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We must have a real living determination to reach holiness. 'I will be a saint' mean I will despoil myself of all that is not God; I will strip my heart of all created things; I will live in poverty and detachment; I will renounce my will, my inclinations, my whims and fancies, and make myself a willing slave to the will of God.

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young men, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.
And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable.
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.
People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them.
Never mistake motion for action.
The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach.
We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.
True holiness consists in doing God's will with a smile.
Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.
Beware you be not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.
I set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.
Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.
Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Big words seldom accompany good deeds.
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
One act of beneficence, one act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.
Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
The worse others are the better we should be; when vice is daring, let not virtue be sneaking.
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.
Let us, then, be up and doing, with a heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other
It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
Good order is the foundation of all great things.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.
In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.
Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.
The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

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