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OBSESSED, p.p. Vexed by an evil spirit, like the Gadarene swine and other critics. Obsession was once more common than read more

OBSESSED, p.p. Vexed by an evil spirit, like the Gadarene swine and other critics. Obsession was once more common than it is now. Arasthus tells of a peasant who was occupied by a different devil for every day in the week, and on Sundays by two. They were frequently seen, always walking in his shadow, when he had one, but were finally driven away by the village notary, a holy man; but they took the peasant with them, for he vanished utterly. A devil thrown out of a woman by the Archbishop of Rheims ran through the trees, pursued by a hundred persons, until the open country was reached, where by a leap higher than a church spire he escaped into a bird. A chaplain in Cromwell's army exorcised a soldier's obsessing devil by throwing the soldier into the water, when the devil came to the surface. The soldier, unfortunately, did not.

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Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.

Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.

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Patience, n. -- A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.

Patience, n. -- A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.

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Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

Revolution: in politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.

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LAND, n. A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private read more

LAND, n. A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society . . .

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