Passages

MISERY is manifold. The wretchedness of earth is multiform. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow, its hues are as various as the hues of that arch, –as distinct too, yet as intimately blended. Overreaching the wide horizon as the rainbow! How is it that from beauty I have derived a type of unloveliness? –from the covenant of peace a simile of sorrow? But as, in ethics, evil is a consequence of good, so, in fact, out of joy is sorrow born. Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.  Edgar Allen Poe, Berenice

Since we see that anger, avarice, pride and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, justice, modesty and thought, then perhaps we should stay fast a little even at the risk of becoming hero’s.  Sir Thomas More, Man For All Seasons

He who doesn’t lay his foundations beforehand may by great abilities do so afterward although with great trouble to the architect and danger to the building.  Macheaveilli, The Prince

You see nothing but the springs of a machine and not the sublime workman who makes it function.  You recognize around you only those whose positions have been assigned to them by some minister or king you are unable to see those men whom GOD has placed above kings and ministers by giving them a mission to fulfill, rather than a position to occupy.   Count of Monte Cristo to Monsenior Villefort

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops to grow without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening, they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters.  Fredrick Douglass 1857

Would you cut a road through the law to get after the devil?  When the last law was down and the devil turned on you where would you hide, the laws all being flat?  A country is planted thick with man’s law, not God’s.  If you cut them down do you think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?  Yes, I would give the devil benefit of law for my own safety’s sake.   A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More

God made the angels to show him splendor as he made animals for innocence and plants for their simplicity.  But man he made to serve him wittily in the tangle of his mind.  If he suffers us to come to such a case that there is no escaping then we may stand to our tackle as best we can and yes then we can clamor like champions if we have the spittle for it.  But it is Gods part, not our own, to bring ourselves to such a pass.  Our natural business lies in escaping.  Sir Thomas More

Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure.  It just means you haven’t succeeded yet.  Failure doesn’t mean you have accomplished nothing.  It does mean you have learnt something.  Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been a fool to try.  It means you were brave, you had nerve, you had courage; be proud of yourself.  Failure doesn’t mean you’ll never make it.  It does mean it will take longer.  Failure doesn’t mean you’re finished.  It does mean you have a chance to start all over again, try something new.  Failure doesn’t mean God has abandoned you.  It does mean He has a Better Idea.  So it is true, failure is never final.  Dr. Robert Schuller

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.  Of all the wonders that I have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.  Julius Caesar A II S II

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