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We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.   Edith Lovejoy Pierce

   

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Quotes from English Essayist,

Joseph Addison –1672-1719

 

A good disposition is more valuable than gold; for the latter is the gift of fortune, but the former is the dower of nature.

 

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with steady and perpetual serenity.

 

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth on his own side.

 

The persons who have chosen each other out of all the species, with the design to be each other’s mutual comfort and love, have in that action, bound themselves to be good-humored, affable, discreet, forgiving, patient, and joyful with respect to each other’s frailties, to the end of their lives.

 

I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest, who ever complained of bad luck.

 

It is ridiculous for any man to criticize the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own performances.

 

 

Quotes from English Author and Philosopher,

Francis Bacon –1561-1626

 

He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.

 

If I might control the literature of the household, I would guarantee the well being of the church and state.

 

By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing over it, he is superior.

 

If money be not they servant, it will be thy master.

 

If a man be gracious to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world, and his heart is no island, cut off from other islands, but a continent that joins them.

 

 

Quotes from English Novelist,

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton –1803-1873

 

To judge human nature rightly, a man may sometimes have a very small experience, provided he has a very large heart.

 

If a good face is a letter of recommendation, a good heart is a letter of credit.

 

In families well ordered there is always one firm, sweet temper, which controls without seeming to dictate.

 

When a person is down in the world, an ounce of help is better than a pound of preaching.

 

We lose the peace of years when we hunt after the rapture of moments.

 

It is difficult to say which does you the most mischief, enemies with the worst intentions, or friends with the best.

 

Strike from mankind the principle of faith, and men would have no more history than a flock of sheep.

 

 

Quotes from English Historian and Philosopher,

Thomas Carlyle –1795-1881

 

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less rascal in the world.

 

Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw into your work such strength of mind and muscle as God has given you.

 

Everywhere in life, the true question is not what we gain, but what we do.

 

Of all acts of man, repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

 

Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.

 

Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is and what kind of a man you long to be.

 

Popular opinion is the greatest lie in the world.

 

The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder – a waif, a nothing.

 

It is not a lucky word, this word “impossible.” No good comes of those have it so often in their mouths.

 

It is one of the illusions that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

 

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy.

 

Do the duty, which lieth nearest to thee, and the second duty will already have become clearer.

 

 

Quotes from English Clergyman,

Caleb C. Colton –1780-1832

 

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.

 

Our incomes are like our shoes, if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.

 

Applause is the spur of noble minds; it is the end and aim of weak ones.

 

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

 

No company is preferable to bad company, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.

 

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.

 

 

Quotes from English Novelist,

Charles Dickens –1812-1870

 

It is well for a man to respect his own vocation whatever it is, and to think himself bound to uphold it, and to claim for it the respect it deserves.

 

The best way to lengthen our days is to walk and be healthy, walk and be happy.

 

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!

 

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.

 

It will generally be found that those who sneer habitually at human nature are among its worst and least pleasant samples.

 

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

 

 

Quotes from English Statesman & Author,

Benjamin Disraeli –1804-1881

 

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.

 

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.

 

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

 

We are all born for love; it is the principle of existence and its only end.

 

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity  when it comes.

 

Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.

 

A great thing is a great book; but a greater thing than all is the talk of a great man.

 

 

Quotes from English Novelist,

George Eliot –1819-1880

 

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own narrow pleasures.

 

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.

 

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

 

As to people saying a few idle words about us, we must not mind that any more than the old church steeple minds the rooks cawing about it.

 

It’s easy to find reasons why other folks should be patient.

 

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.

 

 

Quotes from English Essayist,

Charles Lamb – 1775-1834

 

A laugh is worth one hundred groans in any market.

 

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves; we encourage each other in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.

 

The greatest pleasure I know is to do good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

 

The good things of life are not to be had singly, but come to us with a mixture; like a schoolboy’s holiday, with a task affixed to the tail of it.

 

We often fancy we suffer from ingratitude, while in reality we suffer from self love.

 

God does not just work through a nation collectively; He does not just work through a big church or a big Sunday School class; He works through individual men and women who are faithful in their work.

 

One may be better than his reputation, but never than his principles.

 

 

Quotes from English Novelist, Playwright, & Physician,
William Somerset Maugham

 

People ask you for criticism, but they only want praise.

 

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

 

At a dinner party one should eat wisely, but not too well, and talk well, but not too wisely.

 

It is funny thing about life – If you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

 

Half the difficulties of man lies in his desire to answer every question with a yes or no. Yes or no may nether of them be the answer; each side have in it some yes and some no.

 

 

Quotes from English Poet,

Alexander Pope – 1688-1744

 

The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s eyes when they look upon his own person.

 

Teach me to feel another’s woe, to hide the fault I see; that mercy I to others show, that mercy show to me.

 

I never knew a man who could bear the misfortunes of another person perfectly.

 

He who tells a lie is not sensible to how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain one.

 

It is with narrow souled people as with narrow necked bottles; the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.

 

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on our selves.

 

 

Quotes from English Author,

Francis Quarles – 1592-1644

 

He that gives all, though but little, gives much; for God looks not to be the quantity of the gift, but to the quality of the giver.

 

Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God, if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.

 

If thou wouldst preserve a sound body, use fasting and walking; if a healthful soul, use fasting and praying.

 

If thou desire to be held wise, be so wise as to hold thy tongue.

 

Before thou reprehend another, take heed thou art not culpable in what one goes about to reprehend. He that cleanses a blot with blotted fingers makes a greater blur

 

In all thy actions, think God sees thee; and in all His actions, labor to see Him.

 

 

Quotes from English Poet & dramatist,

William Shakespeare – 1564-1616

 

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

 

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.

 

Kindness in women, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.

 

Thoughts are but dreams until their effects be tried.

 

Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe thyself

 

God’s goodness hath been great to thee. Let never day nor night unhallowed pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done.

 

An enterprise, when once begun should not be left till all is won.

 

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.

I will chide no brother in the world but myself, against whom I know the most faults.

 

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.

 

Gold is worse than poison to men’s souls, doing more murders in this world than any mortal drug.

 

Give every man your ear, but few your voice; take each man’s censure, but reserve your judgment.

 

To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.

 

While thou livest, keep a good tongue in your head.

 

 

Quotes from English Dramatist,

George Bernard Shaw – 1856-1950

 

Work is the mission of mankind on this earth.

 

When I was a young man I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure. So I did ten times more work.

 

A pessimist is a man who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.

 

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.

 

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

 

There is only one way to defy Time; that is to have young ideas, which may always be trusted to find youthful and vivid expression.

 

 

Quotes from English Clergyman,

Charles Haddon Spurgeon – 1834-1892

 

Poverty is hard work, but debt is horrible. A man might as well have a smoky house and a scolding wife, which are said to be the two worst evils of our life.

 

Learn to say, “No”; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.

 

It is foolish to try to live on past experience. It is a very dangerous, and sometimes fatal habit to judge ourselves to be safe because of something we felt or did twenty years ago.

 

Luck taps, once in a lifetime, at everybody’s door, but if industry does not open it, luck goes away.

 

Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.

 

The devil never tempted a man whom he found judiciously employed.

 

Cultivate forbearance until your heart yields a fine crop of it, and pray for a short memory as to all unkind nesses.

 

 

Quotes from English Bishop,

Jeremy Taylor – 1613-1667

 

As we neglect meditation so are our prayers imperfect, meditation being the soul of prayer and the intention of our spirit.

 

The private and personal blessings we enjoy, the blessings of immunity, safe guard, liberty, and integrity, deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.

 

It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his Helper is omnipotent.

 

Idleness is the burial of a living man.

 

Observe thyself as thy greatest enemy would do, so shalt thou be thy greatest friend.

From David learn to give thanks for everything. Every furrow in the Book of Psalms is sown with seeds of thanksgiving.

 

No man can be provident of his time who is not prudent in the choice of his company

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