Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. [Be it resolved] that all women, of whatever age, rank, profession, or degree; whether virgin maids or widows; that shall after the passing of this Act, impose upon and betray into matrimony any of His Majesty's male subjects, by scents, paints, cosmetics, washes, artificial teeth, false hair, Spanish wool, iron stays, hoops, high-heeled shoes, or bolstered hips, shall incur the penalty of the laws now in force against witchcraft, sorcery, and such like misdemeanours, and that the marriage, upon conviction, shall stand null and void.
What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self-critical? A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought.
That means no power saws, no sanding, no saw dust, no smelly stain, NO MESS!
[May one] doubt whether, in cheese and timber, worms are generated, or, if beetles and wasps, in cow-dung, or if butterflies, locusts, shellfish, snails, eels, and such life be procreated of putrefied matter, which is to receive the form of that creature to which it is by formative power disposed[?
] To question this is to question reason, sense, and experience.
If he doubts this, let him go to Egypt, and there he will find the fields swarming with mice begot of the mud of the Nylus, to the great calamity of the inhabitants.
Excluded from honors and from offices, we cannot attach ourselves to the State or Government from having held a place of eminence.
Even in the freest countries our property is subject to the control and disposal of our partners, to whom the laws have given a sovereign authority.I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and by men who are equally certain that they represent the divine will.I am sure that either the one or the other is mistaken in the belief, and perhaps in some respects, both.Terence, this is stupid stuff: You eat your victuals fast enough; There can't be much amiss, 'tis clear, To see the rate you drink your beer.But oh, good Lord, the verse you make, It gives a chap the belly-ache.Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.