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09 February 2007 @ 07:48 am
Tao of the Day  
Penned by a man who stood 4'6" and was a hunchback due to spinal tuberculosis contracted when he was 8. This also caused severe headaches, spasmodic fits, and respiratory problems throughout his life. As he grew older, he could no longer dress himself and wore an iron corset so that he could even sit up straight. He had this to say:

All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee;
All Chance, Direction, which thou canst not see;
All Discord, Harmony, not understood;
All partial Evil, universal Good;
And, spite of Pride, in erring Reason's spite,
One truth is clear, "Whatever is, is right."


- Alexander Pope, The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism by James Geary
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