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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.
I will like to share these with you, gether with comments I made on a few of them. So 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. Angels could do no more, Who does better his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. You should take this seriously. Quarles. Enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Abundance changes the value of things.
What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have. Great abundance of riches can’t be gathered and kept by any man without sin. Erasmus. View we take of these things as insulting, that And so it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. A well-known fact that is. When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that And so it’s your favourite opinion which provokes you. Epictetus. Keep reading! So there’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men should not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men shan’t turn them to their hurt. La Rochefoucauld. Moral conduct includes every thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable.
Emmons. Basically 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. Virgil. Then, we can not 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. Sir Sidney. Furthermore, the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. Whittier. Tis human actions paint the chart of time. Montgomery. Furthermore, a great mind is a decent sailor, as a great heart is. Emerson. Act well at the moment, and you have performed a great action to all eternity.
I have always thought the actions of men p interpreters of their thoughts.
Locke. Act with decision, deliberate with caution. You should take it into account. Colton. It is carlyle. To do what lies clearly at hand, our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance. Nonetheless, adam Clarke. I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Any action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Chapin. Nevertheless, 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, And so it’s not to taste sweet things.
Show him the way of doing that, the dullest daydrudge kindles into a hero. Magoon. Therefore, 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. That’s interesting. He is much greater who can both raise and rule it, the master spirit who can rule the storm is great. Actually, 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. As a result. Let me tell you something. Time’s best gift to us is serenity. Considering the above said. Surely it’s corruption also. Doesn’t it sound familiar? Stagnation is something worse than death. Now please pay attention. Storm is a lot better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. This is the case. Better that we should err in action than wholly refuse to perform. Simms. Goethe. Of what’s wrong we are always conscious, nobody knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly.
That law had been the most pregnant of all truths about the mystery of Force, amid 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. Phillips Brooks. Whenever having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving, that action isn’t warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing. Quarles. Shenstone. Needless to say, amid the most mercenary ages And so it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence. Whatever is admirable becomes more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. Nonetheless. 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. Seriously. So that I might see His kingdom come!
It must be the joyfulest tidings across the world, if I were but sure that I must live to see the coming of the Lord.
So Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Undoubtedly it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. Aughey. Just think for a moment. To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them. Consequently, great minds rise above them, Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes. Washington Irving. Chapin. For instance, the brightest crowns that are worn in heaven are tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. 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.
Must not earth be rent before her gems are found?
Hemans. Mrs. As a result, And 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. Men think God is destroying them as he is tuning them. Did you hear about something like this before? Beecher. Storms purify the atmosphere. Beecher. Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. I am sure that the purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. On p of that. Besides, begin nothing without considering what the end should be. Lady Montague. Goldsmith. A well-known fact that is. 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. Helvetius. They remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain, hearts are flowers. Richter. Despite the fact that it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice far more easily than people think, only he would not bear it when violently given. Nobody was ever the better for advice. Lord Shaftesbury. Actually. Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Ellen Howarth. So, I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. Remember, caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree.
If they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots.
Matthew Henry. Laurence Sterne. Considering the above said. It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can’t remove. Loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt. Bovee. Carlyle. Now look, the eternal stars shine out since And so it’s dark enough. Sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in well doing. Of course rutherford. Now look, the reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. You can find more info about this stuff here. Not in sanctifying afflictions, Actually I believe in sanctified afflictions. Of course. Now look. They will let it go, when God makes the world there’s no Gethsemane without its angel! Landor. 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. Undoubtedly it’s worse to wither, if it be painful to bleed. Anyway, 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. Bishop Hall. On p of this, rather than be cut up to burn, let me be pruned, that I may grow. Now please pay attention. 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. This is the case. Caussin. Which wouldn’t show itself until a certain weight of affliction be put upon it, there’s an elasticity in the human mind, capable of bearing much.
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. So 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. 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. 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. Marguerite de Valois. Notice, have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart. Generally, I love everything that’s old, old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. Goldsmith. Victor Hugo. Needless to say, fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Richter. While 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. With all that said… Longfellow. That said. Loads of us know that there is a vast deal of vital air in loving words. He can not be old, whatever his years might be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. Did you know that the surest sign of age is loneliness. I’m sure you heard about this. Alcott. Farmers are the founders of civilization.
I am sure that the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Abbott. Did you know that the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, and pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Indeed So it’s the purest of human pleasures; it’s the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, God Almighty first planted a garden. That said. Of course nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. Zachokke. Basically, they are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Sir Philip Sydney. Horace. Certainly, we storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is should succeed in small things if they’ve been not troubled with great ambition.
Actually 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. For instance, sir Sidney. Furthermore, 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. Let me tell you something. Beecher. For example, ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Consequently, the 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. Jeremy Taylor. Seneca. 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. 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 most welcome on public services and personal merit. Notice, unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition, no man is nobler born than another. Fact. Oftentimes 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. Richardson. People hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Violence in the voice is often only the deathrattle of reason in the throat. Boyes. Nevertheless. For instance, its greatest stumbling block, anger ain’t only the prevailing sin of argument. That’s interesting. George Eliot. With all that said… Did you know that a man ‘deep wounded’ 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. Richter. Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two teargarlands; 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. Generally, in the examination of a great and important question, almost any one could be serene, slowpulsed, and calm. Ingersoll. Eventually, 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. Clarendon. If he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, I’m pretty sure, that’s sinful, If a man meets with injustice, Undoubtedly it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it.
Coals are, the flame isn’t wrong. Beecher. Dr. Therefore 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. Johnson. Chesterfield. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. That’s where it starts getting entertaining. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? Blair. Anxiety has no place in the lifetime of one of God’s children. Anyways, maltbie Babcock. We can’t imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. Christ’s serenity was the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. Nonetheless. 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. Actually, a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth.
Joubert. Strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good. He may justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that can be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind. Johnson. So 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. Few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. You can find more info about it on this site. Joubert. Chesterfield. Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. You should take it into account. Count our cooks, I’d say in case you are surprised at the general number of our maladies. Yes, that’s right! Seneca. Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them.
All philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain.
Epictetus. When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when And so it’s full, the spirit becomes body, Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Saadi. Now pay attention please. Colton. Basically, when they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. Emerson. Of course the silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing globally, is the highest applause. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… George Macdonald. Anyways, That’s a fact, 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. Also. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. In addition to inferior to them, you may will not shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior.
Those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them, It is with certain good qualities as with the senses. 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. Goethe. Workman loves not that his work may be despised in his presence. De Sales. We must never undervalue any person. Now God is present everywhere, and nearly any person is His work. Your ‘commonplace’ people see no difference between one man and another. Usually. Essentially, the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality.
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. 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. Elizabeth Sheppard. It’s the charm that lends a superstitious joy to fear, To feel, to feel exquisitely, is the lot of very many. I’m sure you heard about this. Emerson. And now here is the question. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective nature?