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    ~ It is a general conviction that good or bad friends can decisively alter the course of a personality. Perhaps it may be true for those fundamentally weak in
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 5, 2006
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      ~ It is a general conviction that good or bad friends can decisively
      alter the course of a personality. Perhaps it may be true for those
      fundamentally weak in spirit whose rudders are always in the hands
      of the steersmen. During my life, I believe, neither my school
      friends, my war friends, nor my political friends ever had the
      slightest influence upon me. I have listened always with intense
      interest to their words, their suggestions and sometimes to their
      advice, but I am sure that whenever I took an extreme decision I
      have obeyed only the firm commandment of will and conscience which
      came from within.
      I do not believe in the supposed influence of books. I do not
      believe in the influence which comes from perusing the books about
      the lives and characters of men.
      For myself, I have used only one big book.
      For myself, I have had only one great teacher.
      The book is life lived.
      The teacher is day-by-day experience.
      The reality of experience is far more eloquent than all the theories
      and philosophies on all the tongues and all the shelves.
      I have never, with closed eyes, accepted the thoughts of others when
      they were estimating events and realities, either in the normal
      course of things or when the situation appeared exceptional. I have
      searched, to be sure with a spirit of analysis, the whole ancient
      and modern history of my Country. I have drawn parallels because I
      wanted to explore to the depths on the basis of historical fact the
      profound sources of our national life and of our character, and to
      compare our capacities with those of other peoples. ~

      these words were dictated, written in manuscript, corrected by the
      speaker, translated, prepared for the printers, published in book
      form. who??
    • louise
      ... decisively ... those ... theories ... when ... have ... I ... the ... here s a little more ... ~ On my soldier friends the life of trench warfare - hard
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 5, 2006
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        --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, "louise" <hecubatoher@...> wrote:
        >
        > ~ It is a general conviction that good or bad friends can
        decisively
        > alter the course of a personality. Perhaps it may be true for
        those
        > fundamentally weak in spirit whose rudders are always in the hands
        > of the steersmen. During my life, I believe, neither my school
        > friends, my war friends, nor my political friends ever had the
        > slightest influence upon me. I have listened always with intense
        > interest to their words, their suggestions and sometimes to their
        > advice, but I am sure that whenever I took an extreme decision I
        > have obeyed only the firm commandment of will and conscience which
        > came from within.
        > I do not believe in the supposed influence of books. I do not
        > believe in the influence which comes from perusing the books about
        > the lives and characters of men.
        > For myself, I have used only one big book.
        > For myself, I have had only one great teacher.
        > The book is life lived.
        > The teacher is day-by-day experience.
        > The reality of experience is far more eloquent than all the
        theories
        > and philosophies on all the tongues and all the shelves.
        > I have never, with closed eyes, accepted the thoughts of others
        when
        > they were estimating events and realities, either in the normal
        > course of things or when the situation appeared exceptional. I
        have
        > searched, to be sure with a spirit of analysis, the whole ancient
        > and modern history of my Country. I have drawn parallels because
        I
        > wanted to explore to the depths on the basis of historical fact
        the
        > profound sources of our national life and of our character, and to
        > compare our capacities with those of other peoples. ~
        >
        > these words were dictated, written in manuscript, corrected by the
        > speaker, translated, prepared for the printers, published in book
        > form. who??
        >

        here's a little more ...

        ~ On my soldier friends the life of trench warfare - hard and
        fascinating - has left, as it has upon me, a profound effect. Great
        friendships are not perfected on school benches, nor in political
        assemblies. Only in front of the magnitude and the suggestiveness
        of danger, only after having lived together in the anxieties and
        torments of War can one measure the soundness of a friendship or
        measure in advance how long it is destined to go on.
        In politics, Iitalian life had a rather short panorama of men. All
        know each other. I have not forgotten those who in other days were
        my companions in the Socialistic struggle. Their friendship
        remains, provided they on their part acknowledge the need to make
        amends for many errors, and provided they have been able to
        understand that my political evolution has been the product of a
        constant expansion, of a flow from springs always nearer to the
        realities of living life and always further away from the rigid
        structures of sociological theorists.
        My Fascisti friends live always in my thought. I believe the
        younger ones have special place there. The organization of Fascismo
        was marked and stamped with Youth. It has youth's spirit and it
        gathered youth, which like a young orchard has many years of
        productiveness for the future. ~

        Benito Mussolini, My Autobiography, [pp29-31],
        tr. Richard Washburn Child, American Ambassador to Italy May 1921 to
        February 1924. Hutchinson & Co, pbk. (47th thousand).
        The translator comments in his foreword:
        ~ I remembered Lord Curzon's impatience with him long ago, when
        Mussolini had first come into power, and Curzon used to refer to him
        as "that absurd man."
        Time has shown that he was neither violent nor absurd. Time has
        shown that he is both wise and humane.
        It takes the world a long time to see what has been dropped into the
        pan of its old scales. ~

        Well, all I'm pointing out here is that words have multiple
        references for different people, according to experience, which
        includes the facts of one's formative years, nation, language,
        employments, struggles, health and illness. The word, 'fascist',
        needs a good airing. Even idealistic Dog Boys may become Pavlovian
        by social training.

        Louise
        ... in love with language
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