By law of periodical repetition, everything which has happened once must happen again and again — and not capriciously, but at regular periods, and each thing in its own period, not another’s and each obeying its own law.
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- It is a good idea to obey all the rules when you’re young just so you’ll have the strength to break them when you’re old.
- Evolution is the law of policies: Darwin said it, Socrates endorsed it, Cuvier proved it and established it for all time in his paper on The Survival of the Fittest. These are illustrious names, this is a mighty doctrine: nothing can ever remove it from its firm base, nothing dissolve it, but evolution.
- A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.
- What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut.
- What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. No smallest atom of our moral, mental, or physical structure can stand still a year. It grows — it must grow; nothing can prevent it.
- To succeed in the other trades, capacity must be shown; in the law, concealment of it will do.