Edmund. 25 year old Bostonian. Third year law school student and a degree holder in American/Legal History. Lover of fine art, literature, and sports. Ardent supporter of the free market and individual liberty. I admire those who build and discover things, both physical and intellectual.

My title comes from this line: "...a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

 

An American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person he generally selects Mark Twain.

Thomas Edison

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Twain

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
- Mark Twain
My New Years Resolution is going to be to write better. I have always been very damn good at writing, but there is always room for improvement. So, writing goals for this year? I am done using contractions unless they are being used for the purpose of shortening a tweet. I read recently that you can spot fake Thomas Jefferson documents by the use of contractions. He did not use them. Good writers generally do not, so why should I? Yes it may be easier to write “don’t” instead of “do not” but when you read what you have said back to yourself the latter option will usually sound better.
My other goal, in a broader sense, will be to write more. The last few months have been a drag with school. I’ve rarely picked up a pen for anything other than the study of law. That needs to change; if not for my writings sake then for my sanity. I love to write and thus I should do so more often. I have always said that I have ideas for books and intend to write at least one. This should be the year I do it. I am capable of it, so why not? I will not be doing it for the sake of publishing or anything like that, but instead for myself. I need to push myself to new limits and this is will be one way of doing so. 

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

- Mark Twain

My New Years Resolution is going to be to write better. I have always been very damn good at writing, but there is always room for improvement. So, writing goals for this year? I am done using contractions unless they are being used for the purpose of shortening a tweet. I read recently that you can spot fake Thomas Jefferson documents by the use of contractions. He did not use them. Good writers generally do not, so why should I? Yes it may be easier to write “don’t” instead of “do not” but when you read what you have said back to yourself the latter option will usually sound better.

My other goal, in a broader sense, will be to write more. The last few months have been a drag with school. I’ve rarely picked up a pen for anything other than the study of law. That needs to change; if not for my writings sake then for my sanity. I love to write and thus I should do so more often. I have always said that I have ideas for books and intend to write at least one. This should be the year I do it. I am capable of it, so why not? I will not be doing it for the sake of publishing or anything like that, but instead for myself. I need to push myself to new limits and this is will be one way of doing so. 

Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms

Twain

Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.

Mark Twain