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, New York City,, Many years ago I read a book, FORTY THOUSAND QUOTATIONS, Prose and Poetical. I should like to share these with you, with comments I made on a few of them. Angels could do no more, Who does p his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. Although. Quarles. Enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Yes, that’s right! Terence. Consequently, abundance changes the value of things. Petit Senn. What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have. Basically. Did you hear of something like this before? Great abundance of riches can’t be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
By the way, the view we take of these things as insulting, that And so it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts.
When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that Undoubtedly it’s your opinion which provokes you.
Epictetus. Many of us know that there are no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men wouldn’t draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men wouldn’t turn them to their hurt. La Rochefoucauld. For instance, moral conduct includes each thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. Thus 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. Emmons. Certainly. On p of that, we can not do all things. Activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function. Notice. That in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk. Sir Sidney. With that said.
Time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts.
Tis human actions paint the chart of time. Great mind is an ideal sailor, as a great heart is. Seriously. Emerson. For example. Act well at the moment, and you have performed a great action to all eternity. Fact, I have always thought the actions of men top-notch interpreters of their thoughts. Locke. That’s right! 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. You should take this seriously. I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Adam Clarke. Therefore, each action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Chapin. Rousseau. 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, Undoubtedly it’s not to taste sweet things.
To live ain’t merely to breathe.
Show him the way of doing that, the dullest ‘daydrudge’ kindles into a hero.
Carlyle. 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. Magoon. You see, he is much greater who can both raise and rule it, the ‘master spirit’ who can rule the storm is great. 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. Time’s best gift to us is serenity. Bovee. Then the storm is a lot better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. For example, better that we must err in action than wholly refuse to perform. Anyways. That’s a fact, it’s corruption also. Stagnation is something worse than death. That said. Remember, of what actually is wrong we are always conscious, noone knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly. Phillips Brooks. A well-known fact that is. Consequently that law had been among 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.
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. Nonetheless, whatever is admirable becomes a lot more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. You should take it into account. Joubert. 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. Usually. So Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Richard Baxter. So that I might see His kingdom come! It would’ve been the joyfulest tidings globally, Therefore in case I were but sure that I must live to see the coming of the Lord. Undoubtedly it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them.
Great minds rise above them, Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes.
Washington Irving. Brightest crowns that are worn in heaven was tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. Chapin. On p of this, 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. However, must not earth be rent before her gems are found? Mrs. Hemans. So, men think God is destroying them being that 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. Also, times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. It’s a well-known fact that the purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Of course. Begin nothing without considering what the end should be. Certainly, lady Montague. Goldsmith. That’s where it starts getting very 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. Furthermore. Nevertheless, they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil, Harsh counsels have no effect. Write they remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain, hearts are flowers. Even when it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice a lot more easily than people think, only he would not bear it when violently given. Lord Shaftesbury. You see, noone was ever the better for advice. Now look.
Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… 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. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. Loads of info can be found easily by going online. If they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. Certainly. Anyway, caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. Usually, matthew Henry. It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can not remove. Laurence Sterne. Now pay attention please. And therefore the loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt.
The eternal stars shine out since it’s dark enough.
Carlyle. I’m sure that the sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in ‘welldoing’. That said. With all that said… Not in sanctifying afflictions, I believe in sanctified afflictions. This is where it starts getting intriguing, right? The reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Then. Remember. Actually, they will let it go, when God makes the world for the most part 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.
If he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, thus doth p man, As the most generous vine, Therefore in case 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.
I know it’s worse to wither, I’d say if it be painful to bleed. Needless to say, 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. Colton. Which shouldn’t show itself until a certain weight of affliction be put upon it, loads of us are aware that there is an elasticity in the human mind, capable of bearing much. Therefore 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.
If 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 fact 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 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 ‘Ebner Eschenbach’. Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart. Actually, marguerite de Valois. I love everything that’s old, old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. Goldsmith. Victor Hugo. Fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. While silvering over the evening of life, gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon. Richter. 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. Furthermore, most of us are aware that there is a vast deal of vital air in loving words. As a result. So surest sign of age is loneliness.
Alcott. He can’t be old, whatever his years might be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. Daniel Webster. So farmers are the founders of civilization. Divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Hawthorne. Known the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, so pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Abbott. Bacon. Now look. Indeed And so 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. Now pay attention please. Nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. Zachokke. Of course sir Philip Sydney. They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Horace.
We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is would succeed in small things if they’ve been not troubled with great ambition. Although. Therefore, the tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. William Penn. 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. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Now look. Beecher. Basically the other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. By the way, 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. 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 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 quite similar.
Seneca. Unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition, no man is nobler born than another. 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. Now pay attention please. 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.
Men in rage strike those that wish them best.
Shakespeare. Richardson. Sounds familiar? People hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. That said, violence in the voice is often only the ‘death rattle’ of reason in the throat. Then. Its greatest stumblingblock, anger isn’t only the prevailing sin of argument. Now please pay attention. Gladstone. George Eliot.
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. Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two teargarlands; pride, two bent knees, Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck. Richter. Needless to say. 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. Normally, anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
Ingersoll. In the examination of a great and important question, every one will be serene, slow pulsed, and calm. Whenever 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. Coals are, the flame isn’t wrong. I’d say if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, here’s sinful, If a man meets with injustice, it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it. Then again. Consequently. With that said, if we neglect the apparent duties to make provision against visionary attacks, in proportion as our cares are employed upon the future. From the main 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. So here’s a question. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? Blair. Anyways, christ’s serenity was amidst the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. We can’t imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. Anxiety has no place in the lifetime of one of God’s children. Maltbie Babcock. 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.
Maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Joubert. 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. Few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. There’s more information about it on this website. Joubert. Normally, look, 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. Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Chesterfield. On p of that. It is count our cooks, Therefore if you are surprised at the amount of our maladies. Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them.
All philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain.
Epictetus. Saadi. Considering the above said. 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. When they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. Oftentimes colton. Besides. 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. So.
To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be rn from us.
While inferior to them, you may will not 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. Rochefoucauld. Basically snarl at the good and beautiful since it lies beyond their sympathies, We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand. Goethe. Let me tell you something. We must never undervalue any person. I am sure that the workman loves not that his work going to be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and nearly any person is His work. De Sales. Your common place people see no difference between one man and another. Pascal. 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.