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The following quotes illustrate the topic's ambiguity.  Use these to establish the scope of your topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.

"So live that you can look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell."    Anon.

"The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go."    Humphrey Bogart

"No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person."    Willa Cather

"Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?"    Ralph Waldo Emerson

"[I am] lord of myself, accountable to none."    Benjamin Franklin"

"If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it."    Henry Ford

"It is easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got athing--that's the Lord's test."    Mahalia Jackson

"I do desire we may be better strangers."    William Shakespeare

How happy is he born and taught,
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his utmost skill."
                             from The Character of a Happy Life by Sir Henry Wotton

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_ _ _    Teaching a Stone to Talk:  Expeditions and Encounters.
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