It was one of his axioms that similar meditations or the automatic relation to himself of a narrative concerning himself or tranquil recollection of the past when practised habitually before retiring for the night alleviated fatigue and produced as a result sound repose and renovated vitality.
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We prove with axioms. We do not prove axioms, so we have to agree on a place to start.
It is an axiom of governance that power, once acquired, is seldom freely relinquished.