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WORDS OF WISDOM

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  • 'A good name is like precious ointment'; it filleth all round about, and will not easily away; for the odors of ointments are more durable than those of flowers.
    Bacon
  • 'Agriculture, for an honorable and high-minded man,' says Xenophon, 'is the best of all occupations and arts by which men procure the means of living.'
    Alcott
  • 'An emperor,' said he, 'must die standing'.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'And whatsoever ye do in word or deed - all in the name of the Lord Jesus.' 'Do' does not belong there. There is more than doing in life. Thinking, speaking, hoping, planning, dreaming - all are to be in the name of the Lord Jesus. His love and life are to color and shape our ambitions and accomplishments. In Him, as a plant in soil, in rain and sunshine, we are to live, growing up by Him and into Him. In His name we are to work, to pray, to suffer, to rejoice, and at last to go home. It is only another way of saying, 'For me to live is Christ.'
    Maltbie Babcock
  • 'Art thou not ashamed,' said he to him, 'to sing so well?'.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.' It is a verse of climbing power. It begins with man, it ends with God. It begins with earth, it ends with heaven. It begins with struggle, it ends with a crown. Blessed is the man that endureth, stands up under it, resists, conquers. 'Blessed,' for it means new wisdom, new strength, new joy, - 'the crown of life.'
    Maltbie Babcock
  • 'Brave boys,' he said, 'be not dismayed,
    For the loss of one commander,
    For God will be our king this day,
    And I'll be general under.'
    From the Battle of the Boyne. Old Ballad,
    By how much unexpected, by so much
    We must awake endeavor for defence,
    For courage mounteth with occasion.
    King John, Act ii. Sc. 1, SHAKESPEARE.
  • 'By the gods,' said he, 'if I was not angry, I would execute you'.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Cause grace and virtue are within
    Prohibited degrees of kin;
    And therefore no true saint allows
    They should be suffered to espouse.
    Butler
  • 'Christlike' is a word often on our lips. Do not speak it too lightly. It is the heart of God's predestination. It is our high calling.
    Maltbie Babcock
  • 'Custom,' replied Plato, 'is no little thing'.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Farewell, my Spain! a long farewell!' he cried.
    'Perhaps I may revisit thee no more,
    But die, as many an exiled heart hath died,
    Of its own thirst to see again thy shore.'
    Byron
  • 'Good and stupid,' is a common saying. I have found that only the judicious are really good. Only clever men know what is good for others; and at the first appearance of disadvantage to himself, the stupid man deserts.
    Auerbach
  • 'How many things,' said he, 'I do not desire!'.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'I can forgive, but I cannot forget,' is only another way of saying 'I will not forgive.' A forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it never can be shown against the man.
    Beecher
  • 'I have done nothing to-day' - 'What? have you not lived?'.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'I wish you good health' - 'No health to thee' replied the other.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'It is destiny!' - phrase of the weak human heart; dark apology for every error. The strong and the virtuous admit no destiny. On earth, guides conscience; in heaven, watches God. And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one, to dethrone the other.
    Bulwer-Lytton
  • 'Kiss' rhymes to 'bliss' in fact, as well as verse.
    Byron
  • 'Let a man take which course he will,' said he; 'he will repent'.
    Michel De Montaigne
  • 'Man wants but little here below
    Nor wants that little long,'
    'Tis not with me exactly so;
    But 'tis so in the song.
    My wants are many, and, if told,
    Would muster many a score;
    And were each wish a mint of gold,
    I still should long for more.
    John Quincy Adams
  • 'Mid the sharp, short emerald wheat, scarce risen three fingers well,
    The wild tulip at end of its tube, blows out its great red bell,
    Like a thin clear bubble of blood, for the children to pick and sell.
    Robert Browning
  • 'Most musical, most melancholy' bird!
    A melancholy bird! Oh! idle thought!
    In nature there is nothing melancholy.
    The Nightingale, S.T. COLERIDGE.
  • 'My burden is light,' said the blessed Redeemer, a light burden indeed, which carries him that bears it. I have looked through all nature for a resemblance of this, and seem to find a shadow of it in the wings of a bird, which are indeed borne by the creature, and yet support her night towards heaven.
    St. Bernard
  • 'O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy eudureth forever.'
    Bible
  • 'Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!'
    Bible
  • 'Petticoat influence' is a great reproach,
    Which e'en those who obey would fain be thought
    To fly from, as from hungry pikes a roach;
    But since beneath it upon earth we're brought
    By various joltings of life's hackney coach,
    I for one venerate a petticoat -
    A garment of mystical sublimity,
    No matter whether russet, silk, or dimity.
    Byron
  • 'T is a base abandonment of reason to resign our right of thought.
    Byron
  • 'T is an ill cure
    For life's worst ills, to have no time to feel them.
    SIR HENRY TAYLOR: Philip Van Artevelde, Pt. i., Act i., Sc. 5.
  • 'T is better to be lowly born,
    And range with humble livers in content.
    Than to be perked up in a glistering grief,
    And wear a golden sorrow.
    King Henry VIII., Act ii. Sc, 3. SHAKESPEARE.

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