the meaning of an internal conviction, a mental recognition of something.

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On The Forgetting Of Offenses And Insults

It is a good thing for us to cultivate our aggressive spirit.  Life requires participation, and participation demands endurance and adrenaline; and he who enters battle with a spirit of meek submissiveness is likely to get precisely what he asks for.  All this is true.  Yet the patient endurance of the pack-mule may be just as valuable as the explosive fury of the panther:  the former triumphs by being able to endure, while the latter may find itself fatally exhausted once its initial burst of energy is spent.  Life more often demands the ability to absorb punishment than the ability to deliver it to others.

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