Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. The more we do, the more we can do; the more busy we are, the more leisure we have. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. Words may show a person's wit but actions his meaning. Well done is better than well said. It is well to think well; it is divine to act well. There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Hatred is self punishment. Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.An angry person opens their mouth and shuts their eyes. If you hate a person, you hate something in them that is part of yourself. If you have written a clever and conclusive, but scathing letter, keep it back till the next day, and it will very often never go at all.
The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquillity. Beauty is the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. Every person should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has mplanted in the human soul. There's beauty all around our paths, if but our watchful eyes can trace it 'midst familiar things, and through their lowly guise. Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.
There is nothing permanent except change. Change is inevitable. Change is constant. All things must change to something new, to something strange. Change, indeed is painful; yet ever needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, so also has Hope. To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts. They that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
Character is simply habit long continued. Character is a perfectly educated will. Good character is like a rubber ball Thrown down hard it bounces right back. Many individuals have, like uncut diamonds, shining qualities beneath a rough exterior. Every one is the son of there own works. Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. A person of courage is also full of faith. Most people have more courage than even they themselves think they have. They who lose wealth lose much; they who loses a friend loses more; but they that loses their courage loses all. A hero is no braver than an ordinary person, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Covetousness is a sort of mental gluttony, not confined to money, but greedy of honour and feeding on selfishness. Jealousy magnifier of trifles. Envy is littleness of soul. Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. People who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing. They that are jealous are not in love. They who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
A picture is a poem without words. The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. A grain thrown into good ground brings forth fruit; a principle thrown into a good mind brings forth fruit. Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization. Let us permit nature to have her way; she understands her business better than we do. Art is the child of Nature; yes, her darling child in whom we trace The features of the mother's face, Her aspect and her attitude.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses. Half the truth is often a great lie. A liar begins with making falsehood appear like truth, and ends with making truth itself appear like falsehood. The weak in courage is strong in cunning. Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity. A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver. Trickery and treachery are the practices of fools that have not wits
enough to be honest.
The space in a needle's eye is sufficient for two friends, but the whole world is scarcely big enough to hold two enemies. I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend. Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves. Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. During the first period of a persons's life the greatest danger is: not to take the risk.
People fear death, as if unquestionably the greatest evil, and yet no one knows that it may be the greatest good. The fear of death is worse than death. Death, so called, is a thing which makes people weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep. Labour not after riches first, and think thou afterwards wilt enjoy them. Who neglecteth the present moment, throweth away all that they hath.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. The young feel tired at the end of an action; The old at the beginning. No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year. Age makes us not childish, as some say; it finds us still true children. To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. A graceful and honourable old age is the childhood of immortality. Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment; in these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer. Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. Age is not all decay; it is the ripening, the swelling, of the fresh life within, that withers and bursts the husk. Who soweth good seed shall surely reap; The year grows rich as it groweth old, And life's latest sands are its sands of gold! Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigour. It is always in season for old people to learn. No wise person ever wished to be younger. The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
Where doubt is, there truth is it is her shadow. The wise person doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not;he knoweth all things but their own ignorance. Modest doubt is called the beacon of the wise. If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. A person who doubts himself is like a person who would enlist in the ranks of their enemies and bear arms against yourself. Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by Action alone. Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm. The winner are they who gives themselves to their work body and soul. Who possesses the source of Enthusiasm Will achieve great things. Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm; it moves stones, it charms brutes. Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless people. Ambition is an idol, on whose wings Great minds are carried only to extreme; To be sublimely great or to be nothing.
The evil person is like a pot of clay, easily breaking, but reunited with difficulty; while a good person is like a jar of gold, hard to break and quickly to be joined again. To see and listen to the wicked, the beginning of wickedness. Consequently people drown, slay, and kill one another in the interests of good. People never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. The doing evil to avoid an evil cannot be good. Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
Failure The person who can tell others what to do and how to do it, but never does it himself. People in their handling of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. They only is exempt from failures who makes no efforts. Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes. Be patient. It is often the failure who is the pioneer of new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression. Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.
Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. Good fame is like fire; when you have kindled you may easily preserve it; but if you extinguish it, you will not easily kindle it again. Even those who write against fame wish for the fame of having written well, and those who read their works desire the fame of having read them. Fame is what you have taken, character is what you give. Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and people becomes famous because they has the proper stuff in them. Fame usually comes to those who are thinking about something
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. Those who depend on the merits of their ancestors may be said to search in the roots of the tree for those fruits which the branches ought to produce. The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother. There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandchildren. People are what their mothers made them. There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. Children have more need of models than of critics. To bring up a child in the way they should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child. Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all! When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence. Luck is tenacity of purpose. Throw a lucky person into the sea, and they will come up with a fish in his mouth. Fortune is like the market, where, many times, if you can stay a little, the price will fall. Every one is the architect of their own fortune. They that waits upon Fortune, is never sure of a Dinner. Shallow person believe in luck, wise and strong person in cause and affect.
Fear makes people believe the worst. Worry, the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. We often hear of people breaking down from overwork, but in nine out of ten they are really suffering from worry or anxiety. Fear comes from uncertainty. Good people have the fewest fears. A good scare is worth more to a person than good advice. As a cure for worrying, work is better than whisky. When one is in fear they should appear to be fearless. Not to understand what is good and bad, Not to remember a kindness one has received, Not to marvel at what one has clearly perceived These are the characteristics of a foolish person.
Folly is wisdom spun too fine. When a wise person is advised of their errors, they will reflect on and improve their conduct. When their misconduct is pointed out, a foolish person will not only disregard the advice but rather repeat the same error. Wise people have more to learn of fools than fools of wise people. What the fool does in the end, the wise person does in the beginning. There is a foolish corner even in the brain of the sage. A fool can ask more questions than the wisest can answer. It is in the half fools and the half wise there great danger lies. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain most fools do. They are a Fool that cannot conceal their Wisdom. What a fool they must be who thinks that his El Dorado is anywhere but where they lives. Young people tell what they are doing, old people what they have done and fools what they wish to do.
No person is free who cannot command themselves. Freedom is the right to live as we wish. What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get people to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage. The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs. Perfect freedom is reserved for the person who lives by their own work and in that work does what they wants to do. To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves. Their brow is wet with honest sweat they earns what ever they can, And looks the whole world in the face, they owes not any person.
A friend is, as it were, a second self. To give counsel as well as to take it is a feature of true friendship. The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity. True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can. The language of friendship is not words but meanings. It is not so much our friend's help that
helps as the confidence of their help. The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it. It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Go often to the house of thy friend, weeds choke the unused path. If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. There are three faithful friends: an old spouse, an old dog, and ready money. Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends better. They have'nt an enemy in the world, and none of their friends like them.
Genius is the power of lighting one's own fire. Genius does what it must, talent does what it can. Talent repeats, genius creates. Talent is a cistern; genius a fountain. Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius. Inventing is a combination of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less material you need. Genius must be born, and never can be taught. Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again. Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out. Genius unexercised is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.
An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. They who receives a good turn should never forget it; they who does one should never remember it. There is many a good person to be found under a shabby hat. Goodness is the only investment which never fails. If a person is slow in doing good, their mind finds pleasure in evil. To be good, we must do good; and by doing good we take a sure means of being good, as the use and exercise of the muscles increase their power. There is so much good in the worst of us, And so much bad in the best of us, That it hardly becomes any of us To talk about the rest of us. The word good has many meanings. For example, if a person were to shoot their grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call them a good shot, but not necessarily a good person.
At 20 years of age the will reigns; At 30 the wit; At 40 the judgment. Everyone believes in his youth that the world really began with them, and that all merely exists for their sake. Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. Enough shovels of earth. a mountain. Enough pails of water a river. I approve of a youth that has something of the old person in them, so I am no less pleased with an old person that has something of the youth. They that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind. Let this be an example for the acquisition of all knowledge,virtue, and riches. By the fall of drops of water, by degrees, a pot is filled.
Happiness? That's nothing more than good health and a poor memory. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared. The foolish person seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under their feet. A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier. Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in stranger's gardens. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin. No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
The poorest person would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health. Her name is Health: she is the daughter of Exercise, who begot her on Temperance. To learn moderation is the essence of sound sense and real wisdom. The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. Never hurry; take plenty of exercise; always be cheerful,and take all the sleep you need, and you may expect to be well. The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose. Drinking water neither makes a person sick, nor in debt, nor his wife a widow. The person who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon themselves, and not upon other people, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.
Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know. Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. A believer is a bird in a cage, a free thinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing. How many things served us yesterday for articles of faith, which to-day are fables to us! We are inclined to believe those we do not know, because they have never deceived us. The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition. Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted. Hope is a prodigal young heir, and experience is his banker, but his drafts are seldom honoured since there is often a heavy balance against him, because he draws largely on a small capital and is not yet in possession. Hope is not the person for your banker, though they may do for a travelling companion.
The sage wears clothes of coarse cloth but carries jewels in their bosom; They knows themselves but does not display themselves; They love themselves but does not hold themselves in high esteem. When possessed of wealth or learning, Low people become proud. But even when doubly honoured, The wise become more humble. I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among people. Modesty is to merit, what shade is to figures in a picture; it gives it strength and makes it stand out. I believe the first test of a truly great people are in their humility. Modesty is a shining light; it prepares the mind to receive knowledge, and the heart for truth. Be wise; soar not too high to fall, but stoop to rise. O be very sure That no person will learn anything at all, Unless they first will learn humility. Be humble, if thou would'st attain Wisdom. Be humbler still, when Wisdom thou hast mastered. The bird of wisdom flies low, and seeks her food under hedges; the eagle himself would be starved if he always soared aloft and against the sun. Good taste is the modesty of the mind; that is why it cannot be either imitated or acquired. Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. To-morrow I will live, the fool does say: to-day itself's too late; the wise lived yesterday. While we are postponing, life speeds by. Surely people were not created to be an idle person; they are not set in this universal orchard to stand still as a tree. Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than arbour wears, while the key often used is always bright. Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigorous of the mind.
Peoples judgments are a parcel of their fortunes; and things outward do draw the inward quality after them. It is not alone what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. The very thing that person think they have got the most of, they have got the least of; and that is judgment. We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. A wise person makes their own decisions, an ignorant person follows the public opinion. Everyone complains of their memory; no one complains of their judgment. Knowledge is the treasure, but judgment is the treasurer of a wise person. People are not to be judged by their looks, habits, and appearances; but by the character of their lives and conversations, and by their works.
Wisdom is Power; and her Prime Minister is Justice, which is the perfected law of Truth. One person's word is no person's word; we should quietly hear both sides. If we are to keep our democracy, there must be one commandment: "Thou shalt not rat on justice." Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. A clear cut case meets with difficulty because of a tendency to be lenient. Justice is as strictly due between neighbour nations, as between neighbour citizens. A highwayman is as much a robber when he plunders in a gang, as when single; and a nation that makes an unjust war is only a great gang of robbers. When a person wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; When the tiger wants to murder them, he calls it ferocity.
Learning is a kind of natural food for the mind. Each day is the scholar of yesterday. Education: A debt due from present to future generations. Teaching is the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards. Experience is not what happens to a person. It is what a person does with what happens to them. Lessons are not given, they are taken. Crafty person condemn studies, simple people admire them, and wise people use them. You cannot teach a person anything; you can only help them to find it within themselves. To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. Reading and writing, arithmetic and grammar do not constitute education, any more than a knife, fork and spoon constitute a dinner. What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing. Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket; and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show that you have one. Teachers open the door...You enter by yourself.
Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us. Life is a progress and not a station. The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc. As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on. A little work, a little sleep, a little love and it is all over. Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will. Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
Love is space and time measured by the heart. Person always want to be a woman's first love, Women like to be a person's last romance. Lovers' quarrels are the renewal of love. There are three kinds of love, unselfish, mutual, and selfish. The unselfish love is of the highest kind. The lover only minds the welfare of the beloved and does not care for their own sufferings. In mutual love the lover not only wants the happiness of their beloved but has an eye towards their own happiness also. It is middling. The selfish love is the lowest. It only looks towards its own happiness, no matter whether the beloved suffers weal or woe. There is the same difference in a person before and after they are in love as there is in an unlighted lamp and one that is burning. And love makes one calmer about many things, and that way, one is more fit for one's work. The reason why lovers are never weary of one another is this, they are always talking of themselves.
Many strands bring the couple and their families together and spin their lives into a fabric that is woven on their children. When many work together for a goal, Great things may be accomplished. It is said a lion cub was killed By a single colony of ants. Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them. Person marry because they are tired, women because they are curious: both are disappointed. If you would marry suitably, marry your equal. The happiness of married life depends up on making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness. A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn't want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing. The only real happy folk are married women and single men. A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple.
Meditation is the soul's perspective glass. Meditation has been defined as "the cessation of active eternal thought." Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectiveness, knowing without thinking, merging finiteness in infinity. The mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate, and very strong. To subdue it is more difficult than controlling the wind, but it is possible by constant practice and attachment. Who strives by right means is assured of success. The sun makes the day bright, the moon makes the night beautiful, as armament adds to the dignity of a soldier; so the quiet meditation distinguishes the seeker for Enlightenment. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Solitude is the beginning of all freedom. The point of the teachings is to control your own mind. Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know. We must certainly acknowledge that solitude is a fine thing; but it is a pleasure to have some one who can answer, and to whom we can say, from time to time, that solitude is a fine thing.
Humour is wit and love. Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over, and showing it principally on one spot. An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow. Good humour is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison. A laugh is worth a hundred groans in any market. Smiles form the channel of a future tear. In a natural state, tears and laughter go hand in hand; for they are twin-born. Like two children sleeping in one cradle, when one wakes and stirs, the other wakes also. Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. We always have plenty of this poison in us. Laughter is the antidote. But this antidote is necessary only so long as we are unable to use all the energy for useful work. What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. The person that loves and laughs must sure do well. Honest good humour is the oil and wine of a merry meeting, and there is no jovial companionship equal to that where the jokes are rather small, and the laughter abundant. A good laugh is sunshine in a house. That older and greater church to which I belong; the church where the oftentimes you laugh the better, because by laughter only can you destroy evil without malice, and affirm good fellowship without mawkishness. If you want to make people weep, you must weep yourself. If you want to make people laugh, your face must remain serious. Beware of them who hates the laugh of a child. The smile that flickers on baby's lips when they sleeps does anybody know where it was borne? Yes, there is a rumour that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born in the dream of a dew-washed morning.
The world would be happier if people had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm. Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
Gold is tried by fire, brave person by adversity. The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the person perfected without trials. Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance. They who have not tasted bitter does not know what sweet is. The three things most difficult are: to keep a secret, to forget an injury, and to make good use of leisure. Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body. Difficulties show people what they are. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. Never be despondent. Ever laugh, jump, whistle and smile. Adversity breaks the inferior person's will but only bends the superior person's spirit.
Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment it is a result. If all people were to bring their miseries together in one place, most would be glad to take his own home again rather than take a portion out of the common stock. The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body. Real pain can alone cure us of imaginary ills. Pain is a sure sign that you are alive. The art of life is the art of avoiding pain. Work is the grand cure for all maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind honest work, which you intend getting done. To the person with a toothache, even if the world is tottering, there is nothing more important than a visit to a dentist. Nothing begins, and nothing ends, That is not paid with moan; For we are born in other's pain, And perish in our own.
Patience is the key to contentment. Patience is the art of hoping. Endurance is patience concentrated. Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes silk. Everything comes if a person will only wait. How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? Patience and time do more than strength or passion. He that can have patience, can have what he will. To know how to wait is the great secret of success. Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. It is best to bear what can't be altered. What can't be cured must be endured. Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourselfo Beware the fury of a patient person. Never cut what you can untie.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Peace is an armistice in a war that is continuously going on. Peace is not the absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice. If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources. Cultivate peace first in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness, and jealousy. To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and they that increaseth their riches, increaseth their cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.
Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle. The true perfection of people lies, not in what they have, but in what a person is. What a person really has is what is in them. What is outside of them should be a matter of no importance. There is a tricycle in people. They knows, they feels and acts. they have emotion, intellect and will. they must develop head, heart and hand. They must have integral development. Then alone they can have perfection. All things are already complete in us. There is no greater delight than to be conscious of right within us. Bachelor's wives and old maid's children are always perfect. The Great person never loses their child's heart.
Water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow. Many strokes, though with a little axe, Hew down and fell the hardest timbered oak. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers rapidly; That which grows slowly endures. Some people give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before. We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. They that shall walk with vigour three hours a day will pass in seven years a space equal to the circumference of the globe. The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers these are the masters of victory. Perseverance don't always mean success, no amount of stalking will lead to game in a field that has none.
When our pleasures have exhausted us, we think that we have exhausted pleasure. Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others will in general please them in you. Pleasure is the absence of pain in the body and of trouble in the soul. The pursuit of pleasure Is the most pleasant pleasure. The fruit derived from labour is the sweetest of pleasures. All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening.
Fishing is a pleasure of retirement, yet the angler has the power to let the fish live or die. Chess playing is an enjoyable pastime, yet the players are motivated by the idea of war. Let him that would move the world, first move himself. Self-reverence, self knowledge, self-control, These three alone lead life to sovereign power. The great rivers and seas are kings of all mountain streams Because they skilfully stay below them. He who has great power should use it lightly. Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. Start a political up hovel and let yourself be caught, and you will hang as a traitor. But place yourself at the head of a rebellion and gain your point, and all future generations will worship you as the Father of their Country.
Pride is the mask of one's own faults. There is not one wise person in twenty that will praise themselves. Pride may be allowed to this or that degree, else a person cannot keep his dignity. In gluttons there must be eating, in drunkenness there must be drinking; it is not the eating, nor is it the drinking, that is to be blamed, but the excess. So in pride. Pride is to the character, like the attic to the house the highest part, and generally the most empty. He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. The proud are always most provoked by pride. Boast not of what you know, even when learned. Do you wish people to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself. The cow which has no milk will not be purchased, Even though equipped with a pleasant sounding bell. We often boast that we are never bored, but yet we are so conceited that we do not perceive how often we bore others. When flowers are full of heaven descended dew, they always hang their heads; but people hold theirs higher the more they receive, getting proud as they get full.
Prudence is that virtue by which we discern what is proper to be done under the various circumstances of time and place. Caution is the eldest child of wisdom. Economy does not consist in saving the coal, but in using the time while it burns. Economy is half the battle of life; it is not so hard to earn money as to spend it well. Precaution is better than cure. Prevention is the daughter of intelligence. Discretion in speech is more than eloquence. They that are overcautious will accomplish little. There can be no economy where there is no efficiency. Great ability without discretion comes almost invariably to a tragic end. Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
People are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say. Be cautious, but not too cautious; do not be too much afraid of making a mistake; a person who never makes a mistake will make nothing. For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for want of care about a horse shoe nail. The greatest events of an age are its best thoughts. Thought finds its way into action. When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state. It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. To get the most out of your life, plant in your mind seeds of constructive power that will yield fruitful results. Acquire the habit of substituting positive ideas for negative ones, and gradually your life will become more and more successful.
If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. They are not poor who have the use of necessary things. Poverty is no vice, but an inconvenience. No person is poor who does not think themselves so. What does not destroy me, makes me strong. Many a good face Under a ragged hat. The real disgrace of poverty is not in owning to the fact but in declining to struggle against it. Poverty often deprives a person of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright. Most people become bankrupt through having invested too heavily in the prose of life.
Science is the knowledge of consequences, and dependence of one fact upon another. Science when well digested is nothing but good sense and reason. People love to wonder, and that is the seed of science. Science consists in grouping facts so that general laws or conclusions may be drawn from them. Science is organized knowledge. Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic. Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know. Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art. Reason creates science; sentiments and creeds shape history. Science, like life, feeds on its own decay. New facts burst old rules; then newly divined conceptions bind old and new together into a reconciling law. Art and sciences are not cast in a mould, but are found and perfected by degrees, by often handling and polishing. Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. The tragedy of Science: the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
Friendship, like love, is destroyed by long absence, though it may be increased by short intermissions. Sometimes, when one person is missing, the whole world seems depopulated. Greater things are believed of those who are absent. Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent. The logs of wood which move down the river together are driven apart by every wave. Such inevitable parting Should not be the cause of misery. Never part without loving words to think of during your absence.
A physician is nothing but a consoler of the mind. The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature. The madman who knows that he is mad is close to sanity. As long as people are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid. The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after the date. Excess always carries its own retribution. The best of all medicines are rest and fasting. To stop drinking. Study a drunkard while you are sober. I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age. God heals, and the doctor takes the fee. If the doctor cures, the sun see it; but if he kills, the earth hides it.
Dreams are the wanderings of the spirit though all nine heavens and all nine earths. We are such stuff As dreams are made of, And our little life Is rounded with a sleep. All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream. Dreams are the touchstones of our characters. A dream which is not interpreted is like a letter which is not read. Sleep, riches, and health, are only truly enjoyed after they have been interrupted. Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. One should rest when it is time to rest and act when it is time to act. Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. We cannot always secure sleep. When important decisions have to be taken, the natural anxiety to come to a right decision will often keep us awake. If, my dear, you seek to slumber, Count of stars an endless number; If you still continue wakeful, Count the drops that make a lake full; Then, if vigilance yet above you Hover, count the times I love you; And if slumber still repel you, Count the times I do not tell you.
He who continually seeks and is never satisfied Will experience a constant rain of sorrow. Our sorrows are like thunder-clouds, which seem black in the distance, but grow lighter as they approach. They truly mourn that mourn without a witness. There are people who have an appetite for grief; pleasure is not strong enough and they crave pain. Tears hinder sorrow from becoming despair. We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears. If you wish to live a life free from sorrow, think of what is going to happen as if it had already happened. Sorrow's best antidote is employment. Two aged men, that had been foes for life, Met by a grave, and wept and in those tears They washed away the memory of their strife; Then wept again the loss of all those years.
The human soul develops up to death. All souls must undergo transmigration and the souls of people revolve like a stone which is thrown from a sling, so many turns before the final release. Only those who have not completed their perfection must suffer the wheel of rebirth by being reborn into another human body. The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. The soul is, of course, the noblest part of people. As a draft animal is yoked in a wagon, even so the spirit is yoked in this body. Do not think that people are but flesh, skin, bones and veins; far from it! What really makes a person are their soul; and the things we call skin, flesh, bones and veins are but a garment, a cloak; they do not constitute a person. When people departs this earth, thye divests themselves of all the veils that conceal them. It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set at night; but it has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere. Souls perfected on this earth pass on to another station. Ah, the souls of those that die Are but sunbeams lifted higher.
Music is the shorthand of emotion. As empty vessels make the loudest sound,so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers. As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so people are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish. Talking and eloquence are not the same: to speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise person speaks. As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so it is of small wits to talk much and say nothing. What the orators lack in depth, they give you in length. Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something. Our sweetest songs are those which tell of saddest thought. Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul. He who sings frightens away his ills. Eloquence The art of saying things in such a way that those to whom we speak may listen to them with pleasure. The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love. The talkative listen to no one, for they are ever speaking. It is a sad thing when people have neither the wit to speak well, nor judgment to hold their tongues. They never taste who always drink; They always talk who never think. The secret of being tiresome is in telling everything. In general those who have nothing to say Contrive to spend the longest time in doing it. The tongue is but three inches long, yet it can kill a person six feet high. The tongue like a sharp knife. Kills without drawing blood. Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips, lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace. Speak only at the proper place and time, After having given due consideration. If you utter elegant sayings too often, Even they lose their value. Speak clearly if you speak at all; carve every word before you let if fall.
The quarrels of people often arise From too great a familiarity. Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side. In most quarrels there is a fault on both sides. A quarrel may be compared to a spark, which cannot be produced without a flint, as well as steel. Either of them, may hammer on wood forever; no fire will follow. People generally quarrel because they cannot argue. It may happen sometimes that a long debate Becomes the cause of a longer friendship. Commonly, those who dispute with one another At last agree.
Success is the reward of toil. Success keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep. There is only one success to be able to spend your life in your own way. The great are they who attempt the difficult things, which lesser person avoid. Prepare for the difficult while it is still easy. Deal with the big while it is still small. Difficult undertakings have always started with what's easy. Great undertakings always started with what is small. The superior person understands what is right; the inferior person understands what will sell. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. When a person does not know what harbour they are making for, no wind is the right wind. To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first. To win a race, the swiftness of a dart availeth not without a timely start. Develop intuitive judgment and understanding for everything.
Thought has a self reproductive power, and when the mind is held steadily to one idea it becomes coloured by it, and, as we may say, all the correlates of that thought arise within the mind. Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. The mind is a product of experience. It is the result of past thinking and is modified by present thinking. If a person empties their purse into their head, no one can take it from them. Thinkers are scarce as gold; but they whose thoughts embrace all his subject, pursues it uninterruptedly and fearless of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size. Write down the thoughts of the
moment. All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. Thought moults your character and shapes your destiny. If you wish to know the mind of a person, listen to their words. Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and people the vessel. Sudden a thought came like a full blown rose, Flushing their brow. The charm of a deed is its doing; the charm of a life is its living; the soul of the thing is the thought.
When you sit with a nice person for two hours, you think it's only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future. Concentrate the mind on the present moment. Make use of time, let not advantage slip; Beauty within itself should not be wasted: Fair flowers that are not gathered in their prime Rot and consume themselves in little time. If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past. Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the magic tissue of the universe of your life. No one can take it from you. No one receives either more or less than you receive. Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you. Moreover, you cannot draw on the future. Impossible to get into debt. You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste tomorrow. It is kept for you. Time is breath - try to understand this. The Future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever you do, whoever they are.
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. People may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours. We are all naturally seekers of wonders. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. All travel has its advantages. If the traveller visits better countries, they may learn to improve their own; and if fortune carries them to worse, they may learn to enjoy their own. Travel is the perfect liberty to think, feel, do just as one pleases. Travel gives a character of experience to our knowledge, and brings the figures on the tablet of memory into strong relief. A traveller without observation is a bird without wings. As the bee takes the essence of a flower and flies away without destroying its beauty and perfume, so let the sage wander in this life. A wise traveller never despises their own country. A person should know something of their own country, too, before they go abroad. When I was at home, I was in a better place; but travellers must be content. I should like to spend the whole of my life in travelling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.
Abstract truth is the eye of reason. Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom. Truth that has merely been learned is like an artificial limb, a false tooth, a waxen nose; it adheres to us only because it is put on. But truth acquired by thought of our own is like a natural limb; it alone really belongs to us. The nearer one approaches the Truth, the happier one becomes. The person who speaks the truth is always at ease. A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent. There are four truths in this world: First, all living beings rise from ignorance: Second, all objects of craving desire are impermanent, uncertainty and suffering: Third, all the existing things are also impermanent, uncertainty and suffering: Fourth, there is nothing that can be called an "ego," and there is no such thing as "mine" in all the world.
I shall always consider the best guesser the best prophet. When clouds are seen wise people put on their cloaks. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. The past cannot be changed, the future is still in your power. The future is not in the hands of fate but in ours. Vision looks inward and becomes a duty. Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upward and becomes faith. The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future. Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophesies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true. Forethought we may have, undoubtedly, but not foresight. Our brain is a book printed within and without, and the two writings are, with all person, more or less confused. It is sure to be dark if you shut your eyes. Before the Soul can see, the Harmony within must be attained, and fleshly eyes be rendered blind to all illusion. It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. To know the road ahead Ask those coming back. The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downward. In peace the sons bury their fathers and in war the fathers bury their sons. As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, then it will cease to be popular. It simply is not true that war never settles anything.
Things forbidden have a secret charm. Weak person who grow rich Seldom leave an inheritance. There is nothing softer and weaker than water, And yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and strong things. For this reason there is no substitute for it. To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice. The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason. If you find your mind tempted and entangled in greed, you must suppress the greed and control the temptation; be the master of your own mind. The acknowledgement of our weakness is the first step toward repairing our loss. Better shun the bait than struggle in the snare. Every moment of resistance to temptation is a victory. To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times.
They are the richest who are content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. A person's true wealth is the good they do in this world. As long as you have wealth, everyone is your friend; If your fortune declines, everyone is your foe, An island of precious metals is visited from afar; When a lake dries up, everyone leaves. They are rich whose income is more than his expenses; and they are poor whose expenses exceed their income. In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. Nature hath hid gold beneath the earth, as unworthy to be seen; silver hath she placed where thou tramplest it under thy feet. Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.All wealth is the product of labour. Much learning shows how little mortals know; Much wealth, how little worldlings can enjoy. When is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. The rich fool is like a pig that is choked by its own fat. Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust. It's good to have money and the things money can buy. But it's good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.
When rendered pure and irresistible, will can work wonders. The army commander of a large State may be carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken for him. The person who has the will to undergo all labour may win to any good. Will opens the door to success, both brilliant and happy. The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed.
Wisdom is oft times nearer when we stoop than when we soar. One fool can ask more questions in a minute than twelve wise people can answer in an hour. By three methods we may learn wisdom. First, by reflection which is noblest. Second, by imitation, which is the easiest. Third, by experience, which is the bitterest. A short saying often contains much wisdom. The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. They whom truth and wisdom lead Can gather honey from a weed. Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time. To admit ignorance is to exhibit wisdom. The kind person discovers it and calls it kind. The wise person discovers it and calls it wise.
Words are but pictures of our thoughts. Books, the children of the brain. Poetry, the eldest sister of all arts, and parent of most. Words are but the signs of ideas. Language is the picture and counterpart of thought. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander. To utter pleasant words without practising them, is like a fine flower without fragrance. A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed. Water and words... asy to pour Impossible to recover. Twenty-two letters: They drew them, hewed them, combined them, weighed them, interchanged them, and through them produced the whole creation and everything that is destined to come into being.
We are not idle because we are absorbed in thought. Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who also knows why will always be their boss. Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for any more than they do. Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well. When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. I love to keep it by me: the idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart. But till we are built like
angels, with hammer and chisel and pen, We will work for our self and a woman, for ever and ever, Amen,
The three mothers in the world are: air, water and fire. Heaven was created from fire or ether; the earth (comprising sea and land) from the elementary water; and the atmospheric air from the elementary air, or spirit, which establishes the balance among them. The universal order and the personal order are nothing but different expressions and manifestations of a common underlying principle. The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every person the reflection of his own face. Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion. You and I must not complain if our plans break down if we have done our part.
Religion is too often talked of, but too little known. In earlier religions the spirit of the time was expressed through the individual and confirmed by miracles. In modern religions the spirit is expressed through the many and confirmed by reason. Prayer is to religion what thinking is to philosophy. Make no mistake about it. God is one. Truth is one. The colour of the cow may be different, but milk is white. Person will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. Religion is a great force the only real motive force in the world; but you must get a person through their own religion, not through yours. O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed; courage to change what should be changed, and wisdom to distinguish one from the other.