They said in the French Revolution there was a conte whose ruling passion was the fear of being guillotined. Civil life may show many men whose ruling passion is the fear of being robbed. I woke & watched one night a dull hour on hearing noises, steps below stairs or creaking of windows or doors. But the love of my spoons shall not again hinder me from sleep.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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