When is adulthood? From a neuroscience standpoint we can say adulthood is when. Think about this when you look at the following. Interesting facts that Dr, there are a few other random. Baird brought to the conference. It’s a well s0268p=http 3A 2F 2FReprint Rights. Please visit our website and sign up for your FREE weekly newsletter. Copyright 2007, Iris Fanning. Then, you may reprint this article as long as you leave maximum links active, do not edit the article in any way and give author name credit and include bookstore link. Notice, simply click to opt in or out. Usually. So. My dear Readers.
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.
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 would like to share these with you, with comments I made on a few of them. Young. For instance, angels could do no more, Who does top-notch his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. Of course. Actually, 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. PetitSenn. Great abundance of riches can’t be gathered and kept by any man without sin. Erasmus. Epictetus. I’m sure you heard about this. When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that I know it’s your favorite opinion which provokes you. View we take of these things as insulting, that That’s a fact, it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. Of course So 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. For example, la Rochefoucauld. This is where it starts getting very intriguing. Moral conduct includes nearly any thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. Emmons. 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. This is the case. We can’t do all things. Activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function. Greenough. With all that said… Sir Sidney.
That in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk.
Actually the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. Then. Tis human actions paint the chart of time. Plenty of information can be found easily by going online. Emerson. Great mind is a great sailor, as a great heart is. Notice. Act well at the moment, and you have performed a great action to all eternity. Locke. It is I have always thought the actions of men top-notch interpreters of their thoughts. With all that said… Act with decision, deliberate with caution. Colton. Notice. To do what lies clearly at hand, our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance. That said, I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate.
Every action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Chapin. Rousseau. Certainly. Actually, 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, That’s a fact, it’s not to taste sweet things. To live ain’t merely to breathe. Anyways, show him the way of doing that, the dullest day drudge kindles into a hero. On p of that. 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. He is much greater who can both raise and rule it, the masterspirit who can rule the storm is great. Longfellow. 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. Bovee. Better that we should err in action than wholly refuse to perform. So it’s corruption also. It’s a well-known fact that the storm is a lot better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Simms. Now please pay attention. Stagnation is something worse than death. Goethe. Normally, of what actually was wrong we are always conscious, noone knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly. Basically that law is 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. Phillips Brooks. While having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving, that action ain’t warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing. Quarles. Also.
Amid the most mercenary ages That’s a fact, it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence.
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. Have you heard about something like this before? Ruskin. Therefore, That’s a fact, it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. Generally, richard Baxter. It my be the joyfulest tidings on planet earth, if I were but sure that I should live to see the coming of the Lord. Anyway, so that I might see His kingdom come! Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Aughey. You should take it into account. 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.
Brightest crowns that are worn in heaven been 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. Fact, thomas a Kempis. Certainly. Hemans. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found? Furthermore, 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. Generally, men think God is destroying them as long as he is tuning them. Beecher. Just think for a moment. Beecher. Storms purify the atmosphere. Now pay attention please. Colton. By the way, 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.
Begin nothing without considering what the end should be.
Lady Montague. It had been well observed that few are better qualified to give others advice than those who have taken the least of it themselves. Normally. Helvetius. Eventually, they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil, Harsh counsels have no effect. Richter. They remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain, hearts are flowers. In spite the fact that it be well founded, a man takes contradiction and advice a great deal more easily than people think, only he shall not bear it when violently given. Nobody was ever the better for advice. Lord Shaftesbury. Although. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Ellen Howarth. I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. If they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. 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’t remove. You see, laurence Sterne. Seriously. Bovee. Then again, the loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt. There is more info about it on this site. Carlyle. Generally, the eternal stars shine out as long as And so it’s dark enough. Considering the above said. Now look, the sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in ‘well doing’.
Not in sanctifying afflictions, I believe in sanctified afflictions. With that said, the reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Also, they will let it go, when God makes the world there’s no Gethsemane without its angel! Rev. Binney. Needless to say. 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. Now let me tell you something. Bishop Hall. Basically, if he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, thence doth p man, As the most generous vine, I’d say if it is not pruned, runs out into many superfluous stems, and grows at last weak and fruitless. Nevertheless, Undoubtedly it’s worse to wither, if it be painful to bleed.
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. Which shall not 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. Bishop Hopkins. Essentially, 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. Because we can not 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 if you take away one of their playthings from them, we are like froward children who, throw away all the rest in spite.
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. Marie ‘EbnerEschenbach’. Age either transfigures or petrifies. Marguerite de Valois. As a result, have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart. You should take this seriously. Goldsmith. Just keep reading! I love everything that’s old, old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine. 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. 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. You see, look, there’s a vast deal of vital air in loving words. Landor. Alcott. By the way, the surest sign of age is loneliness. He can’t be old, whatever his years might be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits. Farmers are the founders of civilization.
It’s an interesting fact that the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Besides, the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, and pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. That’s where it starts getting serious, right? Abbott. Indeed 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. Bacon. Nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity. With that said. They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Sir Philip Sydney. We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is should succeed in small things if they have been not troubled with great ambition. Longfellow. Nevertheless, 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. Now look, 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. Other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Consequently. Remember, 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 globally 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 very similar. 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 welcome on public services and personal merit. They who make this parade with their family pictures and pedigrees, are, properly speaking, rather to be called noted or notorious than noble persons. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition, no man is nobler born than another. Seneca. Men in rage strike those that wish them best. Shakespeare. Some information can be found easily on the internet. 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. Its greatest ‘stumbling block’, anger isn’t only the prevailing sin of argument. Gladstone. Now pay attention please. Now, 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. Marcus Antonius. Richter. Seriously. Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two ‘teargarlands’; pride, two bent knees, Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck. Fuller. Of course 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. Anger blows out the lamp of the mind. That’s interesting. Ingersoll. In the examination of a great and important question, nearly any one could be serene, slowpulsed, and calm. Clarendon.
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.
Actually the coals are, the flame ain’t wrong. If he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, so here is sinful, If a man meets with injustice, Undoubtedly it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it. Although, if we neglect the apparent duties to make provision against visionary attacks, in proportion as our cares are employed upon the future. From a solitary time which we can call our own, and of which, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose. Johnson. Dr. Chesterfield. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. I would like to ask you something. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events?
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. Anxiety has no place in the lifespan of one of God’s children. Maltbie Babcock. Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. Did you hear of something like that before? AbdelKader. 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. Needless to say. Strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good. Therefore a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. 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.
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.
Therefore a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. Joubert. Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Chesterfield. I’m sure it sounds familiar. Seneca. Count our cooks, if you are surprised at the tal number of our maladies. Tyrius Maximus. Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them. That’s interesting right? Epictetus. All philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain. 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.
Colton. Silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing on earth, is the highest applause. As a result. Surely it’s only by loving a thing that you can make it yours. George Macdonald. Normally. To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be rn from us. Now please pay attention. Greville. Yes, that’s right! In addition to inferior to them, you may won’t be able 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. Then. Doesn’t it sound familiar? Goethe.
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.
Now God is present everywhere, and every person is His work.
De Sales. Workman loves not that his work going to be despised in his presence. We must never undervalue any person. You see. Now please pay attention. Your common place people see no difference between one man and another. Essentially, the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. 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. Usually. That said, elizabeth Sheppard.