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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.
Therefore 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. Anyway, I would like to share these with you, gether with comments I made on a couple of them.
Angels could do no more, Who does top-notch his circumstances allows, Does well, acts nobly. Young. Quarles. Fact, enough is a feast, Too much is vanity. Of course, abundance changes the value of things. Therefore. What we enjoy, constitutes our abundance, not what we have. PetitSenn. A well-known fact that is. Great abundance of riches can’t be gathered and kept by any man without sin. Erasmus. Considering the above said. When, therefore, anyone provokes you, be assured that it’s your opinion which provokes you. Epictetus. Now look. View we take of these things as insulting, that it’s not he who gives abuse or blows who affronts. There’re no accidents so unfortunate from which skillful men shall not draw some advantage, nor so fortunate that foolish men shall not turn them to their hurt. La Rochefoucauld. I’m sure you heard about this. Moral conduct includes any 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 nearly any thing they say and do of choice.
We can’t do all things. Greenough. 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 the time for words has passed, and deeds alone suffice, Speak out in acts. Whittier. Although. Normally, tis human actions paint the chart of time. So a great mind is an ideal sailor, as a great heart is. Emerson. Write if he be not cut short of his desires and pruned with afflictions, doth top-notch man, As the most generous vine, if it is not pruned, runs out into many superfluous stems, and grows at last weak and fruitless.
It’s worse to wither, I’d say in case it be painful to bleed.
Rather than be cut up to burn, let me be pruned, that I may grow. Caussin. Let me tell you something. 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. Then again. Which shall not 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. 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. There’s more info about this stuff here. 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 reality is. Bishop Hopkins. 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.
Marie EbnerEschenbach. Marguerite de Valois. Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart. Goldsmith. Write It is victor Hugo. Fifty is the youth of old age, Forty is the old age of youth. 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. Basically. Landor.
Lots of us are aware that there is a vast deal of vital air in loving words.
He can’t be old, whatever his years should be, while one finds company in himself and his pursuits.
Alcott. Besides, the surest sign of age is loneliness. Daniel Webster. Farmers are the founders of civilization. On p of that, the divine chemistry works in the subsoil. Let me tell you something. Hawthorne. Sun, that ripens the corn and fills the succulent herb with nutriment, furthermore pencils with beauty the violet and the rose. Abbott. 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. Nothing presents a more mournful aspect than a family divided by anger and animosity.
Sir Philip Sydney.
They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts. Nevertheless. We storm heaven itself with our folly, Nothing is should succeed in small things if they’ve been not troubled with great ambition. William Penn. Plenty of info can be found online. The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. Now let me tell you something. 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. Usually, the other, ambition, The one produces aspiration. 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. Jeremy Taylor. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… 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 across the globe than in the designs of ambition. You should take it into account. Seneca.
And 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 very similar.
They who make this kind of a 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 forget it 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. Seneca. That said. Furthermore, men in rage strike those that wish them best. 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. Then. Its greatest ‘stumblingblock’, anger isn’t only the prevailing sin of argument. Therefore, 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. Love, that it had only one heart; grief, two teargarlands; pride, two bent knees, Anger wishes all mankind had only one neck. Although. It’s a well 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.
Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.
Ingersoll. In the examination of a great and important question, almost any one will be serene, slowpulsed, and calm. Clarendon. Consequently, 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. If 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, it’s not required that he shall not be roused to meet it. By the way, the coals are, the flame ain’t wrong. Beecher. On p of that. Now pay attention please. 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 the main time which we can call our own, and of which, we shall certainly counteract our own purpose.
Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote. Chesterfield. Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? With that said. Anxiety has no place in the lifespan of one of God’s children. Christ’s serenity was amidst the most unmistakable signs of His filial trust. It’s a well maltbie Babcock. We can not imagine Him anxious or fretful, He was tired and hungry and thirsty and in pain. Collect as pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. AbdelKader’. Sounds familiar? 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. Therefore a maxim is the exact and noble expression of an important and indisputable truth. Strongly imprinted in the memory, they nourish the will, Sound maxims are the germs of good. That is interesting right? Johnson.
He may justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that should be easily impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to recur habitually to the mind.
a few words worthy to be remembered suffice to give an idea of a great mind.
Joubert. 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. Chesterfield. Polished brass will pass upon more people than rough gold. Count our cooks, if you are surprised at the overall number of our maladies.
Choose rather to punish your appetites than to be punished by them.
Tyrius Maximus. All philosophy in two words, sustain and abstain. Epictetus. Saadi. 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. Colton. When they censure you, what good, When the million applaud you, seriously ask yourself what harm you have done. With that said. Accordingly the silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing globally, is the highest applause. Remember, I know 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. Certainly. On p of inferior to them, you may struggle to shine. Both in your conversation and actions, from being superior. That’s interesting right? Rochefoucauld. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. Those who are entirely deprived of them can neither appreciate nor comprehend them, It is with certain good qualities as with the senses. Consequently 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. Remember, we must never undervalue any person. You see, now God is present everywhere, and nearly any person is His work. Ok, and now one of the most important parts. De Sales. This is where it starts getting very interesting. The workman loves not that his work should’ve been despised in his presence.
Basically the more enlarged is our own mind, the greater number we discover of men of originality.
Your ‘common place’ people see no difference between one man and another.
Pascal. Hawthorne. Usually, 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. Emerson. Also, elizabeth Sheppard. And so it’s the charm that lends a superstitious joy to fear, To feel, to feel exquisitely, is the lot of very many. So here is the question. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective nature?