Jingshen is the Mandarin word for spirit and vivacity. It is an important word for those who would lead, because above all things, spirit and vivacity set effective organizations apart from those that will decline and die.
The memory, senses, and understanding are, therefore, all of them founded on the imagination, or the vivacity of our ideas.
Cunning is only the mimic of discretion, and may pass upon weak men, as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and gravity for wisdom.
A person who talks with equal vivacity on every subject, excites no interest in any. Repose is necessary in conversation.
We prefer a person with vivacity and high spirits, though bordering up on insolence, to the timid and pusillanimous; we are fonder of wit joined to malice than of dullness without it.
Cunning is only the mimic of discretion, and may pass upon weak men in the same manner as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and gravity for wisdom.
Superstition is related to this life, religion to the next; superstition is allied to fatality, religion to virtue; it is by the vivacity of earthly desires that we become superstitious; it is. on the contrary, by the sacrifice of these desires that we become religious.
Of metaphors, those generally conduce most to energy or vivacity of style which illustrate an intellectual by a sensible object.
If our friends do us a service, we think they owe it to us by their title of friend. We never think that they do not owe us their friendship.
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
My love runs by like a day in June, and he makes no friends of sorrows. He'll tread his galloping rigadoon in the pathway of the morrows. He'll live his days where the sunbeams start, nor could storm or wind uproot him. My own dear love, he is all my heart, -- and I wish somebody'd shoot him.