Robinson Crusoe quotes [Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, 3:16 pm]
The following are some of my favorite quotes from Robinson Crusoe (original spelling and grammar intact), which I finished reading a little while ago. I didn't like the ending very much, but the whole 'solitary man on an island fending for himself' part was very interesting:
"I smil'd to myself at the Sight of this Money. O Drug! said I aloud, what art thou good for? Thou art not worth to me, no not the taking off of the Ground; one of those Knives is worth all this Heap; I have no manner of use for thee, e'en remain where thou art, and go to the Bottom as a Creature whose life is not worth Saving."
"And I add this Part here, to hint to whoever shall read it, that whenever they come to a true Sense of things, they will find Deliverance from Sin a much greater Blessing than Deliverance from Affliction."
"I learn'd to look more upon the bright Side of my Condition, and less upon the dark Side; and to consider what I enjoy'd, rather than what I wanted; and this gave me sometimes such secret Comforts, that I cannot express them all;"
"All our Discomforts about what we want, appear'd to me, to spring from the Want of Thankfulness for what we have."
"How strange a Chequer-Work of Providence is the Life of Man! and by what secret differing Springs are the Affections hurry'd about as differing Circumstances present! To Day we love what to Morrow we hate; to Day we seek what to Morrow we shun; to Day we desire what to Morrow we fear;"
"How little repining there would be among us Mankind, at any Condition of Life, if People would rather compare their Condition with those that are worse, in order to be thankful, than be always comparing them with those which are better, to assist their Murmurings and Complainings."
"yet the Thoughts of shedding Humane Blood for my Deliverance, were very Terrible to me, and such as I could by no Means reconcile my self to, a great while."
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