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some excerpts from Daily Strength for Daily Needs, another book i am reading now

"Every day is a fresh beginning, Every morn is the world made new You who are weary of sorrow and sinning, Here is a beautiful hope for you A hope for me and for you"

SUSAN COOLIDGE

Be patient with every one, but above all with yourself. I mean, do not be disturbed because of your imperfections, and always rise up bravely from a fall. I am glad that you make a daily new beginning; there is no better means of progress in the spiritual life than to be continually beginning afresh, and never to think that we have done enough"

ST FRANCIS DE SALES "What have i learned wherever i've been, From all i've heard, from all i've seen? What know I more that's worth the knowing? What have i done that's worth the doing? What have i sought that i should shun? what duties have i left undone?" PYTHAGORAS

"What is my next duty? what is the thing that lies nearest to me?" That belongs to your every day history. No one can answer that question but yourself. Your next duty is just to determine what your next duty is. Is there nothing you neglect? Is there nothing you know you ought not to do? You would know your duty, if you thought in earnest about it, and were not ambitious of great things. Ah then, responded she, i suppose it is something very commonplace, which will make life more dreary than ever. That cannot help me It will if it be as dreary as reading the newspapers to an old deaf aunt. It will soon lead you to something more. Your duty will become to comfort you at once, but will at length open the unknown fountain of life in your heart" G. MACDONALD "Be useful where thou livest, that they may Both want and wish thy pleasing presence still, Find out men's wants and will, and meet them there. All worldly joys go less to the one joy of doing kindnesses." G. HERBERT

Let the weakest, let the humblest remember, that in his daily course he can, if he will shed around him almost a heaven. Kindly words, sympathizing attentions, watchfulness against wounding men's sensitiveness - these cost very little, but they are priceless in value. Are they not almost the staple of our daily happiness? From hour to hour, from moment to moment, we are supported, blest, by small kindnesses." F. W. ROBERTSON "Thou art as much His care as if beside, Nor man nor angel lived in heaven or earth thus sunbeams pour alike their glorious tide To light up worlds, or wake an insect's mirth." J. KEBLE "My mind was ruffled with small cares today, and I said pettish words and did not keep Long suffering patience well and now how deep My trouble for this sin! in vain i weep For foolish words i never can unsay" H.S. SUTTON "Little things come daily, hourly, within our reach, and they are not less calculated to set forward our growth in holiness than are the greater occasions which occur but rarely." JEAN NICOLAS GROU "Would we codify the laws that should reign in households, and whose daily transgression annoys and mortifies us, and degrades ur household life - we must learn to adorn every day with sacrifices. Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. Temperance, courage, love, are made up of the same jewels. Listen to every prompting of honor" R.W. EMERSON "There is no action so slight nor so mean,but it may be done to a great purpose, and ennobled thereby; nor is any purpose so great but that slight actions may help it, and may be so done as to help it much, most especially, that chief of all purposes - the pleasing of God." J. RUSKIN "Appear i always what i am? And am i what i am pretending? know i what way y course is bending? and sound my word and thought the same? ANON

"We cannot always be doing a great work, but we can always be doing something that belongs to our condition. to be silent, to suffer, to pray when we cannot act, is acceptable to God. A disappointment, a contradiction, a harsh word an annoyance, a wrong received and endured as in His presence is worth more than a long prayer; and we do not lose time if we bear its loss with gentleness and patience, provided the loss was inevitable, and was not caused by our own fault" FRANCOIS DE LA MOTHE FENELON "Some say that the age of chivalry is past. the age of chivalry is never past so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth, or a man or woman left to say, ' i will redress that wrong, or spend my life in the attempt' The age of chivalry is never past, so long as we have faith enough to say, God will help me to redress that wrong, or if not me, He will help those that come after me, for His eternal Will is to overcome evil with good C. KINGSLEY "Every relation to mankind, of hate or scorn or neglect, is full of vexation and torment. there is nothing to do with men but to love them; to contemplate their virtues with admiration their faults with pity and forbearance, and their injuries with forgiveness. task all the ingenuity of your mind to devise some other thing, but you can never find it. To hate your adversary will not help you; to kill him will not help you; nothing within the compass of the universe can help you but to love him. but let that love flow out upon all around you and what could harm you? How many a knot of mystery and misunderstanding would be untied by one word spoken in simple and confiding truth of heart! how many a solitary place would be made glad if love were there; and how many a dark dwelling would be filled with light!" ORVILLE DEWEY "OH be at least able to say in that day - "Lord, i am no hero. i have been careless, cowardly, sometimes all but mutinous. punishment i have deserved. i deny it not. but a traitor i have never been. a deserter i have never been. i have tried to fight on Thy Side in Thy battle against evil. i have tried to do the duty which layest near me; and to leave whatever Thou didst commit to my charge a little better than i found it. i have not been good, but i have at least tried to be good. Take the will for the deed, good Lord. Strike not my unworthy name off the roll call of the noble and victorious army which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and let me, too, be found written in the Book of Life - even though I stand the lowest and last upon its list. Amen C. KINGSLEY