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. For instance, I should like to share these with you, gether with comments I made on a couple of them. For instance. Angels could do no more, Who does better his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. Quarles. Enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Terence. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Abundance changes the value of things. PetitSenn. You should take it into account. What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have. Erasmus. Great abundance of riches can not be gathered and kept by any man without sin.
Besides, the view we take of these things as insulting, that I know it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts.
When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that So it’s your personal opinion which provokes you.
Epictetus. La Rochefoucauld. Generally, mostly there’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men shall not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men shan’t turn them to their hurt. Emmons. Moral conduct includes each thing in which men are active and for which they are accountable. Consequently 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. We can’t do all things. Virgil. Greenough. Seriously. Activity is the presence of function, -character is the record of function. That in all miseries lamenting becomes fools, and action wise folk. Sir Sidney. Actually. Besides, the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. You should take this seriously. Tis human actions paint the chart of time.
Great mind is a decent sailor, as a great heart is. Nevertheless, act well at the moment, and you have performed a great action to all eternity. Usually. Locke. I have always thought the actions of men p interpreters of their thoughts. Then again, act with decision, deliberate with caution. Colton. To do what lies clearly at hand, our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance. Carlyle. Adam Clarke. I have lived to know that the secret of happiness is never to allow your energies to stagnate. Furthermore, each action of our lives uches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. Chapin. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest daydrudge kindles into a hero. On p of that. Carlyle. 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.
To live ain’t merely to breathe.
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. He is much greater who can both raise and rule it, the masterspirit who can rule the storm is great. Notice that 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. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Bovee. Simms. Better that we must err in action than wholly refuse to perform. Stagnation is something worse than death. Sounds familiar? So it’s corruption also. Now pay attention please. Actually the storm is a lot better than the calm, as it declares the presence of a living principle. Of what actually is wrong we are always conscious, noone knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly.
And that law was amid the most pregnant of all truths about the mystery of Force, amid 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.
Phillips Brooks. Quarles. Whenever having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving, that action ain’t warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing. Certainly. I’m sure it sounds familiar. Amid the most mercenary ages it’s but a secondary sort of admiration that is bestowed upon magnificence. Joubert. Whatever is admirable becomes a lot more admirable, That which astonishes, astonishes once. On p of that, 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.
By the way, the Spirit and the bride say.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus. So that I might see His kingdom come! It would’ve been the joyfulest tidings on earth, Therefore in case I were but sure that I must live to see the coming of the Lord. So it’s the characteristic of His saints to love His appearing, and to look for that blessed hope. 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. It’s an interesting fact that the brightest crowns that are worn in heaven are tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. Nevertheless. Essentially, 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. You should take this seriously. Thomas a Kempis. And now here’s the question. Must not earth be rent before her gems are found?
Hemans. Mrs. Undoubtedly 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. Beecher. Men think God is destroying them being that he is tuning them. Storms purify the atmosphere. Yes, that’s right! Beecher. And therefore the 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. Begin nothing without considering what the end should be. Lady Montague. Now please pay attention. Goldsmith. That’s where it starts getting entertaining. It had been well observed that few are better qualified to give others advice than those who have taken the least of it themselves. Helvetius.
They are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil, Harsh counsels have no effect.
In spite the fact that 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. They remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain, hearts are flowers. Now look. Lord Shaftesbury. Now let me tell you something. Noone was ever the better for advice. Anyways. Needless to say, affection is powerful in its gentleness, Love is strong in its passion. Then, I may not to the world impart/The secret of its power,/treasured in my inmost heart/I keep my faded flower. That’s interesting right? Ellen Howarth. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions. Anyway, matthew Henry. Just think for a moment. Hawthorne. As a result, caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of the affections as leaves are to the life of a tree. I’d say if they are wholly restrained love will die at the roots. Laurence Sterne. Usually, it can always dignify and alleviate, misfortune, patience can’t remove.
I’m sure that the loss of a beloved connection awakens an interest in heaven before unfelt. Bovee. Carlyle. Now look, the eternal stars shine out whenever So it’s dark enough. Remember, the sanctified cross is a fruitful tree, Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in well doing. Rutherford. Not in sanctifying afflictions, I believe in sanctified afflictions. I’m sure that the reverse, affliction of itself does not sanctify anybody. Generally. Powell. They will let it go, when God makes the world So there’s no Gethsemane without its angel! Rev. This is where it starts getting interesting. Binney. 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. Although. Essentially, it’s worse to wither, Therefore if it be painful to bleed. So if he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, therefore 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. For example, rather than be cut up to burn, let me be pruned, that I may grow.
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. So, which shan’t show itself until a certain weight of affliction be put upon it, look, there’s an elasticity in the human mind, capable of bearing much. 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. Of course, and as long as 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.
So in case 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 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. Considering the above said. Marie ‘EbnerEschenbach’. Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart. Marguerite de Valois. Goldsmith. I love everything that’s old, old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wine.
Fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. Victor Hugo. While silvering over the evening of life, gray hairs seem to my fancy like the light of a soft moon. Richter. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. 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. Let me tell you something. There’s a vast deal of vital air in loving words. Landor. Alcott. Surest sign of age is loneliness. Although, he can’t be old, whatever his years can be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits.
Did you know that the farmers are the founders of civilization. Daniel Webster. Divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Hawthorne. On p of this. Now look, the sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, so pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Basically indeed I know it’s the purest of human pleasures; Undoubtedly 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. Zachokke. Have you heard about something like this before? Sir Philip Sydney. Nonetheless, they are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Make sure you write a comment about it below. We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is will succeed in small things if they have been not troubled with great ambition. Just keep reading! Longfellow. Consequently, the tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. Of course, 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. Fact, 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. 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. Seneca. So 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 identical. Now pay attention please. 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. Keep reading! 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 forget it on public services and personal merit.
Seneca. Unless he is born with better abilities and a more amiable disposition, no man is nobler born than another. Men in rage strike those that wish them best. Shakespeare. Of course people hardly ever do anything in anger, of which they do not repent. Richardson. Violence in the voice is often only the death rattle of reason in the throat. Considering the above said. Boyes. Gladstone. Therefore, its greatest ‘stumblingblock’, anger ain’t only the prevailing sin of argument. It’s a well a man ‘deepwounded’ 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. Richter. Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two ‘tear garlands’; pride, two bent knees, Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck. Consequently. 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.
In the examination of a great and important question, almost any one might be serene, ‘slowpulsed’, and calm.
Ingersoll. 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. So in case he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, and 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. I am sure that the coals are, the flame ain’t wrong. Beecher. Johnson.
Dr. 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 the main time which we can call our own, and of which, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose. Chesterfield. Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Blair. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? Known christ’s serenity was the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. Maltbie Babcock. We can’t imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. Anxiety has no place in the lifespan of one of God’s children. Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. AbdelKader. Sounds familiardoes it not? 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. Now, a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Joubert. Notice that strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good.
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. So 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. Now, a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind. You see. You should take it into account. Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Chesterfield. Seneca. Count our cooks, So in case you are surprised at the actual number of our maladies. So, choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them.
All philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain. For example. You see, 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. When they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. Colton. By the way, the silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing worldwide, is the highest applause. Emerson. George Macdonald. Undoubtedly 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.
On p of inferior to them, you may won’t shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior.
Greville. It’s a well rochefoucauld. Those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them, It is with certain good qualities as with the senses. Goethe. Thus 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. We must never undervalue any person. De Sales. By the way, the workman loves not that his work gonna be despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and almost any person is His work. Pascal. More enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality. Let me tell you something. Your common place people see no difference between one man and another. Notice.
Whether for good or evil, So 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.
Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective nature?
Emerson. So, 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. Elizabeth Sheppard. That’s where it starts getting intriguing. It’s the charm that lends a superstitious joy to fear, To feel, to feel exquisitely, is the lot of very many. For instance.