Jacob Astley, 1st Baron Astley of Reading

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Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.
Iris Murdoch
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Jacob Astley (1579–February 1652) was a Royalist commander in the English Civil War.

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  • O Lord! thou knowest how busy I must be this day: if I forget thee, do not thou forget me.
    • Prayer before the Battle of Edgehill, quoted by Sir Philip Warwick, Memoires, 1701.

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  • Well, boys, you have done your work, now you may go and play - if you don't fall out among yourselves.
    • After surrendering

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