When is adulthood? From a neuroscience position we can say adulthood is when. Think about this when you look at the following. Baird brought to the conference. Oftentimes interesting facts that Dr, there are a few other random. Eventually, copyright 2007, Iris Fanning. Worldwide. You may reprint this article as long as you leave the majority of the links active, do not edit the article in any way and give author name credit and include bookstore link. Known visit. Simply click to opt in or out. Please visit our website and sign up for your FREE weekly newsletter. S0268p=http 3A 2F 2FReprint Rights. 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 should like to share these with you, gether with comments I made on a couple of them. 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. Angels could do no more, Who does better his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. I’m sure you heard about this. Young. Quarles. Enough is a feast, Too much is vanity.
Abundance changes the value of things. Terence. What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have. Petit Senn. Erasmus. Keep reading. Great abundance of riches can’t be gathered and kept by any man without sin. View we take of these things as insulting, that Undoubtedly it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. Epictetus. When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that it’s your opinion which provokes you. There’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men should not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men won’t turn them to their hurt. La Rochefoucauld. Now please pay attention. 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.
Moral conduct includes every thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. Emmons. Virgil. We can not do all things. On p of this, activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function. Greenough. Notice that sir Sidney. That in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk. Now please pay attention. Whittier. Besides, the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. Nonetheless. Tis human actions paint the chart of time. Emerson. It is a great mind is an ideal sailor, as a great heart is. Act well at the moment, and you have performed an ideal action to all eternity.
I have always thought the actions of men better interpreters of their thoughts. On p of that. Act with decision, deliberate with caution. To do what lies clearly at hand, our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance. Carlyle. I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Adam Clarke. Any action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Chapin. 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, So it’s not to taste sweet things. Carlyle. Rousseau. To live isn’t merely to breathe. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest daydrudge kindles into a hero. Magoon. Of course That’s a fact, 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. You should take it into account. 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. Bovee. Time’s best gift to us is serenity. Stagnation is something worse than death. Simms. Storm is very much 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. Also, it’s corruption also. Goethe. Have you heard about something like this before? Of what’s wrong we are always conscious, nobody knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly. And therefore that law was 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 each other. Seriously. Phillips Brooks. Quarles.
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. Joubert. Whatever is admirable becomes way more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. 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. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Surely it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. It must be the joyfulest tidings worldwide, So in case I were but sure that I must live to see the coming of the Lord. Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
To cleanse them, god brings men into deep waters, not to drown them. Aughey. Washington Irving. For instance, 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. Chapin. That said, thomas a Kempis. Furthermore, 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. I would like to ask you a question. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found?
Mrs. Hemans. Beecher. Surely 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. This is where it starts getting really serious, right? Men think God is destroying them as he is tuning them. Anyways. Storms purify the atmosphere. Purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm. Colton. Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. Actually, lady Montague. Begin nothing without considering what the end can be. Considering the above said. It was well observed that few are better qualified to give others advice than those who have taken the least of it themselves. Then again. Helvetius. You should take it into account. They are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil, Harsh counsels have no effect. Even when it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice a lot more easily than people think, only he won’t 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. Lord Shaftesbury. Noone was ever the better for advice. Have you heard about something like this before? Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. That’s right! Michelet. That is interesting right? Ellen Howarth. I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. Therefore if they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. Hawthorne. Known sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. Consequently, caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree.
It can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can’t remove.
Laurence Sterne. Remember. Loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt. Carlyle. Eternal stars shine out since it’s dark enough. Now look, the sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in welldoing. Rutherford. Certainly, not in sanctifying afflictions, I actually believe in sanctified afflictions. Spurgeon. Reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Just think for a moment. They will let it go, when God makes the world lots of us are aware that there is no Gethsemane without its angel! Binney. Landor.
Thus 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.
If he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, 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. Bishop Hall. It’s a well Undoubtedly it’s worse to wither, if it be painful to bleed. Therefore. 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 shan’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. Colton. 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.
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. As a result, 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 Surely 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. Nevertheless, age either transfigures or petrifies. Marie ‘EbnerEschenbach’. Nevertheless, 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.
Goldsmith. Fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Victor Hugo. 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. Longfellow. Usually, So there’s a vast deal of vital air in loving words. Landor. You should take this seriously. Then the surest sign of age is loneliness. He can’t be old, whatever his years can be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. It’s a well alcott. Besides, the farmers are the founders of civilization. Daniel Webster. Normally. And therefore the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Then the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, so pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Make sure you scratch a few comments about it in the comment box. Abbott.
Therefore indeed Undoubtedly it’s the purest of human pleasures; it’s the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, God Almighty first planted a garden. Bacon. Zachokke. Nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. Generally, sir Philip Sydney. Essentially, they are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Horace. We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is should succeed in small things if they have been not troubled with great ambition. Anyways, the tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
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. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Beecher. So 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. For example, the other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. Although, 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. Jeremy Taylor. Seriously. Seneca.
Surely 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.
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, with an eye to repel the insolence of men who depend entirely upon chance and accidental circumstances for distinction, and forget it on public services and personal merit. Generally, 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. Needless to say. Just keep reading! Men in rage strike those that wish them best. Shakespeare. So, people hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Richardson. You should take this seriously. Boyes. Now let me tell you something. Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. Gladstone.
Its greatest stumblingblock, 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 identical 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. Notice that richter. 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. In the examination of a great and important question, any one could be serene, slowpulsed, and calm. This is the case. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. Make sure you scratch suggestions about it below. Ingersoll.
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. Coals are, the flame isn’t wrong. Beecher. Therefore 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, That’s a fact, it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it. Dr. So 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. As a result. You should take it into account. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. This is the case. Chesterfield. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? Blair. Anxiety has no place in the lifespan of one of God’s children.
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.
Maltbie Babcock. Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. Doesn’t it sound familiar? AbdelKader. 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. Strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good. So, a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Joubert. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. 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.
Lots 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. On p of that, a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. I’m sure you heard about this. Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Keep reading! Chesterfield. Seneca. As a result, count our cooks, I’d say if you are surprised at the tal amount of our maladies. You see, choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. Of course, tyrius Maximus. Anyway, all philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain.
When the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when Surely it’s full, the spirit becomes body, Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge.
Saadi. Needless to say, when they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. Notice. Silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing on planet earth, is the highest applause. Emerson. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. George Macdonald. So 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. Greville. In addition to inferior to them, you may struggle to 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. Rochefoucauld. And therefore 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. Now let me tell you something. Now God is present everywhere, and any person is His work. Now look, the workman loves not that his work going to be despised in his presence. De Sales. Eventually, we must never undervalue any person. Pascal. It is your common place people see no difference between one man and another. With all that said… By the way, the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. Whether for good or evil, I know 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.