THINK BEFOREHAND

Think beforehand .
To-day for to-morrow, and even for many days hence. The greatest foresight consists in determining
beforehand the time of trouble. For the provident there are no mischances and for the careful no narrow
escapes. We must not put off thought till we are up to the chin in mire. Mature reflection can get over
the most formidable difficulty. The pillow is a silent Sibyl, and it is better to sleep on things beforehand
than lie awake about them afterwards. Many act first and then think afterwards–that is, they think less
of consequences than of excuses: others think neither before nor after. The whole of life should be one
course of thought how not to miss the right path. Rumination and foresight enable one to determine the
line of life.

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Longreads’ Best of WordPress, Vol. 4

10 Favourite stories from across WordPress.

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It’s time for our latest edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress: below are 10 outstanding stories from across WordPress, published over the past month.

You can find Volumes 1, 2 and 3 here — and you can follow Longreads on WordPress.com for all of our daily reading recommendations.

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1. The Moral Dilemmas Of Narrative (Bill Marvel, Gangrey)

Bill Marvel on journalism and the quest for empathy in telling other people’s stories:

Compassion and sensitivity thus tell us how to approach our subjects from the outside.

Empathy, the word Lee Hancock murmured that morning, is more difficult. Because empathy requires that we approach our subjects from the inside. We try to enter into the emotions, thoughts, the very lives of those we…

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* Life Is Not Merely To Be Alive, But To Be Well- Marcus Valerius
* If You Wouldst live long, live well; for folly and wickedness- Benjamin Franklin
* So Many People Spend Their Health Gaining Wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health- A. J. Reb Materi
* A Man Too Busy To Take Care Of His Health Is Like a Mechanic too busy to take care of his tools- Spanish Proverb
* He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not -Italian Proverb
* Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other -Joseph Addison
* All excess is ill, but drunkenness is the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and bad- William Penn.
* Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are – Anthelme Brillat
* Humour is the instinct for taking pain playfully – Max Eastman
* Worry, fear, distrust and anxiety are all poisonous to man, AVOID THEM!
Shakespeare ‘said above all; to thine self be true’.

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Release Our Girls Now

The Pathetic Story Of The Over 200 Kidnapped GGSS Chibok Girls Is No News Now. It Is The Hear-say that litters the head lines of various newspapers, journals and has become the main topic of numerous columns and blogs.
The World Over Has Become United In The Fight Against Terrorism Especially One That Has Its Aim In Denying People Of Their Basic Right To Education. The Girls In Captivity Are In a State Of God-Knows-how. As The World Unite In The Fight Against This Sect, Nigerians Must Forget (Pocket, Keep at bay) their differences in order to tackle this sect that is out to make the Northern Part Of Nigeria nondescript and ungovernable. They Must Take To Heart What They Ought To Do For The Government and people as a whole to rid Nigeria Of this man-made disaster. Lend Your Voice this ever growing campaign- #BringBackOurGirls #ReleaseOurGirlsNow

Silver’s diary

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“Peace” of advice

Dear diary,

I was in a public bus the other day (a one-hour journey), trying not to breath as often as I was normally supposed to. Now you must be wondering why I may have wanted to kill myself. No be so o. (NOTE: no one can commit suicide by holding their own breath).
It was the woman that was sitting beside me-to my left. She had this terrible smell oozing from her direction (thanks to untidiness) and to worsen it all, she was sitting by the window. So with every wind blow I was greeted by an unpleasant slap of her aura. Not just that, she iced the cake by eating boiled egg and roasted groundnut (who does that?).
Anyway, that was not all I was suffering in the bus. On my right was another woman and her overweight son. The boy was about three to…

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The New Classics: 21 Writers Tell Us Which Books They’d Add to the Canon

Adding Canon

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What makes a book a classic? We’ve been revisiting the question recently thanks to a piece by Laura Miller at Salon,which explored what makes a book worthy of inclusion in the canon. Should David Foster Wallace be counted among the greats? Does Slaughterhouse-Five stand alongside Ulysses and the novels of Charles Dickens? Do these questions even really matter?

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Which Books Should We Stop Calling Classics?

We need to readjust

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Recently, at Salon, Laura Miller wondered what makes a book a classic, and who gets to say which books should be included in the conversation: do booksellers or online book communities like Goodreads get to make the call? Do critics? Should we consider David Foster Wallace’s work among these classics, even though it’s so recent? Does a canon even exist or matter?

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