further yet; whoever fair and chaste
Rejects mankind, is by some sylph embrac'd:
For spirits, freed from mortal laws, with ease
Assume what sexes and what shapes they please.
What guards the purity of melting maids,
In courtly balls, and midnight masquerades,
Safe from the treach'rous friend, the daring spark,
The glance by day, the whisper in the dark,
When kind occasion prompts their warm desires,
When music softens, and when dancing fires?
'Tis but their sylph, the wise celestials know,
Though honour is the word with men below.
~ ~ ~
Rape of the Lock: Canto I
by Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
to Gandhi, the seven sins are
wealth without works,
pleasure without conscience,
knowledge without character,
commerce without morality,
science without humanity,
worship without sacrifice
and politics without principle."
~ ~ ~
~ President Jimmy Carter ~
must be the change we wish to see in the world."
~ Mahatma Gandhi ~
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