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Compiled by Charles Noel Douglas, 1940, Blue Ribbon Books, 14 West 49th Street, NY,, Many years ago I read a book, FORTY THOUSAND QUOTATIONS, Prose and Poetical.
I should like to share these with you, with comments I made on a couple of them. Then again, and I have gone back to these through the years for new inspiration, as I read the book I typed the ones that uched my mind and heart. Therefore. It’s a well angels could do no more, Who does p his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. On p of this, enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Quarles. Essentially, abundance changes the value of things.
What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have.
Petit Senn. Great abundance of riches can not be gathered and kept by any man without sin. On p of that. A well-known fact that is. Actually the view we take of these things as insulting, that And so it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. Epictetus. Nevertheless, when, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that it’s your opinion which provokes you. For instance, look, there’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men won’t draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men shan’t turn them to their hurt. La Rochefoucauld. So for all these things they are accountable to God, They are active in their desires, their intentions, and in any thing they say and do of choice. Moral conduct includes nearly any thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. Emmons. Virgil. We can’t do all things. Activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function.
That in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk.
Sir Sidney. By the way, the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. Whittier. Although, tis human actions paint the chart of time. That’s where it starts getting very entertaining. Montgomery. Emerson. On p of this, a great mind is a decent sailor, as a great heart is. Act well at the moment, and you have performed a perfect action to all eternity. Lavater. I have always thought the actions of men better interpreters of their thoughts. Locke.
Act with decision, deliberate with caution. Colton. Carlyle. For example, to do what lies clearly at hand, our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance. There’s a lot more info about it on this website. Adam Clarke. I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Every action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Chapin. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… To do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God’s heaven as a God made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs, it’s not to taste sweet things. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day drudge kindles into a hero. Eventually, to live isn’t merely to breathe. Besides. There’s a lot more information about this stuff here. Rousseau. Magoon. With that said, it’s still better to adopt Cromwell’s procedure, and make the iron hot by striking, It is good policy to strike while the iron is hot. He is much greater who can both raise and rule it, the master spirit who can rule the storm is great.
What we need is the celestial fire to change the flint into transparent crystal, bright and clear, All the means of action the shapeless masses, the materials lie everywhere about us. Longfellow. Bovee. Time’s best gift to us is serenity. You should take it into account. Storm is very much better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Better that we should err in action than wholly refuse to perform. And so it’s corruption also. Stagnation is something worse than death. Simms. Goethe. Of what’s wrong we are always conscious, nobody knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly. Thus that law is amongst the most pregnant of all truths about the mystery of Force, amidst the brightest windows through which modern eyes have looked into the world of Nature, Newton’s great generalization, that he called the third law of motion, was that Action and reaction are always equal to one another.
While having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving, that action isn’t warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing.
Quarles. Shenstone. Amid the most mercenary ages Undoubtedly it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence. Furthermore. Whatever is admirable becomes a lot more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. Consequently. To cultivate admiration, you must be among beautiful things and looking at them, To cultivate sympathy you must be among living creatures, and thinking about them. Let me tell you something. It will be the joyfulest tidings on earth, So in case I were but sure that I should live to see the coming of the Lord. Now let me tell you something. Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Oftentimes So it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. So that I might see His kingdom come!
To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them.
Aughey. Great minds rise above them, Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes. Washington Irving. Chapin. Brightest crowns that are worn in heaven are tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. Actually, thomas a Kempis. Our dependence upon God ought to be so entire and absolute that we must never think it necessary, in any kind of distress, to have recourse to human consolations. However, must not earth be rent before her gems are found? Hemans.
Men think God is destroying them since he is tuning them. However, So it’s not to break it, but to use it tunefully, that he stretches the string upon the musical rack, the violinist screws up the key till the tense chord sounds the concert pitch. As a result. I’m sure you heard about this. Storms purify the atmosphere. It’s a well-known fact that the purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Colton. Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. Notice, begin nothing without considering what the end can be. Lady Montague. Now let me tell you something. Goldsmith. It had been well observed that few are better qualified to give others advice than those who have taken the least of it themselves. They are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil, Harsh counsels have no effect.
They remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain, hearts are flowers.
In spite the fact that it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice a lot more easily than people think, only he wouldn’t bear it when violently given. Richter. Noone was ever the better for advice. Lord Shaftesbury. Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Michelet. You should take it into account. Ellen Howarth. I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. Now look. I’d say if they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. I’m sure it sounds familiar. Hawthorne. Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. Matthew Henry. Laurence Sterne.
It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can not remove.
Loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt. Carlyle. Eternal stars shine out as long as Undoubtedly it’s dark enough. That’s interesting. The sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in ‘welldoing’. Considering the above said. Rutherford. With all that said… Not in sanctifying afflictions, To be honest I believe in sanctified afflictions. Known spurgeon. Reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Have you heard about something like that before? They will let it go, when God makes the world there’s no Gethsemane without its angel! Binney. Rev. Insensibly are we detached from our tenacity of life by the gentle pressure of recorded sorrow, bolywoord as years close around us, the damps of autumn sink into the leaves and prepare them for the necessity of their fall.
If he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, therefore doth top-notch man, As the most generous vine, if it is not pruned, runs out into many superfluous stems, and grows at last weak and fruitless.
Rather than be cut up to burn, let me be pruned, that I may grow. Bishop Hall. Anyways, That’s a fact, it’s worse to wither, if it be painful to bleed. That said. It was environed with a golden circle, to teach us that the storms of affliction, that happen to God’s children, are encompassed with brightness and smiling felicity, the cloud which appeared to the prophet Ezekiel carried with it winds and storms. Nevertheless. Needless to say, which wouldn’t show itself until a certain weight of affliction be put upon it, most of us are aware that there is an elasticity in the human mind, capable of bearing much. Fact, when we are under any affliction we are generally troubled with a malicious kind of melancholy, we only dwell and pore upon the sad and dark occurrences of Providence. The thing is.
I’d say if you take away one of their playthings from them, we are like froward children who, throw away all the rest in spite.
Because we can’t all along walk in the sunshine, we perversely fix only upon the darker passages, and so lose all the comfort of our comforts, Our way in this world is like a walk under a row of trees, checkered with light and shade. Furthermore, alexander Maclaren. Whenever bearing grief for us, bearing grief with us, bearing grief like us, bolywoord when we are journeying through the murky night and the dark woods of affliction and sorrow, oh it’s something to find here and there a spray broken, or a leafy stem bent down with the tread of His foot, and the brush of His hand as He passed, and to remember that the path He trod He has hallowed, and to find lingering fragrance and hidden strength in the remembrance of Him as in all points tempted like as we are.
Age either transfigures or petrifies. Marie ‘Ebner Eschenbach’. Marguerite de Valois. Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart. That’s where it starts getting very serious, right? Goldsmith. I love everything that’s old, old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. Victor Hugo. Fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Whenever silvering over the evening of life, gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon. Richter. Longfellow. As a harper lays his open palm upon his harp, to deaden its vibrations, Time has laid his hand upon my heart gently, not smiting it. Now pay attention please. Landor. Mostly there’s a vast deal of vital air in loving words. So surest sign of age is loneliness.
Alcott. He can’t be old, whatever his years should be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. Daniel Webster. It’s a well the farmers are the founders of civilization. I am sure that the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Hawthorne. Of course. As a result, the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, on p of that pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Basically indeed So it’s the purest of human pleasures; That’s a fact, it’s the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, God Almighty first planted a garden. Essentially. With that said. Nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. With all that said… They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Sir Philip Sydney. We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is will succeed in small things if they’ve been not troubled with great ambition. William Penn. Certainly, the tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. Sir Sidney. To be ambitious of titles, of place, of ceremonial respects and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court, To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue. Noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man by one which is lower than himself. Then, ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Beecher. Other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. For it makes the present troublesome, and discontented, for the uncertain acquisition of a honor which nothing can secure;and, besides a thousand possibilities of miscarrying, it relies upon no greater certainty than our life; and when we are dead all the world sees who was the fool, There is no greater unreasonableness across the world than in the designs of ambition.
Undoubtedly it’s only a clear and good conscience that makes a man noble, for that is derived from heaven itself, The origin of all mankind was identical.
Seneca. Unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition, no man is nobler born than another. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… I thought it right to say this much, to repel the insolence of men who depend entirely upon chance and accidental circumstances for distinction, and forget it on public services and personal merit. On p of that.
They who make this particular parade with their family pictures and pedigrees, are, properly speaking, rather to be called noted or notorious than noble persons.
Men in rage strike those that wish them best. Richardson. People hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Boyes. You should take it into account. Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. Its greatest stumbling block, anger ain’t only the prevailing sin of argument. Needless to say. Eventually, george Eliot. For instance, a man deepwounded may feel identical degree in which a man’s mind is nearer to freedom from all passion, in similar degree also is it nearer to strength.
Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two ‘tear garlands’; pride, two bent knees, Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck.
Richter. Their threatenings serving no other purpose than to forearm him that is threatened, Those passionate persons who carry their heart in their mouth are rather to be pitied than feared. That’s right! Fuller. In the examination of a great and important question, nearly any one gonna be serene, ‘slow pulsed’, and calm. I’m sure you heard about this. Ingersoll. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. Whenever being in themselves all storm and tempest, quiet and easy natures are like fair weather, welcome to all, Angry and choleric men are as ungrateful and unsociable as thunder and lightening. Clarendon. Generally, the coals are, the flame ain’t wrong. Therefore if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, look, that’s sinful, If a man meets with injustice, So it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it.
If we neglect the apparent duties to make provision against visionary attacks, in proportion as our cares are employed upon the future. From a solitary time which we can call our own, and of which, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose.
Johnson. Dr. That’s where it starts getting interesting. Chesterfield. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Do you know an answer to a following question. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events?
Christ’s serenity was among the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust.
Anxiety has no place in the lifespan of one of God’s children. We can not imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. Maltbie Babcock. Needless to say, abd el Kader. Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. Tillotson. Like the dust of gold, the little and short sayings of nice and excellent men are of great value, or the least spark of diamonds. Now please pay attention. Strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good. Maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Joubert. Johnson.
He may justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that should be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind.
For the most part there’re single thoughts that contain the essence of a whole volume, single sentences that have the beauties of a large work, a simplicity so finished and so perfect that it equals in merit and in excellence a large and glorious composition.
Joubert. Basically, a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind.
Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Chesterfield. Seneca. Count our cooks, So in case you are surprised at the general number of our maladies. Tyrius Maximus. You should take this seriously. Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. Generally, all philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain. Epictetus. Make sure you leave a few comments about it. Saadi. You see, when the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when Surely it’s full, the spirit becomes body, Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge. When they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. Colton. Just think for a moment. Emerson. Actually, the silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing on earth, is the highest applause. Essentially, george Macdonald. And so it’s only by loving a thing that you can make it yours. To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be rn from us.
While inferior to them, you may won’t be able to shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior.
Greville. Rochefoucauld. Of course those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them, It is with certain good qualities as with the senses. Fact, and snarl at the good and beautiful being that it lies beyond their sympathies, We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand. Anyways. Now look. Basically the workman loves not that his work might be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work. We must never undervalue any person. De Sales. Your ‘common place’ people see no difference between one man and another. Now please pay attention. Pascal. Of course, the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. Whether for good or evil, So it’s very singular how the fact of a man’s death often seems to give people a truer idea of his character, than they have ever possessed while he was living and acting among them.