It proved that the Essence of the Sun Spirit was Truth, but its Aura and Effluxion were Cheerfulness: "Face always the day with the dawn-laugh with the enthusiasm of the initiate who perceives that all works together in the revolutions of the Wheel and who answers the strictures of the Soured Souls of the Destructionists with a Glad Affirmation—"
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My father had less mad strictures about the city, though still intense ones.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
For the first time, I understood the stern Scotch strictures against idleness that had seemed like mere quaintness before—or after, as the case might be.