The word “strained” in this context means “constrained” or “forced.” In The Merchant of Venice Portia begs Shylock for mercy. She is saying that mercy must be freely given. We often confuse mercy with something that must be earned or deserved, but if that were the case the action would not be “mercy.” Shakespeare‘s thirty-two words are…

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So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury, and makes sharper the contrast between the house of have and the house of want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent. — Henry George. Every year Forbes Magazine comes out with editions about the richest men…

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Non cooperation with evil is much a duty as cooperation with good. — Gandhi. Gandhi’s non-cooperation and civil disobedience won India its freedom from Great Britain, and his words and actions won him world wide acclamation. I have been a big fan for years and have and read several biographies. I am drawn to his…

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Think you are too young to make a difference? Ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776: James Monroe, 18 Aaron Burr, 20 Alexander Hamilton, 21 James Madison, 25 Thomas Jefferson, 33 John Adams, 40 Paul Revere, 41 George Washington, 44 Consider: “The U.S. had more job openings this spring than unemployed Americans.” (Wall…

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