Estate Quotes (3 quotes)
It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love ones neighbor. There may even be a certain antagonism between love of humanity and love of neighbor; a low capacity for getting along with those near us often goes hand in hand with a high receptivity to the idea of the brotherhood of men. About a hundred years ago a Russian landowner by the name of Petrashevsky recorded a remarkable conclusion: Finding nothing worthy of my attachment either among women or among men, I have vowed myself to the service of mankind. He became a follower of Fourier, and installed a phalanstery on his estate. The end of the experiment was sad, but what one might perhaps have expected: the peasantsPetrashevskys neighbors-burned the phalanstery.
The commissioners of the treasury moved the king, for the relief of his estate, to disafforest some forests of his, explaining themselves of such forests as lay out of the way, not near any of the kings houses, nor in the course of his progress; whereof he should never have use nor pleasure. Why, saith the king, do you think that Solomon had use and pleasure of all his three hundred concubines?
The crown and glory of life is Character. It is the noblest possession of a man, constituting a rank in itself, and an estate in the general goodwill; dignifying every station, and exalting every position in society. It exercises a greater power than wealth, and secures all the honour without the jealousies of fame. It carries with it an influence which always tells; for it is the result of proved honour, rectitude, and consistencyqualities which, perhaps more than any other, command the general confidence and respect of mankind.