Chapter 1 The Meaning of Life Machiavelli’s teaching would hardly have stood the test of Parliamentary government, for public discussion demands at least the profession of good faith. Lord Acton (British literary figure) A life which does not go into action is a failure. Arnold J. Toynbee (historian) I think one of the greatest joys I have now in my career and in my profession is to be playing at an age where I can appreciate it more than I used to . . . It’s a whole different lens you look through the older you get. Andre Agassi (tennis player) The profession had a profound saddening effect on my life. Armand Assante (actor) In England, the profession of the law is that which seems to hold out the strongest attraction to talent, from the circumstance, that in it ability, cou- pled with exertion, even though unaided by patronage, cannot fail of obtain- ing reward. Charles Babbage (mathematician, scientist) The ABC of our profession is to avoid these large abstract terms in order to try to discover behind them the only concrete realities, which are human beings. Marc Bloch (historian) 3
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