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Style: The art of writing well by F. L. Lucas

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CHAPTER 8: Good Health and Vitality

HONESTY AND VERACITY, it seems then, can be kept only by constant self-control. ‘Know thyself’ – ‘Nothing too much’. But our much-governed generation, at least, should have learnt that too many controls are dangerous. Beginning as necessities, they often end as abuses. Through the ages, indeed, men have swung uneasily backwards and forwards from indulgence to austerity, from austerity to indulgence; partly from force of circumstances, partly because the innate aggressiveness of human nature can easily turn from tyrannizing others to tyrannizing itself. The ascetic is often one who sacrifices healthier pleasures to that of playing dictator in his own soul.

There is the more danger of this because our conscious ...

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