Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday ~ January 18, 2014

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned.

(Thomas H. Huxley, 1825 – 1895)

Friday, January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

Some there are that torment themselves afresh with the memory of what is past; others, again, afflict themselves with the apprehension of evils to come; and very ridiculously both – for the one does not now concern us, and the other not yet… One should count each day a separate life.

(Seneca, 4 BCE – 65 CE)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday ~ January 16, 2014

The moment I have defined another being as my enemy, I lose part of myself, the complexity and subtlety of my vision. I begin to exist in a closed system. When anything goes wrong, I blame my enemy. If I wake troubled, my enemy had led me to this feeling. If I cannot sleep, it is because of my enemy. Slowly all the power in my life begins to be located outside. And my whole being is defined in relation to this outside force, which becomes daily more monstrous, more evil, more laden with all the qualities in myself I no longer wish to own. The quality of my thought then is diminished. My imagination grows small. My self seems meager. For my enemy has stolen all of these.
(Susan Griffin, 1943 - )

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 15, 2013

All that a person does outwardly is but the expression and completion of inward thought. To work effectively, we must think clearly; to act nobly, we must think nobly.

(William Ellery Channing, 1780 – 1842)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday ~ January 13, 2014

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed you in temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, contentment, and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know.

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do


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