In verse and aphorism, Pickings recommended good health, good roads, good business, and the single standard of morality.
He was a correspondent of many of the nickel-plated Great Men whose pictures and sonorous aphorisms appeared in the magazines: the advertising men who wrote little books about Pep and Optimism, the editor of the magazine which told clerks how to become Goethes and Stonewall Jacksons by studying correspondence-courses and never touching the manhood-rotting beer, and the cornfield sage who was equally an authority on finance, peace, biology, editing, Peruvian ethnology, and making…
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She often quotes St. Augustine’s aphorism, "Love the sinner and hate the sin."
He shared his latest aphorism: "Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long."