My dear Readers.
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.
I should like to share these with you, gether with comments I made on a couple of them. However, Compiled by Charles Noel Douglas, 1940, Blue Ribbon Books, 14 West 49th Street, NYC,, Many years ago I read a book, FORTY THOUSAND QUOTATIONS, Prose and Poetical. Angels could do no more, Who does p his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. Young. Quarles. Needless to say, enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Terence. Abundance changes the value of things. You should take it into account. PetitSenn.
What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have.
Great abundance of riches can not be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
Erasmus. When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that And so it’s your personal opinion which provokes you. Consequently, the view we take of these things as insulting, that And so it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. Certainly. Therefore, la Rochefoucauld. There’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men shan’t draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men shouldn’t turn them to their hurt. Emmons. Moral conduct includes almost any thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. Consequently 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. I’m sure you heard about this. Virgil. Fact, we can not do all things. Anyways, activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function.
That in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk. And therefore the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. Whittier. Normally. Basically, tis human actions paint the chart of time. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Great mind is a perfect sailor, as a great heart is. Emerson. That’s right! Act well at the moment, and you have performed an ideal action to all eternity. Consequently. Locke. Notice that I have always thought the actions of men p interpreters of their thoughts. Colton. Essentially, act with decision, deliberate with caution.
To do what lies clearly at hand, our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance. Carlyle. Adam Clarke. I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Almost any action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Now look. Chapin. Rousseau. Carlyle. To live isn’t merely to breathe. 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. Then, show him the way of doing that, the dullest ‘day drudge’ kindles into a hero. It’s a well Undoubtedly 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 masterspirit who can rule the storm is great. You see. Longfellow.
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.
Time’s best gift to us is serenity. Stagnation is something worse than death. Actually, better that we should err in action than wholly refuse to perform. Undoubtedly it’s corruption also. I’m sure you heard about this. Accordingly the storm is very much better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Oftentimes simms. Of course of what’s wrong we are always conscious, noone knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly. Goethe. Have you heard of something like this before? And that law is amidst 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 ourselves.
While having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving, that action isn’t warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing.
Quarles. Amid the most mercenary ages So it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence. Known shenstone. Normally, whatever is admirable becomes a lot more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. Joubert. That is interesting right? Ruskin. 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. A well-known fact that is. It should be the joyfulest tidings on earth, if I were but sure that I should live to see the coming of the Lord. So that I might see His kingdom come! That is interesting. Richard Baxter.
I know it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus. To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them. On p of this. Besides, great minds rise above them, Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes. Washington Irving. Now look. It’s an interesting fact that the brightest crowns that are worn in heaven been tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. Chapin. That’s where it starts getting really serious. Our dependence upon God ought to be so entire and absolute that we should never think it necessary, in any kind of distress, to have recourse to human consolations. Thomas a Kempis. Hemans. Besides. Another question isSo the question is this. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found?
Men think God is destroying them since he is tuning them.
That’s a fact, 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. Storms purify the atmosphere. Beecher. Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. Nevertheless. Purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Generally, lady Montague. Begin nothing without considering what the end can be. 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. Helvetius. Richter. Anyways, they remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain, hearts are flowers. Even if it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice a lot more easily than people think, only he won’t bear it when violently given. Essentially, nobody was ever the better for advice. Lord Shaftesbury. Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Nevertheless. It is ellen Howarth. I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. You should take it into account. Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. Hawthorne. So in case they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Matthew Henry. It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can’t remove. Laurence Sterne. Loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt.
Actually the eternal stars shine out whenever it’s dark enough. That said. Then the sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in well doing. This is where it starts getting really interesting, right? Not in sanctifying afflictions, Know what guys, I believe in sanctified afflictions. Keep reading! The reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Spurgeon. Normally. Needless to say, they will let it go, when God makes the world many of us know that there is no Gethsemane without its angel! Binney. Rev. 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. Landor. Bishop Hall. 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.
Surely it’s worse to wither, So if it be painful to bleed. Rather than be cut up to burn, let me be pruned, that I may grow. 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 would not show itself until a certain weight of affliction be put upon it, So there’s an elasticity in the human mind, capable of bearing much. Colton. I’d say in case you take away one of their playthings from them, we are like froward children who, throw away all the rest in spite.
And as long as 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 thing is. Usually, 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 And so 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 ‘EbnerEschenbach’. Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart. Marguerite de Valois. I love everything that’s old, old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. Goldsmith. Remember, fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Victor Hugo. So. Certainly, whenever silvering over the evening of life, gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon. Just keep reading. 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.
So there’s a vast deal of vital air in loving words. Landor. He can’t be old, whatever his years might be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. Accordingly the surest sign of age is loneliness. Notice that alcott. Daniel Webster. Farmers are the founders of civilization. By the way, the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Anyway. Sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, on p of this pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Abbott. Therefore indeed And so it’s the purest of human pleasures; it’s the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, God Almighty first planted a garden. With that said. Zachokke. Nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. I’m sure it sounds familiar. Sir Philip Sydney. You see, we storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is will succeed in small things if they have been not troubled with great ambition. Tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. Anyway, 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. Anyway, sir Sidney. 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. For instance, the other, ambition, The one produces aspiration.
Beecher. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. 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. Some information can be found easily by going online. 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 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, in case you are going to repel the insolence of men who depend entirely upon chance and accidental circumstances for distinction, and don’t mention it on public services and personal merit. Of course they who make this kind of a parade with their family pictures and pedigrees, are, properly speaking, rather to be called noted or notorious than noble persons. Shakespeare. Men in rage strike those that wish them best. Fact, people hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. For example. That said. Violence in the voice is often only the ‘death rattle’ of reason in the throat. Its greatest stumblingblock, anger ain’t only the prevailing sin of argument. Gladstone. Known a man deepwounded may feel similar 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. Richter. Fuller. Nonetheless, 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. Now please pay attention. In the examination of a great and important question, any one might be serene, slow pulsed, and calm.
Ingersoll. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. Clarendon. While 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. There is some more info about it on this site. The coals are, the flame ain’t wrong. Beecher. Let me tell you something. If he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, so here is sinful, If a man meets with injustice, it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it. Therefore if we neglect the apparent duties to make provision against visionary attacks, in proportion as our cares are employed upon the future. From only one time which we can call our own, and of which, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose.
Johnson. Dr. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Eventually. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? Blair. Christ’s serenity was among the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. Then, maltbie Babcock. Known we can not imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. It is anxiety has no place in the lifespan of one of God’s children. Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. Therefore. 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. By the way, a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. 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. Johnson. Most of us are aware that there are 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. Notice. Fact, a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. Chesterfield.
Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold.
Count our cooks, I’d say in case you are surprised at the general amount of our maladies. Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. Tyrius Maximus. Also. 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. Consequently. With that said. You should take it into account. When they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. Basically the silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing globally, is the highest applause. Just think for a moment. Emerson. Notice that george Macdonald.
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.
Goethe. Greville. In addition to inferior to them, you may cannot shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior. 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. And therefore 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. Nonetheless, the workman loves not that his work should’ve been despised in his presence. De Sales. There’s more information about it here. We must never undervalue any person.
Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.
Your commonplace people see no difference between one man and another. Then again, the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. As a result, whether for good or evil, 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. Hawthorne. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective nature? Elizabeth Sheppard. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. It’s the charm that lends a superstitious joy to fear, To feel, to feel exquisitely, is the lot of very many.