She has also written 13 nonfiction books published by major genre publishers. Visit her website at tinyurl.com/cvwdjy for more information. 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 would like to share these with you, with comments I made on a couple of them. Certainly, 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. For example. Angels could do no more, Who does top-notch his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. Quarles. Doesn’t it sound familiar? Enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Abundance changes the value of things.
What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have.
PetitSenn. Erasmus. Of course great abundance of riches can’t be gathered and kept by any man without sin. Furthermore, when, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that Undoubtedly it’s your personal opinion which provokes you. Epictetus. Now look, the view we take of these things as insulting, that it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. Needless to say, la Rochefoucauld. Look, there’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men should not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men wouldn’t turn them to their hurt. Basically for all these things they are accountable to God, They are active in their desires, their intentions, and in each thing they say and do of choice. Emmons. Moral conduct includes each thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. Although. We can’t do all things. Greenough. Activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function. That in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk. You see, sir Sidney. Time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts.
Tis human actions paint the chart of time. Emerson. That is interesting right? a great mind is a decent sailor, as a great heart is. Lavater. Act well at the moment, and you have performed a great action to all eternity. I have always thought the actions of men top-notch interpreters of their thoughts. Locke. Yes, that’s right! Colton. Act with decision, deliberate with caution. Carlyle. Besides, 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.
Nearly any action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Chapin. Carlyle. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day drudge kindles into a hero. Rousseau. Basically, 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. To live ain’t merely to breathe. With all 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. However, he is much greater who can both raise and rule it, the master spirit who can rule the storm is great. That’s right! Magoon. It is 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.
Bovee. Nonetheless, And so it’s corruption also. Although, stagnation is something worse than death. Simms. Now please pay attention. Storm is a lot better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Better that we must err in action than wholly refuse to perform. Anyways. Of what actually is wrong we are always conscious, noone knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly. Phillips Brooks. That law is amid the most pregnant of all truths about the mystery of Force, among 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. Now pay attention please. Quarles.
Whenever having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving, that action isn’t warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing.
Amid the most mercenary ages it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence.
Shenstone. Therefore, whatever is admirable becomes a lot more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. Did you hear of something like that before? Joubert. 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. Then again, richard Baxter. So it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. It my be the joyfulest tidings on earth, if I were but sure that I should live to see the coming of the Lord. I know that the Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
So that I might see His kingdom come!
To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them.
Aughey. Washington Irving. Great minds rise above them, Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes. Chapin. This is the case. Then the brightest crowns that are worn in heaven was tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. Thomas a Kempis. Certainly, 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. Hemans. Do you know an answer to a following question. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found?
Men think God is destroying them being that he is tuning them.
Beecher. Actually, 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. Of course. Storms purify the atmosphere. That’s where it starts getting very serious, right? Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. Purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. I’m sure you heard about this. Colton. Lady Montague. Begin nothing without considering what the end might be. Of course goldsmith. Anyway, it was well observed that few are better qualified to give others advice than those who have taken the least of it themselves. Helvetius.
They are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil, Harsh counsels have no effect.
Even if it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice a lot more easily than people think, only he shall not bear it when violently given.
Richter. They remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain, hearts are flowers. Noone was ever the better for advice. That said, lord Shaftesbury. Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Michelet. I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. Remember, ellen Howarth. You should take this seriously. Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. Yes, that’s right! If they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. Matthew Henry. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. As a result. Laurence Sterne. It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can not remove. Furthermore, the loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt.
The eternal stars shine out as long as And so it’s dark enough.
Carlyle. By the way, the sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in ‘well doing’. Fact. Notice. By the way, the reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Oftentimes not in sanctifying afflictions, To be honest I believe in sanctified afflictions. Known they will let it go, when God makes the world mostly there’s no Gethsemane without its angel! Binney. Rev. Known landor. And therefore 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. It’s worse to wither, if it be painful to bleed. Although, if he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, thence doth p 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. 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 won’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. This is where it starts getting intriguing, right? 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. You see, and being that 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.
If you take away one of their playthings from them, we are like froward children who, throw away all the rest in spite. Bishop Hopkins. While 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. Alexander Maclaren. Marie Ebner Eschenbach. It is age either transfigures or petrifies.
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. Oftentimes victor Hugo. It’s a well fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Fact. Whenever silvering over the evening of life, gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon. 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. Longfellow. Generally, loads of us know that there is a vast deal of vital air in loving words. Normally. Surest sign of age is loneliness. He can not be old, whatever his years can be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. Alcott. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Farmers are the founders of civilization.
Actually the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. It’s a well the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Abbott. Thus indeed it’s the purest of human pleasures; Undoubtedly it’s the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, God Almighty first planted a garden. Now please pay attention. Bacon. I’m sure you heard about this. Zachokke. Nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. Sir Philip Sydney. They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Remember, we storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is would succeed in small things if they’ve been not troubled with great ambition. Besides, 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. Beecher. Now look, the other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. 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 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 on earth 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. With that said, 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 don’t mention it on public services and personal merit. 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. Shakespeare. Anyway. You should take it into account. People hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Now let me tell you something. Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. Boyes. Its greatest ‘stumbling block’, anger isn’t only the prevailing sin of argument.
Man deep wounded 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. Marcus Antonius. Essentially. Let me tell you something. Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two teargarlands; pride, two bent knees, Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck. Fuller. 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.
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
In the examination of a great and important question, nearly any one may be serene, slow pulsed, and calm. 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. Of course. If he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, so, that’s sinful, If a man meets with injustice, I know it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it. So. Considering the above said. Coals are, the flame isn’t wrong. Now let me tell you something. Johnson. I’d say in case we neglect the apparent duties to make provision against visionary attacks, in proportion as our cares are employed upon the future. From a single time which we can call our own, and of which, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose.
Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
Chesterfield. Blair. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? We can’t imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. Christ’s serenity was among the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. Certainly, maltbie Babcock. It’s a well anxiety has no place in the lifespan of one of God’s children. Abd el Kader’. On p of this, collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. Notice that tillotson. There’s more information about this stuff on this website. 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. Eventually, a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Joubert. Normally, strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good. There is some more information about this stuff here. 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.
So a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. 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. Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Anyways. Therefore. Count our cooks, if you are surprised at the tal amount of our maladies. Tyrius Maximus. Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. Fact, all philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain.
When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when So it’s full, the spirit becomes body, Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge.
Saadi. That said. For instance, when they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. Now pay attention please. Emerson. Nevertheless, the silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing across the globe, is the highest applause. George Macdonald. Undoubtedly 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. In addition to inferior to them, you may can’t shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior. Oftentimes greville. Those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them, It is with certain good qualities as with the senses. Rochefoucauld. Seriously. Goethe.
Snarl at the good and beautiful since it lies beyond their sympathies, We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand.
Now God is present everywhere, and almost any person is His work.
De Sales. Besides, we must never undervalue any person. Usually, the workman loves not that his work should’ve been despised in his presence. A well-known fact that is. Your ‘common place’ people see no difference between one man and another. With that said. Consequently, the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. Of course, whether for good or evil, Surely 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. So.