The race of mankind would perish, did they cease to aid each other. From the time that the mother binds the child’s head till the moment that some kind assistant wipes the death-damp from the brow of the dying, we cannot exist without mutual help. All, therefore, that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-mortals; no one who holds the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
Topics: Kindness, Service, Assistance, Aid, Humanity, Help, Giving
The most learned, acute, and diligent student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of this one volume. The more deeply he works the mine, the richer and more abundant he finds the ore, new light continually beams from this source of heavenly knowledge, to direct the conduct, and illustrate the work of God and the ways of men; and he will at last leave the world confessing, that the more he studied the Scriptures, the fuller conviction he had of his own ignorance, and of their inestimable value.
A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.
Tears are the softening showers which cause the seed of heaven to spring up in the human heart.
And they drank the red wine through the helmet barred.
Literature is a great staff, but a sorry crutch.
All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education.
Teach self-denial, and make its practice pleasurable, and you can create for the world a destiny more sublime than ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer.
Greatness of any kind has no greater foe than the habit of drinking.
Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.
Heap on the wood!-the wind is chill; But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.
Better that they had ne’er been born who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
The sincere and earnest approach of the Christian to the throne of the Almighty, teaches the best lesson of patience under affliction, since wherefore should we mock the Deity with supplications, when we insult him by murmuring under his decrees?
It is only when I daily with what I am about, look back and aside instead of keeping my eyes straight forward, that I feel these cold sinkings of the heart. But the first broadside puts all to rights.
Topics: Secrets of Success, Concentration, Focus
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.
Topics: Time Management, Value of a Day, Teamwork
Adversity is like the period of the former and of the latter rain,—cold, comfortless, unfriendly to man and to animal; yet from that season have their birth the flower and the fruit, the date, the rose, and the pomegranate.
Topics: Difficulties, Adversity
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonor’d, and unsung.
No scene of life but teems with mortal woe.
O woman! in our hours of ease, uncertain, coy, and hard to please, and variable as the shade, by the light quivering aspen made; when pain and anguish wring the brow, a ministering angel thou.
Although too much of a soldier among sovereigns, no one could claim with better right to be a sovereign among soldiers.
When thinking about companions gone, we feel ourselves doubly alone.
A lightweight, by definition, is a man who cannot assert his authority over the national press, cannot manipulate reporters, cannot finesse questions, prevent leaks or command a professional public relations operation.
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