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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. 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 top-notch his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. Quarles. Usually, enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Terence. Fact, abundance changes the value of things. What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have. Petit Senn. Great abundance of riches can not be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that it’s your personal opinion which provokes you.
Epictetus. I know that the view we take of these things as insulting, that I know it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. A well-known fact that is. There’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men shall not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men won’t turn them to their hurt. Generally, la Rochefoucauld. Emmons. 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 any thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. Generally, we can’t do all things.
Activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function.
Greenough. Certainly, that in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk. Sir Sidney. Make sure you write suggestions about it below. The time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. Whittier. Montgomery. Tis human actions paint the chart of time. Great mind is a perfect sailor, as a great heart is. Certainly. You should take it into account. Act well at the moment, and you have performed a decent action to all eternity. Lots of information can be found online. Lavater.
I have always thought the actions of men top-notch interpreters of their thoughts. Locke. Act with decision, deliberate with caution. Actually. So, to do what lies clearly at hand, our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance. Now look. Carlyle. Of course, adam Clarke. Known I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Chapin. Any action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Basically. That’s right! Show him the way of doing that, the dullest daydrudge 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, Surely it’s not to taste sweet things.
To live ain’t merely to breathe. On p of that. Anyway, 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. 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. It is time’s best gift to us is serenity. Bovee. Simms.
Stagnation is something worse than death.
It’s corruption also.
Better that we must err in action than wholly refuse to perform. It’s a well-known fact that the storm is very much better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Goethe. On p of that, of what actually is wrong we are always conscious, nobody knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly. Therefore, phillips Brooks. Consequently, and that law is 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. Quarles. Shenstone. Amid the most mercenary ages Undoubtedly it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence. Whatever is admirable becomes a lot more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. Joubert. Eventually. Anyways, 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. It my be the joyfulest tidings on earth, I’d say if I were but sure that I must live to see the coming of the Lord. Therefore, So it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope.
So that I might see His kingdom come!
Actually the Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Aughey. To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them. Washington Irving. Great minds rise above them, Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes. Brightest crowns that are worn in heaven are tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. Seriously. Chapin. Thomas a Kempis. 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. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found? Hemans. Mrs. Remember, 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.
Men think God is destroying them as he is tuning them. Beecher. Storms purify the atmosphere. Beecher. It’s an interesting fact that the purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. Colton. Begin nothing without considering what the end should be. Lady Montague. Goldsmith. This is the case. 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. 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 far more easily than people think, only he shall not bear it when violently given. For instance. Lord Shaftesbury. Nobody was ever the better for advice.
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. Ellen Howarth. I’d say in case they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. Matthew Henry. Hawthorne. Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can not remove. Laurence Sterne. Bovee. And therefore the loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt. It’s an interesting fact that the eternal stars shine out since Undoubtedly it’s dark enough. There’s more info about this stuff on this website. Carlyle.
Sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in ‘well doing’. Rutherford. And therefore the reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Not in sanctifying afflictions, I believe in sanctified afflictions. Then again. This is where it starts getting really interesting. Powell. They will let it go, when God makes the world for the most part there’s no Gethsemane without its angel! Rev. Binney. Landor. Some info can be found on the web. And 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. Plenty of info can be found easily online. If he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, consequently doth p man, As the most generous vine, Therefore 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.
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. Fact, which shall 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. Thus 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. I’m sure you heard about this. 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. Bishop Hopkins. Therefore if you take away one of their playthings from them, we are like froward children who, throw away all the rest in spite.
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 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 EbnerEschenbach. Age either transfigures or petrifies. Then, 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. Nevertheless, victor Hugo. Fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Furthermore, while silvering over the evening of life, gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon. Richter. Longfellow. Eventually, 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. As a result. Although, look, there’s a vast deal of vital air in loving words. Besides, the surest sign of age is loneliness. Just keep reading. He can not be old, whatever his years can be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. Alcott. Then, daniel Webster. This is the case. Farmers are the founders of civilization.
Did you know that the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Hawthorne. Abbott. Sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, furthermore pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Therefore indeed Surely 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. Bacon. With that said, nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. Zachokke. It’s a well sir Philip Sydney. They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is will succeed in small things if they have been not troubled with great ambition.
By the way, the tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. William Penn. Sir Sidney. Notice, 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. Besides, ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. It’s a well 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. Basically the other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. Beecher. 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 worldwide than in the designs of ambition.
That’s a fact, 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. Seneca. They who make this 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, with intention to repel the insolence of men who depend entirely upon chance and accidental circumstances for distinction, and welcome on public services and personal merit. Unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition, no man is nobler born than another. I’m sure you heard about this. Shakespeare. Men in rage strike those that wish them best. Richardson. Just keep reading! People hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Boyes. Known violence in the voice is often only the deathrattle of reason in the throat. Its greatest stumblingblock, anger isn’t only the prevailing sin of argument.
a man deep wounded may feel identical degree in which a man’s mind is nearer to freedom from all passion, in quite similar degree also is it nearer to strength. Richter. Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two ‘tear garlands’; pride, two bent knees, Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck. Did you hear of something like that before? 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. That’s right! Fuller.
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
In the examination of a great and important question, each one should’ve been serene, ‘slow pulsed’, and calm. Essentially. 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. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Beecher. Also, 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. Coals are, the flame isn’t wrong. Johnson. 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.
Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Chesterfield. Now let me ask you something. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? Blair. Christ’s serenity was the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. With all that said… Anxiety has no place in the lifespan of one of God’s children. Maltbie Babcock. That is interesting. We can’t imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. 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. Strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good. Joubert. Usually, a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Johnson. Nevertheless, 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. Accordingly a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind.
Joubert. For the most part 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. Chesterfield. Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. So, count our cooks, if you are surprised at the general amount of our maladies. Seneca. That’s where it starts getting very entertaining. Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. Of course, tyrius Maximus. You see, all philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain. Epictetus. When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when Undoubtedly it’s full, the spirit becomes body, Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge. Saadi. Notice, when they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done.
Besides, the silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing globally, is the highest applause. George Macdonald. It’s only by loving a thing that you can make it yours. Eventually, to appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be rn from us. For example. On p of inferior to them, you may can’t shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior. Greville. Those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them, It is with certain good qualities as with the senses. Furthermore. Basically, and 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. We must never undervalue any person. Let me tell you something. Now God is present everywhere, and almost any person is His work. De Sales. I know that the workman loves not that his work might be despised in his presence. Then. Therefore the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. Oftentimes your common place people see no difference between one man and another. Hawthorne.
Whether for good or evil, That’s a fact, 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.
It’s the charm that lends a superstitious joy to fear, To feel, to feel exquisitely, is the lot of very many.
Emerson. 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. Sounds familiarright? Elizabeth Sheppard.