11 Apr 2018 xerox
here's the pleasure of close-reading texts:
In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue. It is the practice of sacrificing to those whom we meet in society all the little conveniences and preferences which will gratify them, and deprive us of nothing worth a moment's consideration; it is the giving a pleasing and flattering turn to our expressions which will conciliate others, and make them pleased with us as well as themselves. How cheap a price for the good will of another! When this is in return for a rude thing said by another, it brings him to his senses, it mortifies and corrects him in the most salutary way, and places him at the feet of your good nature in the eyes of the company. But in stating prudential rules for our government in society I must not omit the important one of never entering into dispute or argument with another.
Is it Oscar Wilde's remark about education of woman, ' to live 10 years with a man... is enough of it...' or something like that...
After reading that biography of Jefferson, if I were to be asked to pick out his private sins' or intellectual compromises among all other public virtues, two factual incidents, whence in one Jefferson elected peace over justice and the other public injustice over private justice. 1. In regards of the peculiar death of his mentor George Wythe and his slave Michael Brown whom Wythe entrusted Jefferson as a guardian upon his death in his will. 2. In a letter from Abigail Adams to Jefferson, she professed about the reason of a once-broken friendship between John Adams and Jefferson. Luckily, they explained how their public enmity occurs and for the right reason on each side before they both expired in 1826 through approximately 380 letters preserved.
my private note/source: