The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.
There is a loftier ambition than to stand high in the world. It is to step down and lift mankind a little higher.
Be glad of life because it gives you a chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
He that planteth a tree is a servant of God, he provideth a kindness for many generations, and faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.
What we do belongs to what we are, and what we are is what becomes of us.
Self is the only prison which can contain.
Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.
Genius is talent set on fire by courage.
Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest.
I shall grow old, but never lose life's zest, because the road's last turn will be the best.
Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.
Let me but find it in my heart to say, When vagrant wishes beckon me astray, "This is my work; my blessing, not my doom; Of all who live, I am the one by whom This work can best be done in the right way."
Hours fly,Flowers die:New days,New ways:Pass by!Love stays.
Love is the heart s immortal thirst to be completely known and all forgiven.
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
Heaven often seems distant and unknown, but if He who made the road... is our guide, we need not fear to lose the way.
Hymns of today that may be sung by people who know the thought of the age...are not afraid that any truth of science will destroy Christianity, or any revolution will overthrow the Kingdom of Heaven.
Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.
Every house where love abidesAnd friendship is a guest,Is surely home, and home sweet homeFor there the heart can rest.
There is only one way to get ready for immortality, and that is to love this life and live it as bravely and faithfully and cheerfully as we can.
Faith is an adventure; it is the courage of the soul to face the unknown. But that courage springs from the hope and confidence of the soul that its adventure will succeed.
There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own; and it is as full of good fellowship as a sugar maple is of sap. It can talk in various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects grave and gay.... For real company and friendship there is nothing, outside of the animal kingdom, that is comparable to a river.
If all the skies were sunshine Our faces would be fain To feel once more upon them The cooling splash of rain. If all the world were music, Our hearts would often long For one sweet strain of silence, To break the endless song If life were always merry, Our souls would seek relief, And rest from weary laughter In the quiet arms of grief.
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else. But what you are will be yours forever.
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars.
To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
What is Friendship? Something deep That the heart can spend and keep: Wealth that greatens while we give, Praise that heartens us to live.
Man said, "I am tired of kings! Sons of the robber-chiefs of yore, They make me pay for their lust and their war; I am the puppet, they pull the strings; The blood of my heart is the wine they drink. I will govern myself for awhile I think, And see what that brings!
The Bible does not profess to make men omniscient, but simply to tell them enough to make them happy and good, if they will believe it and live up to it.
Life is an arrow, therefore you must know What mark to aim at, how to use the bow- Then draw it to the head and let it go!
A peaceful man must fight For that which peace demands,Â— Freedom and faith, honor and right, Defend with heart and hands.
Christ never asks us to give up merely for the sake of giving up, but always in order to win something better.
All Thy works with joy surround Thee, God of glory, Lord of Love; Stars and angels sing around Thee, Center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flowery meadow, flashing sea, Chanting bird and flowing fountain, Call us to rejoice in Thee.
Lord, when my spirit shall return to thee, At the foot of a friendly tree let my body be buried, That this dust may rise and rejoice among the branches.
The kingdom of birds is divided into two departments - birds and House Sparrows. House Sparrows are not real birds - they are little beasts!
As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge.