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When I consider what some books have done for the world, and what they are doing, how they keep up our hope, awaken new courage and faith, soothe pain, give an ideal life to those whose hours are cold and hard, bind together distant ages and foreign lands, create new worlds of beauty, bring down truth from heaven; I give eternal blessings for this gift, and thank God for books. -James Freeman Clarke.


They are never alone that are accompanied by noble thoughts. -Sir Philip Sidney.

Take care that the divinity within you has a creditable charge to preside over.

-Marcus Aurelius.

If you want your neighbor to know what the Christ spirit will do for him, let him see what it has done for you. -Henry Ward Beecher.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I cannot reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. -Louisa May Alcott.

"Let us fill urns with rose-leaves in our May, And hive the thrifty sweetness for December."

Hearts only thrive on varied good;

And he who gathers from a host

Of friendly hearts his daily food,

Is the best friend that we can boast.


Like the bird be thou,

That for a moment rests
Upon the topmost bough:
He feels the branch to bend
And yet as sweetly sings,
Knowing that he has wings.

I wonder did you ever count

-Victor Hugo.

The value of one human fate;

Or sum the infinite amount

Of one heart's treasure, and the weight Of life's one venture, and the whole Concentrate purpose of a soul.

-Adelaide A. Procter.

If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated?


In running their race, men of birth look back too much, which is the mark of a bad runner. -Bacon.

Infancy is the perpetual Messiah, which comes into the arms of fallen men, and pleads with them to return to paradise.


The eyes of men converse as much as their tongues, with the advantage, that the ocular dialect needs no dictionary, but is understood all the world over.


Doubt is not itself a crime. All manner of doubt, inquiry about all manner of objects, dwells in every reasonable mind. It is the mystic working of the mind on the object it is getting to know about.


Every inmost aspiration is God's angel undefiledAnd in every “Oh, my father," slumbers deep a "Here, my child."

- Tholuck.

The rest which does us all good, and enables us to do our work well, is the rest of the heart-the Sabbath of the soul.

-James Freeman Clarke.

Earth captive held

By winter, deems him a foeThat he can weld

Such fetters; deep down below Her violets, close-celled

Flutter to go.

Earth, when she 's free

To bud and blow,

And feel through every fiber of each tree
The strength to grow,

Will say, "Twas Winter gave it me,"

And in the sunshine bless the snow.

-Alice Ward Bailey.

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