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We read L. Note, however, that Walton also has his quirks -- consider nr. As Walton explains in his introduction, the maxims are "original in their mode of expression rather than in their content". These are familiar, common-sensical suggestions and observations -- even including such platitudes as "live virtuously".

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We read L. Note, however, that Walton also has his quirks -- consider nr. As Walton explains in his introduction, the maxims are "original in their mode of expression rather than in their content". These are familiar, common-sensical suggestions and observations -- even including such platitudes as "live virtuously". The pleasure lies in the language and the presentation.

The language is tough -- old Spanish, refracted through occasionally stilted English. Still, the bilingual edition allows one to get a good sense of how he expresses himself. The presentation is more interesting. It appears to be a complete object in itself but on opening it another box is revealed, and on opening that, another, and so on until one reaches the core, a miniature so small that it can barely be handled.

Each maxim begins Then come the reasons, explanations, elucidations, conclusions. Not neatly, logically built up, but still supporting each idea. Nuggets that struck us along the way include: Unhappy the talent devoted to evil ends! Knowledge without wisdom is doubly folly. What a misfortune it is for our age that it should look upon virtue as peculiar and vice as normal. To be different from others merely serves to brand oneself with a special mark of folly which excites, in turn, derision in some people and annoyance in others.

Certainly, we can think of any number of people politicians, in particular who could benefit from a good dose of this stuff. Worth a look.

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He studied at a Jesuit school in and and theology in Zaragoza. He was ordained in and took his final vows in He assumed the vows of the Jesuits in and dedicated himself to teaching in various Jesuit schools. He spent time in Huesca , where he befriended the local scholar Vincencio Juan de Lastanosa , who helped him achieve an important milestone in his intellectual upbringing.

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You must sometimes correct it, sometimes assist it. For it is all important for our happiness and balances reason. The imagination can tyrannize, not being content with looking on, but influences and even often dominates our life. It can make is happy or burden us, depending on the folly that it leads us to. It can make us either content or discontent with ourselves. Before some people it continually holds up the penalties of action and becomes the mortifying lash of fools.

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