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«The ruin of the human heart is self-interest, which the American merchant calls self-service. We have become a self-service populace, and all our specious comforts --the automatic elevator, the escalator, the cafeteria --are depriving us of volition and moral and physical energy.»
Author: Edward Dahlberg
, self interest
«The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, / Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus; / And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.»
«Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? / Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.»
, Pillars of
, The Valiant
, the Wilderness
«The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who makes up his decision on what he has seen. He is thoroughly persuaded of the truths of arithmetic. There is always a reason, in the man, for his good or bad fortune in making money. Men talk as if there were some magic about this. He knows that all goes on the old road, pound for pound, cent for cent / for every effect a perfect cause / and that good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.»
«Those who have such pre-ordained destiny, come to the Guru and meet Him. They love to serve, O my merchant friend, and through the Guru, they are illuminated by the Name of the Lord, Har, Har.»
«Your breath comes to its end, O my merchant friend, and your shoulders are weighed down by the tyrant of old age. Not one iota of virtue came into you, O my merchant friend; bound and gagged by evil, you are driven along.»
«You do not distinguish between good and evil, O my merchant friend - your mind is intoxicated with ego.»
«The merchant has no country»