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If a man knows the law, find out, though he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can
or sing, so as to wrap the imprisoned soul in an elysium; or can paint a landscape, and convey into souls and ochres all the enchantments of Spring or Autumn; or can liberate and intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses; it is certain that the secret cannot be kept; the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his doors.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his father only shook his head slowly and puffed his
and said that sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was best not to take chances. It was why, he said, he crossed himself whenever a black cat crossed his path.
This is quite a three-
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes)
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