perhaps this is only a sudden movement of the soul from one to the other
extreme, and in fact it is ever at one point only, as in the case of a
firebrand. Be it so, but at least this indicates agility if not expanse of
354. Man's nature is not always to advance; it has its advances and
Fever has its cold and hot fits; and the cold proves as well as the hot the
greatness of the fire of fever.
The discoveries of men from age to age turn out the same. The kindness and
the malice of the world in general are the same. Plerumque gratae
355. Continuous eloquence wearies.
Princes and kings sometimes play. They are not always on their thrones. They
weary there. Grandeur must be abandoned to be appreciated. Continuity in
everything is unpleasant. Cold is agreeable, that we may get warm.
Nature acts by progress, itus et reditus. It goes and returns, then advances
further, then twice as much backwards, then more forward than ever, etc.
The tide of the sea behaves in the same manner; and so, apparently, does the