An insult is either sustained or destroyed, not by the disposition of those who insult, but by the disposition of those who bear it.
Nothing is more fallacious than wealth. Today it is for thee, tomorrow it is against thee. It arms the eyes of the envious everywhere. It is a hostile comrade, a domestic enemy.
Every man is the painter and the sculptor of his own life.
Charity is the scope of all God’s commands.
The desire to rule is the mother of all heresies.
Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life.
Feeding the hungry is a greater work than raising the dead.
Laughter does not seem to be a sin, but it leads to sin.
Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.
This is the highest point of philosophy, to be simple and wise; this is the angelic life.
Good men do not always have grace and favor, lest they should be puffed up, and grow insolent and proud.
It is a shame for a man to desire honor only because of his noble progenitors, and not to deserve it by his own virtue.
Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue.
Depart from the highway, and transplant thyself in some enclosed ground, for it is hard for a tree that stands by the wayside to keep its fruit until it be ripe.
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