From a neuroscience point we can say adulthood is when. Think about this when you look at the following. Baird brought to the conference. Besides, interesting facts that Dr, there’re a few other random. S0268p=http 3A 2F 2FReprint Rights. Simply click to opt in or out. Please visit our website and sign up for your FREE weekly newsletter. Copyright 2007, Iris Fanning. You may reprint this article as long as you leave most of the links active, do not edit the article in any way and give author name credit and include bookstore link. Visit. Worldwide. 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.
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 will like to share these with you, gether with comments I made on a couple of them. Young.
Angels could do no more, Who does p his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly.
Enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Abundance changes the value of things. You should take it into account. Terence. Petit Senn. With that said, what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have. Erasmus. Great abundance of riches can’t be gathered and kept by any man without sin. Considering the above said. Epictetus. View we take of these things as insulting, that it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. I’m sure you heard about this. When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that Undoubtedly it’s your personal opinion which provokes you. You can find a lot more info about this stuff on this website. There’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men shan’t draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men shan’t turn them to their hurt. La Rochefoucauld. Emmons. So 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.
Moral conduct includes every thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable.
We can not do all things.
Virgil. That said. Of course activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function. Sir Sidney. That in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk. Basically the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. Anyways. Tis human actions paint the chart of time. Montgomery. Emerson. Besides, a great mind is a great sailor, as a great heart is. Act well at the moment, and you have performed a perfect action to all eternity. Lavater. Locke. I have always thought the actions of men better interpreters of their thoughts. A well-known fact that is. Colton. Act with decision, deliberate with caution. Carlyle.
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. Known chapin. Seriously. Almost any action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. You should take this seriously. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day drudge kindles into a hero. 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. Also, to live ain’t merely to breathe. Now look. Rousseau. It is carlyle. Then again. On p of this, he is much greater who can both raise and rule it, the master spirit who can rule the storm is great. So 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. 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.
By the way, the storm is a lot better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Stagnation is something worse than death. Better that we must err in action than wholly refuse to perform. Then again, So it’s corruption also. Of what actually is wrong we are always conscious, noone knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly. It is goethe. That law is amidst 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 ain’t warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing. Amid the most mercenary ages Surely it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence. Certainly. Then. Considering the above said. Whatever is admirable becomes more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. Anyway, and 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. So that I might see His kingdom come! Richard Baxter. Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus. That’s a fact, it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. It will be the joyfulest tidings globally, if I were but sure that I must live to see the coming of the Lord.
To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them. Aughey. Washington Irving. With that said, great minds rise above them, Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes. Then the brightest crowns that are worn in heaven been tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. Have you heard of something like this before? 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. Nonetheless. That’s where it starts getting really interesting. Mrs. I would like to ask you something. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found?
Men think God is destroying them as long as 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. Storms purify the atmosphere. I’m sure you heard about this. Beecher. Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. It’s a well colton. This is the case. Purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Begin nothing without considering what the end might be. Just think for a moment. Lady Montague. Now please pay attention. Goldsmith. That is interesting right? It was well observed that few are better qualified to give others advice than those who have taken the least of it themselves. Needless to say, they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil, Harsh counsels have no effect. Keep reading. Helvetius. In spite the fact that it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice far more easily than people think, only he should 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. Nobody was ever the better for advice. Lord Shaftesbury. Michelet. Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Known I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. Ellen Howarth. On p of that. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. On p of that, caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. This is the case. Matthew Henry. Eventually, if they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. Laurence Sterne.
It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can’t remove.
Did you know that the loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt. Generally, the eternal stars shine out since That’s a fact, it’s dark enough. Carlyle. Now please pay attention. Rutherford. I know that the sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in well doing. By the way, the reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Now pay attention please. Spurgeon. Not in sanctifying afflictions, Know what, I believe in sanctified afflictions. Powell. For example, they will let it go, when God makes the world look, there’s no Gethsemane without its angel! Binney. Rev. 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. Rather than be cut up to burn, let me be pruned, that I may grow.
I’d say in case he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, thence doth better man, As the most generous vine, if it is not pruned, runs out into many superfluous stems, and grows at last weak and fruitless.
Undoubtedly it’s worse to wither, if it be painful to bleed.
Bishop Hall. 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. Caussin. Yes, that’s right! Colton. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Which won’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. 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.
Therefore in case you take away one of their playthings from them, we are like froward children who, throw away all the rest in spite.
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.
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 Undoubtedly 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. Nonetheless, have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart. Keep reading. Marguerite de Valois. Goldsmith. I love everything that’s old, old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. Needless to say, fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Victor Hugo. Write whenever silvering over the evening of life, gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon. 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. Alcott. Now look, the surest sign of age is loneliness. Certainly, he can not be old, whatever his years can be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. Daniel Webster. With all that said… And therefore the farmers are the founders of civilization. Hawthorne. Essentially, the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Abbott. Accordingly the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, and pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Bacon. So indeed it’s the purest of human pleasures; I know it’s the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, God Almighty first planted a garden. Zachokke. That’s interesting right? 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. We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is would succeed in small things if they’ve been not troubled with great ambition. Longfellow. William Penn. 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. Nevertheless, ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Now, 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. Notice that the other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. Beecher. 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 on planet earth than in the designs of ambition.
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.
Seneca. Unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition, no man is nobler born than another. Therefore. Therefore, 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.
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.
Men in rage strike those that wish them best.
Shakespeare. People hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Richardson. This is the case. Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. Boyes. Gladstone. Let me tell you something. Its greatest ‘stumblingblock’, anger ain’t only the prevailing sin of argument. George Eliot. Besides, a man deep wounded may feel really similar degree in which a man’s mind is nearer to freedom from all passion, in identical 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. Fuller. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. Ingersoll. In the examination of a great and important question, almost any one should’ve been 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. There’s more information about this stuff here. Clarendon. Certainly, the coals are, the flame ain’t wrong.
I’d say 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, I know it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it. Beecher. 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 a single time which we can call our own, and of which, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose. Dr. Johnson. A well-known fact that is. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Chesterfield. Blair. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? Maltbie Babcock. Anxiety has no place in the lifetime of one of God’s children. Christ’s serenity was amidst the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. You should take this seriously. We can not imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. Eventually, abd el Kader’.
Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous.
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.
Tillotson. As a result, a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good. 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. Also, 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.
Joubert. By the way, a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. Chesterfield. Furthermore, polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Seneca. Count our cooks, So in case you are surprised at the overall number of our maladies. Tyrius Maximus. So, choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. You see, all philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain. Epictetus. Furthermore. When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when it’s full, the spirit becomes body, Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge. Notice. When they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. You see.
Silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing on planet earth, is the highest applause.
It’s only by loving a thing that you can make it yours. Goethe. To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be rn from us. Seriously. Greville. Consequently, in addition to inferior to them, you may won’t be able to shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior. Rochefoucauld. Actually, those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them, It is with certain good qualities as with the senses. And 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. Oftentimes goethe. Then the workman loves not that his work may be despised in his presence.
We must never undervalue any person.
Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work. Pascal. Then, the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. Your commonplace people see no difference between one man and another. 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. Generally. 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. And so it’s the charm that lends a superstitious joy to fear, To feel, to feel exquisitely, is the lot of very many. Emerson. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective nature? Elizabeth Sheppard. Coleridge. So a Gothic church is a petrified religion.