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Arrogance & Humility
"Study the best and highest things that are; but of yourself humble thoughts retain."
"Sure of their qualities and demanding praise, more go to ruined fortunes than are raised."
" None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of
-Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"It is no great thing to be humble when you are brought low; but to be humble when you are praised is a great and rare attainment."
St. Bernard 1090-1153, French Theologian and Reformer
"Those who are born on third base go through life thinking they just hit a triple." Unknown
"The proud man counts his newspaper clippings, the humble man his blessings." Fulton John Sheen
"If you would have people speak well of you, then do not speak well of yourself." Blaise Pascal
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
"What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the
closest possible intimacy with God." Monica Baldwin
"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels." St. Augustine 354-430, Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow."
~Mary Anne Radmacher
"Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow." ~Dan Rather
"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."
"Fear and courage are brothers." ~Proverb
"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid." ~Franklin P. Jones
"Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears." ~Arthur Koestler
"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." ~Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
"A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog."
"The highest exercise of charity is charity towards the uncharitable."-
J. S. Buckminster
"tis more blessed to give than to receive.
" - Acts: 20:35
"Charity sees the need, not the cause."
- German Proverb
"If you give money, spend yourself with it."-
Henry David Thoreau
"He who waits to do a great deal of good at once, will never do anything."-
"One must be poor to know the luxury of giving."-
"The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives
"As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled."-
"What we frankly give, forever is our own."-
"Every charitable act is a stepping stone towards heaven."-
Henry Ward Beecher
"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
Francis Maitland Balfour
"Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,Stand up for the stupid and crazy,Devote your income and labor to others...And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
"Unless you believe, you will not understand."
"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods."
"He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more, He who loses faith, loses all." Eleanor Roosevelt
"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe." Saint Augustine
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King Jr.
"Reason is our soul's left hand, Faith her right." John Donne
"A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing." Victor Hugo
"Faith is not only in the heart; it should be put into words." Nachman of Bratslav
"I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness." Mother Teresa
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." Dale Carnegie
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible." Thomas Aquinas
"Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens."
"A man should believe in God through faith, not because of miracles." Nachman of Bratslav
"Your faith is what you believe, not what you know." Mark Twain "Faith is a passionate intuition."
"Do not have your concert first and
tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the
day with God."
James Hudson Taylor, 1832-1905 English
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What
you do with it is your gift back to
God." Author Unknown
"I do not think of all the misery, but
of the glory that remains. Go outside into
the fields, nature and the sun, go out and
seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think
of the beauty that again and again
discharges itself within and without you and
be happy." Anne Frank
"In the end, dear friend, it is always
between us and God, not between us and
them." Mother Teresa
"It is not the greatness of the work
which matters to God but the love with which
it is done." Brother Lawrence
"I thank God for my handicaps, for,
through them, I have found myself, my work,
and my God." Helen Keller
"I think it [annoys God] if you walk by
the color purple in a field somewhere and
don't notice it." Alice Walker
"Spread love everywhere you go: first
of all in your own house. Give love to your
children, to your wife or husband, to a next
door neighbor... Let no one ever come to you
without leaving better or happier. Be the
living expression of God’s kindness;
kindness in your face, kindness in your
eyes, kindness in your smile; kindness in
your warm greeting." Mother
the seeker as he prayed came the crippled
and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing
them...he cried, "Great God, how is it
that a loving creator can see such things
and yet do nothing about them?"...God
said, "I did do something. I made you.
The child whispered, "God, speak to
me" And a meadow lark sang. The child
did not hear.
So the child yelled, "God, speak to
And the thunder rolled across the sky
But the child did not listen.
The child looked around and said,
"God let me see you" and a star
But the child did not notice
And the child shouted,
"God show me a miracle!"
And a life was born but the child did not
So the child cried out in despair,
"Touch me God, and let me know you are
Whereupon God reached down
And touched the child.
But the child brushed the butterfly away
And walked away unknowingly.
Ravindra Kumar Karnani
on Life & Living
"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good." Author Unknown
"There is no such thing in anyone's life
as an unimportant day." Alexander Woollcott
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." Jack London
"To be alive, to be able to see, to walk, to have houses, music, paintings - it's all a miracle. I have adopted the technique of living life from miracle to miracle."
"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today." Dale Carnegie
"True religion is real living; living with all one's soul,
with all one's goodness, all one's honesty."
"The wise don't expect to find life worth living...
they make it that way." Author Unknown
"O, with what freshness,
what solemnity and beauty,
is each new day born;
as if to say to insensate man,
thou hast one more chance!
Strive for immortal glory!" Harriet Beecher Stowe
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
on Serving Others
"The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons." Aristotle
"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
"The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose." -Gandhi
"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily." -Sally Koch
"Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing
it."-David Star Jordan
"All success consists in this: You are doing
something for somebody - benefiting humanity - and the feeling of success
comes from the consciousness of this."-Elbert Hubbard
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you
"If someone listens, or
stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a
lonely person, extraordinary things begin to
"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity."
"We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in
time of need, someone will be there for you." -Jeff Warner
"Hope is the word which God has written
on the brow of every man." Victor Hugo
"The world is full of suffering. It is
also full of overcoming it." Helen
"Three grand essentials to happiness in
this life are something to do, something to
love, and something to hope for."
should not let our fears hold us back from
pursuing our hopes." John F. Kennedy
"Hope is a waking dream."
how you take away hope from another human
being." Oliver Wendell Holmes "We
must accept finite disappointment, but never
lose infinite hope." Martin Luther King
"Hope is the thing with feathers that
perches in the soul - and sings the tunes
without the words - and never stops at
all." Emily Dickinson