Quotations #19

by Patricia Nordman - Date: 2007-01-22 - Word Count: 1731 Share This!

*The best of men have ever loved repose;/They hate to mingle in the filthy fray;/Where the soul sours, and gradual rancour grows,/Imbitter'd more from peevish day to day. Thomson.

*The repose necessary to all beauty is repose, not of inanition, nor of luxury, nor of irresolution, but the repose of magnificent energy and being; in action, the calmness of trust and determination; in rest, the consciousness of duty accomplished and of victory won; and this repose and this felicity can take place as well in the midst of trial and tempest, as beside the waters of comfort. Ruskin.

*The severest punishment suffered by a sensitive mind, for injury inflicted upon another, is the consciousness of having done it. Hosea Ballou.

*Reproof, especially as it relates to children, administered in all gentleness, will render the culprit not afraid, but ashamed to repeat the offence. Hosea Ballou.

*He that cleanses a blot with blotted fingers makes a greater blur. Quarles.

*I never was fit to say a word to a sinner, except when I had a broken heart myself; when I was subdued and melted into penitence, and felt as though I had just received pardon for my own soul, and when my heart was full of tenderness and pity. Payson.

*For not the anger of the wise to raise;/Those best can bear reproof who merit praise. Pope.

*Whenever anything is spoken against you that is not true, do not pass by or despise it because it is false; but forthwith examine yourself, and consider what you have said or done that may administer a just occasion of reproof. Plutarch.

*I consider him of no account who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him. Goethe.

*A just person knows how to secure his own reputation without blemishing another's by exposing his faults. Quesnel.

*A man's reputation is not in his own keeping, but lies at the mercy of the profligacy of others. Calumny requires no proof. Hazlitt.

*Whatever disgrace we have merited, it is almost always in our power to re-establish our reputation. Rochefoucauld.

*Nothing so uncertain as general reputation. A man injures me from humor, passion, or interest; hates me because he has injured me; and speaks ill of me because he hates me. Henry Home.

*The two most precious things on this side of the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other. Colton.

*He that tears away a man's good name tears his flesh from his bones, and, by letting him live, gives him only a cruel opportunity of feeling his misery, of burying his better part, and surviving himself. South.

*A fair reputation is a plant, delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. It will not shoot up in a night like the gourd of the prophet; but, like that gourd, it may perish in a night. Jeremy Taylor.

*Let [us] make use of truth and sincerity in all [our] words and actions; for nothing but this will last and hold out to the end. Tillotson.

*Resentment gratifies him who intended an injury, and pains him unjustly who did not intend it. Johnson.

*There is a spirit of resistance implanted by the Deity in the breast of man, proportioned to the size of the wrongs he is destined to endure. C.J. Fox.

*That which cannot be repaired is not to be regretted. Johnson.

*No cloud can overshadow a true Christian, but his faith will discern a rainbow in it. Bishop Horne.

*What is resignation? It is putting God between one's self and one's grief. Madame Swetchine.

*One alleviation in misfortune is to endure and submit to necessity. Seneca.

*O Lord, I do most cheerfully commit all unto Thee. Fenelon.

*Resignation is the name of the angel who carries most of our soul's burdens. J.L. Basford.

*The evil which one suffers patiently as inevitable seems insupportable as soon as he conceives the idea of escaping from it. De Tocqueville.

*But Heaven hath a hand in these events;/To whose high will we bound our calm contents. Shakespeare.

*We cannot conquer fate and necessity, yet we can yield to them in such a manner as to be greater than if we could. Landor.

*Misfortunes, in fine, cannot be avoided; but they may be sweetened, if not overcome, and our lives made happy by philosophy. Seneca.

*The good we have enjoyed from Heaven's free will, and shall we murmur to endure the ill? Dryden.

*Suffering becomes beautiful when any one bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility, but through greatness of mind. Aristotle.

*It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it. Beecher.

*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.

*We should be able to see without sadness our most holy wishes fade like sunflowers, because the sun above us still forever beams, eternally makes new, and cares for all. Richter.

*And peradventure we have more cause to thank Him for our loss than for our winning; for His wisdom better seeth what is good for us than we do ourselves. Sir Thomas More.

*Keep still, and He will mould thee to the right shape. Martin Luther.

*We do not prune dead trees to make them fruitful, nor those which are planted in a desert; but such as belong to the garden, and possess life. Arrowsmith.

*Nature has made us passive, and to suffer is our lot. While we are in the flesh every man has his chain and his clog; only it is looser and lighter to one man than to another, and he is more at ease who takes it up and carries it than he who drags it. Seneca.

*My soul was not only brought into harmony with itself and with God, but with God's providence. In the exercise of faith and love, I endured and performed whatever came in God's providence, in submission, in thankfulness, and silence. Mme. Guyon.

*There is more courage needed often-times to accept the onward flow of existence, bitter as the waters of Marah, black and narrow as the channel of Jordan, than there is ever needed to bow down the neck to the sweep of the death-angel's sword. Ouida.

*True resignation, which always brings with it the confidence that unchangeable goodness will make even the disappointment of our hopes, and the contradictions of life, conducive to some benefit, casts a grave but tranquil light over the prospect of even a toilsome and troubled life. Humboldt.

*Remember that you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the Author chooses. If short, then in a short one; if long, then in a long one. If it be His pleasure that you should act a poor man, see that you act it well; or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen. For this is your business to act well the given part; but to choose it, belongs to another. Epictetus.

*I have been a great deal happier since I have given up thinking about what is easy and pleasant, and being discontented because I could not have my own will. Our life is determined for us; and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us and doing what is given us to do. George Eliot.

*We are to take no counsel with flesh and blood; give ear to no vain cavils, vain sorrows and wishes; to know that we know nothing, that the worst and cruelest to our eyes is not what it seems, that we have to receive whatsoever befalls us as sent from God above, and say, "It is good and wise,--God is great! Though He slay me, yet I trust in Him." Islam means, in its way, denial of self. That is yet the highest wisdom that heaven has revealed to our earth. Carlyle.

*Strike! Thou the Master, we Thy keys,/The anthem of the destinies!/The minor of Thy loftier strain,/Our hearts shall breathe the old refrain--/"Thy will be done!" John G. Whittier.

*Resolves perish into vacancy, that, if executed, might have been noble works. Henry Giles.

*Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of the mercury in the barometer, indicate little else than the changeableness of the weather. Hare.

*Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose/That you resolv'd to effect. Shakespeare.

*A good inclination is but the first rude draught of virtue, but the finishing strokes are from the will; which, if well disposed, will by degrees perfect,--if ill disposed, will by the superinduction of ill habits quickly deface it. South.

*If we have need of a strong will in order to do good, it is more necessary still for us in order not to do evil; from which it often results that the most modest life is that where the force of will is most exercised. Count Mole.

*Be not too slow in the breaking of a sinful custom...He that would kill Hydra had better strike off one neck than five heads; fell the tree, and the branches are soon cut off. Quarles.

*Respect is better procured by exacting than soliciting it. Greville.

*Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power. J.G. Holland.

*Much misconstruction and bitterness are spared to him who thinks naturally upon what he owes others, rather than what he ought to expect from them. Madam Guizot.

*The plea of ignorance will never take away our responsibilities. Ruskin.

*On every mountain height/Is rest. Goethe.

*Straining breaks the bow, and relaxation relieves the mind. Syrus.

*Let the weary at length possess quiet rest. Seneca.

*Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. Ovid.

*It is not in understanding a set of doctrines; not in outward comprehension of the "scheme of salvation," that rest and peace are to be found, but in taking up, in all lowliness and meekness, the yoke of the Lord Jesus Christ. F.W. Robertson.

*Rest is a fine medicine. Let your stomachs rest, ye dyspeptics; let your brains rest, you wearied and worried men of business; let your limbs rest, ye children of toil! Carlyle.

*We shape ourselves the joy or fear/Of which the coming life is made,/And fill our Future's atmosphere/With sunshine or with shade. Whittier.

*Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man? Shakespeare.

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