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To relive the relationship between owner and slave we can consider how we treat our cars and dogs -- a dog exercising a somewhat similar leverage on our mercies and an automobile being comparable in value to a slave in those days. Edward Hoagland#Slavery 53
Edward Hoagland#Slavery 53
True solitude is a din of birdsong, seething leaves, whirling colors, or a clamor of tracks in the snow. Edward Hoagland#Solitude 52
Edward Hoagland#Solitude 52
Men often compete with one another until the day they die; comradeship consists of rubbing shoulders jocularly with a competitor. Edward Hoagland#Competition 49
Edward Hoagland#Competition 49
Many people have believed that they were Chosen, but none more baldly than the Texans. Edward Hoagland#Believed 47
Edward Hoagland#Believed 47
Men greet each other with a sock on the arm, women with a hug, and the hug wears better in the long run. Edward Hoagland#Men 46
Edward Hoagland#Men 46
Country people tend to consider that they have a corner on righteousness and to distrust most manifestations of cleverness, while people in the city are leery of righteousness but ascribe to themselves all manner of cleverness. Edward Hoagland#City 44
Edward Hoagland#City 44
Land of opportunity, land for the huddled masses where would the opportunity have been without the genocide of those Old Guard, bristling Indian tribes? Edward Hoagland#Genocide 22
Edward Hoagland#Genocide 22
There is a time of life somewhere between the sullen fugues of adolescence and the retrenchments of middle age when human nature becomes so absolutely absorbing one wants to be in the city constantly, even at the height of summer. Edward Hoagland#City 21
Edward Hoagland#City 21
Country people do not behave as if they think life is short; they live on the principle that it is long, and savor variations of the kind best appreciated if most days are the same. Edward Hoagland#Appreciated 20
Edward Hoagland#Appreciated 20
Animals are stylized characters in a kind of old saga - stylized because even the most acute of them have little leeway as they play out their parts. Edward Hoagland#Acute 17
Edward Hoagland#Acute 17
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