Motivational Quotes To Motivate Mindfulness Practice

mindful and motivational quotesThese quotes come from “Many Thoughts of Many Minds, A Treasury of Quotations from the Literature of Every Land and Every Age“.  I hand picked these as felt that they can provide inspiration to you as you practice mindfulness.  They are arranged under sub headings to make things a bit easier.    They should provide inspiration as well as motivation.

Mindful Quotes


The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.—Emerson.

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.—Beaconsfield.

There are three sorts of actions: those that are good, those that are bad, and those that are doubtful; and we ought to be most cautious of those that are doubtful; for we are in most danger of these doubtful actions, because they do not alarm us; and yet they insensibly lead to greater transgressions, just as the shades of twilight gradually reconcile us to darkness.—A. Reed.

To the valiant actions speak alone.—Smollett.

It is well to think well: it is divine to act well.—Horace Mann.

Active natures are rarely melancholy. Activity and melancholy are incompatible.—Bovee.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But to act, that each to-morrow Finds us farther than to-day.

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant! Let the dead Past bury its dead! Act, act, in the living Present! Heart within, and God o’erhead! —Longfellow.

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.—Lowell.

Prodigious actions may as well be done By weaver’s issue, as by prince’s son. —Dryden.

It is not to taste sweet things, but 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. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero.—Carlyle.

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.—Colton.

When our souls shall leave this dwelling, the glory of one fair and virtuous action is above all the scutcheons on our tomb, or silken banners over us.—J. Shirley.

Our acts make or mar us,—we are the children of our own deeds.—Victor Hugo.

Man, being essentially active, must find in activity his joy, as well as his beauty and glory; and labor, like everything else that is good, is its own reward.—Whipple.


And to be wroth with one we love Doth work like madness in the brain. —Coleridge.

Anger is implanted in us as a sort of sting, to make us gnash with our teeth against the devil, to make us vehement against him, not to set us in array against each other.

When anger rushes unrestrain’d to action, Like a hot steed, it stumbles in its way. —Savage.

Lamentation is the only musician that always, like a screech-owl, alights and sits on the roof of an angry man.—Plutarch.

He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is a wise man who will not.—Seneca.

Men in rage strike those that wish them best.—Shakespeare.

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason.—W.R. Alger.

Anger is the most impotent passion that accompanies the mind of man; it effects nothing it goes about; and hurts the man who is possessed by it more than any other against whom it is directed.—Clarendon.

When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.—Jefferson.

An angry man opens his mouth and shuts up his eyes.—Cato.

When a man is wrong and won’t admit it, he always gets angry.—Haliburton.

Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.—Ephesians 4:26.

Anger begins with folly and ends with repentance.—Pythagoras.

Anger causes us often to condemn in one what we approve of in another.—Pasquier Quesnel.


Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security.—Burke.

Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events?—Blair.

Almost all men are over-anxious. No sooner do they enter the world than they lose that taste for natural and simple pleasures so remarkable in early life. Every hour do they ask themselves what progress they have made in the pursuit of wealth or honor; and on they go as their fathers went before them, till, weary and sick at heart, they look back with a sigh of regret to the golden time of their childhood.—Rogers.

Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure and generally occasion ourselves.—Beaconsfield.


Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.—1 Corinthians 15:20.

He who comes from the kitchen smells of its smoke; he who adheres to a sect has something of its cant; the college air pursues the student, and dry inhumanity him who herds with literary pedants.—Lavater.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.—Solomon.

If you always live with those who are lame, you will yourself learn to limp.—From the Latin.

If men wish to be held in esteem, they must associate with those only who are estimable.—La Bruyère.

Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse; the best means to grow better is to be the worst there.—Quarles.

A companion of fools shall be destroyed.—Proverbs 13:20.

Choose the company of your superiors whenever you can have it.—Lord Chesterfield.

I set it down as a maxim, that it is good for a man to live where he can meet his betters, intellectual and social.—Thackeray.

Keep good company, and you shall be of the number.—George Herbert.

It is best to be with those in time that we hope to be with in eternity.—Fuller.


Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.—Beecher.

The disposition to give a cup of cold water to a disciple is a far nobler property than the finest intellect. Satan has a fine intellect but not the image of God.—Howells.

Animated by Christian motives and directed to Christian ends, it shall in no wise go unrewarded; here, by the testimony of an approving conscience; hereafter, by the benediction of our blessed Redeemer, and a brighter inheritance in His Father’s house.—Bishop Mant.

God will excuse our prayers for ourselves whenever we are prevented from them by being occupied in such good works as to entitle us to the prayers of others.—Colton.

The lower a man descends in his love, the higher he lifts his life.—W.R. Alger.

There is nothing that requires so strict an economy as our benevolence. We should husband our means as the agriculturalist his fertilizer, which if he spread over too large a superficies produces no crop, if over too small a surface, exuberates in rankness and in weeds.—Colton.

The conqueror is regarded with awe, the wise man commands our esteem; but it is the benevolent man who wins our affections.—From the French.

Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. As Collingwood never saw a vacant place in his estate but he took an acorn out of his pocket and popped it in, so deal with your compliments through life. An acorn costs nothing; but it may sprout into a prodigious bit of timber.—Thackeray.

You will find people ready enough to do the Samaritan without the oil and twopence.—Sydney Smith.

Genuine benevolence is not stationary, but peripatetic. It goeth about doing good.—Nevins.

Benevolence is not in word and in tongue, but in deed and in truth. It is a business with men as they are, and with human life as drawn by the rough hand of experience. It is a duty which you must perform at the call of principle; though there be no voice of eloquence to give splendor to your exertions, and no music of poetry to lead your willing footsteps through the bowers of enchantment. It is not the impulse of high and ecstatic emotion. It is an exertion of principle. You must go to the poor man’s cottage, though no verdure flourish around it, and no rivulet be nigh to delight you by the gentleness of its murmurs. If you look for the romantic simplicity of fiction you will be disappointed; but it is your duty to persevere, in spite of every discouragement. Benevolence is not merely a feeling but a principle; not a dream of rapture for the fancy to indulge in, but a business for the hand to execute.—Chalmers.

The only way to be loved, is to be and to appear lovely; to possess and display kindness, benevolence, tenderness; to be free from selfishness and to be alive to the welfare of others.—Jay.

Beneficence is a duty. He who frequently practices it, and sees his benevolent intentions realized, at length comes really to love him to whom he has done good. When, therefore, it is said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” it is not meant, thou shalt love him first and do him good in consequence of that love, but, thou shalt do good to thy neighbor; and this thy beneficence will engender in thee that love to mankind which is the fulness and consummation of the inclination to do good.—Kant.

The lessons of prudence have charms, And slighted, may lead to distress; But the man whom benevolence warms Is an angel who lives but to bless. —Bloomfield.

Every virtue carries with it its own reward, but none in so distinguished and pre-eminent a degree as benevolence.


All looks yellow to the jaundiced eye.—Pope.

Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.—Chapin.

A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side.—Addison.

Show me the man who would go to heaven alone if he could, and in that man I will show you one who will never be admitted into heaven.—Feltham.


Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends.—Lavater.

Where boasting ends, there dignity begins.—Young.

A gentleman that loves to hear himself talk will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month.—Shakespeare.

Men of real merit, and whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge, are yet not to be endured when they vaunt their own actions.—Æschines.

The less people speak of their greatness the more we think of it.—Bacon.

Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, Brags of his substance, not of ornament: They are but beggars that can count their worth. —Shakespeare.


Brevity is the soul of wit, and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes.—Shakespeare.

Brevity in writing is what charity is to all other virtues—righteousness is nothing without the one, nor authorship without the other.—Sydney Smith.

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams—the more they are condensed the deeper they burn.—Southey.

The more an idea is developed the more concise becomes its expression; the more a tree is pruned, the better is the fruit.—Alfred Bougeant.

The more you say the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit.—Fénelon.

With vivid words your just conceptions grace, Much truth compressing in a narrow space; Then many shall peruse, but few complain, And envy frown, and critics snarl in vain. —Pindar.

Brevity is the child of silence, and is a credit to its parentage.—H.W. Shaw.

A verse may find him whom a sermon flies.—George Herbert.

When a man has no design but to speak plain truth, he may say a great deal in a very narrow compass.—Steele.


How wonderfully beautiful is the delineation of the characters of the three patriarchs in Genesis! To be sure if ever man could, without impropriety, be called, or supposed to be, “the friend of God,” Abraham was that man. We are not surprised that Abimelech and Ephron seem to reverence him so profoundly. He was peaceful, because of his conscious relation to God.—S.T. Coleridge.

The great hope of society is individual character.—Channing.

A man is known to his dog by the smell, to his tailor by the coat, to his friend by the smile; each of these know him, but how little or how much depends on the dignity of the intelligence. That which is truly and indeed characteristic of the man is known only to God.—Ruskin.

Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another.—Richter.

There are beauties of character which, like the night-blooming cereus, are closed against the glare and turbulence of every-day life, and bloom only in shade and solitude, and beneath the quiet stars.—Tuckerman.

There are many persons of whom it may be said that they have no other possession in the world but their character, and yet they stand as firmly upon it as any crowned king.—Samuel Smiles.

The man that makes a character makes foes.—Young.

He’s truly valiant that can wisely suffer The worst that man can breathe; And make his wrongs his outsides, To wear them like his raiment, carelessly; And ne’er prefer his injuries to his heart, To bring it into danger. —Shakespeare.

Every man has three characters—that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.—Alphonse Karr.

The best rules to form a young man are to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one’s own opinions, and value others that deserve it.—Sir William Temple.

Brains and character rule the world. The most distinguished Frenchman of the last century said, “Men succeed less by their talents than their character.” There were scores of men a hundred years ago who had more intellect than Washington. He outlives and overrides them all by the influence of his character.—Wendell Phillips.

All men are like in their lower natures; it is in their higher characters that they differ.—Bovee.

You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good.—Lavater.

Give me the character and I will forecast the event. Character, it has in substance been said, is “victory organized.”—Bovee.

A good character is in all cases the fruit of personal exertion. It is not inherited from parents, it is not created by external advantages, it is no necessary appendage of birth, wealth, talents, or station; but it is the result of one’s own endeavors.—Hawes.

Actions, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell characters.—Lavater.


I have much more confidence in the charity which begins in the home and diverges into a large humanity, than in the world-wide philanthropy which begins at the outside of our horizon to converge into egotism.—Mrs. Jameson.

To complain that life has no joys while there is a single creature whom we can relieve by our bounty, assist by our counsels, or enliven by our presence, is to lament the loss of that which we possess, and is just as irrational as to die of thirst with the cup in our hands.—Fitzosborne.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.—Matthew 6:3.

The spirit of the world encloses four kinds of spirits, diametrically opposed to charity—the spirit of resentment, spirit of aversion, spirit of jealousy, and the spirit of indifference.—Bossuet.

Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who, when alive, would part with nothing.—Colton.

The drying up a single tear has more Of honest fame, than shedding seas of gore. —Byron.
Be charitable and indulgent to every one but yourself.—Joubert.

Almost all the virtues that can be named are enwrapt in one virtue of charity and love:—for “it suffereth long,” and so it is longanimity; it “is kind,” and so it is courtesy; it “vaunteth not itself,” and so it is modesty; it “is not puffed up,” and so it is humility; it “is not easily provoked,” and so it is lenity; it “thinketh no evil,” and so it is simplicity; it “rejoiceth in the truth,” and so it is verity; it “beareth all things,” and so it is fortitude; it “believeth all things,” and so it is faith; it “hopeth all things,” and so it is confidence; it “endureth all things,” and so it is patience; it “never faileth,” and so it is perseverance.—Chillingworth.

As every lord giveth a certain livery to his servants, charity is the very livery of Christ. Our Saviour, who is the Lord above all lords, would have his servants known by their badge, which is love.—Latimer.

You must have a genius for charity as well as for anything else.—Thoreau.

Prayer carries us half way to God, fasting brings us to the door of his palace, and alms-giving procures us admission.—Koran.

Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.—1 Peter 4:8.

It is an old saying, that charity begins at home; but this is no reason it should not go abroad. A man should live with the world as a citizen of the world; he may have a preference for the particular quarter or square, or even alley, in which he lives, but he should have a generous feeling for the welfare of the whole.—Cumberland.

Alas for the rarity of Christian charity under the sun!—Hood.

You cannot separate charity and religion.—Colton.

Think not you are charitable if the love of Jesus and His brethren be not purely the motive of your gifts. Alas! you might not give your superfluities, but “bestow all your goods to feed the poor;” you might even “give your body to be burned” for them, and yet be utterly destitute of charity, if self-seeking, self-pleasing or self-ends guide you; and guide you they must, until the love of God be by the Holy Ghost shed abroad in your heart.—Haweis.

Whoever would entitle himself after death, through the merits of his Redeemer, to the noblest of rewards, let him serve God throughout life in this most excellent of all duties, doing good to our brethren. Whoever is sensible of his offences, let him take this way especially of evidencing his repentance.—Archbishop Secker.

I have learned from Jesus Christ himself what charity is, and how we ought to practise it; for He says, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one another.” Never can I, therefore, please myself in the hope that I may obtain the name of a servant of Christ, if I possess not a true and unfeigned charity within me.—St. Basil.

There is a debt of mercy and pity, of charity and compassion, of relief and succor due to human nature, and payable from one man to another; and such as deny to pay it the distressed in the time of their abundance may justly expect it will be denied themselves in a time of want. “With what measure you mete it shall be measured to you again.”—Burkitt.

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.—Seneca.

As the purse is emptied the heart is filled.—Victor Hugo.

Then gently scan your brother man, Still gentler, sister woman; Though they may gang a kennin’ wrang, To step aside is human. —Burns.


Cheerfulness is full of significance: it suggests good health, a clear conscience, and a soul at peace with all human nature.—Charles Kingsley.

As in our lives so also in our studies, it is most becoming and most wise, so to temper gravity with cheerfulness, that the former may not imbue our minds with melancholy, nor the latter degenerate into licentiousness.—Pliny.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.—Proverbs 17:22.

Be of good cheer.—John 16:33.

The mind that is cheerful in its present state, will be averse to all solicitude as to the future, and will meet the bitter occurrences of life with a placid smile.—Horace.

An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.—Fuller.

If good people would but make their goodness agreeable, and smile instead of frowning in their virtue, how many would they win to the good cause!—Archbishop Usher.

Between levity and cheerfulness there is a wide distinction; and the mind which is most open to levity is frequently a stranger to cheerfulness.—Blair.

You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? You will find half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.—Mrs. L.M. Child.

Inner sunshine warms not only the heart of the owner, but all who come in contact with it.—J.T. Fields.

The way to cheerfulness is to keep our bodies in exercise and our minds at ease.—Steele.

Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.—Lowell.

A cheerful temper, joined with innocence, will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful and wit good-natured. It will lighten sickness, poverty and affliction, convert ignorance into an amiable simplicity, and render deformity itself agreeable.—Addison.


Nature has left every man a capacity of being agreeable, though not of shining in company; and there are a hundred men sufficiently qualified for both who, by a very few faults, that they might correct in half an hour, are not so much as tolerable.—Swift.

It is certain that either wise bearing or ignorant carriage is caught as men take diseases one of another; therefore, let men take heed of their company.—Shakespeare.

The most agreeable of all companions is a simple, frank man, without any high pretensions to an oppressive greatness; one who loves life, and understands the use of it; obliging alike at all hours; above all, of a golden temper and steadfast as an anchor. For such an one we gladly exchange the greatest genius, the most brilliant wit, the profoundest thinker.—Lessing.

No man can possibly improve in any company for which he has not respect enough to be under some degree of restraint.—Chesterfield.

A companion is but another self; wherefore it is an argument that a man is wicked if he keep company with the wicked.—St. Clement.

Let them have ever so learned lectures of breeding, that which will most influence their carriage will be the company they converse with, and the fashion of those about them.—Locke.


Be not wise in your own conceits.—Romans 12:16.

Conceit is the most contemptible and one of the most odious qualities in the world. It is vanity driven from all other shifts, and forced to appeal to itself for admiration.—Hazlitt.

The certain way to be cheated is to fancy one’s self more cunning than others.—Charron.

Conceit is to nature what paint is to beauty; it is not only needless, but impairs what it would improve.—Pope.

Be very slow to believe that you are wiser than all others; it is a fatal but common error. Where one has been saved by a true estimation of another’s weakness, thousands have been destroyed by a false appreciation of their own strength.—Colton.

We go and fancy that everybody is thinking of us. But he is not; he is like us—he is thinking of himself.—Charles Reade.

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.—Proverbs 26:12.

A man who is proud of small things shows that small things are great to him.—Madame de Girardin.

Self-made men are most always apt to be a little too proud of the job.—H.W. Shaw.

Nature has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of a man’s own making.—Addison.

He who gives himself airs of importance exhibits the credentials of impotence.—Lavater.

The more any one speaks of himself, the less he likes to hear another talked of.—Lavater.


I will govern my life, and my thoughts, as if the whole world were to see the one, and to read the other; for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God (who is the searcher of our hearts) all our privacies are open?—Seneca.

The integrity of men is to be measured by their conduct, not by their professions.—Junius.

Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest, Lend less than thou owest, Learn more than thou trowest, Set less than thou throwest. —Shakespeare.

A man, like a watch, is to be valued for his manner of going.—William Penn.

I would, God knows, in a poor woodman’s hut Have spent my peaceful days, and shared my crust With her who would have cheer’d me, rather far Than on this throne; but being what I am, I’ll be it nobly. —Joanna Baillie.
Only add Deeds to thy knowledge answerable, add faith, Add virtue, patience, temperance, add love, By name to come call’d charity, the soul Of all the rest: then wilt thou not be loath To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess A Paradise within thee, happier far. —Milton.
Take heed lest passion sway Thy judgment to do aught which else free-will Would not admit. —Milton.


Whatever distrust we may have of the sincerity of those who converse with us, we always believe they will tell us more truth than they do to others.—La Rochefoucauld.

Never put much confidence in such as put no confidence in others.—Hare.

When young, we trust ourselves too much, and we trust others too little when old. Rashness is the error of youth, timid caution of age. Manhood is the isthmus between the two extremes; the ripe and fertile season of action, when alone we can hope to find the head to contrive, united with the hand to execute.—Colton.

He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.—Auerbach.

Trust not him that hath once broken faith.—Shakespeare.

People have generally three epochs in their confidence in man. In the first they believe him to be everything that is good, and they are lavish with their friendship and confidence. In the next, they have had experience, which has smitten down their confidence, and they then have to be careful not to mistrust every one, and to put the worst construction upon everything. Later in life, they learn that the greater number of men have much more good in them than bad, and that even when there is cause to blame, there is more reason to pity than condemn; and then a spirit of confidence again awakens within them.—Fredrika Bremer.

Trust him little who praises all, him less who censures all, and him least who is indifferent about all.—Lavater.


Conscience is a clock which, in one man, strikes aloud and gives warning; in another, the hand points silently to the figure, but strikes not. Meantime, hours pass away, and death hastens, and after death comes judgment.—Jeremy Taylor.

Oh! Conscience! Conscience! Man’s most faithful friend, Him canst thou comfort, ease, relieve, defend: But if he will thy friendly checks forego, Thou art, oh! wo for me, his deadliest foe! —Crabbe.

In the commission of evil, fear no man so much as thyself; another is but one witness against thee, thou art a thousand; another thou mayest avoid, thyself thou canst not. Wickedness is its own punishment.—Quarles.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.—Franklin.

Be mine that silent calm repast, A conscience cheerful to the last: That tree which bears immortal fruit, Without a canker at the root; That friend which never fails the just, When other friends desert their trust. —Dr. Cotton.

No man ever offended his own conscience, but first or last it was revenged upon him for it.—South.

He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping. Therefore be sure you look to that, and in the next place look to your health; and if you have it praise God and value it next to a good conscience.—Izaak Walton.

Our secret thoughts are rarely heard except in secret. No man knows what conscience is until he understands what solitude can teach him concerning it.—Joseph Cook.

A man never outlives his conscience, and that, for this cause only, he cannot outlive himself.—South.

Rules of society are nothing, one’s conscience is the umpire.—Madame Dudevant.

A man, so to speak, who is not able to bow to his own conscience every morning is hardly in a condition to respectfully salute the world at any other time of the day.—Douglas Jerrold.

In matters of conscience first thoughts are best; in matters of prudence last thoughts are best—Rev. Robert Hall.

A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart; his next, to escape the censures of the world. If the last interferes with the former, it ought to be entirely neglected; but otherwise there cannot be a greater satisfaction to an honest mind, than to see those approbations which it gives itself seconded by the applause of the public.—Addison.

Conscience raises its voice in the breast of every man, a witness for his Creator.

We should have all our communications with men, as in the presence of God; and with God, as in the presence of men.—Colton.

I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, self.—Luther.

The most reckless sinner against his own conscience has always in the background the consolation that he will go on in this course only this time, or only so long, but that at such a time he will amend. We may be assured that we do not stand clear with our own consciences so long as we determine or project, or even hold it possible, at some future time to alter our course of action.—Fichte.

There is one court whose “findings” are incontrovertible, and whose sessions are held in the chambers of our own breast.—Hosea Ballou.

Trust that man in nothing who has not a conscience in everything.—Sterne.

He that hath a blind conscience which sees nothing, a dead conscience which feels nothing, and a dumb conscience which says nothing, is in as miserable a condition as a man can be on this side of hell.—Patrick Henry.

Conscience is its own readiest accuser.—Chapin.

If thou wouldst be informed what God has written concerning thee in Heaven look into thine own bosom, and see what graces He hath there wrought in thee.—Fuller.

Yet still there whispers the small voice within, Heard thro’ gain’s silence, and o’er glory’s din; Whatever creed be taught or land be trod, Man’s conscience is the oracle of God! —Byron.

The world will never be in any manner of order or tranquillity until men are firmly convinced that conscience, honor and credit are all in one interest; and that without the concurrence of the former the latter are but impositions upon ourselves and others.—Steele.


To secure a contented spirit, measure your desires by your fortune, and not your fortune by your desires.—Jeremy Taylor.

I press to bear no haughty sway; I wish no more than may suffice: I do no more than well I may, Look what I lack, my mind supplies; Lo, thus I triumph like a king, My mind’s content with anything. —Byrd.

Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.—Condorcet.

To be content with little is difficult; to be content with much, impossible.—Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

My God, give me neither poverty nor riches; but whatsoever it may be Thy will to give, give me with it a heart which knows humbly to acquiesce in what is Thy will.—Gotthold.

One who is contented with what he has done will never become famous for what he will do. He has lain down to die. The grass is already growing over him.—Bovee.

Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.—Balguy.

If men knew what felicity dwells in the cottage of a godly man, how sound he sleeps, how quiet his rest, how composed his mind, how free from care, how easy his position, how moist his mouth, how joyful his heart, they would never admire the noises, the diseases, the throngs of passions, and the violence of unnatural appetites that fill the house of the luxurious and the heart of the ambitious.—Jeremy Taylor.

He is richest who is content with the least; for content is the wealth of nature.—Socrates.

Poor and content, is rich and rich enough; But riches, fineless, is as poor as winter, To him that ever fears he shall be poor. —Shakespeare.

Learn to be pleased with everything, with wealth so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.—Plutarch.

It is right to be contented with what we have, but never with what we are.—Sir James Mackintosh.

Without content, we shall find it almost as difficult to please others as ourselves.—Greville.

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.—Colton.

Content with poverty my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. —Dryden.

Unless we find repose within ourselves, it is vain to seek it elsewhere.—Hosea Ballou.

The noblest mind the best contentment has.—Spenser.

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.—Philippians 4:11.


The pith of conversation does not consist in exhibiting your own superior knowledge on matters of small consequence, but in enlarging, improving and correcting the information you possess by the authority of others.—Sir Walter Scott.

There are three things in speech that ought to be considered before some things are spoken—the manner, the place and the time.—Southey.

The secret of tiring is to say everything that can be said on the subject.—Voltaire.

Speak little and well if you wish to be considered as possessing merit.—From the French.

The less men think, the more they talk.—Montesquieu.

He who sedulously attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, coolly answers, and ceases when he has no more to say, is in possession of some of the best requisites of man.—Lavater.

Amongst such as out of cunning hear all and talk little, be sure to talk less; or if you must talk, say little.—La Bruyère.

Not only to say the right thing in the right place, but, far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.—G.A. Sala.

When we are in the company of sensible men, we ought to be doubly cautious of talking too much, lest we lose two good things, their good opinion and our own improvement; for what we have to say we know, but what they have to say we know not.—Colton.

Never hold any one by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.—Chesterfield.

There is speaking well, speaking easily, speaking justly and speaking seasonably: It is offending against the last, to speak of entertainments before the indigent; of sound limbs and health before the infirm; of houses and lands before one who has not so much as a dwelling; in a word, to speak of your prosperity before the miserable; this conversation is cruel, and the comparison which naturally arises in them betwixt their condition and yours is excruciating.—La Bruyère.

Egotists cannot converse, they talk to themselves only.—A. Bronson Alcott.

The extreme pleasure we take in talking of ourselves should make us fear that we give very little to those who listen to us.—La Rochefoucauld.

Many can argue, not many converse.—A. Bronson Alcott.

One thing which makes us find so few people who appear reasonable and agreeable in conversation is, that there is scarcely any one who does not think more of what he is about to say than of answering precisely what is said to him.—La Rochefoucauld.

The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humor, and the fourth wit.

It is a secret known but to few, yet of no small use in the conduct of life, that when you fall into a man’s conversation, the first thing you should consider is, whether he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.—Steele.

In my whole life I have only known ten or twelve persons with whom it was pleasant to speak—i.e., who keep to the subject, do not repeat themselves, and do not talk of themselves; men who do not listen to their own voice, who are cultivated enough not to lose themselves in commonplaces, and, lastly, who possess tact and good taste enough not to elevate their own persons above their subjects.—Metternich.


I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.—Shakespeare.

The best receipt—best to work and best to take—is the admonition of a friend.—Bacon.

Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful, where your own self-love might impair your judgment.—Seneca.

Let no man value at little price a virtuous woman’s counsel.—George Chapman.


The conscience of every man recognizes courage as the foundation of manliness, and manliness as the perfection of human character.—Thomas Hughes.

To struggle when hope is banished! To live when life’s salt is gone! To dwell in a dream that’s vanished! To endure, and go calmly on!
The brave man is not he who feels no fear, For that were stupid and irrational; But he, whose noble soul its fear subdues, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from. —Joanna Baillie.
A valiant man Ought not to undergo or tempt a danger, But worthily, and by selected ways; He undertakes by reason, not by chance. —Ben Jonson.

True courage is cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of a brutal bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free. Rage, we know, can make a coward forget himself and fight. But what is done in fury or anger can never be placed to the account of courage.—Shaftesbury.

Much danger makes great hearts most resolute.—Marston.

Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in seeing it and conquering it.—Richter.

The truest courage is always mixed with circumspection; this being the quality which distinguishes the courage of the wise from the hardiness of the rash and foolish.—Jones of Nayland.

Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another. The former would seem most necessary for the camp, the latter for council; but to constitute a great man, both are necessary.—Colton.

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all.—Cervantes.


Covetousness, like a candle ill made, smothers the splendor of a happy fortune in its own grease.—F. Osborn.

The only instance of a despairing sinner left upon record in the New Testament is that of a treacherous and greedy Judas.

He deservedly loses his own property who covets that of another.—Phaedrus.

Covetousness, which is idolatry.—Colossians 3:5.

There is not a vice which more effectually contracts and deadens the feelings, which more completely makes a man’s affections centre in himself, and excludes all others from partaking in them, than the desire of accumulating possessions. When the desire has once gotten hold on the heart, it shuts out all other considerations, but such as may promote its views. In its zeal for the attainment of its end, it is not delicate in the choice of means. As it closes the heart, so also it clouds the understanding. It cannot discern between right and wrong; it takes evil for good, and good for evil; it calls darkness light, and light darkness. Beware, then, of the beginning of covetousness, for you know not where it will end.—Bishop Mant.

The covetous person lives as if the world were made altogether for him, and not he for the world; to take in everything, and part with nothing.—South.

Covetous men are fools, miserable wretches, buzzards, madmen, who live by themselves, in perpetual slavery, fear, suspicion, sorrow, discontent, with more of gall than honey in their enjoyments; who are rather possessed by their money than possessors of it.—Burton.

Why are we so blind? That which we improve, we have, that which we hoard is not for ourselves.—Madame Deluzy.

If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that it may be said to possess him.—Bacon.

Those who give not till they die show that they would not then if they could keep it any longer.—Bishop Hall.


He whose first emotion, on the view of an excellent production, is to undervalue it, will never have one of his own to show.—Aiken.

Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to prescribe and honestly to award—these are the true aims and duties of criticism.—Simms.

Censure and criticism never hurt anybody. If false, they can’t hurt you unless you are wanting in manly character; and if true, they show a man his weak points, and forewarn him against failure and trouble.—Gladstone.

It is easy to criticise an author, but it is difficult to appreciate him.—Vauvenargues.

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.—Beaconsfield.

There is a certain meddlesome spirit, which, in the garb of learned research, goes prying about the traces of history, casting down its monuments, and marring and mutilating its fairest trophies. Care should be taken to vindicate great names from such pernicious erudition.—Washington Irving.

He who would reproach an author for obscurity should look into his own mind to see whether it is quite clear there. In the dusk the plainest writing is illegible.—Goethe.

A man must serve his time to ev’ry trade, Save censure; critics all are ready-made.


In a great business there is nothing so fatal as cunning management.—Junius.

Cunning leads to knavery; it is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery; lying only makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.—La Bruyère.

Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people’s weaknesses.—Hazlitt.

A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself.—Beecher.

The animals to whom nature has given the faculty we call cunning know always when to use it, and use it wisely; but when man descends to cunning, he blunders and betrays.—Thomas Paine.

The most sure method of subjecting yourself to be deceived, is to consider yourself more cunning than others.—La Rochefoucauld.


God’s finger touch’d him, and he slept.—Tennyson.

But no! that look is not the last; We yet may meet where seraphs dwell, Where love no more deplores the past, Nor breathes that withering word—Farewell! —Peabody.

How beautiful it is for a man to die on the walls of Zion! to be called like a watch-worn and weary sentinel, to put his armor off, and rest in heaven.—N.P. Willis.

I looked, and behold a pale horse; and his name that sat on him was Death.—Revelation 6:8.

When we see our enemies and friends gliding away before us, let us not forget that we are subject to the general law of mortality, and shall soon be where our doom will be fixed forever.—Dr. Johnson.

I have seen those who have arrived at a fearless contemplation of the future, from faith in the doctrine which our religion teaches. Such men were not only calm and supported, but cheerful in the hour of death; and I never quitted such a sick chamber without a hope that my last end might be like theirs.—Sir Henry Halford.

One may live as a conqueror, a king or a magistrate; but he must die as a man. The bed of death brings every human being to his pure individuality; to the intense contemplation of that deepest and most solemn of all relations, the relation between the creature and his Creator. Here it is that fame and renown cannot assist us; that all external things must fail to aid us; that even friends, affection and human love and devotedness cannot succor us.—Webster.

There is no death. The thing that we call death Is but another, sadder name for life. —Stoddard.
To die,—to sleep,— No more;—and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to. —Shakespeare.

All that nature has prescribed must be good; and as death is natural to us, it is absurdity to fear it. Fear loses its purpose when we are sure it cannot preserve us, and we should draw resolution to meet it, from the impossibility to escape it.—Steele.

There is nothing certain in man’s life but this, that he must lose it.—Owen Meredith.

Death robs the rich and relieves the poor.—J.L. Basford.

Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.—Colton.

Death, so called, is a thing that makes men weep, And yet a third of life is pass’d in sleep. —Byron.

The finest day of life is that on which one quits it.—Frederick the Great.

Death is delightful. Death is dawn— The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light. —Joaquin Miller.
The hour conceal’d and so remote the fear, Death still draws nearer, never seeming near. —Pope.
All that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity. —Shakespeare.

Death gives us sleep, eternal youth, and immortality.—Richter.

You should not fear, nor yet should you wish for your last day.—Martial.

No man but knows that he must die; he knows that in whatever quarter of the world he abides—whatever be his circumstances—however strong his present hold of life—however unlike the prey of death he looks—that it is his doom beyond reverse to die.—Stebbing.

It is by no means a fact that death is the worst of all evils; when it comes, it is an alleviation to mortals who are worn out with sufferings.—Metastasio.

God giveth quietness at last.—Whittier.

Death hath ten thousand several doors For men to take their exits. —John Webster.

Death will have his day.—Shakespeare.

Death comes but once.—Beaumont and Fletcher.

It is not I who die, when I die, but my sin and misery.—Gotthold.

Death is the crown of life.—Young.

So live, that, when thy summons comes to join The innumerable caravan, that moves To that mysterious realm, where each shall take His chamber in the silent halls of death, Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, Scourged to his dungeon; but sustain’d and sooth’d By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave, Like one that draws the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams. —Bryant.


Who goes a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing.—Tusser.

Creditors have better memories than debtors; and creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times.—Franklin.

Man hazards the condition and loses the virtues of freeman, in proportion as he accustoms his thoughts to view without anguish or shame his lapse into the bondage of debtor.—Lytton.

Paying of debts is, next to the grace of God, the best means in the world to deliver you from a thousand temptations to sin and vanity.—Delany.

Run not into debt, either for wares sold, or money borrowed; be content to want things that are not of absolute necessity, rather than to run up the score.—Sir M. Hale.

Debt is the worst poverty.—M.G. Lichtwer.


Delicacy is the genuine tint of virtue.—Marguerite de Valois.

Many things are too delicate to be thought; many more, to be spoken.—Novalis.

An appearance of delicacy is inseparable from sweetness and gentleness of character.—Mrs. Sigourney.

True delicacy, that most beautiful heart-leaf of humanity, exhibits itself most significantly in little things.—Mary Howitt.

Delicacy is to the affections what grace is to the beauty.—Degerando.

Weak men often, from the very principle of their weakness, derive a certain susceptibility, delicacy and taste which render them, in those particulars, much superior to men of stronger and more consistent minds, who laugh at them.—Greville.

Delicacy is to the mind what fragrance is to the fruit.—Achilles Poincelot.


Delusions, like dreams, are dispelled by our awaking to the stern realities of life.—A.R.C. Dallas.

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.—Bovee.

We are always living under some delusion, and instead of taking things as they are, and making the best of them, we follow an ignis fatuus, and lose, in its pursuit, the joy we might attain.—James Ellis.


It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.—Jeremy Taylor.

Despair is the conclusion of fools.—Beaconsfield.

He that despairs measures Providence by his own little contracted model.—South.

Despair is infidelity and death.—Whittier.

Despair makes a despicable figure, and descends from a mean original. ‘Tis the offspring of fear, of laziness and impatience; it argues a defect of spirit and resolution, and oftentimes of honesty too. I would not despair, unless I saw misfortune recorded in the book of fate, and signed and sealed by necessity.—Collier.

Where Christ brings His cross, He brings His presence; and where He is, none are desolate, and there is no room for despair.—Mrs. Browning.

He is the truly courageous man who never desponds.—Confucius.

Religion converts despair, which destroys, into resignation, which submits.—Lady Blessington.

Dreadful is their doom, whom doubt has driven To censure fate, and pious hope forego. —Beattie.


Simple diet is best.—Pliny.

Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour.—Shakespeare.

In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eat about twice as much as nature requires.—Franklin.


Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body.—Seneca.

There is no merit where there is no trial; and, till experience stamps the mark of strength, cowards may pass for heroes, faith for falsehood.—Aaron Hill.

Difficulties are God’s errands; and when we are sent upon them we should esteem it a proof of God’s confidence—as a compliment from God.—Beecher.

It is difficulties which give birth to miracles.—Rev. Dr. Sharpe.

What is difficulty? Only a word indicating the degree of strength requisite for accomplishing particular objects; a mere notice of the necessity for exertion; a bugbear to children and fools; only a mere stimulus to men.—Samuel Warren.

Difficulty is a severe instructor, set over us by the supreme ordinance of a paternal guardian and legislator, who knows us better than we know ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.—Burke.

There are few difficulties that hold out against real attacks; they fly, like the visible horizon, before those who advance.


No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.—William Penn.

No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline.—Seneca.


Our life is full of discord; but by forbearance and virtue this same discord can be turned to harmony.—James Ellis.

The peacemakers shall be called the sons of God, who came to make peace between God and man. What then shall the sowers of discord be called, but the children of the devil? And what must they look for but their father’s portion?—St. Bernard.


Remember the divine saying, He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life.—Sir Walter Raleigh.

There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion.—Addison.

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.—Bacon.

Discretion and hard valor are the twins of honor.—Beaumont and Fletcher.

The better part of valor is discretion.—Shakespeare.

Discretion is more necessary to women than eloquence, because they have less trouble to speak well than to speak little.—Father du Bosc.

Let’s teach ourselves that honorable stop Not to outsport discretion. —Shakespeare.

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to win all the duties of life.—Addison.

Great ability without discretion comes almost invariably to a tragic end.—Gambetta.


Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink.—Isaiah 5:11.

All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and mad. He that is drunk is not a man, because he is, for so long, void of reason that distinguishes a man from a beast.—William Penn.

Some of the domestic evils of drunkenness are houses without windows, gardens without fences, fields without tillage, barns without roofs, children without clothing, principles, morals or manners.—Franklin.

Drunkenness is the vice of a good constitution or of a bad memory—of a constitution so treacherously good that it never bends till it breaks; or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated, but forgets the pains of getting sober.—Colton.

Habitual intoxication is the epitome of every crime.—Douglas Jerrold.

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee—devil!  O, that men should put an enemy to their mouths to steal away their brains; that we should, with joy, revel, pleasure and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!—Shakespeare.

Every inordinate cup is unbless’d, and the ingredient is a devil.—Shakespeare.

It were better for a man to be subject to any vice, than to drunkenness: for all other vanities and sins are recovered, but a drunkard will never shake off the delight of beastliness.—Sir Walter Raleigh.

Man has evil as well as good qualities peculiar to himself. Drunkenness places him as much below the level of the brutes as reason elevates him above them.—Sir G. Sinclair.

Of all vices take heed of drunkenness; other vices are but fruits of disordered affections—this disorders, nay, banishes reason; other vices but impair the soul—this demolishes her two chief faculties, the understanding and the will; other vices make their own way—this makes way for all vices; he that is a drunkard is qualified for all vice.—Quarles.

There is scarcely a crime before me that is not directly or indirectly caused by strong drink.—Judge Coleridge.

Beware of drunkenness, lest all good men beware of thee; where drunkenness reigns, there reason is an exile, virtue a stranger, God an enemy; blasphemy is wit, oaths are rhetoric, and secrets are proclamations.—Quarles.


Duty grows everywhere, like children, like grass.—Emerson.

Perish discretion when it interferes with duty.—Hannah More.

The people of this country have shown by the highest proofs human nature can give, that wherever the path of duty and honor may lead, however steep and rugged it may be, they are ready to walk in it.—James A. Garfield.

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our duty and find in it our pleasure.—Mme. de Motteville.

Let him who gropes painfully in darkness or uncertain light, and prays vehemently that the dawn may ripen into day, lay this precept well to heart: “Do the duty which lies nearest to thee,” which thou knowest to be a duty! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.—Carlyle.

Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.—Ecclesiastes 12:13.

Commonplace though it may appear, this doing of one’s duty embodies the highest ideal of life and character. There may be nothing heroic about it; but the common lot of men is not heroic.—Samuel Smiles.

Who escapes a duty avoids a gain.—Theodore Parker.

Let us do our duty in our shop or our kitchen, the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and we knew that victory for mankind depended upon our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world.—Theodore Parker.

In every profession the daily and common duties are the most useful.

Let men laugh when you sacrifice desire to duty, if they will. You have time and eternity to rejoice in.—Theodore Parker.

Be not diverted from your duty by any idle reflections the silly world may make upon you, for their censures are not in your power, and consequently should not be any part of your concern.—Epictetus.

It is thy duty oftentimes to do what thou wouldst not; thy duty, too, to leave undone that thou wouldst do.—Thomas à Kempis.

There is no evil that we cannot either face or fly from but the consciousness of duty disregarded. A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity. If we take to ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in the utmost parts of the seas, duty performed, or duty violated, is still with us, for our happiness or our misery. If we say the darkness shall cover us, in the darkness as in the light our obligations are yet with us. We cannot escape their power, nor fly from their presence. They are with us in this life, will be with us at its close, and in that scene of inconceivable solemnity which lies yet further onward we shall still find ourselves surrounded by the consciousness of duty, to pain us wherever it has been violated, and to console us so far as God may have given us grace to perform it.—Webster.


Without earnestness no man is ever great, or does really great things. He may be the cleverest of men, he may be brilliant, entertaining, popular; but he will want weight. No soul-moving picture was ever painted that had not in it the depth of shadow.—Peter Bayne.

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give no peace.—Emerson.

Patience is only one faculty; earnestness the devotion of all the faculties. Earnestness is the cause of patience; it gives endurance, overcomes pain, strengthens weakness, braves dangers, sustains hope, makes light of difficulties, and lessens the sense of weariness in overcoming them.—Bovee.

There is no substitute for thorough-going, ardent and sincere earnestness.—Dickens.

He who would do some great thing in this short life, must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as to the idle spectators, who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.—John Foster.


When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed, his praises never.—Montaigne.

Be your character what it will, it will be known; and nobody will take it upon your word.—Chesterfield.

We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not to talk of ourselves at all.—La Rochefoucauld.

It is never permissible to say, I say.—Madame Necker.

The more you speak of yourself, the more you are likely to lie.—Zimmermann.

What hypocrites we seem to be whenever we talk of ourselves! Our words sound so humble, while our hearts are so proud.—Hare.

The more anyone speaks of himself, the less he likes to hear another talked of.—Lavater.

Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.—Pascal.

He who thinks he can find in himself the means of doing without others is much mistaken; but he who thinks that others cannot do without him is still more mistaken.—La Rochefoucauld.


Enthusiasm is the height of man; it is the passing from the human to the divine.—Emerson.

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.—Beaconsfield.

Let us recognize the beauty and power of true enthusiasm; and whatever we may do to enlighten ourselves and others, guard against checking or chilling a single earnest sentiment.—Tuckerman.

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.—Lytton.

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.—Emerson.

The most enthusiastic man in a cause is rarely chosen as a leader.—Arthur Helps.

Let us beware of losing our enthusiasms. Let us ever glory in something, and strive to retain our admiration for all that would ennoble, and our interest in all that would enrich and beautify our life.—Phillips Brooks.


There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.—Sheridan.

An envious man waxeth lean with the fatness of his neighbors. Envy is the daughter of pride, the author of murder and revenge, the beginner of secret sedition and the perpetual tormentor of virtue. Envy is the filthy slime of the soul; a venom, a poison, or quicksilver which consumeth the flesh and drieth up the marrow of the bones.—Socrates.

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.—St. Chrysostom.

We ought to be guarded against every appearance of envy, as a passion that always implies inferiority wherever it resides.—Pliny.

Base envy withers at another’s joy, And hates that excellence it cannot reach. —Thomson.

The envious man is in pain upon all occasions which ought to give him pleasure. The relish of his life is inverted; and the objects which administer the highest satisfaction to those who are exempt from this passion give the quickest pangs to persons who are subject to it. All the perfections of their fellow-creatures are odious. Youth, beauty, valor and wisdom are provocations of their displeasure. What a wretched and apostate state is this! to be offended with excellence, and to hate a man because we approve him!—Steele.

The truest mark of being born with great qualities is being born without envy.—La Rochefoucauld.

The praise of the envious is far less creditable than their censure; they praise only that which they can surpass, but that which surpasses them they censure.—Colton.

Envy—the rottenness of the bones.—Proverbs 14:30.

There is no guard to be kept against envy, because no man knows where it dwells, and generous and innocent men are seldom jealous and suspicious till they feel the wound.

Stones and sticks are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees.—Saadi.

Emulation looks out for merits, that she may exalt herself by a victory; envy spies out blemishes, that she may lower another by a defeat.—Colton.

Envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame, that nobody ever had the confidence to own it.—Rochester.


He that will often put eternity and the world before him, and who will dare to look steadfastly at both of them, will find that the more often he contemplates them, the former will grow greater, and the latter less.—Colton.

Let us be adventurers for another world. It is at least a fair and noble chance; and there is nothing in this worth our thoughts or our passions. If we should be disappointed, we are still no worse than the rest of our fellow-mortals; and if we succeed in our expectations, we are eternally happy.—Burnet.

Eternity has no gray hairs! The flowers fade, the heart withers, man grows old and dies, the world lies down in the sepulchre of ages, but time writes no wrinkles on the brow of eternity.—Bishop Heber.

The vaulted void of purple sky That everywhere extends, That stretches from the dazzled eye, In space that never ends; A morning whose uprisen sun No setting e’er shall see; A day that comes without a noon, Such is eternity. —Clare.

“What is eternity?” was a question once asked at the Deaf and Dumb Institution at Paris, and the beautiful and striking answer was given by one of the pupils, “The lifetime of the Almighty.”—John Bate.

If people would but provide for eternity with the same solicitude and real care as they do for this life, they could not fail of heaven.—Tillotson.


The doing an evil to avoid an evil cannot be good.—Coleridge.

The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones. —Shakespeare.
Evil is wrought by want of thought, As well as want of heart. —Hood.

To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil with evil is evil.—Mohammed.

We cannot do evil to others without doing it to ourselves.—Desmahis.

Every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor. As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist.—Emerson.

If you do what you should not, you must bear what you would not.—Franklin.

As sure as God is good, so surely there is no such thing as necessary evil.—Southey.

In the history of man it has been very generally the case that when evils have grown insufferable they have touched the point of cure.—Chapin.

Even in evil, that dark cloud which hangs over the creation, we discern rays of light and hope, and gradually come to see in suffering and temptation proofs and instruments of the sublimest purposes of wisdom and love.—Channing.


Excess always carries its own retribution.—Ouida.

The misfortune is, that when man has found honey, he enters upon the feast with an appetite so voracious, that he usually destroys his own delight by excess and satiety.—Knox.

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, To throw a perfume on the violet, To smooth the ice, or add another hue Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish, Is wasteful and ridiculous excess. —Shakespeare.

The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after date.—Colton.

The body oppressed by excesses, bears down the mind, and depresses to the earth any portion of the divine spirit we had been endowed with.—Horace.

Every morsel to a satisfied hunger is only a new labor to a tired digestion.—South.

Let pleasure be ever so innocent, the excess is always criminal.—St. Evremond.


To Truth’s house there is a single door, which is experience.—Bayard Taylor.

Experience join’d with common sense, To mortals is a providence. —Green.

Experience does take dreadfully high school-wages, but he teaches like no other.—Carlyle.

No man was ever endowed with a judgment so correct and judicious, in regulating his life, but that circumstances, time and experience, would teach him something new, and apprize him that of those things with which he thought himself the best acquainted, he knew nothing; and that those ideas, which in theory appeared the most advantageous, were found, when brought into practice, to be altogether inapplicable.—Terence.

Experience is a grindstone; and it is lucky for us if we can get brightened by it, and not ground.—H.W. Shaw.

It may serve as a comfort to us in all our calamities and afflictions that he that loses anything and gets wisdom by it is a gainer by the loss.—L’Estrange.

To wilful men, The injuries that they themselves procure, Must be their schoolmasters. —Shakespeare.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that; for it is true we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.—Franklin.

All is but lip wisdom which wants experience.—Sir P. Sidney.


He who is extravagant will quickly become poor; and poverty will enforce dependence, and invite corruption.—Dr. Johnson.

The man who builds, and wants wherewith to pay, Provides a home from which to run away. —Young.


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.—Psalm 111:10.

O, fear not in a world like this, And thou shalt know ere long,— Know how sublime a thing it is To suffer and be strong. —Longfellow.

Fear not the proud and the haughty; fear rather him who fears God.—Saadi.

Fear guides more to their duty than gratitude; for one man who is virtuous from the love of virtue, from the obligation he thinks he lies under to the Giver of all, there are ten thousand who are good only from their apprehension of punishment.—Goldsmith.

The fear of God is freedom, joy, and peace; And makes all ills that vex us here to cease. —Waller.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?—Psalm 27:1.

Fear is implanted in us as a preservative from evil.—Dr. Johnson.

God planted fear in the soul as truly as He planted hope or courage. Fear is a kind of bell, or gong, which rings the mind into quick life and avoidance upon the approach of danger. It is the soul’s signal for rallying.—Beecher.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.—1 John 4:18.

Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.—George Sewell.

Fear not; for I am with thee.—Isaiah 43:5.


If ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.—Matthew 6:14.

He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.—Lord Herbert.

They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.—Bailey.

The brave only know how to forgive.—Sterne.

The gospel comes to the sinner at once with nothing short of complete forgiveness as the starting-point of all his efforts to be holy. It does not say, “Go and sin no more, and I will not condemn thee.” It says at once, “Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.”—Horatius Bonar.

Life, that ever needs forgiveness, has, for its first duty, to forgive.—Lytton.

Alas! if my best Friend, who laid down His life for me, were to remember all the instances in which I have neglected Him, and to plead them against me in judgment, where should I hide my guilty head in the day of recompense? I will pray, therefore, for blessings on my friends, even though they cease to be so, and upon my enemies, though they continue such.—Cowper.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.—The Lord’s Prayer.

God’s way of forgiving is thorough and hearty,—both to forgive and to forget; and if thine be not so, thou hast no portion of His.—Leighton.


The greatest man is he who chooses the right with invincible resolution; who resists the sorest temptations from within and without; who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully; who is the calmest in storms, and whose reliance on truth, on virtue, on God, is the most unfaltering.—Channing.

Fortitude implies a firmness and strength of mind, that enables us to do and suffer as we ought. It rises upon an opposition, and, like a river, swells the higher for having its course stopped.—Jeremy Collier.

True fortitude I take to be the quiet possession of a man’s self, and an undisturbed doing his duty, whatever evil besets or danger lies in his way.—Locke.


All my experience of the world teaches me that in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the safe side and the just side of a question is the generous side and the merciful side.—Mrs. Jameson.

He who gives what he would as readily throw away gives without generosity; for the essence of generosity is in self-sacrifice.—Henry Taylor.

Generosity is only benevolence in practice.—Bishop Ken.

The secret pleasure of a generous act is the great mind’s great bribe.—Dryden.

If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.—South.

Some are unwisely liberal; and more delight to give presents than to pay debts.—Sir P. Sidney.

When you give, take to yourself no credit for generosity, unless you deny yourself something in order that you may give.—Henry Taylor.

The generous who is always just, and the just who is always generous, may, unannounced, approach the throne of heaven.—Lavater.

Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.—Duncan.

In giving, a man receives more than he gives; and the more is in proportion to the worth of the thing given.—George Macdonald.

Let us proportion our alms to our ability, lest we provoke God to proportion His blessings to our alms.—Beveridge.

A friend to everybody is often a friend to nobody, or else in his simplicity he robs his family to help strangers, and becomes brother to a beggar. There is wisdom in generosity, as in everything else.—Spurgeon.


Genius is an immense capacity for taking trouble.—Carlyle.

Genius always gives its best at first, prudence at last.—Lavater.

There is hardly a more common error than that of taking the man who has but one talent for a genius.—Helps.

Talent wears well, genius wears itself out; talent drives a brougham in fact; genius, a sun-chariot in fancy.—Ouida.

Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.—Beecher.

The first and last thing which is required of genius is the love of truth.—Goethe.

Genius can never despise labor.—Abel Stevens.

And genius hath electric power, Which earth can never tame; Bright suns may scorch, and dark clouds lower— Its flash is still the same. —Lydia M. Child.

Genius must be born, and never can be taught.—Dryden.

Genius is the gold in the mine, talent is the miner who works and brings it out.—Lady Blessington.

One science only will one genius fit; So vast is art, so narrow human wit. —Pope.

I know no such thing as genius,—genius is nothing but labor and diligence.—Hogarth.

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.—Longfellow.

Genius, without religion, is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace. It may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without while the inhabitant sits in darkness.—Hannah More.

Genius is supposed to be a power of producing excellences which are out of the reach of the rules of art: a power which no precepts can teach, and which no industry can acquire.—Sir J. Reynolds.


True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to Him who made us, and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and the duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle.—Blair.

We do not believe, or we forget, that “the Holy Ghost came down, not in shape of a vulture, but in the form of a dove.”—Emerson.

Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gestures or quick movements inspire involuntary disrespect.—Balzac.

The best and simplest cosmetic for women is constant gentleness and sympathy for the noblest interests of her fellow-creatures. This preserves and gives to her features an indelibly gay, fresh, and agreeable expression. If women would but realize that harshness makes them ugly, it would prove the best means of conversion.—Auerbach.

Gentleness, which belongs to virtue, is to be carefully distinguished from the mean spirit of cowards and the fawning assent of sycophants.—Blair.


Real glory springs from the quiet conquest of ourselves; and without that the conqueror is nought but the first slave.—Thomson.

Wood burns because it has the proper stuff for that purpose in it; and a man becomes renowned because he has the necessary stuff in him. Renown is not to be sought, and all pursuit of it is vain. A person may, indeed, by skillful conduct and various artificial means, make a sort of name for himself; but if the inner jewel is wanting, all is vanity, and will not last a day.—Goethe.

The road to glory would cease to be arduous if it were trite and trodden; and great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities but to make them.—Colton.

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written, in writing what deserves to be read, and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.—Pliny.

Glory relaxes often and debilitates the mind; censure stimulates and contracts,—both to an extreme. Simple fame is, perhaps, the proper medium.—Shenstone.


A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.—Basil.

It is only great souls that know how much glory there is in being good.—Sophocles.

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.—Pope.

Every day should be distinguished by at least one particular act of love.—Lavater.

He that is a good man is three-quarters of his way towards the being a good Christian, wheresoever he lives, or whatsoever he is called.—South.

A good man is kinder to his enemy than bad men are to their friends.—Bishop Hall.

Live for something. Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storm of time can never destroy. Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy, on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year; you will never be forgotten. No, your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening. Good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven.—Chalmers.

He that does good for good’s sake seeks neither praise nor reward, though sure of both at last.—William Penn.

What is good-looking, as Horace Smith remarks, but looking good? Be good, be womanly, be gentle, generous in your sympathies, heedful of the well-being of all around you; and, my word for it, you will not lack kind words of admiration.—Whittier.

Some good we all can do; and if we do all that is in our power, however little that power may be, we have performed our part, and may be as near perfection as those whose influence extends over kingdoms, and whose good actions are felt and applauded by thousands.—Bowdler.


Gratitude is a virtue disposing the mind to an inward sense and an outward acknowledgment of a benefit received, together with a readiness to return the same, or the like, as occasions of the doer of it shall require, and the abilities of the receiver extend to.

He who receives a good turn, should never forget it: he who does one, should never remember it.—Charron.

O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.—Shakespeare.

What causes such a miscalculation in the amount of gratitude which men expect for the favors they have done, is, that the pride of the giver and that of the receiver can never agree as to the value of the benefit.—La Rochefoucauld.

If gratitude is due from children to their earthly parents, how much more is the gratitude of the great family of man due to our Father in heaven!—Hosea Ballou.


He who, in questions of right, virtue, or duty, sets himself above all ridicule, is truly great, and shall laugh in the end with truer mirth than ever he was laughed at.—Lavater.

The greatest man is he who chooses the right with invincible resolution, who resists the sorest temptations from within and without, who bears the heaviest burdens cheerfully, who is calmest in storms and most fearless under menace and frowns, whose reliance on truth, on virtue, on God, is most unfaltering. I believe this greatness to be most common among the multitude, whose names are never heard.—Channing.

Great minds, like heaven, are pleased in doing good, Though the ungrateful subjects of their favors Are barren in return. —Rowe.
Great truths are portions of the soul of man; Great souls are the portions of eternity. —Lowell.

No sadder proof can be given by a man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.—Carlyle.

If the title of great man ought to be reserved for him who cannot be charged with an indiscretion or a vice, who spent his life in establishing the independence, the glory and durable prosperity of his country; who succeeded in all that he undertook, and whose successes were never won at the expense of honor, justice, integrity, or by the sacrifice of a single principle—this title will not be denied to Washington.—Sparks.

He only is great who has the habits of greatness; who, after performing what none in ten thousand could accomplish, passes on like Samson, and “tells neither father nor mother of it.”—Lavater.

He who comes up to his own idea of greatness must always have had a very low standard of it in his mind.—Hazlitt.

In life, we shall find many men that are great, and some men that are good, but very few men that are both great and good.—Colton.

A really great man is known by three signs,—generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, and moderation in success.—Bismarck.

Nothing can make a man truly great but being truly good and partaking of God’s holiness.—Matthew Henry.

The greatest truths are the simplest; so are the greatest men.

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.—Shakespeare.

No man has come to true greatness who has not felt in some degree that his life belongs to his race, and that what God gives him, He gives him for mankind.—Phillips Brooks.

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.—Emerson.


Grief is the culture of the soul, it is the true fertilizer.—Madame de Girardin.

Light griefs are plaintive, but great ones are dumb.—Seneca.

If the internal griefs of every man could be read, written on his forehead, how many who now excite envy would appear to be the objects of pity?—Metastasio.

Excess of grief for the deceased is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.—Xenophon.

All the joys of earth will not assuage our thirst for happiness; while a single grief suffices to shroud life in a sombre veil, and smite it with nothingness at all points.—Madame Swetchine.

What an argument in favor of social connections is the observation that by communicating our grief we have less, and by communicating our pleasure we have more.—Greville.

They truly mourn that mourn without a witness.—Byron.

Alas! I have not words to tell my grief; To vent my sorrow would be some relief; Light sufferings give us leisure to complain; We groan, we cannot speak, in greater pain. —Dryden.

It is folly to tear one’s hair in sorrow, as if grief could be assuaged by baldness.—Cicero.

Dr. Holmes says, both wittily and truly, that crying widows are easiest consoled.—H.W. Shaw.

Who fails to grieve, when just occasion calls, Or grieves too much, deserves not to be blest: Inhuman, or effeminate, his heart. —Young.

Great grief makes sacred those upon whom its hand is laid. Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but sorrow alone can consecrate.—Horace Greeley.

Every one can master a grief but he that has it.—Shakespeare.


Think not that guilt requires the burning torches of the Furies to agitate and torment it. Their own frauds, their crimes, their remembrances of the past, their terrors of the future,—these are the domestic furies that are ever present to the mind of the impious.—Robert Hall.

Guilt alone, like brain-sick frenzy in its feverish mood, fills the light air with visionary terrors, and shapeless forms of fear.—Junius.

Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness; the evil consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor; while the paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.—Sir Walter Scott.

He who is conscious of secret and dark designs, which, if known, would blast him, is perpetually shrinking and dodging from public observation, and is afraid of all around him, and much more of all above him.—Wirt.

They whose guilt within their bosom lies, imagine every eye beholds their blame.—Shakespeare.

Life is not the supreme good; but of all earthly ills the chief is guilt.—Schiller.

They who once engage in iniquitous designs miserably deceive themselves when they think that they will go so far and no farther; one fault begets another, one crime renders another necessary; and thus they are impelled continually downward into a depth of guilt, which at the commencement of their career they would have died rather than have incurred.—Southey.

Let wickedness escape as it may at the bar, it never fails of doing justice upon itself; for every guilty person is his own hangman.—Seneca.


Habits are soon assumed; but when we strive to strip them off, ’tis being flayed alive.—Cowper.

The law of the harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.—G.D. Boardman.

A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink drop soileth the pure white page.—Hosea Ballou.

Habits are like the wrinkles on a man’s brow; if you will smooth out the one, I will smooth out the other.—H.W. Shaw.

A large part of Christian virtue consists in right habits.—Paley.

Habit is ten times nature.—Wellington.

Habit is the most imperious of all masters.—Goethe.

I will govern my life and my thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and to read the other; for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God (who is the searcher of our hearts) all our privacies are open?—Seneca.

The will that yields the first time with some reluctance does so the second time with less hesitation, and the third time with none at all, until presently the habit is adopted.—Henry Giles.

It is almost as difficult to make a man unlearn his errors as his knowledge.—Colton.

Habits, though in their commencement like the filmy line of the spider, trembling at every breeze, may in the end prove as links of tempered steel, binding a deathless being to eternal felicity or woe.—Mrs. Sigourney.

I will be a slave to no habit; therefore farewell tobacco.—Hosea Ballou.


He who is good is happy.—Habbington.

If solid happiness we prize, Within our breast this jewel lies; And they are fools who roam: The world has nothing to bestow, From our own selves our joys must flow, And that dear hut, our home. —Cotton.

The common course of things is in favor of happiness; happiness is the rule, misery the exception. Were the order reversed, our attention would be called to examples of health and competency, instead of disease and want.—Paley.

Happiness and virtue react upon each other,—the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.—Lytton.

God loves to see his creatures happy; our lawful delight is His; they know not God that think to please Him with making themselves miserable. The idolaters thought it a fit service for Baal to cut and lance themselves; never any holy man looked for thanks from the true God by wronging himself.—Bishop Hall.

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit!—Hosea Ballou.

Degrees of happiness vary according to the degrees of virtue, and consequently, that life which is most virtuous is most happy.—Norris.

Without strong affection, and humanity of heart, and gratitude to that Being whose code is mercy, and whose great attribute is benevolence to all things that breathe, true happiness can never be attained.—Dickens.

The utmost we can hope for in this world is contentment; if we aim at anything higher, we shall meet with nothing but grief and disappointment. A man should direct all his studies and endeavors at making himself easy now and happy hereafter.—Addison.

To be happy is not only to be freed from the pains and diseases of the body, but from anxiety and vexation of spirit; not only to enjoy the pleasures of sense, but peace of conscience and tranquillity of mind.—Tillotson.

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.—Hawthorne.

The happiness of the tender heart is increased by what it can take away from the wretchedness of others.—J. Petit-Senn.

There is no man but may make his paradise.—Beaumont and Fletcher.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions,—the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasant thought and feeling.—Coleridge.

To be happy is not the purpose for which you are placed in this world.—Froude.

The happiness of the human race in this world does not consist in our being devoid of passions, but in our learning to command them.—From the French.

Our happiness in this world depends on the affections we are enabled to inspire.—Duchesse de Praslin.


The passion of hatred is so durable and so inveterate that the surest prognostic of death in a sick man is a wish for reconciliation.—Bruyère.

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.—Colton.

If you hate your enemies, you will contract such a vicious habit of mind, as by degrees will break out upon those who are your friends, or those who are indifferent to you.—Plutarch.

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littlenesses, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.—Balzac.

It is the nature of the human disposition to hate him whom you have injured.—Tacitus.

Life is too short to spare an hour of it in the indulgence of this evil passion.—Lamartine.

The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own.—J. Petit-Senn.

The hatred of persons related to each other is the most violent.—Tacitus.

When our hatred is too keen it places us beneath those we hate.—La Rochefoucauld.


The only way for a rich man to be healthy is, by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he was poor.—Sir W. Temple.

There is this difference between those two temporal blessings, health and money: Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed; health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied: and this superiority of the latter is still more obvious when we reflect that the poorest man would not part with health for money, but that the richest would gladly part with all their money for health.—Colton.

Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.—Lytton.

Reason’s whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, Lie in three words, health, peace and competence: But health consists with temperance alone; And peace, O Virtue! peace is all thy own. —Pope.

O blessed Health! thou art above all gold and treasure; ’tis thou who enlargest the soul, and openest all its powers to receive instruction, and to relish virtue. He that has thee has little more to wish for, and he that is so wretched as to want thee, wants everything with thee.—Sterne.

People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding up a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.—Sterne.

Health and good humor are to the human body like sunshine to vegetation.—Massillon.

One means very effectual for the preservation of health is a quiet and cheerful mind, not afflicted with violent passions or distracted with immoderate cares.—John Ray.

The requirements of health, and the style of female attire which custom enjoins, are in direct antagonism to each other.—Abba Goold Woolson.

For life is not to live, but to be well.—Martial.

From labor health, from health contentment springs.—Beattie.

In these days half our diseases come from neglect of the body in overwork of the brain—Lytton.

The rule is simple: Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy.—Franklin.


Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.—Proverbs 4:23.

The poor too often turn away unheard, From hearts that shut against them with a sound That will be heard in heaven. —Longfellow.

He who has most of heart knows most of sorrow.—Bailey.

All offences come from the heart.—Shakespeare.

Many flowers open to the sun, but only one follows him constantly. Heart, be thou the sunflower, not only open to receive God’s blessing, but constant in looking to Him.—Richter.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.—Matthew 12:34.

Do you think that any one can move the heart but He that made it?—John Lyly.

When a young man complains that a young lady has no heart, it is pretty certain that she has his.—G.D. Prentice.

The heart never grows better by age, I fear rather worse; always harder. A young liar will be an old one; and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.—Chesterfield.

A heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.—Gibbon.

The heart that has once been bathed in love’s pure fountain retains the pulse of youth forever.—Landor.

A loving heart carries with it, under every parallel of latitude, the warmth and light of the tropics. It plants its Eden in the wilderness and solitary place, and sows with flowers the gray desolation of rock and mosses.—Whittier.

None but God can satisfy the longings of an immortal soul; that as the heart was made for Him, so He only can fill it.—Trench.

There are treasures laid up in the heart,—treasures of charity, piety, temperance, and soberness. These treasures a man takes with him beyond death, when he leaves this world.—Buddhist Scriptures.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?—Jeremiah 17:9.


Great men need to be lifted upon the shoulders of the whole world, in order to conceive their great ideas or perform their great deeds. That is, there must be an atmosphere of greatness round about them. A hero cannot be a hero unless in an heroic world.—Hawthorne.

Troops of heroes undistinguished die.—Addison.

Nobody, they say, is a hero to his valet. Of course; for a man must be a hero to understand a hero. The valet, I dare say, has great respect for some person of his own stamp.—Goethe.

There is more heroism in self-denial than in deeds of arms.—Seneca.

We can all be heroes in our virtues, in our homes, in our lives.—James Ellis.

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody; and to that person whatever he says has an enhanced value.—Emerson.


To be honest as this world goes is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.—Shakespeare.

The man who pauses in his honesty wants little of a villain.—H. Martyn.

The man who is so conscious of the rectitude of his intentions as to be willing to open his bosom to the inspection of the world is in possession of one of the strongest pillars of a decided character. The course of such a man will be firm and steady, because he has nothing to fear from the world, and is sure of the approbation and support of heaven.—Wirt.

Honesty needs no disguise nor ornament; be plain.—Otway.

“Honesty is the best policy;” but he who acts on that principle is not an honest man.—Whately.

The first step toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb; but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough. Honesty is not only “the first step toward greatness,”—it is greatness itself.—Bovee.

Let honesty be as the breath of thy soul, and never forget to have a penny, when all thy expenses are enumerated and paid: then shalt thou reach the point of happiness, and independence shall be thy shield and buckler, thy helmet and crown; then shall thy soul walk upright nor stoop to the silken wretch because he hath riches, nor pocket an abuse because the hand which offers it wears a ring set with diamonds.—Franklin.

Nothing really succeeds which is not based on reality; sham, in a large sense, is never successful. In the life of the individual, as in the more comprehensive life of the State, pretension is nothing and power is everything.—Whipple.

The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint.—Lavater.

No man is bound to be rich or great,—no, nor to be wise; but every man is bound to be honest.—Sir Benjamin Rudyard.

An honest man’s the noblest work of God.—Pope.

When men cease to be faithful to their God, he who expects to find them so to each other will be much disappointed.—Bishop Horne.

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.—Dr. Johnson.

All other knowledge is hurtful to him who has not honesty and good-nature.—Montaigne.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.—Shakespeare.

What is becoming is honest, and whatever is honest must always be becoming.—Cicero.


All which happens in the whole world happens through hope. No husbandman would sow a grain of corn if he did not hope it would spring up and bring forth the ear. How much more are we helped on by hope in the way to eternal life!—Luther.

“Hast thou hope?” they asked of John Knox, when he lay a-dying. He spoke nothing, but raised his finger and pointed upward, and so died.—Carlyle.

The riches of heaven, the honor which cometh from God only, and the pleasures at His right hand, the absence of all evil, the presence and enjoyment of all good, and this good enduring to eternity, never more to be taken from us, never more to be in any, the least degree, diminished, but forever increasing, these are the wreaths which form the contexture of that crown held forth to our hopes.—Bishop Horne.

A religious hope does not only bear up the mind under her sufferings but makes her rejoice in them.—Addison.

Hope is like the wing of an angel, soaring up to heaven, and bearing our prayers to the throne of God.—Jeremy Taylor.

Hope is our life when first our life grows clear, Hope and delight, scarce crossed by lines of fear: Yet the day comes when fain we would not hope— But forasmuch as we with life must cope, Struggling with this and that—and who knows why? Hope will not give us up to certainty, But still must bide with us. —Wm. Morris.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast, Man never is, but always to be blest. —Pope.

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty.—Hume.

True hope is based on the energy of character. A strong mind always hopes, and has always cause to hope, because it knows the mutability of human affairs, and how slight a circumstance may change the whole course of events. Such a spirit, too, rests upon itself; it is not confined to partial views or to one particular object. And if at last all should be lost, it has saved itself.—Von Knebel.

Hope, like the glimmering taper’s light, Adorns and cheers the way; And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray. —Goldsmith.


The sufficiency of my merit is to know that my merit is not sufficient.—St. Augustine.

The high mountains are barren, but the low valleys are covered over with corn; and accordingly the showers of God’s grace fall into lowly hearts and humble souls.—Worthington.

He who sacrifices a whole offering shall be rewarded for a whole offering; he who offers a burnt-offering shall have the reward of a burnt-offering; but he who offers humility to God and man shall be rewarded with a reward as if he had offered all the sacrifices in the world.—The Talmud.

True humility—the basis of the Christian system—is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.—Burke.

By humility, and the fear of the Lord, are riches, honor, and life.—Proverbs 22:4.

“If you ask, what is the first step in the way of truth? I answer humility,” saith St. Austin. “If you ask, what is the second? I say humility. If you ask, what is the third? I answer the same—humility.” Is it not as the steps of degree in the Temple, whereby we descend to the knowledge of ourselves, and ascend to the knowledge of God? Would we attain mercy? humility will help us.—C. Sutton.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.—Matthew 5:5.

Nothing can be further apart than true humility and servility.—Beecher.

Some one called Sir Richard Steele the “vilest of mankind,” and he retorted with proud humility, “It would be a glorious world if I were.”—Bovee.

Humility is the Christian’s greatest honor; and the higher men climb, the farther they are from heaven.—Burder.

The grace which makes every other grace amiable.—Alfred Mercier.

If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble; for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, so it is beloved of none but by itself; the voice of humility is God’s music, and the silence of humility is God’s rhetoric. Humility enforces where neither virtue nor strength can prevail nor reason.—Quarles.

The fullest and best ears of corn hang lowest toward the ground.—Bishop Reynolds.

If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine own eyes; forgive thyself little, and others much.—Leighton.

After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.—Franklin.


If the world despises hypocrites, what must be the estimate of them in heaven?—Madame Roland.

Hypocrisy itself does great honor, or rather justice, to religion, and tacitly acknowledges it to be an ornament to human nature. The hypocrite would not be at so much pains to put on the appearance of virtue, if he did not know it was the most proper and effectual means to gain the love and esteem of mankind.—Addison.

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.—Psalm 55:21.

Hypocrisy is folly. It is much easier, safer, and pleasanter to be the thing which a man aims to appear, than to keep up the appearance of being what he is not.—Cecil.

Hypocrites do the devil’s drudgery in Christ’s livery.—Matthew Henry.

To wear long faces, just as if our Maker, The God of goodness, was an undertaker. —Peter Pindar.

Hypocrisy is oftenest clothed in the garb of religion.—Hosea Ballou.

Such a man will omit neither family worship, nor a sneer at his neighbor. He will neither milk his cows on the first day of the week without a Sabbath mask on his face, nor remove it while he waters the milk for his customers.—George Macdonald.

If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has.—Colton.


I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide.—Chesterfield.

Some people have a perfect genius for doing nothing, and doing it assiduously.—Haliburton.

Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs, and ends in iron chains. The more business a man has to do, the more he is able to accomplish; for he learns to economize his time.—Judge Hale.

If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride or luxury or ambition or egotism? No; I shall say indolence. Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest. Indeed, all good principles must stagnate without mental activity.—Zimmermann.

A poor idle man cannot be an honest man.—Achilles Poincelot.

Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distress’d. —Cowper.

Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.—Franklin.

Evil thoughts intrude in an unemployed mind, as naturally as worms are generated in a stagnant pool.—From the Latin.

An idle man’s brain is the devil’s workshop.—Bunyan.

If you are idle, you are on the road to ruin; and there are few stopping-places upon it. It is rather a precipice than a road.—Beecher.

The ruin of most men dates from some idle moment.—Hillard.

Time, with all its celerity, moves slowly on to him whose whole employment is to watch its flight.—Dr. Johnson.

An idler is a watch that wants both hands, As useless if it goes as when it stands. —Cowper.


Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration?—George Eliot.

The glow of inspiration warms us; this holy rapture springs from the seeds of the Divine mind sown in man.—Ovid.

No man was ever great without divine inspiration.—Cicero.

A lively and agreeable man has not only the merit of liveliness and agreeableness himself, but that also of awakening them in others.—Greville.


If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.—Franklin.

Alexander the Great valued learning so highly, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge than to his father Philip for life.—Samuel Smiles.

A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.—Rev. Thomas Scott.

Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.—Colton.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.—Emerson.

God has placed no limits to the exercise of the intellect he has given us, on this side of the grave.—Bacon.

Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge; and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.—Channing.

To be able to discern that what is true is true, and that what is false is false,—this is the mark and character of intelligence.—Emerson.


People who are jealous, or particularly careful of their own rights and dignity, always find enough of those who do not care for either to keep them continually uncomfortable.—Barnes.

It is with jealousy as with the gout. When such distempers are in the blood, there is never any security against their breaking out, and that often on the slightest occasions, and when least suspected.—Fielding.

All the other passions condescend at times to accept the inexorable logic of facts; but jealousy looks facts straight in the face, ignores them utterly, and says that she knows a great deal better than they can tell her.—Helps.

The jealous man’s disease is of so malignant a nature that it converts all it takes into its own nourishment.—Addison.

Trifles light as air Are to the jealous confirmations strong As proofs of holy writ. —Shakespeare.

Jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.—Song of Solomon 8:6.

Yet is there one more cursed than they all, That canker-worm, that monster, jealousie, Which eats the heart and feeds upon the gall, Turning all love’s delight to misery, Through fear of losing his felicity. —Spenser.


The very society of joy redoubles it; so that, whilst it lights upon my friend it rebounds upon myself, and the brighter his candle burns the more easily will it light mine.—South.

The joy resulting from the diffusion of blessings to all around us is the purest and sublimest that can ever enter the human mind, and can be conceived only by those who have experienced it. Next to the consolations of divine grace, it is the most sovereign balm to the miseries of life, both in him who is the object of it, and in him who exercises it.—Bishop Porteus.

Who partakes in another’s joys is a more humane character than he who partakes in his griefs.—Lavater.

Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine.—Beecher.

Without kindness, there can be no true joy.—Carlyle.

Joy is an import; joy is an exchange; Joy flies monopolists: it calls for two; Rich fruit! Heaven planted! never pluck’d by one. —Young.


How are we justly to determine in a world where there are no innocent ones to judge the guilty?—Madame de Genlis.

Who upon earth could live were all judged justly?—Byron.

One man’s word is no man’s word; we should quietly hear both sides.—Goethe.

Men are not to be judged by their looks, habits, and appearances; but by the character of their lives and conversations, and by their works.—L’Estrange.

We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.—2 Cor. 5:10.

It is very questionable, in my mind, how far we have the right to judge one of another, since there is born within every man the germs of both virtue and vice. The development of one or the other is contingent upon circumstances.—Ballou.

The right of private judgment is absolute in every American citizen.—James A. Garfield.

The very thing that men think they have got the most of, they have got the least of; and that is judgment.—H.W. Shaw.

There are no judgments so harsh as those of the erring, the inexperienced, and the young.—Miss Mulock.

The judgment of a great people is often wiser than the wisest men.—Kossuth.

Judge thyself with a judgment of sincerity, and thou wilt judge others with a judgment of charity.—Mason.

‘Tis with our judgments as our watches; none Go just alike, yet each believes his own. —Pope.


Justice offers nothing but what may be accepted with honor; and lays claim to nothing in return but what we ought not even to wish to withhold.—Woman’s Rights and Duties.
Be just and fear not: Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s, Thy God’s, and truth’s. —Shakespeare.
And heaven that every virtue bears in mind, E’en to the ashes of the just, is kind. —Pope.

He who is only just is cruel.—Byron.

The sweet remembrance of the just Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust. —Paraphrase of Psalm 112:6.

Justice is the insurance which we have on our lives and property, and obedience is the premium which we pay for it.—William Penn.

Heaven is above all yet; there sits a judge that no king can corrupt.—Shakespeare.

Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is always, therefore, represented as blind.—Addison.

At present we can only reason of the divine justice from what we know of justice in man. When we are in other scenes, we may have truer and nobler ideas of it; but while we are in this life, we can only speak from the volume that is laid open before us.—Pope.

In matters of equity between man and man, our Saviour has taught us to put my neighbor in place of myself, and myself in place of my neighbor.—Dr. Watts.

The books are balanced in heaven, not here.—H.W. Shaw.

Be just in all thy actions, and if join’d With those that are not, never change thy mind. —Denham.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.—Aristotle.

Justice is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.—Webster.


A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another man than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.—Tillotson.

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart, and secure comfort.—Sir H. Davy.

Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, eloquence, or learning.—F.W. Faber.

How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him; and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles!—Washington Irving.

Always say a kind word if you can, if only that it may come in, perhaps, with singular opportuneness, entering some mournful man’s darkened room, like a beautiful firefly, whose happy circumvolutions he cannot but watch, forgetting his many troubles.—Helps.

One kindly deed may turn The fountain of thy soul To love’s sweet day-star, that shall o’er thee burn Long as its currents roll. —Holmes.

We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring.—Bentham.

There is no beautifier of complexion or form or behavior like the wish to scatter joy, and not pain, around us.—Emerson.


Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.—Boswell.

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.—Chesterfield.

In reading authors, when you find Bright passages, that strike your mind, And which, perhaps, you may have reason To think on, at another season, Be not contented with the sight, But take them down in black and white; Such a respect is wisely shown, As makes another’s sense one’s own. —Byron.
Early knowledge is very valuable capital with which to set forth in life. It gives one an advantageous start. If the possession of knowledge has a given value at fifty, it has a much greater value at twenty-five; for there is the use of it for twenty-five of the most important years of your life; and it is worth more than a hundred per cent interest. Indeed, who can estimate the interest of knowledge? Its price is above rubies.—Winslow.
Knowledge is Bought only with a weary care, And wisdom means a world of pain. —Joaquin Miller.

The knowledge which we have acquired ought not to resemble a great shop without order, and without an inventory; we ought to know what we possess, and be able to make it serve us in need.—Leibnitz.

Knowledge is power as well as fame.—Rufus Choate.

Knowledge is leagued with the universe, and findeth a friend in all things; but ignorance is everywhere a stranger, unwelcome; ill at ease and out of place.—Tupper.

A Persian philosopher, being asked by what method he had acquired so much knowledge, answered, “By not being prevented by shame from asking questions where I was ignorant.”

Every human being whose mind is not debauched, will be willing to give all that he has to get knowledge.—Dr. Johnson.

That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience, is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveler exceeds that which is got by reading.—Thomas à Kempis.

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.—Fuller.

Knowledge will not be acquired without pains and application. It is troublesome and deep, digging for pure waters; but when once you come to the spring, they rise up and meet you.—Felton.

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.—Cowper.

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.—Juvenal.

Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.—Bishop Hall.

There is no knowledge for which so great a price is paid as a knowledge of the world; and no one ever became an adept in it except at the expense of a hardened or a wounded heart.—Lady Blessington.

The sure foundations of the State are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue’s sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.—G.W. Curtis.



Laughter is a most healthful exertion; it is one of the greatest helps to digestion with which I am acquainted.—Dr. Hufeland.

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.—Goethe.

A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market.—Lamb.

A laugh to be joyous must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy.—Carlyle.

One good, hearty laugh is a bombshell exploding in the right place, while spleen and discontent are a gun that kicks over the man who shoots it off.—Talmage.

Stupid people, who do not know how to laugh, are always pompous and self-conceited; that is, ungentle, uncharitable, unchristian.—Thackeray.

Man is the only creature endowed with the power of laughter.—Greville.


Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.—Chesterfield.

He who learns and makes no use of his learning, is a beast of burden, with a load of books.—Saadi.

A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. —Pope.
The three foundations of learning: Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much.—Catherall.

The end of learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love Him, and to imitate Him, by possessing our souls of true virtue.—Milton.

Learning passes for wisdom among those who want both.—Sir W. Temple.

Learning makes a man fit company for himself.—Young.

He who has no inclination to learn more, will be very apt to think that he knows enough.—Powell.

It is without all controversy that learning doth make the minds of men gentle, amiable, and pliant to government; whereas ignorance makes them churlish, thwarting, and mutinous; and the evidence of time doth clear this assertion, considering that the most barbarous, rude, and unlearned times have been most subject to tumults, seditions, and changes.—Lord Bacon.

He that wants good sense is unhappy in having learning, for he has thereby only more ways of exposing himself; and he that has sense, knows that learning is not knowledge, but rather the art of using it.—Steele.

To be proud of learning is the greatest ignorance.—Bishop Taylor.

Learning is better worth than house or land.—Crabbe.


Love is the purification of the heart from self; it strengthens and ennobles the character, gives higher motives and a nobler aim to every action of life, and makes both man and woman strong, noble, and courageous.—Miss Jewsbury.

We never can willingly offend where we sincerely love.—Rowland Hill.

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know it has begun. A thousand heralds proclaim it to the listening air, a thousand messengers betray it to the eye. Tone, act, attitude and look, the signals upon the countenance, the electric telegraph of touch,—all these betray the yielding citadel before the word itself is uttered, which, like the key surrendered, opens every avenue and gate of entrance, and renders retreat impossible.—Longfellow.

Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.—Emerson.

If there is anything that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry of ill, it is human love.—N.P. Willis.

The first symptom of true love in a young man is timidity, in a girl it is boldness. The two sexes have a tendency to approach, and each assumes the qualities of the other.—Victor Hugo.

The lover’s pleasure, like that of the hunter, is in the chase, and the brightest beauty loses half its merit, as the flower its perfume, when the willing hand can reach it too easily. There must be doubt; there must be difficulty and danger.—Walter Scott.

Love is of all stimulants the most powerful. It sharpens the wits like danger, and the memory like hatred; it spurs the will like ambition; it intoxicates like wine.—A.B. Edwards.

Let those love now who never loved before, Let those that always loved now love the more. —Parnell.
Love rules the court, the camp, the grove, And men below, and saints above; For love is heaven, and heaven is love. —Scott.

If thou neglectest thy love to thy neighbor, in vain thou professest thy love to God; for by thy love to God the love to thy neighbor is begotten, and by the love to thy neighbor, thy love to God is nourished.—Quarles.

Love’s like the measles—all the worse when it comes late in life.—Jerrold.

Love is strong as death. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.—Song of Solomon 8:6 and 7.

Love is the fulfilling of the law.—Romans 13:10.

Love’s sweetest meanings are unspoken; the full heart knows no rhetoric of words.—Bovee.

A woman is more considerate in affairs of love than a man; because love is more the study and business of her life.—Washington Irving.

Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?—Hare.

It is better to desire than to enjoy, to love than to be loved.—Hazlitt.

Who never loved ne’er suffered; he feels nothing, Who nothing feels but for himself alone. —Young.
Love why do we one passion call, When ’tis a compound of them all? Where hot and cold, where sharp and sweet, In all their equipages meet; Where pleasures mix’d with pains appear, Sorrow with joy, and hope with fear. —Swift.

Nothing more excites to everything noble and generous, than virtuous love.—Henry Home.

Love, free as air, at sight of human ties, Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies. —Pope.
But there’s nothing half so sweet in life As love’s young dream. —Moore.
They do not love, that do not show their love. —Shakespeare.

Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak. It serves for food and raiment.—Longfellow.

That you may be beloved, be amiable.—Ovid.

All these inconveniences are incidents to love: reproaches, jealousies, quarrels, reconcilements, war, and then peace.—Terence.

Love seizes on us suddenly, without giving warning, and our disposition or our weakness favors the surprise; one look, one glance from the fair, fixes and determines us. Friendship, on the contrary, is a long time forming; it is of slow growth, through many trials and months of familiarity.—La Bruyère.

Love is a child that talks in broken language, Yet then he speaks most plain. —Dryden.

Love that has nothing but beauty to keep it in good health, is short-lived.—Erasmus.

No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with only a single thread.—Burton.

It is possible that a man can be so changed by love, that one could not recognize him to be the same person.—Terence.

Only those who love with the heart can animate the love of others.—Abel Stevens.

If a man really loves a woman, of course he wouldn’t marry her for the world, if he were not quite sure that he was the best person she could by any possibility marry.—Holmes.

True love is humble, thereby is it known; Girded for service, seeking not its own; Vaunts not itself, but speaks in self-dispraise. —Abraham Coles.

Love without faith is as bad as faith without love.—Beecher.


Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass, whereby, in her long removes, she discerneth God, as if He were near at hand.—Feltham.

Meditation is the life of the soul; action is the soul of meditation; honor is the reward of action; so meditate, that thou mayst do; so do, that thou mayst purchase honor; for which purchase, give God the glory.—Quarles.


Let us be merciful as well as just.—Longfellow.

Consider this,— That, in the course of justice, none of us Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy; And that same prayer doth teach us all to render The deeds of mercy. —Shakespeare.

Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice.—Cervantes.

God’s mercy is a holy mercy, which knows how to pardon sin, not to protect it; it is a sanctuary for the penitent, not for the presumptuous.—Bishop Reynolds.

It is enthroned in the heart of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God’s When mercy seasons justice. —Shakespeare.

There is no better rule to try a doctrine by than the question, Is it merciful, or is it unmerciful? If its character is that of mercy, it has the image of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.—Hosea Ballou.

The quality of mercy is not strain’d; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless’d; It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes; ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown. —Shakespeare.

Lenity will operate with greater force, in some instances, than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have my whole conduct distinguished by it.—Washington.

Teach me to feel another’s woe, To hide the fault I see; That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me. —Pope.
Underneath the wings of the seraphim are stretched the arms of the divine mercy, ever ready to receive sinners.—The Talmud.

Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.—Shakespeare.


Our minds are like certain vehicles,—when they have little to carry they make much noise about it, but when heavily loaded they run quietly.—Elihu Burritt.

We ought, in humanity, no more to despise a man for the misfortunes of the mind than for those of the body, when they are such as he cannot help; were this thoroughly considered we should no more laugh at a man for having his brains cracked than for having his head broke.—Pope.

It is the mind that makes the body rich.—Shakespeare.

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things, but cannot receive great ones.—Chesterfield.

Were I so tall to reach the pole, Or grasp the ocean with my span, I must be measur’d by my soul: The mind’s the standard of the man. —Dr. Watts.
The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. —Milton.

The blessing of an active mind, when it is in a good condition, is, that it not only employs itself, but is almost sure to be the means of giving wholesome employment to others.

He that has treasures of his own May leave the cottage or the throne, May quit the globe, and dwell alone Within his spacious mind. —Dr. Watts.

The mind grows narrow in proportion as the soul grows corrupt.—Rousseau.

Every great mind seeks to labor for eternity. All men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds alone are excited by the prospect of distant good.—Schiller.

Mind unemployed is mind unenjoyed.—Bovee.

As the mind must govern the hands, so in every society the man of intelligence must direct the man of labor.—Dr. Johnson.

As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without culture, so the mind without cultivation can never produce good fruit.—Seneca.

Few minds wear out; more rust out.—Bovee.

There is nothing so elastic as the human mind. Like imprisoned steam, the more it is pressed the more it rises to resist the pressure. The more we are obliged to do, the more we are able to accomplish.—T. Edwards.

Minds of moderate calibre ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range.—La Rochefoucauld.

Guard well thy thoughts: our thoughts are heard in heaven.—Young.

It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor. —Spenser.

He that has no resources of mind, is more to be pitied than he who is in want of necessaries for the body; and to be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others, bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.—Colton.

A good mind possesses a kingdom.


The diamond of character is revealed by the concussion of misfortune, as the splendor of the precious jewel of the mine is developed by the blows of the lapidary.—F.A. Durivage.

A soul exasperated in ills, falls out With everything, its friend, itself. —Addison.

We have all of us sufficient fortitude to bear the misfortunes of others.—La Rochefoucauld.

The good man, even though overwhelmed by misfortune, loses never his inborn greatness of soul. Camphor-wood burnt in the fire becomes all the more fragrant.—Sataka.

Who hath not known ill-fortune, never knew Himself, or his own virtue. —Mallet.
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above it.—Washington Irving.

Misfortunes are, in morals, what bitters are in medicine: each is at first disagreeable; but as the bitters act as corroborants to the stomach, so adversity chastens and ameliorates the disposition.—From the French.

When one is past, another care we have; Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave. —Herrick.

The greatest misfortune of all is not to be able to bear misfortune.—Bias.

I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.—Stanislaus.

Our bravest lessons are not learned through success, but misadventure.—Alcott.

The less we parade our misfortunes the more sympathy we command.—Orville Dewey.

It is a celebrated thought of Socrates, that if all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stock, in order to be equally distributed among the whole species, those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of, before that which would fall to them by such a division.—Addison.

We should learn, by reflecting on the misfortunes which have attended others, that there is nothing singular in those which befall ourselves.—Melmoth.

Most of our misfortunes are more supportable than the comments of our friends upon them.—Colton.


Unlimited activity, of whatever kind, must end in bankruptcy.—Goethe.

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.—Thomas Paine.

The boundary of man is moderation. When once we pass that pale our guardian angel quits his charge of us.—Feltham.

Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.—Bishop Hall.

The superior man wishes to be slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.—Confucius.

Moderation resembles temperance. We are not unwilling to eat more, but are afraid of doing ourselves harm.—La Rochefoucauld.

To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity. The greatness of the human soul is shown by knowing how to keep within proper bounds. So far from greatness consisting in going beyond its limits, it really consists in keeping within it.—Pascal.


A modest person seldom fails to gain the goodwill of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.—Steele.

Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.—Goldsmith.

True modesty avoids everything that is criminal; false modesty everything that is unfashionable.—Addison.

You little know what you have done, when you have first broke the bounds of modesty; you have set open the door of your fancy to the devil, so that he can, almost at his pleasure ever after, represent the same sinful pleasure to you anew.—Baxter.

Modesty once extinguished knows not how to return.—Seneca.

Modesty never rages, never murmurs, never pouts when it is ill-treated.—Steele.

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of; it heightens all the virtues which it accompanies; like the shades in paintings, it raises and rounds every figure, and makes the colors more beautiful, though not so glaring as they would be without.—Addison.

The first of all virtues is innocence; the next is modesty. If we banish modesty out of the world, she carries away with her half the virtue that is in it.—Addison.

The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact. He calls his employment by its lowest name, and so takes from evil tongues their sharpest weapon.—Emerson.

God intended for women two preventatives against sin, modesty and remorse; in confession to a mortal priest the former is removed by his absolution, the latter is taken away.—Miranda of Piedmont.


The love of money is the root of all evil.—1 Timothy 6:10.

But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air, and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up, and it cankers and breeds worms.—George Macdonald.

Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.—Wesley.

What a dignity it gives an old lady, that balance at the bankers! How tenderly we look at her faults if she is a relative; what a kind, good-natured old creature we find her!—Thackeray.

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it: “Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith.”—Franklin.

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.—Swift.

We must learn that competence is better than extravagance, that worth is better than wealth, that the golden calf we have worshiped has no more brains than that one of old which the Hebrews worshiped. So beware of money and of money’s worth as the supreme passion of the mind. Beware of the craving for enormous acquisition.—Bartol.

Money is a good servant, but a dangerous master.—Bouhours.

By doing good with his money, a man as it were stamps the image of God upon it, and makes it pass current for the merchandise of heaven.—Rutledge.

To cure us of our immoderate love of gain, we should seriously consider how many goods there are that money will not purchase, and these the best; and how many evils there are that money will not remedy, and these the worst.—Colton.

The deepest depth of vulgarism is that of setting up money as the ark of the covenant.—Carlyle.


In cases of doubtful morality, it is usual to say, Is there any harm in doing this? This question may sometimes be best answered by asking ourselves another: Is there any harm in letting it alone?—Colton.

To give a man a full knowledge of true morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.—Locke.

Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.—Washington.

Ten men have failed from defect in morals where one has failed from defect in intellect.—Horace Mann.

Socrates taught that true felicity is not to be derived from external possessions, but from wisdom, which consists in the knowledge and practice of virtue; that the cultivation of virtuous manners is necessarily attended with pleasure as well as profit; that the honest man alone is happy; and that it is absurd to attempt to separate things which are in nature so closely united as virtue and interest.—Enfield.

The moral law is written on the tablets of eternity. For every false word or unrighteous deed, for cruelty and oppression, for lust or vanity, the price has to be paid at last.—Froude.

Morality without religion, is only a kind of dead reckoning,—an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have to run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.—Longfellow.

The system of morality which Socrates made it the business of his life to teach was raised upon the firm basis of religion. The first principles of virtuous conduct which are common to all mankind are, according to this excellent moralist, laws of God; and the conclusive argument by which he supports this opinion is, that no man departs from these principles with impunity.—Enfield.

All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.—Voltaire.


He mourns the dead who lives as they desire.—Young.

Of permanent mourning there is none; no cloud remains fixed. The sun will shine to-morrow.—Richter.

Excess of grief for the deceased is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.—Xenophon.

The true way to mourn the dead is to take care of the living who belong to them.—Burke.

No longer mourn for me when I am dead, Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell Give warning to the world that I am fled. —Shakespeare.


Nature does not capriciously scatter her secrets as golden gifts to lazy pets and luxurious darlings, but imposes tasks when she presents opportunities, and uplifts him whom she would inform. The apple that she drops at the feet of Newton is but a coy invitation to follow her to the stars.—Whipple.

Everything made by man may be destroyed by man; there are no ineffaceable characters except those engraved by nature; and nature makes neither princes nor rich men nor great lords.—Rousseau.

It were happy if we studied nature more in natural things; and acted according to nature, whose rules are few, plain, and most reasonable. Let us begin where she begins, go her pace, and close always where she ends, and we cannot miss of being good naturalists.—William Penn.

O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! in wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches.—Psalm 104:24.

The laws of nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the laws of man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the laws of nature,—were man as unerring in his judgments as nature.—Longfellow.

Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet to the mind.—T. Edwards.

Nature never did betray The heart that loved her. —Wordsworth.

The works of nature and the works of revelation display religion to mankind in characters so large and visible, that those who are not quite blind may in them see and read the first principles and most necessary parts of it, and from thence penetrate into those infinite depths filled with the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.—Locke.

All are but parts of one stupendous whole, Whose body nature is, and God the soul. —Pope.

It is a great mortification to the vanity of man that his utmost art and industry can never equal the meanest of nature’s productions, either for beauty or value.—Hume.

Read nature; nature is a friend to truth; Nature is Christian, preaches to mankind; And bids dead matter aid us in our creed. —Young.

Lavish thousands of dollars on your baby clothes, and after all the child is prettiest when every garment is laid aside. That becoming nakedness, at least, may adorn the chubby darling of the poorest home.—T.W. Higginson.

Our old mother nature has pleasant and cheery tones enough for us when she comes in her dress of blue and gold over the eastern hill-tops; but when she follows us upstairs to our beds in her suit of black velvet and diamonds, every creak of her sandals and every whisper of her lips is full of mystery and fear.—Holmes.

Nature ever faithful is To such as trust her faithfulness. —Emerson.

What profusion is there in His work! When trees blossom there is not a single breastpin, but a whole bosom full of gems; and of leaves they have so many suits that they can throw them away to the winds all summer long. What unnumbered cathedrals has He reared in the forest shades, vast and grand, full of curious carvings, and haunted evermore by tremulous music; and in the heavens above, how do stars seem to have flown out of His hand faster than sparks out of a mighty forge!—Beecher.

Nature is God’s Old Testament.—Theodore Parker.

To him who in the love of nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language; for his gayer hours She has a voice of gladness, and a smile And eloquence of beauty, and she glides Into his darker musings, with a mild And healing sympathy, that steals away Their sharpness, ere he is aware. —Bryant.

Nature and wisdom never are at strife.—Juvenal.

Those who devote themselves to the peaceful study of nature have but little temptation to launch out upon the tempestuous sea of ambition; they will scarcely be hurried away by the more violent or cruel passions, the ordinary failings of those ardent persons who do not control their conduct; but, pure as the objects of their researches, they will feel for everything about them the same benevolence which they see nature display toward all her productions.—Cuvier.

“Behold the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin, yet your heavenly Father careth for them.” He expatiates on a single flower, and draws from it the delightful argument of confidence in God. He gives us to see that taste may be combined with piety, and that the same heart may be occupied with all that is serious in the contemplations of religion, and be at the same time alive to the charms and the loveliness of nature.—Dr. Chalmers.

Who loves not the shady trees, The smell of flowers, the sound of brooks, The song of birds, and the hum of bees, Murmuring in green and fragrant nooks, The voice of children in the spring, Along the field-paths wandering? —T. Millar.
You will find something far greater in the woods than you will find in books. Stones and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.—St. Bernard.


Opinions should be formed with great caution, and changed with greater.—H.W. Shaw.

Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.—Horace Mann.

He who has no opinion of his own, but depends upon the opinion and taste of others, is a slave.—Klopstock.

To maintain an opinion because it is thine, and not because it is true, is to prefer thyself above the truth.—Venning.

We should always keep a corner of our heads open and free, that we may make room for the opinions of our friends. Let us have heart and head hospitality.—Joubert.

No liberal man would impute a charge of unsteadiness to another for having changed his opinion.—Cicero.

Who observes not that the voice of the people, yea of that people that voiced themselves the people of God, did prosecute the God of all people, with one common voice, “He is worthy to die.” I will not, therefore, ambitiously beg their voices for my preferment; nor weigh my worth in that uneven balance, in which a feather of opinion shall be moment enough to turn the scales and make a light piece go current, and a current piece seem light.—Arthur Warwick.

It is not only arrogant, but it is profligate, for a man to disregard the world’s opinion of himself.—Cicero.

In the minds of most men, the kingdom of opinion is divided into three territories,—the territory of yes, the territory of no, and a broad, unexplored middle ground of doubt.—James A. Garfield.

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion.—Lowell.

Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice.—Abraham Lincoln.


Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.—Bayard Taylor.

Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore; they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.—Rev. T. Jones.

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good actions; try to use ordinary situations.—Richter.

The best men are not those who have waited for chances, but who have taken them,—besieged the chance, conquered the chance, and made the chance their servitor.—Chapin.

There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows, and in miseries: And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. —Shakespeare.

The opportunity to do mischief is found a hundred times a day, and that of doing good once a year.—Voltaire.

There is an hour in each man’s life appointed to make his happiness, if then he seize it.—Beaumont and Fletcher.

There is no man whom fortune does not visit once in his life; but when she does not find him ready to receive her, she walks in at the door and flies out at the window.—Cardinal Imperiali.

Nothing is so often irrevocably neglected as an opportunity of daily occurrence.—Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

Give me a chance, says Stupid, and I will show you. Ten to one he has had his chance already, and neglected it.—Haliburton.

That policy that can strike only while the iron is hot will be overcome by that perseverance which, like Cromwell’s, can make the iron hot by striking; and he that can only rule the storm must yield to him who can both raise and rule it.—Colton.

Opportunity has hair in front; behind she is bald. If you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but if suffered to escape, not Jupiter himself can catch her again.—Seneca.


The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat; men to whom a crisis which intimidates and paralyzes the majority—demanding, not the faculties of prudence and thrift, but comprehension, immovableness, the readiness of sacrifice,—comes graceful and beloved as a bride.—Emerson.

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.—Burke.

A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against and not with the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. Let no man wax pale, therefore, because of opposition.—John Neal.

It is not ease, but effort,—not facility, but difficulty, that makes men. There is, perhaps, no station in life in which difficulties have not to be encountered and overcome before any decided measure of success can be achieved.—Samuel Smiles.

To make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and separate them.—Goethe.


Order is heaven’s first law.—Pope.

Order is to arrangement what the soul is to the body, and what mind is to matter.—Joubert.

Order is the sanity of the mind, the health of the body, the peace of the city, the security of the State. As the beams to a house, as the bones to the microcosm of man, so is order to all things.—Southey.

The heavens themselves, the planets, and this centre, Observe degree, priority, and place, Insisture, course, proportion, season, form, Office, and custom, in all line of order. —Shakespeare.

Fretfulness of temper will generally characterize those who are negligent of order.—Blair.

Let all things be done decently and in order.—1 Corinthians 14:40.


The passions are the gales of life; and it is religion only that can prevent them from rising into a tempest.—Dr. Watts.

Strong as our passions are, they may be starved into submission, and conquered without being killed.—Colton.

The ruling passion, be it what it will, The ruling passion conquers reason still. —Pope.

Men spend their lives in the service of their passions, instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives.—Steele.

The art of governing the passions is more useful, and more important, than many things in the search and pursuit of which we spend our days. Without this art, riches and health, and skill and knowledge, will give us little satisfaction; and whatsoever else we be, we can be neither happy, nor wise, nor good.—Jortin.

Hold not conference, debate, or reasoning with any lust; ’tis but a preparatory for thy admission of it. The way is at the very first flatly to deny it.—Fuller.

In the human breast two master-passions cannot coexist.—Campbell.

The passions act as winds to propel our vessel, our reason is the pilot that steers her; without the winds she would not move, without the pilot she would be lost.—From the French.

Even virtue itself, all perfect as it is, requires to be inspirited by passion; for duties are but coldly performed which are but philosophically fulfilled.—Mrs. Jameson.

Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God.—Confucius.

Men will always act according to their passions. Therefore the best government is that which inspires the nobler passions and destroys the meaner.—Jacobi.

The passions should be purged; all may become innocent if they are well directed and moderated. Even hatred maybe a commendable feeling when it is caused by a lively love of good. Whatever makes the passions pure, makes them stronger, more durable, and more enjoyable.—Joubert.

The most common-place people become highly imaginative when they are in a passion. Whole dramas of insult, injury, and wrong pass before their minds,—efforts of creative genius, for there is sometimes not a fact to go upon.—Helps.

As rivers, when they overflow, drown those grounds, and ruin those husbandmen, which, whilst they flowed calmly betwixt their banks, they fertilized and enriched; so our passions, when they grow exorbitant and unruly, destroy those virtues, to which they may be very serviceable whilst they keep within their bounds.—Boyle.

Passion costs too much to bestow it upon every trifle.—Rev. Thomas Adam.

Words may be counterfeit, false coined, and current only from the tongue, without the mind; but passion is in the soul, and always speaks the heart.—Southern.

A genuine passion is like a mountain stream; it admits of no impediment; it cannot go backward; it must go forward.—Bovee.

Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.—South.

Exalted souls Have passions in proportion violent, Resistless, and tormenting; they’re a tax Imposed by nature on pre-eminence, And fortitude and wisdom must support them. —Lillo.
One master-passion in the breast, Like Aaron’s serpent, swallows up the rest. —Pope.
Oh how the passions, insolent and strong, Bear our weak minds their rapid course along; Make us the madness of their will obey; Then die and leave us to our griefs a prey! —Crabbe.

A great passion has no partner.—Lavater.

When the tongue or the pen is let loose in a frenzy of passion, it is the man, and not the subject, that becomes exhausted.—Thomas Paine.

He who is passionate and hasty is generally honest. It is your cool, dissembling hypocrite of whom you should beware.—Lavater.

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.—Bovee.

It is not the absence, but the mastery, of our passions which affords happiness.—Mme. de Maintenon.


The past is utterly indifferent to its worshipers.—William Winter.

Not to know what happened before we were born is always to remain a child; to know, and blindly to adopt that knowledge as an implicit rule of life, is never to be a man.—Chatfield.

No hand can make the clock strike for me the hours that are passed.—Byron.

The present is only intelligible in the light of the past.—Trench.

Study the past if you would divine the future.—Confucius.

The best of prophets of the future is the past.—Byron.

Many classes are always praising the by-gone time, for it is natural that the old should extol the days of their youth; the weak, the area of their strength; the sick, the season of their vigor; and the disappointed, the springtide of their hopes!—C. Bingham.

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns.—William Penn.

The past and future are veiled; but the past wears the widow’s veil; the future, the virgin’s.—Richter.


He that can have patience can have what he will.—Franklin.

Patience! why, it is the soul of peace; of all the virtues, it is nearest kin to heaven; it makes men look like gods. The best of men that ever wore earth about him was a sufferer,—a soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit; the first true gentleman that ever breathed.—Decker.

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience, and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.—Addison.

If we could have a little patience, we should escape much mortification; time takes away as much as it gives.—Madame de Sévigné.

Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.—Buffon.

There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.—Burke.

We usually learn to wait only when we have no longer anything to wait for.—Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

No school is more necessary to children than patience, because either the will must be broken in childhood or the heart in old age.—Richter.

We have only to be patient, to pray, and to do His will, according to our present light and strength, and the growth of the soul will go on. The plant grows in the mist and under clouds as truly as under sunshine; so does the heavenly principle within.—Channing.

He that will have a cake of the wheat must needs tarry the grinding.—Shakespeare.

Patience is a nobler motion than any deed.—C.A. Bartol.

Patience is the guardian of faith, the preserver of peace, the cherisher of love, the teacher of humility; Patience governs the flesh, strengthens the spirit, sweetens the temper, stifles anger, extinguishes envy, subdues pride; she bridles the tongue, refrains the hand, tramples upon temptations, endures persecutions, consummates martyrdom; Patience produces unity in the church, loyalty in the State, harmony in families and societies; she comforts the poor and moderates the rich; she makes us humble in prosperity, cheerful in adversity, unmoved by calumny and reproach; she teaches us to forgive those who have injured us, and to be the first in asking forgiveness of those whom we have injured; she delights the faithful, and invites the unbelieving; she adorns the woman, and approves the man; is loved in a child, praised in a young man, admired in an old man; she is beautiful in either sex and every age.—Bishop Horne.

Patience is the ballast of the soul, that will keep it from rolling and tumbling in the greatest storms; and he that will venture out without this to make him sail even and steady will certainly make shipwreck and drown himself, first in the cares and sorrows of this world, and then in perdition.—Bishop Hopkins.

There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.—La Bruyère.

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience is the ruin of strength.—Colton.

If the wicked flourish and thou suffer, be not discouraged. They are fatted for destruction; thou art dieted for health.—Fuller.

Patience is sorrow’s salve.—Churchill.


Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.—Matthew 5:9.

I could not live in peace if I put the shadow of a wilful sin between myself and God.—George Eliot.

Five great enemies of peace inhabit with us—avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.—Petrarch.

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.—Washington.

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.—Isaiah 2:4.

I never advocated war except as a means of peace.—U.S. Grant.

There are interests by the sacrifice of which peace is too dearly purchased. One should never be at peace to the shame of his own soul—to the violation of his integrity or of his allegiance to God.—Chapin.

Peace, above all things, is to be desired; but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.—Andrew Jackson.


The block of granite, which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, becomes a stepping stone in the pathway of the strong.—Carlyle.

It is all very well to tell me that a young man has distinguished himself by a brilliant first speech. He may go on, or he may be satisfied with his first triumph; but show me a young man who has not succeeded at first, and nevertheless has gone on, and I will back that young man to do better than most of those who have succeeded at the first trial.—Charles James Fox.

I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not much, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.—Sir T.F. Buxton.

Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant.—Bayard Taylor.

All the performances of human art, at which we look with praise or wonder, are instances of the resistless force of perseverance; it is by this that the quarry becomes a pyramid, and that distant countries are united by canals. If a man was to compare the effect of a single stroke of a pickaxe, or of one impression of the spade, with the general design and last result, he would be overwhelmed by the sense of their disproportion; yet those petty operations, incessantly continued, in time surmount the greatest difficulties, and mountains are levelled, and oceans bounded, by the slender force of human beings.—Dr. Johnson.

Even in social life, it is persistency which attracts confidence, more than talents and accomplishments.—Whipple.

A falling drop at last will carve a stone.—Lucretius.

Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt; Nothing so hard but search will find it out. —Lovelace.

It is interesting to notice how some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage, and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles.—Washington Irving.

Press on! a better fate awaits thee.—Victor Hugo.


True philosophy is that which renders us to ourselves, and all others who surround us, better, and at the same time more content, more patient, more calm and more ready for all decent and pure enjoyment.—Lavater.

Philosophy abounds more than philosophers, and learning more than learned men.—W.B. Clulow.

The road to true philosophy is precisely the same with that which leads to true religion; and from both the one and the other, unless we would enter in as little children, we must expect to be totally excluded.—Bacon.

Philosophy is the art and law of life, and it teaches us what to do in all cases, and, like good marksmen, to hit the white at any distance.—Seneca.

A little philosophy inclineth men’s minds to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds to religion.—Bacon.

Whence? whither? why? how?—these questions cover all philosophy.—Joubert.


Pity, though it may often relieve, is but, at best, a short-lived passion, and seldom affords distress more than transitory assistance; with some it scarce lasts from the first impulse till the hand can be put into the pocket.—Goldsmith.

We pity in others only those evils which we have ourselves experienced.—Rousseau.

No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity.—Shakespeare.

Pity and forbearance, and long-sufferance and fair interpretation, and excusing our brother, and taking in the best sense, and passing the gentlest sentence, are as certainly our duty, and owing to every person that does offend and can repent, as calling to account can be owing to the law, and are first to be paid; and he that does not so is an unjust person.—Jeremy Taylor.

O, brother man! fold to thy heart thy brother, where pity dwells, the peace of God is there.—Whittier.

The world is full of love and pity. Had there been less suffering, there would have been less kindness.—Thackeray.

Pity melts the mind to love.—Dryden.


Would you judge of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasures, take this rule:—Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.—Southey.

Let not the enjoyment of pleasures now within your grasp be carried to such excess as to incapacitate you from future repetition.—Seneca.

The inward pleasure of imparting pleasure—that is the choicest of all.—Hawthorne.

He who can at all times sacrifice pleasure to duty approaches sublimity.—Lavater.

The end of pleasure is to support the offices of life, to relieve the fatigues of business, to reward a regular action, and to encourage the continuance.—Jeremy Collier.

Choose such pleasures as recreate much and cost little.—Fuller.

The pleasures of the world are deceitful; they promise more than they give. They trouble us in seeking them, they do not satisfy us when possessing them, and they make us despair in losing them.—Madame de Lambert.

When the idea of any pleasure strikes your imagination, make a just computation between the duration of the pleasure and that of the repentance that is likely to follow it.—Epictetus.

The seeds of repentance are sown in youth by pleasure, but the harvest is reaped in age by pain.—Colton.

Pleasure’s the only noble end To which all human powers should tend; And virtue gives her heavenly lore, But to make pleasure please us more! Wisdom and she were both design’d To make the senses more refined, That man might revel free from cloying, Then most a sage, when most enjoying! —Moore.
Pleasure, or wrong or rightly understood, Our greatest evil, or our greatest good. —Pope.

People should be guarded against temptation to unlawful pleasures by furnishing them the means of innocent ones. In every community there must be pleasures, relaxations, and means of agreeable excitement; and if innocent are not furnished, resort will be had to criminal. Man was made to enjoy as well as labor, and the state of society should be adapted to this principle of human nature.—Channing.

Mental pleasures never cloy; unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved of by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.—Colton.

I should rejoice if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to myself.—Marguerite de Valois.

We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give.—J. Petit-Senn.

Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life.—Jeremy Taylor.


True politeness is perfect ease and freedom. It simply consists in treating others just as you love to be treated yourself.—Chesterfield.

Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.—Stanislaus.

Christianity is designed to refine and to soften; to take away the heart of stone, and to give us hearts of flesh; to polish off the rudeness and arrogances of our manners and tempers; and to make us blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke.—Jay.

Politeness is to goodness what words are to thoughts.—Joubert.

Avoid all haste; calmness is an essential ingredient of politeness.—Alphonse Karr.

There is no policy like politeness; and a good manner is the best thing in the world, either to get one a good name or to supply the want of it.—Lytton.

There is no accomplishment so easy to acquire as politeness, and none more profitable.—H.W. Shaw.

Fine manners are like personal beauty,—a letter of credit everywhere.—Bartol.

True politeness is the spirit of benevolence showing itself in a refined way. It is the expression of good-will and kindness. It promotes both beauty in the man who possesses it, and happiness in those who are about him. It is a religious duty, and should be a part of religious training.—Beecher.

Politeness induces morality. Serenity of manners requires serenity of mind.—Julia Ward Howe.

To the acquisition of the rare quality of politeness, so much of the enlightened understanding is necessary that I cannot but consider every book in every science, which tends to make us wiser, and of course better men, as a treatise on a more enlarged system of politeness.—Monro.

Bowing, ceremonious, formal compliments, stiff civilities, will never be politeness; that must be easy, natural, unstudied; and what will give this but a mind benevolent and attentive to exert that amiable disposition in trifles to all you converse and live with?—Chatham.

As charity covers a multitude of sins before God, so does politeness before men.—Greville.

The polite of every country seem to have but one character. A gentleman of Sweden differs but little, except in trifles, from one of any other country. It is among the vulgar we are to find those distinctions which characterize a people.—Goldsmith.

When two goats met on a bridge which was too narrow to allow either to pass or return, the goat which lay down that the other might walk over it was a finer gentleman than Lord Chesterfield.—Cecil.

Good-breeding is not confined to externals, much less to any particular dress or attitude of the body; it is the art of pleasing, or contributing as much as possible to the ease and happiness of those with whom you converse.—Fielding.


Avoid popularity, if you would have peace.—Abraham Lincoln.

Avoid popularity, it has many snares, and no real benefit.—William Penn.

Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you!—Luke 6:26.

Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.—Kant.

Those men who are commended by everybody must be very extraordinary men; or, which is more probable, very inconsiderable men.—Lord Greville.


Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.—Dr. Johnson.

In one important respect a man is fortunate in being poor. His responsibility to God is so much the less.—Bovee.

Morality and religion are but words to him who fishes in gutters for the means of sustaining life, and crouches behind barrels in the street for shelter from the cutting blasts of a winter night.—Horace Greeley.

Poverty is the only burden which is not lightened by being shared with others.—Richter.

We should not so much esteem our poverty as a misfortune, were it not that the world treats it so much as a crime.—Bovee.

Poverty is the test of civility and the touchstone of friendship.—Hazlitt.

There is not such a mighty difference as some men imagine between the poor and the rich; in pomp, show, and opinion there is a great deal, but little as to the pleasures and satisfactions of life: they enjoy the same earth and air and heavens; hunger and thirst make the poor man’s meat and drink as pleasant and relishing as all the varieties which cover the rich man’s table; and the labor of a poor man is more healthful, and many times more pleasant, too, than the ease and softness of the rich.—Sherlock.

Want is a bitter and a hateful good, Because its virtues are not understood; Yet many things, impossible to thought, Have been by need to full perfection brought. The daring of the soul proceeds from thence, Sharpness of wit, and active diligence; Prudence at once, and fortitude it gives; And, if in patience taken, mends our lives. —Dryden.

Few things in this world more trouble people than poverty, or the fear of poverty; and, indeed, it is a sore affliction; but, like all other ills that flesh is heir to, it has its antidote, its reliable remedy. The judicious application of industry, prudence and temperance is a certain cure.—Hosea Ballou.

That man is to be accounted poor, of whatever rank he be, and suffers the pains of poverty, whose expenses exceed his resources; and no man is, properly speaking, poor, but he.—Paley.

That some of the indigent among us die of scanty food is undoubtedly true; but vastly more in this community die from eating too much than from eating too little.—Channing.

Poverty is the only load which is the heavier the more loved ones there are to assist in supporting it.—Richter.


Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.—Colton.

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall.—Bacon.

Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.—Napoleon.

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.—J. Petit-Senn.

The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.—Publius Syrus.

It is an observation no less just than common, that there is no stronger test of a man’s real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice.—Plutarch.


Words of praise, indeed, are almost as necessary to warm a child into a genial life as acts of kindness and affection. Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers.—Bovee.

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.—Proverbs 27:2.

For if good were not praised more than ill, None would chuse goodness of his own free will. —Spenser.

Praise has different effects, according to the mind it meets with; it makes a wise man modest, but a fool more arrogant, turning his weak brain giddy.—Feltham.

Solid pudding against empty praise.—Pope.

It is always esteemed the greatest mischief a man can do to those whom he loves, to raise men’s expectations of them too high by undue and impertinent commendations.—Sprat.

Speak not in high commendation of any man to his face, nor censure any man behind his back; but if thou knowest anything good of him, tell it unto others; if anything ill, tell it privately and prudently to himself.—Burkitt.

As the Greek said, “Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise.”—Wendell Phillips.

It is singular how impatient men are with overpraise of others, how patient of overpraise of themselves; and yet the one does them no injury, while the other may be their ruin.—Lowell.

Good things should be praised.—Shakespeare.

He hurts me most who lavishly commends.—Churchill.

The love of praise, howe’er concealed by art, Reigns more or less and glows in every heart. —Young.

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity. It becomes cheap as it becomes vulgar, and will no longer raise expectation or animate enterprise.—Dr. Johnson.

It is the greatest possible praise to be praised by a man who is himself deserving of praise.—From the Latin.

He who praises you for what you have not, wishes to take from you what you have.—Manuel.

Thou may’st be more prodigal of praise when thou writest a letter than when thou speakest in presence.—Fuller.

Those who are greedy of praise prove that they are poor in merit.—Plutarch.

What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even than what he condemns, of his own character, information and abilities.—Hare.

Allow no man to be so free with you as to praise you to your face.—Steele.

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.—Psalm 150:6.

Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.—Steele.


Prejudice is the child of ignorance.—Hazlitt.

As those who believe in the visibility of ghosts can easily see them, so it is always easy to see repulsive qualities in those we despise and hate.—Frederick Douglass.

Prejudice squints when it looks, and lies when it talks.—Duchess d’Abrantes.

Human nature is so constituted that all see and judge better in the affairs of other men than in their own.—Terence.

To all intents and purposes, he who will not open his eyes is, for the present, as blind as he who cannot.—South.

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.—Bancroft.

Prejudice may be considered as a continual false medium of viewing things, for prejudiced persons not only never speak well, but also never think well, of those whom they dislike, and the whole character and conduct is considered with an eye to that particular thing which offends them.—Butler.

Prejudice is the twin of illiberality.—G.D. Prentice.

Remember, when the judgment is weak the prejudice is strong.—Kane O’Hara.

Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world and ignorance of mankind.—Addison.

How immense to us appear the sins we have not committed.—Madame Necker.


Busy not yourself in looking forward to the events of to-morrow; but whatever may be those of the days Providence may yet assign you neglect not to turn them to advantage.—Horace.

Make use of time, if thou lovest eternity; know yesterday cannot be recalled, to-morrow cannot be assured: to-day is only thine; which if thou procrastinate, thou losest; which lost, is lost forever: one to-day is worth two to-morrows.—Quarles.

He who neglects the present moment throws away all he has.—Schiller.

Abridge your hopes in proportion to the shortness of the span of human life; for while we converse, the hours, as if envious of our pleasure, fly away: enjoy, therefore, the present time, and trust not too much to what to-morrow may produce.—Horace.

If we stand in the openings of the present moment, with all the length and breadth of our faculties unselfishly adjusted to what it reveals, we are in the best condition to receive what God is always ready to communicate.—T.C. Upham.

Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other—it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future are not come.—Colton.

Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,—as though that time should be of another make from this, which has already come and is ours.—Fuller.

Let us attend to the present, and as to the future we shall know how to manage when the occasion arrives.—Corneille.

We may make our future by the best use of the present. There is no moment like the present.—Miss Edgeworth.

Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and to-morrow we may never see.—Victor Hugo.

Every day is a gift I receive from Heaven; let us enjoy to-day that which it bestows on me. It belongs not more to the young than to me, and to-morrow belongs to no one.—Mancroix.

One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.—Emerson.

What is really momentous and all-important with us is the present, by which the future is shaped and colored.—Whittier.


It is worth noticing that those who assume an imposing demeanor and seek to pass themselves off for something beyond what they are, are not unfrequently as much underrated by some as overrated by others.—Whately.

Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed: nature never pretends.—Lavater.

When you see a man with a great deal of religion displayed in his shop window, you may depend upon it he keeps a very small stock of it within.—Spurgeon.

True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting.—Cicero.

It is no disgrace not to be able to do everything; but to undertake, or pretend to do, what you are not made for, is not only shameful, but extremely troublesome and vexatious.—Plutarch.

He who gives himself airs of importance, exhibits the credentials of impotence.—Lavater.

The desire of appearing clever often prevents our becoming so.—La Rochefoucauld.

The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint.—Lavater.


Without the sovereign influence of God’s extraordinary and immediate grace, men do very rarely put off all the trappings of their pride, till they who are about them put on their winding-sheet.—Clarendon.

Pride and weakness are Siamese twins.—Lowell.

Of all the causes that conspire to blind Man’s erring judgment, and misguide the mind, What the weak head with strongest bias rules, Is pride, the never-failing vice of fools. —Pope.
It is hardly possible to overvalue ourselves but by undervaluing our neighbors.—Clarendon.

The sin of pride is the sin of sins; in which all subsequent sins are included, as in their germ; they are but the unfolding of this one.—Archbishop Trench.

Some people are proud of their humility.—Beecher.

Pride requires very costly food—its keeper’s happiness.—Colton.

Pride, of all others the most dangerous fault, Proceeds from want of sense, or want of thought. —Roscommon.

If a man has a right to be proud of anything, it is of a good action done as it ought to be, without any base interest lurking at the bottom of it.—Sterne.

There is this paradox in pride,—it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.—Colton.

In reality, there is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, stifle it, mortify it as much as you please, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself.—Franklin.

Men say, “By pride the angels fell from heaven.” By pride they reached a place from which they fell!—Joaquin Miller.

Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.—Franklin.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.—Proverbs 16:18.

If he could only see how small a vacancy his death would leave, the proud man would think less of the place he occupies in his lifetime.—Legouvé.

I think half the troubles for which men go slouching in prayer to God are caused by their intolerable pride. Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges. We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses.—Beecher.

When pride and presumption walk before, shame and loss follow very closely.—Louis XI.

How can there be pride in a contrite heart? Humility is the earliest fruit of religion.—Hosea Ballou.

In beginning the world, if you don’t wish to get chafed at every turn, fold up your pride carefully, put it under lock and key, and only let it out to air upon grand occasions. Pride is a garment all stiff brocade outside, all grating sackcloth on the side next to the skin.—Lytton.

Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself.—Dr. Johnson.

An avenging God closely follows the haughty.—Seneca.

Charity feeds the poor, so does pride; charity builds an hospital, so does pride. In this they differ: charity gives her glory to God; pride takes her glory from man.—Quarles.

The proud man is forsaken of God.—Plato.


Faith in to-morrow, instead of Christ, is Satan’s nurse for man’s perdition.—Rev. Dr. Cheever.

To be always intending to live a new life, but never to find time to set about it; this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day and night to another, till he is starved and destroyed.—Tillotson.

By the streets of “By and By” one arrives at the house of “Never.”—Cervantes.

By one delay after another they spin out their whole lives, till there’s no more future left for them.—L’Estrange.

Procrastination is the thief of time.—Young.

For Yesterday was once To-morrow.—Persius.

Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.—Franklin.

Indulge in procrastination, and in time you will come to this, that because a thing ought to be done, therefore you can’t do it.—Charles Buxton.


He only is advancing in life whose heart is getting softer, whose blood warmer, whose brain quicker, whose spirit is entering into living peace.—Ruskin.

“Can any good come out of Nazareth?” This is always the question of the wiseacres and the knowing ones. But the good, the new, comes from exactly that quarter whence it is not looked for, and is always something different from what is expected. Everything new is received with contempt, for it begins in obscurity. It becomes a power unobserved.—Feuerbach.

Look up and not down; look forward and not back; look out and not in; and lend a hand.—E.E. Hale.

I must do something to keep my thoughts fresh and growing. I dread nothing so much as falling into a rut and feeling myself becoming a fossil.—James A. Garfield.

Humanity, in the aggregate, is progressing, and philanthropy looks forward hopefully.—Hosea Ballou.

Human improvement is from within outwards.—Froude.

An original sentence, a step forward, is worth more than all the centuries.—Emerson.

Let us labor for that larger and larger comprehension of truth, that more and more thorough repudiation of error, which shall make the history of mankind a series of ascending developments.—Horace Mann.

We can trace back our existence almost to a point. Former time presents us with trains of thoughts gradually diminishing to nothing. But our ideas of futurity are perpetually expanding. Our desires and our hopes, even when modified by our fears, seem to grasp at immensity. This alone would be sufficient to prove the progressiveness of our nature, and that this little earth is but a point from which we start toward a perfection of being.—Sir Humphry Davy.

By the disposition of a stupendous wisdom, moulding together the great mysterious incorporation of the human race, the whole, at one time, is never old, or middle-aged, or young; but, in a condition of unchangeable constancy, moves on through the varied tenor of perpetual decay, fall, renovation, and progression.—Burke.

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.—James Freeman Clarke.

It is wonderful how soon a piano gets into a log-hut on the frontier. You would think they found it under a pine-stump. With it comes a Latin grammar, and one of those tow-head boys has written a hymn on Sunday. Now let colleges, now let senates take heed! for here is one who, opening these fine tastes on the basis of the pioneer’s iron constitution, will gather all their laurels in his strong hands.—Emerson.

A fresh mind keeps the body fresh. Take in the ideas of the day, drain off those of yesterday.—Lytton.

The wisest man may be wiser to-day than he was yesterday, and to-morrow than he is to-day. Total freedom from change would imply total freedom from error; but this is the prerogative of Omniscience alone.—Colton.


Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.—Beecher.

Prosperity seems to be scarcely safe, unless it be mixed with a little adversity.—Hosea Ballou.

The increase of a great number of citizens in prosperity is a necessary element to the security, and even to the existence, of a civilized people.—Buret.

Prosperity is the touchstone of virtue; for it is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.—Tacitus.

Prosperity demands of us more prudence and moderation than adversity.—Cicero.

We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity; for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment.—Landor.

He that swells in prosperity will be sure to shrink in adversity.—Colton.

Prosperity is very liable to bring pride among the other goods with which it endows an individual; it is then that prosperity costs too dear.—Hosea Ballou.

Prosperity, in regard of our corrupt inclination to abuse the blessings of Almighty God, doth prove a thing dangerous to the soul of man.—Hooker.

It is one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex, instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in.—Beecher.

Prosperity makes some friends and many enemies.—Vauvenargues.

They who lie soft and warm in a rich estate seldom come to heat themselves at the altar.—South.

Take care to be an economist in prosperity: there is no fear of your being one in adversity.—Zimmerman.


Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.—Colton.

Prudence is that virtue by which we discern what is proper to be done under the various circumstances of time and place.—Milton.

When any great design thou dost intend, Think on the means, the manner, and the end. —Sir J. Denham.

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best of hearts.—Fielding.

Prudence is a necessary ingredient in all the virtues, without which they degenerate into folly and excess.—Jeremy Collier.

No other protection is wanting, provided you are under the guidance of prudence.—Juvenal.

Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all.—Burke.

The rules of prudence, like the laws of the stone tables, are for the most part prohibitive. “Thou shalt not” is their characteristic formula.—Coleridge.


Reason is the glory of human nature, and one of the chief eminences whereby we are raised above the beasts, in this lower world.—Dr. Watts.

Let our reason, and not our senses, be the rule of our conduct; for reason will teach us to think wisely, to speak prudently, and to behave worthily.—Confucius.

Though reason is not to be relied upon as universally sufficient to direct us what to do, yet it is generally to be relied upon and obeyed where it tells us what we are not to do.—South.

He that will not reason is a bigot, he that cannot reason is a fool, and he that dares not reason is a slave.—Sir W. Drummond.

Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; and beasts, by nature.—Cicero.

When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone.—Walter Scott.

One can never repeat too often, that reason, as it exists in man, is only our intellectual eye, and that, like the eye, to see, it needs light,—to see clearly and far, it needs the light of Heaven.

The language of reason, unaccompanied by kindness, will often fail of making an impression; it has no effect on the understanding, because it touches not the heart. The language of kindness, unassociated with reason, will frequently be unable to persuade; because, though it may gain upon the affections, it wants that which is necessary to convince the judgment. But let reason and kindness be united in a discourse, and seldom will even pride or prejudice find it easy to resist.—Gisborne.

Good reasons must, of force, give place to better.—Shakespeare.

There is a just Latin axiom, that he who seeks a reason for everything subverts reason.—Epes Sargent.


A wrong act followed by just regret and thoughtful caution to avoid like errors, makes a man better than he would have been if he had never fallen.—Horatio Seymour.

The business of life is to go forward; he who sees evil in prospect meets it in his way, but he who catches it by retrospection turns back to find it. That which is feared may sometimes be avoided, but that which is regretted to-day may be regretted again to-morrow.—Dr. Johnson.

A feeling of sadness and longing That is not akin to pain, And resembles sorrow only As the mist resembles the rain. —Longfellow.

The present only is a man’s possession; the past is gone out of his hand wholly, irrevocably. He may suffer from it, learn from it,—in degree, perhaps, expiate it; but to brood over it is utter madness.—Miss Mulock.

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: “It might have been!” —Whittier.


A religion that never suffices to govern a man will never suffice to save him; that which does not sufficiently distinguish one from a wicked world will never distinguish him from a perishing world.—Howe.

Religion crowns the statesman and the man, Sole source of public and of private peace. —Young.

A true religious instinct never deprived man of one single joy; mournful faces and a sombre aspect are the conventional affectations of the weak-minded.—Hosea Ballou.

The source of all good and of all comfort.—Burke.

You may depend upon it, religion is, in its essence, the most gentlemanly thing in the world. It will alone gentilize, if unmixed with cant; and I know nothing else that will alone.—S.T. Coleridge.

If we traverse the world, it is possible to find cities without walls, without letters, without kings, without wealth, without coin, without schools and theatres; but a city without a temple, or that practiseth not worship, prayer, and the like, no one ever saw.—Plutarch.

Religion, if in heavenly truths attired, Needs only to be seen to be admired. —Cowper.

Ah! what a divine religion might be found out if charity were really made the principle of it instead of faith.—Shelley.

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions; keep the Church and the State forever apart.—U.S. Grant.

Religion is the mortar that binds society together; the granite pedestal of liberty; the strong backbone of the social system.—Guthrie.

All belief which does not render more happy, more free, more loving, more active, more calm, is, I fear, an erroneous and superstitious belief.—Lavater.

Never trust anybody not of sound religion, for he that is false to God can never be true to man.—Lord Burleigh.

A man devoid of religion, is like a horse without a bridle.—From the Latin.

It is a great disgrace to religion, to imagine that it is an enemy to mirth and cheerfulness, and a severe exacter of pensive looks and solemn faces.—Walter Scott.

Nowhere would there be consolation, if religion were not.—Jacobi.

A man with no sense of religious duty is he whom the Scriptures describe in such terse but terrific language, as living “without God in the world.” Such a man is out of his proper being, out of the circle of all his duties, out of the circle of all his happiness, and away, far, far away, from the purposes of his creation.—Webster.

All who have been great and good without Christianity, would have been much greater and better with it.—Colton.

There are a good many pious people who are as careful of their religion as of their best service of china, only using it on holy occasions, for fear it should get chipped or flawed in working-day wear.—Douglas Jerrold.

Wonderful! that the Christian religion, which seems to have no other object than the felicity of another life, should also constitute the happiness of this.—Montesquieu.

Pour the balm of the Gospel into the wounds of bleeding nations. Plant the tree of life in every soil, that suffering kingdoms may repose beneath its shade and feel the virtue of its healing leaves, till all the kindred of the human family shall be bound together in one common bond of amity and love, and the warrior shall be a character unknown but in the page of history.—Thomas Raffles.

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life; by indifference, which is the most common; by philosophy, which is the most ostentatious; and by religion, which is the most effectual.—Colton.

A house without family worship has neither foundation nor covering.—Mason.

Religion is the best armor in the world, but the worst cloak.—Bunyan.

A good name is better than precious ointment.—Ecclesiastes 7:1.

I have lived long enough to know what I did not at one time believe—that no society can be upheld in happiness and honor without the sentiment of religion.—La Place.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.—Washington.

“When I was young, I was sure of many things; there are only two things of which I am sure now; one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Jesus Christ is an all sufficient Saviour.” He is well taught who gets these two lessons.—John Newton.

If we make religion our business, God will make it our blessedness.—H.G.J. Adam.

The call to religion is not a call to be better than your fellows, but to be better than yourself. Religion is relative to the individual.—Beecher.


Remembrance is the only paradise out of which we cannot be driven away.—Richter.

You can’t order remembrance out of the mind; and a wrong that was a wrong yesterday must be a wrong to-morrow.—Thackeray.

I cannot but remember such things were That were most precious to me. —Shakespeare.


Remorse is the punishment of crime; repentance, its expiation. The former appertains to a tormented conscience; the latter to a soul changed for the better.—Joubert.

Remorse, the fatal egg by pleasure laid, In every bosom where her nest is made, Hatched by the beams of truth, denies him rest, And proves a raging scorpion in his breast. —Cowper.

We can prostrate ourselves in the dust when we have committed a fault, but it is not best to remain there.—Chateaubriand.

There is no man that is knowingly wicked but is guilty to himself; and there is no man that carries guilt about him but he receives a sting in his soul.—Tillotson.


Repentance, without amendment, is like continually pumping without mending the leak.—Dilwyn.

Repentance is but another name for aspiration.—Beecher.

If you would be good, first believe that you are bad.—Epictetus.

Repentance is a goddess and the preserver of those who have erred.—Julian.

Some well-meaning Christians tremble for their salvation, because they have never gone through that valley of tears and of sorrow, which they have been taught to consider as an ordeal that must be passed through before they can arrive at regeneration. To satisfy such minds, it may be observed, that the slightest sorrow for sin is sufficient, if it produce amendment, and that the greatest is insufficient, if it do not.—Colton.

Let us be quick to repent of injuries while repentance may not be a barren anguish.—Dr. Johnson.

Our hearts must not only be broken with sorrow, but be broken from sin, to constitute repentance.—Dewey.

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.—Goldsmith.

I will to-morrow, that I will, I will be sure to do it; To-morrow comes, to-morrow goes, And still thou art to do it. Thus still repentance is deferred. From one day to another: Until the day of death is come, And judgment is the other. —Drexelius.

As it is never too soon to be good, so it is never too late to amend: I will, therefore, neither neglect the time present, nor despair of the time past. If I had been sooner good, I might perhaps have been better; if I am longer bad, I shall, I am sure, be worse.—Arthur Warwick.

Repentance is heart’s sorrow, and a clear life ensuing.—Shakespeare.


Power rests in tranquillity.—Cecil.

Have you known how to compose your manners? You have done a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to take repose? You have done more than he who has taken cities and empires.—Montaigne.

Repose without stagnation is the state most favorable to happiness. “The great felicity of life,” says Seneca, “is to be without perturbations.”—Bovee.

There is no mortal truly wise and restless at once; wisdom is the repose of minds.—Lavater.


Resignation is the courage of Christian sorrow.—Professor Vinet.

If God send thee a cross, take it up willingly and follow him. Use it wisely, lest it be unprofitable. Bear it patiently, lest it be intolerable. If it be light, slight it not. If it be heavy, murmur not. After the cross is the crown.—Quarles.

“My will, not thine, be done,” turned Paradise into a desert. “Thy will, not mine, be done,” turned the desert into a paradise, and made Gethsemane the gate of heaven.—Pressensé.

With a sigh for what we have not, we must be thankful for what we have, and leave to One wiser than ourselves the deeper problems of the human soul and of its discipline.—Gladstone.

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.—Job 1:21.

Dare to look up to God and say: “Deal with me in the future as thou wilt. I am of the same mind as thou art; I am thine. I refuse nothing that pleases Thee. Lead me where Thou wilt; cloth me in any dress Thou choosest.”—Epictetus.

No cloud can overshadow a true Christian but his faith will discern a rainbow in it.—Bishop Horne.

Let God do with me what He will, anything He will; and, whatever it be, it will be either heaven itself, or some beginning of it.—Mountford.

Is it reasonable to take it ill, that anybody desires of us that which is their own? All we have is the Almighty’s; and shall not God have his own when he calls for it?—William Penn.


Rest is a fine medicine. Let your stomachs rest, ye dyspeptics; let your brain rest, you wearied and worried men of business; let your limbs rest, ye children of toil!—Carlyle.

Absence of occupation is not rest. A mind quite vacant is a mind distress’d. —Cowper.

God giveth quietness at last.—Whittier.

Of all our loving Father’s gifts I often wonder which is best, And cry: Dear God, the one that lifts Our soul from weariness to rest, The rest of silence—that is best. —Mary Clemmer.

The word “rest” is not in my vocabulary.—Horace Greeley.


Riches exclude only one inconvenience,—that is, poverty.—Dr. Johnson.

Great abundance of riches cannot of any man be both gathered and kept without sin.—Erasmus.

Riches, honors, and pleasures are the sweets which destroy the mind’s appetite for its heavenly food; poverty, disgrace, and pain are the bitters which restore it.—Bishop Horne.

A man’s true wealth is the good he does in this world.—Mohammed.

Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.—Shakespeare.

He is rich whose income is more than his expenses; and he is poor whose expenses exceed his income.—La Bruyère.

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.—Beecher.

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it.—Franklin.

He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.—Proverbs 28:20.

Riches without charity are nothing worth. They are a blessing only to him who makes them a blessing to others.—Fielding.


Skepticism has never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world’s heart. The great doers in history have always been men of faith.—Chapin.

Scepticism is a barren coast, without a harbor or lighthouse.—Beecher.

Freethinkers are generally those who never think at all.—Sterne.

I know not any crime so great that a man could contrive to commit as poisoning the sources of eternal truth.—Dr. Johnson.


He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city.—Proverbs 16:32.

What is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.—Goethe.

He who reigns within himself, and rules passions, desires, and fears, is more than a king.—Milton.

Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves.—Thomson.

He is a fool who cannot be angry: but he is a wise man who will not.—English Proverb.


Self-denial is the quality of which Jesus Christ set us the example.—Ary Scheffer.

Only the soul that with an overwhelming impulse and a perfect trust gives itself up forever to the life of other men, finds the delight and peace which such complete self-surrender has to give.—Phillips Brooks.

Self-denial is a virtue of the highest quality, and he who has it not, and does not strive to acquire it, will never excel in anything.—Conybeare.

The more a man denies himself the more he shall obtain from God.—Horace.

The worst education which teaches self-denial is better than the best which teaches everything else, and not that.—John Sterling.


Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without in himself.—Beecher.

It is to be doubted whether he will ever find the way to heaven who desires to go thither alone.—Feltham.

Take the selfishness out of this world and there would be more happiness than we should know what to do with.—H.W. Shaw.

We erect the idol self, and not only wish others to worship, but worship ourselves.—Cecil.


I think you will find that people who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be “consistent.”—Holmes.

If the show of any thing be good for any thing, I am sure sincerity is better; for why does any man dissemble, or seem to be that which he is not, but because he thinks it good to have such a quality as he pretends to?—Tillotson.

The only conclusive evidence of a man’s sincerity is that he gives himself for a principle. Words, money, all things else, are comparatively easy to give away; but when a man makes a gift of his daily life and practice, it is plain that the truth, whatever it may be, has taken possession of him.—Lowell.

Private sincerity is a public welfare.—Bartol.

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain, what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an “honest man.”—Washington.

Sincerity is to speak as we think, to do as we pretend and profess, to perform and make good what we promise, and really to be what we would seem and appear to be.—Tillotson.

Let us then be what we are, and speak what we think, and in all things keep ourselves loyal to truth, and the sacred professions of friendship.—Longfellow.


One hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two after.—Fielding.

God gives sleep to the bad, in order that the good may be undisturbed.—Saadi.

Put off thy cares with thy clothes; so shall thy rest strengthen thy labor; and so shall thy labor sweeten thy rest.—Quarles.

We sleep, but the loom of life never stops; and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up to-morrow.—Beecher.

Heaven trims our lamps while we sleep.—Alcott.

There are many ways of inducing sleep,—the thinking of purling rills, or waving woods; reckoning of numbers; droppings from a wet sponge fixed over a brass pan, etc. But temperance and exercise answer much better than any of these succedaneums.—Sterne.

Sleep is a generous thief; he gives to vigor what he takes from time.—Elizabeth, Queen of Roumania.

O sleep! it is a gentle thing, Beloved from pole to pole. —Coleridge.


Nothing is impossible to the man that can will. Is that necessary? That shall be. This is the only law of success.—Mirabeau.

Nothing succeeds so well as success.—Talleyrand.

To know how to wait is the great secret of success.—De Maistre.

The path of success in business is invariably the path of common-sense. Nothwithstanding all that is said about “lucky hits,” the best kind of success in every man’s life is not that which comes by accident. The only “good time coming” we are justified in hoping for is that which we are capable of making for ourselves.—Samuel Smiles.

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without a thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.—Longfellow.

The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.—Sheridan.

The great highroad of human welfare lies along the old highway of steadfast well-doing; and they who are the most persistent, and work in the truest spirit, will invariably be the most successful; success treads on the heels of every right effort.—Samuel Smiles.

It is possible to indulge too great contempt for mere success, which is frequently attended with all the practical advantages of merit itself, and with several advantages that merit alone can never command.—W.B. Clulow.

‘Tis not in mortals to command success, But we’ll do more, Sempronius; we’ll deserve it. —Addison.

If fortune wishes to make a man estimable, she gives him virtues; if she wishes to make him esteemed, she gives him success.—Joubert.

Successful minds work like a gimlet,—to a single point.—Bovee.

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.—Addison.

Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one the second time.—H.W. Shaw.


Sympathy is the first great lesson which man should learn. It will be ill for him if he proceeds no farther; if his emotions are but excited to roll back on his heart, and to be fostered in luxurious quiet. But unless he learns to feel for things in which he has no personal interest, he can achieve nothing generous or noble.—Talfourd.

To commiserate is sometimes more than to give; for money is external to a man’s self, but he who bestows compassion communicates his own soul.—Mountford.

A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track,—but one inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity.—Beecher.

The greatest pleasures of which the human mind is susceptible are the pleasures of consciousness and sympathy.—Parke Godwin.

What gem hath dropp’d and sparkles o’er his chain? The tear most sacred, shed for other’s pain, That starts at once—bright—pure—from pity’s mine, Already polish’d by the Hand Divine. —Byron.

Sympathy is especially a Christian duty.—Spurgeon.


Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely, and conciliate those you cannot conquer.—Colton.

A little management may often evade resistance, which a vast force might vainly strive to overcome.


Talent of the highest order, and such as is calculated to command admiration, may exist apart from wisdom.—Robert Hall.

Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what Nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else, and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.—Sydney Smith.

Talent without tact is only half talent.—Horace Greeley.


The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.—La Rochefoucauld.

In vain he seeketh others to suppress, Who hath not learn’d himself first to subdue. —Spenser.

With “gentleness” in his own character, “comfort” in his house, and “good temper” in his wife, the earthly felicity of man is complete.—From The German.

Nothing leads more directly to the breach of charity, and to the injury and molestation of our fellow-creatures, than the indulgence of an ill temper.—Blair.

Too many have no idea of the subjection of their temper to the influence of religion, and yet what is changed, if the temper is not? If a man is as passionate, malicious, resentful, sullen, moody, or morose after his conversion as before it, what is he converted from or to?—John Angell James.

If we desire to live securely, comfortably, and quietly, that by all honest means we should endeavor to purchase the good will of all men, and provoke no man’s enmity needlessly; since any man’s love may be useful, and every man’s hatred is dangerous.—Isaac Barrow.

A sunny temper gilds the edges of life’s blackest cloud.—Guthrie.


‘Tis one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.—Shakespeare.

Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle.—Spurgeon.

If men had only temptations to great sins, they would always be good; but the daily fight with little ones accustoms them to defeat.—Richter.

Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.—Dryden.

Every temptation is an opportunity of our getting nearer to God.—J.Q. Adams.

When a man resists sin on human motives only, he will not hold out long.—Bishop Wilson.

We must not willfully thrust ourselves into the mouth of danger, or draw temptations upon us. Such forwardness is not resolution, but rashness; nor is it the fruit of a well-ordered faith, but an overdaring presumption.—King.

But Satan now is wiser than of yore, And tempts by making rich, not making poor. —Pope.

God is better served in resisting a temptation to evil than in many formal prayers.—William Penn.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.—Matthew 26:41.


Thought is the first faculty of man; to express it is one of his first desires; to spread it, his dearest privilege.—Abbé Raynal.

Those who have finished by making all others think with them, have usually been those who began by daring to think with themselves.—Colton.

Our brains are seventy year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hands of the Angel of the Resurrection.—Holmes.

Thanks to the human heart by which we live, Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears; To me the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears. —Wordsworth.

In matters of conscience first thoughts are best, in matters of prudence last thoughts are best.—Robert Hall.

Man thinks, and at once becomes the master of the beings that do not think.—Buffon.

Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.—Disraeli.

Thinking leads man to knowledge. He may see and hear, and read and learn, as much as he please; he will never know any of it, except that which he has thought over, that which by thinking he has made the property of his mind. Is it then saying too much if I say, that man by thinking only becomes truly man? Take away thought from man’s life, and what remains?—Pestalozzi.

One thought cannot awake without awakening others.—Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.—Hare.

A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket, and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.—Bacon.

Every pure thought is a glimpse of God.—C.A. Bartol.

Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.—Rivarol.

Learning without thought is labor lost.—Confucius.

The three foundations of thought: Perspicuity, amplitude and justness. The three ornaments of thought: Clearness, correctness and novelty.—Catherall.

As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.—Proverbs 23:7.


Let us be very gentle with our neighbors’ failings, and forgive our friends their debts as we hope ourselves to be forgiven.—Thackeray.

There is nothing to do with men but to love them; to contemplate their virtues with admiration, their faults with pity and forbearance, and their injuries with forgiveness.—Dewey.

Tolerance is the only real test of civilization.—Arthur Helps.

It requires far more of constraining love of Christ to love our cousins and neighbors as members of the heavenly family than to feel the heart warm to our suffering brethren in Tuscany and Madeira.—Elizabeth Charles.

If thou canst not make thyself such an one as thou wouldst, how canst thou expect to have another in all things to thy liking?—Thomas à Kempis.

The religion that fosters intolerance needs another Christ to die for it.—Beecher.

Let us often think of our own infirmities, and we shall become indulgent toward those of others.—Fénelon.

Has not God borne with you these many years? Be ye tolerant to others.—Hosea Ballou.


I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.—Thoreau.

Trust with a child-like dependence upon God, and you shall fear no evil, for be assured that even “if the enemy comes in like a flood” the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. While at that dread hour, when the world cannot help you, when all the powers of nature are in vain, yea, when your heart and your flesh shall fail you, you will be enabled still to rely with peace upon Him who has said “I will be the strength of thy heart and thy portion for ever.”—H. Blunt.

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.—George Macdonald.

Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.—Proverbs 16:20.


There is no right faith in believing what is true, unless we believe it because it is true.—Whately.

Truth crushed to earth shall rise again; The eternal years of God are hers; But error, wounded, writhes with pain, And dies among his worshipers. —Bryant.

Truth is simple, requiring neither study nor art.—Ammian.

And all the people then shouted, and said, Great is truth, and mighty above all things.—Esdras.

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smooth pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.—Newton.

For truth has such a face and such a mien, As to be lov’d needs only to be seen. —Dryden.

Without courage there cannot be truth, and without truth there can be no other virtue.—Walter Scott.

Truth is violated by falsehood, and it may be equally outraged by silence.—Ammian.

Truth is always consistent with itself, and needs nothing to help it out. It is always near at hand, and sits upon our lips, and is ready to drop out before we are aware; whereas a lie is troublesome, and sets a man’s invention upon the rack; and one trick needs a great many more to make it good.—Tillotson.

You need not tell all the truth, unless to those who have a right to know it; but let all you tell be truth.—Horace Mann.

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.—Bacon.

Nothing from man’s hands, nor law, nor constitution, can be final. Truth alone is final.—Charles Sumner.

The greatest friend of truth is time; her greatest enemy is prejudice; and her constant companion is humility.—Colton.

I have seldom known any one who deserted truth in trifles that could be trusted in matters of importance.—Paley.

Bodies are cleansed by water; the mind is purified by truth.—Horace Mann.

Search for the truth is the noblest occupation of man; its publication, a duty.—Mme. de Stael.

Truth is one; And, in all lands beneath the sun, Whoso hath eyes to see may see The tokens of its unity. —Whittier.
Truth is the shortest and nearest way to our end, carrying us thither in a straight line.—Tillotson.

The expression of truth is simplicity.—Seneca.

What we have in us of the image of God is the love of truth and justice.—Demosthenes.

Truth should be the first lesson of the child and the last aspiration of manhood; for it has been well said that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature.—Whittier.

The firmest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the real with the real; a ground on which nothing is assumed, but where they speak and think and do what they must, because they are so and not otherwise.—Emerson.


The most unhappy of all men is he who believes himself to be so.—Henry Home.

A perverse temper and fretful disposition will, wherever they prevail render any state of life whatsoever unhappy.—Cicero.

What do people mean when they talk about unhappiness? It is not so much unhappiness as impatience that from time to time possesses men, and then they choose to call themselves miserable.—Goethe.


All men are selfish, but the vain man is in love with himself. He admires, like the lover his adored one, everything which to others is indifferent.—Auerbach.

There is no limit to the vanity of this world. Each spoke in the wheel thinks the whole strength of the wheel depends upon it.—H.W. Shaw.

Every man has just as much vanity as he wants understanding.—Pope.

Vanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.—Addison.

An egotist will always speak of himself, either in praise or in censure; but a modest man ever shuns making himself the subject of his conversation.—La Bruyère.

Vanity is the foundation of the most ridiculous and contemptible vices—the vices of affectation and common lying.—Adam Smith.

Vanity keeps persons in favor with themselves who are out of favor with all others.—Shakespeare.

There is no restraining men’s tongues or pens when charged with a little vanity.—Washington.

Vanity makes men ridiculous, pride odious and ambition terrible.—Steele.

It is our own vanity that makes the vanity of others intolerable to us.—La Rochefoucauld.

Vanity is a strange passion; rather than be out of a job it will brag of its vices.—H.W. Shaw.

Extreme vanity sometimes hides under the garb of ultra modesty.—Mrs. Jameson.

She neglects her heart who too closely studies her glass.—Lavater.

Verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity.—Psalm 39:5.


Vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be lost than to be saved.—Colton.

The vicious obey their passions, as slaves do their masters.—Diogenes.

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.—Plutarch.

Vice stings us, even in our pleasures, but virtue consoles us, even in our pains.—Colton.

One sin another doth provoke.—Shakespeare.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children.—Franklin.

Vice and virtue chiefly imply the relation of our actions to men in this world; sin and holiness rather imply their relation to God and the other world.—Dr. Watts.

He that has energy enough in his constitution to root out a vice should go a little farther, and try to plant in a virtue in its place, otherwise he will have his labor to renew.—Colton.

Vices that are familiar we pardon, and only new ones reprehend.—Publius Syrus.

This is the essential evil of vice: it debases a man.—Chapin.

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace. —Pope.

Vicious actions are not hurtful because they are forbidden, but forbidden because they are hurtful.—Franklin.


Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs.—Helvetius.

Virtue alone is sweet society, It keeps the key to all heroic hearts, And opens you a welcome in them all. —Emerson.

The virtue of a man ought to be measured not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his every-day conduct.—Pascal.

Virtue consisteth of three parts,—temperance, fortitude, and justice.—Epicurus.

Virtue maketh men on the earth famous, in their graves illustrious, in the heavens immortal.—Child.

When we pray for any virtue, we should cultivate the virtue as well as pray for it; the form of your prayers should be the rule of your life.—Jeremy Taylor.

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.—Sir P. Sidney.

Virtue is everywhere the same, because it comes from God, while everything else is of men.—Voltaire.

O let us still the secret joy partake, To follow virtue even for virtue’s sake. —Pope.
Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; ‘Tis virtue makes the bliss where’er we dwell. —Collins.

The only impregnable citadel of virtue is religion; for there is no bulwark of mere morality which some temptation may not overtop, or undermine and destroy.—Sir P. Sidney.

Virtue is not to be considered in the light of mere innocence, or abstaining from harm; but as the exertion of our faculties in doing good.—Bishop Butler.

What nothing earthly gives, or can destroy, The soul’s calm sunshine, and the heart-felt joy, Is virtue’s prize. —Pope.

Live virtuously, my lord, and you cannot die too soon, nor live too long.—Lady Rachel Russell.

If you can be well without health, you can be happy without virtue.—Burke.

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make happy, not gold.—Beethoven.

I would be virtuous for my own sake, though nobody were to know it; as I would be clean for my own sake, though nobody were to see me.—Shaftesbury.

Know then this truth, enough for man to know, Virtue alone is happiness below. —Pope.

An effort made with ourselves for the good of others, with the intention of pleasing God alone.—Bernardin de St. Pierre.

Good sense, good health, good conscience, and good fame,—all these belong to virtue, and all prove that virtue has a title to your love.—Cowper.

Our virtues live upon our incomes; our vices consume our capital.—J. Petit-Senn.

Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where he made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted, not with forests, but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint.—Beecher.


How few our real wants, and how vast our imaginary ones!—Lavater.

We are ruined, not by what we really want, but by what we think we do; therefore never go abroad in search of your wants; if they be real wants, they will come home in search of you; for he that buys what he does not want, will soon want what he cannot buy.—Colton.

Where necessity ends, curiosity begins; and no sooner are we supplied with everything that nature can command, than we sit down to contrive artificial appetites.—Dr. Johnson.

Hundreds would never have known want if they had not first known waste.—Spurgeon.

Constantly choose rather to want less, than to have more.—Thomas à Kempis.

Every one is the poorer in proportion as he has more wants, and counts not what he has, but wishes only what he has not.—Manilius.

If any one say that he has seen a just man in want of bread, I answer that it was in some place where there was no other just man.—St. Clement.

It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.—Fielding.


War will never yield but to the principles of universal justice and love; and these have no sure root but in the religion of Jesus Christ.—Channing.

Most of the debts of Europe represent condensed drops of blood.—Beecher.

Battles are never the end of war; for the dead must be buried and the cost of the conflict must be paid.—James A. Garfield.

A wise minister would rather preserve peace than gain a victory, because he knows that even the most successful war leaves nations generally more poor, always more profligate, than it found them.—Colton.

War is a crime which involves all other crimes.—Brougham.

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.—Washington.

War is a terrible trade; but in the cause that is righteous sweet is the smell of powder.—Longfellow.

Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any fondness for war, and I have never advocated it except as a means of peace.—U.S. Grant.

I prefer the hardest terms of peace to the most just war.—C.J. Fox.

Take my word for it, if you had seen but one day of war, you would pray to Almighty God that you might never see such a thing again.—Wellington.

War, even in the best state of an army, with all the alleviations of courtesy and honor, with all the correctives of morality and religion, is nevertheless so great an evil, that to engage in it without a clear necessity is a crime of the blackest dye. When the necessity is clear, it then becomes a crime to shrink from it.—Southey.


Waste cannot be accurately told, though we are sensible how destructive it is. Economy, on the one hand, by which a certain income is made to maintain a man genteelly; and waste, on the other, by which on the same income another man lives shabbily, cannot be defined. It is a very nice thing; as one man wears his coat out much sooner than another, we cannot tell how.—Dr. Johnson.


Wealth, after all, is a relative thing, since he that has little, and wants less, is richer than he that has much, but wants more.—Colton.

Riches are gotten with pain, kept with care, and lost with grief. The cares of riches lie heavier upon a good man than the inconveniences of an honest poverty.—L’Estrange.

Seek not proud wealth; but such as thou mayest get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and leave contentedly.—Bacon.

Conscience and wealth are not always neighbors.—Massinger.

He that will not permit his wealth to do any good to others while he is living, prevents it from doing any good to himself when he is dead; and by an egotism that is suicidal, and has a double edge, cuts himself off from the truest pleasure here, and the highest happiness hereafter.—Colton.

It is far more easy to acquire a fortune like a knave than to expend it like a gentleman.—Colton.

The pulpit and the press have many commonplaces denouncing the thirst for wealth, but if men should take these moralists at their word, and leave off aiming to be rich, the moralists would rush to rekindle at all hazards this love of power in the people, lest civilization should be undone.—Emerson.

Wealth is not acquired, as many persons suppose, by fortunate speculations and splendid enterprises, but by the daily practice of industry, frugality, and economy. He who relies upon these means will rarely be found destitute, and he who relies upon any other will generally become bankrupt.—Wayland.

There is a burden of care in getting riches, fear in keeping them, temptation in using them, guilt in abusing them, sorrow in losing them, and a burden of account at last to be given up concerning them.—Matthew Henry.

What does competency in the long run mean? It means, to all reasonable beings, cleanliness of person, decency of dress, courtesy of manners, opportunities for education, the delights of leisure, and the bliss of giving.—Whipple.

The way to wealth is as plain as the road to market. It depends chiefly on two words,—industry and frugality.—Franklin.

Wealth brings noble opportunities, and competence is a proper object of pursuit; but wealth, and even competence, may be bought at too high a price. Wealth itself has no moral attribute. It is not money, but the love of money, which is the root of all evil. It is the relation between wealth and the mind and the character of its possessor which is the essential thing.—Hillard.

Let us not envy some men their accumulated riches; their burden would be too heavy for us; we could not sacrifice, as they do, health, quiet, honor, and conscience, to obtain them: it is to pay so dear for them, that the bargain is a loss.—La Bruyère.

It is only when the rich are sick, that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.—Colton.

To purchase Heaven has gold the power? Can gold remove the mortal hour? In life can love be bought with gold? Are friendship’s pleasures to be sold? No—all that’s worth a wish—a thought, Fair virtue gives unbribed, unbought. Cease then on trash thy hopes to bind, Let nobler views engage thy mind. —Dr. Johnson.


It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.—La Rochefoucauld.

The clouds may drop down titles and estates, both may seek us; but wisdom must be sought.—Young.

True wisdom is to know what is best worth knowing, and to do what is best worth doing.—Humphreys.

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding: for the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her; and happy is every one that retaineth her.—Prov. 3:13-18.

The fool is willing to pay for anything but wisdom. No man buys that of which he supposes himself to have an abundance already.—Simms.

Where the eye of pity weep, And the sway of passion sleeps, Where the lamp of faith is burning, And the ray of hope returning, Where the “still small voice” within Whispers not of wrath or sin, Resting with the righteous dead— Beaming o’er the drooping head— Comforting the lowly mind, Wisdom dwelleth—seek and find.

The first point of wisdom is to discern that which is false; the second, to know that which is true.—Lactantius.

Seek wisdom where it may be found. Seek it in the knowledge of God, the holy, the just and the merciful God, as revealed to us in the gospel; of Him who is just, and yet the justifier of them that believe in Jesus.—Archdeacon Raikes.

Wisdom is ofttimes nearer when we stoop Than when we soar. —Wordsworth.

He who learns the rules of wisdom, without conforming to them in his life, is like a man who labored in his fields, but did not sow.—Saadi.

Wisdom is to the mind what health is to the body.—La Rochefoucauld.

As whole caravans may light their lamps from one candle without exhausting it, so myriads of tribes may gain wisdom from the great Book without impoverishing it.—Rabbi Ben-Azai.

Wisdom is the only thing which can relieve us from the sway of the passions and the fear of danger, and which can teach us to bear the injuries of fortune itself with moderation, and which shows us all the ways which lead to tranquillity and peace.—Cicero.

Wisdom consists not in seeing what is directly before us, but in discerning those things which may come to pass.—Terence.

That man strangely mistakes the manner of spirit he is of who knows not that peaceableness, and gentleness, and mercy, as well as purity, are inseparable characteristics of the wisdom that is from above; and that Christian charity ought never to be sacrificed even for the promotion of evangelical truth.—Bishop Mant.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.—Psalm 90:12.


I fear nothing so much as a man who is witty all day long.—Madame de Sévigné.

Witticisms never are agreeable, which are injurious to others.—From the Latin.

Man could direct his ways by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food; but God has given us wit and flavor and brightness and laughter and perfumes, to enliven the days of man’s pilgrimage, and to “charm his pained steps over the burning marle.”—Sydney Smith.

Wit, without wisdom, is salt without meat; and that is but a comfortless dish to set a hungry man down to.—Bishop Horne.

Wit consists in assembling, and putting together with quickness, ideas in which can be found resemblance and congruity, by which to make up pleasant pictures and agreeable visions in the fancy.—Locke.

There is many a man hath more hair than wit.—Shakespeare.

You beat your pate, and fancy wit will come; Knock as you please, there’s nobody at home. —Pope.

Wit does not take the place of knowledge.—Vauvenargues.

To place wit before good sense is to place the superfluous before the necessary.—M. de Montlosier.


A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.—Proverbs 15:1.

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below, Words, without thoughts, never to Heaven go. —Shakespeare.

We should be as careful of our words as of our actions, and as far from speaking ill as from doing ill.—Cicero.

Immodest words admit of no defence, For want of decency is want of sense. —Earl of Roscommon.

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?—Job 38:2.

It is with a word as with an arrow: the arrow once loosed does not return to the bow; nor a word to the lips.—Abdel-Kader.

Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words.—H.W. Shaw.

I hate anything that occupies more space than it is worth. I hate to see a load of bandboxes go along the street, and I hate to see a parcel of big words without anything in them.—Hazlitt.

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.—Proverbs 16:24.

Men who have much to say use the fewest words.—H.W. Shaw.

What you keep by you you may change and mend; but words once spoken can never be recalled.—Roscommon.

If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else.—Carlyle.

It would be well for us all, old and young, to remember that our words and actions, ay, and our thoughts also, are set upon never-stopping wheels, rolling on and on unto the pathway of eternity.—M.M. Brewster.

“Words, words, words!” says Hamlet, disparagingly. But God preserve us from the destructive power of words! There are words which can separate hearts sooner than sharp swords. There are words whose sting can remain through a whole life!—Mary Howitt.

A word spoken in due season, how good is it!—Proverbs 15:22, 23.


Get work. Be sure it is better than what you work to get.—Mrs. Browning.

No man is happier than he who loves and fulfills that particular work for the world which falls to his share. Even though the full understanding of his work, and of its ultimate value, may not be present with him; if he but love it—always assuming that his conscience approves—it brings an abounding satisfaction.—Leo W. Grindon.

Nothing is impossible to industry.—Periander.

In work consists the true pride of life; grounded in active employment, though early ardor may abate, it never degenerates into indifference, and age lives in perennial youth. Life is a weariness only to the idle, or where the soul is empty.—Leo W. Grindon.

This we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.—II Thess. 3:10.

If you do not wish for His kingdom do not pray for it. But if you do you must do more than pray for it, you must work for it.—Ruskin.

No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him. There is always work, and tools to work withal, for those who will; and blessed are the horny hands of toil.—Lowell.

I doubt if hard work, steadily and regularly carried on, ever yet hurt anybody.—Lord Stanley.

Women are certainly more happy in this than we men: their employments occupy a smaller portion of their thoughts, and the earnest longing of the heart, the beautiful inner life of the fancy, always commands the greater part.—Schleiermacher.

On bravely through the sunshine and the showers! Time hath his work to do, and we have ours. —Emerson.

We enjoy ourselves only in our work, our doing; and our best doing is our best enjoyment.—Jacobi.

The modern majesty consists in work. What a man can do is his greatest ornament, and he always consults his dignity by doing it.—Carlyle.

Work, according to my feeling, is as much of a necessity to man as eating and sleeping. Even those who do nothing which to a sensible man can be called work, still imagine that they are doing something. The world possesses not a man who is an idler in his own eyes.—Wilhelm von Humboldt.

It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you could hardly put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction.—Beecher.


Motives by excess reverse their very nature and instead of exciting, stun and stupefy the mind.—Coleridge.

Nothing has wrought more prejudice to religion, or brought more disparagement upon truth, than boisterous and unseasonable zeal.—Barrow.

Through zeal knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal knowledge is lost; let a man who knows this double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.—Buddha.

Zealous men are ever displaying to you the strength of their belief, while judicious men are showing you the grounds of it.—Shenstone.

He that does a base thing in zeal for his friend burns the golden thread that ties their hearts together.—Jeremy Taylor.

Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.—Hosea Ballou.

It is a coal from God’s altar must kindle our fire; and without fire, true fire, no acceptable sacrifice.—William Penn.

Every deviation from the rules of charity and brotherly love, of gentleness and forbearance, of meekness and patience, which our Lord prescribes to his disciples, however it may appear to be founded on an attachment to Him and zeal for His service, is in truth a departure from the religion of Him, “the Son of Man,” who “came not to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”—Bishop Mant.

Violent zeal for truth has a hundred to one odds to be either petulancy, ambition, or pride.—Swift.

Zeal without knowledge is like expedition to a man in the dark.—Newton.

Zeal, unless it be rightly guided, when it endeavors the most busily to please God, forceth upon Him those unseasonable offices which please Him not.—Hooker.

We do that in our zeal our calmer moments would be afraid to answer.—Scott.



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