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Compiled by Charles Noel Douglas, 1940, Blue Ribbon Books, 14 West 49th Street, New York City,, Many years ago I read a book, FORTY THOUSAND QUOTATIONS, Prose and Poetical. Needless to say, 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. Young. I’m sure you heard about this. Angels could do no more, Who does top-notch his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. Enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Known quarles. Abundance changes the value of things. Terence. What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have. PetitSenn. Great abundance of riches can’t be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that I know it’s your opinion which provokes you.
Did you know that the view we take of these things as insulting, that it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. Epictetus. On p of this, many of us are aware that there are no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men wouldn’t draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men shall not turn them to their hurt. La Rochefoucauld. Emmons. Moral conduct includes nearly any thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. So for all these things they are accountable to God, They are active in their desires, their intentions, and in almost any thing they say and do of choice. Anyways. Nevertheless, we can not do all things. Greenough. With that said, 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. Whittier.
I am sure that the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts.
Tis human actions paint the chart of time.
Montgomery. Basically. Now let me tell you something. Now, a great mind is a great sailor, as a great heart is. Act well at the moment, and you have performed a great action to all eternity. Lavater. Usually. I have always thought the actions of men top-notch interpreters of their thoughts. Act with decision, deliberate with caution. Colton. To do what lies clearly at hand, our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance.
I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Chapin. Every action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. So. 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, Undoubtedly it’s not to taste sweet things. Now please pay attention. Carlyle. So, show him the way of doing that, the dullest ‘day drudge’ kindles into a hero. To live isn’t merely to breathe. Eventually. That said, I know 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. This is where it starts getting very intriguing, right? Time’s best gift to us is serenity. Also. Besides, Surely it’s corruption also. By the way, the 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. Stagnation is something worse than death. I’m sure you heard about this. Of what actually is wrong we are always conscious, nobody knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly.
Thus that law was amongst the most pregnant of all truths about the mystery of Force, 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. Whenever having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving, that action isn’t warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing. Quarles. Shenstone. Of course amid the most mercenary ages it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence. Joubert. Whatever is admirable becomes a lot more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. 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. Ruskin. Eventually, the Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
It must be the joyfulest tidings on earth, I’d say in case I were but sure that I should live to see the coming of the Lord.
So that I might see His kingdom come! Undoubtedly it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. Aughey. A well-known fact that is. To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them. Did you hear about something like this before? Great minds rise above them, Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes. Washington Irving. I’m sure that the brightest crowns that are worn in heaven was tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. Chapin. 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. Thomas a Kempis. Generally. I want to ask you a question. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found?
Men think God is destroying them being that he is tuning them.
I know 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. Beecher. You should take this seriously. Beecher. Storms purify the atmosphere. Also. For example, times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. Anyways, the purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Lady Montague. Begin nothing without considering what the end can be. Goldsmith. For instance, it is 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. Of course. Even if it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice far more easily than people think, only he won’t bear it when violently given.
They remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain, hearts are flowers. Richter. Lord Shaftesbury. Noone was ever the better for advice. Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Also. Then again, I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. Ellen Howarth. Matthew Henry. Normally, if they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. For example. Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Laurence Sterne. It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can’t remove. Now look, the loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt. Bovee. Carlyle. Remember, the eternal stars shine out since it’s dark enough. Rutherford.
Sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in ‘welldoing’.
By the way, the reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Known not in sanctifying afflictions, To be honest I believe in sanctified afflictions. Powell. That’s right! They will let it go, when God makes the world there’s no Gethsemane without its angel! Rev. Landor. Consequently 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.
So if he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, consequently doth better man, As the most generous vine, So in case 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. And so it’s worse to wither, So in case it be painful to bleed. Caussin. 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. Which shan’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. Colton. Of course, bishop Hopkins. 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. Basically because we can not 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.
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 reality is.
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 Surely 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. Marie Ebner Eschenbach. Age either transfigures or petrifies. With all that said… Marguerite de Valois.
Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart.
I love everything that’s old, old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
Goldsmith. Although, fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Victor Hugo. Of course. While silvering over the evening of life, gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon. For example. 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. Normally, there’s a vast deal of vital air in loving words. Landor. Alcott.
I’m sure that the surest sign of age is loneliness. He can’t be old, whatever his years might be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. I know that the farmers are the founders of civilization. Nonetheless, daniel Webster. Hawthorne. It’s a well-known fact that the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. You see, the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, so pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Now look. Abbott. Bacon. Anyway, and indeed it’s the purest of human pleasures; And so it’s the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, God Almighty first planted a garden. Zachokke. Nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. Now please pay attention. They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Sir Philip Sydney. Essentially. We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is should succeed in small things if they have been not troubled with great ambition.
The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
William Penn. 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. Sir Sidney. For instance, a 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. As a result, ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Beecher. I am sure that the other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. Jeremy Taylor.
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 globally than in the designs of ambition.
Surely 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 quite similar. Unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition, no man is nobler born than another. Seneca. I thought it right to say this much, with intention 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.
They who make this type of a 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. Oftentimes people hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Usually. Boyes. Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. Furthermore. Consequently, its greatest ‘stumblingblock’, anger isn’t only the prevailing sin of argument. Although, a man deep wounded may feel identical degree in which a man’s mind is nearer to freedom from all passion, in identical degree also is it nearer to strength. Marcus Antonius. Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two ‘tear garlands’; pride, two bent knees, Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck.
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.
Fuller. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. In the examination of a great and important question, nearly any one going to be serene, slowpulsed, and calm. Ingersoll. 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. As a result. Beecher. So in case he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, I’m quite sure, that’s sinful, If a man meets with injustice, That’s a fact, it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it. So coals are, the flame ain’t wrong. Johnson.
So in case we neglect the apparent duties to make provision against visionary attacks, in proportion as our cares are employed upon the future. From the main time which we can call our own, and of which, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose. Dr. Chesterfield. Of course let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Blair. As a result, can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? It’s a well christ’s serenity was amidst the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. Yes, that’s right! Maltbie Babcock. Notice, we can’t imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. Anxiety has no place in the lifetime of one of God’s children. Abd el Kader’. Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. Basically, 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.
Strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good.
Did you know that a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Although. Johnson. He may justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that might be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind. It is joubert. Furthermore, a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. Considering the above said. 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.
Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Chesterfield. Count our cooks, if you are surprised at the actual number of our maladies. Actually. Tyrius Maximus. Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. Just keep reading. Epictetus. All philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain. When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when That’s a fact, it’s full, the spirit becomes body, Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge. Remember. Colton. It is when they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. Emerson.
Besides, the silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing across the world, is the highest applause.
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. Goethe. With that said, while inferior to them, you may cannot shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior. Greville. Rochefoucauld. Those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them, It is with certain good qualities as with the senses. Goethe. Therefore snarl at the good and beautiful as it lies beyond their sympathies, We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand.
We must never undervalue any person.
Now God is present everywhere, and nearly any person is His work.
Workman loves not that his work will be despised in his presence. De Sales. Your ‘common place’ people see no difference between one man and another. Accordingly the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. Pascal. Consequently, whether for good or evil, Undoubtedly 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. With that said. On p of that, Surely it’s the charm that lends a superstitious joy to fear, To feel, to feel exquisitely, is the lot of very many. You can find more info about it on this site. Elizabeth Sheppard. To one or two alone, here and there, the blended passion and understanding that constitute in its essence worship, to appreciate belongs to the very few. Besides, of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective nature?