Saturday, February 11, 2012


The State of Man

William Shenstone (1714-1763), Essays on Men and Manners (Philadelphia: William W. Morse, 1804), p. 162:
The state of man is not unlike that of a fish hooked by an angler. Death allows us but a little line. We flounce, and sport, and vary our situation: but when we would extend our schemes, we discover our confinement, checked and limited by a superior hand, who drags us from our element whenever he pleases.

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