Passing Thoughts…

Passing Thoughts…

  • Three things to admire a) intellectual power, b) dignity, c) gracefulness.
  • It is better to go with truth into the wilderness than to follow falsehood into a palace.
  • Courage and conviction are two good warriors. When they fight shoulder to shoulder victory oft crowns their efforts.
  • Alive or dead still we are in the presence of the eternal All-Wise.
  • The best preacher is the conscience, the best teachers are time and experience, the best book is the world, the best friend is Allah.
  • None of us is too old to learn. When a man ceases to desire to acquire knowledge his intellectual death has commenced, and his funeral had better be arranged for.
  • The difference between life and death is nothing more than the difference between to-day and to-morrow. What will happen to us to-morrow is as uncertain and unknown to us as what may occur after the happening of the event called death, and yet there are many who look forward to the coming of to-morrow with joyful anticipation and to death with dismay.
  • It is natural for us to die, as it is for us to be born. It is only the passing of another milestone on our journey.
  • Harness your chariot with truth and honesty, and the devil will come a very bad second in the race.
  • You have no more right to use abusive or insolent words to a person than you have to smack him across the face.
  • Brave men do not hesitate to recognize bravery in others, even though they may be or may have been antagonists in the field.
  • A great lie is like a great fish on dry land: it may fret and fling and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you. You have only to keep still, and it will die of itself.
  • Those who most distrust others are generally those who know that others have good reason to distrust them.
  • The quarrelsome person is always the one who professes to be the easiest individual in the world to get on with.
  • Some people preach more religion in one hour than they practice during the whole of their life.
  • Meanness is the evidence of a defect of intellect as well as of heart. Even the cleverness of greed and avarice is but the extreme cunning of imbecility.
  • A good man desires nothing but that which just laws will permit him to enjoy.
  • Cold is the absence of heat, darkness the absence of light, and spite and malignity the absence of love and right-heartedness.
  • The quintessence of knowledge is applying it when you have got it, or confessing your ignorance when you have not knowledge.
  • The person who is confident he or she could manage things better than everyone else, generally lives in a garret, and is not above borrowing a shilling.
  • Just as rain finds its way through the roof of a badly-thatched house, so passion breaks through the badly-regulated, unreflecting, or shallow mind; so as rain cannot percolate through the perfect roof, so passion will not percolate through the well-regulated and reflecting mind.
  • If you live up to your highest aspirations today, new glories will wait for you to-morrow.
  • He is not very good who is not better than his friends imagine him to be.
  • A lie trembles all over when it discovers that truth is on its track.
  • When prosperity comes we are prone to forget the lessons of adversity.
  • Keep your eyes on the goal, and remember that thousands of others are trying to get there first.
  • A small mind is about the only little thing that does not accomplish something.
  • The fool in his haste says things which the wise man dare not think.
  • The intuitive thought of conscience is the whispering of the voice of Truth.
  • Don’t wait for something extraordinary to happen in order to distinguish yourself, work away at the ordinary events of everyday and you will find distinction will come to you at the right time.
  • What appears to be a misfortune may become good fortune if borne with fortitude and resignation.
  • There are some persons in this world who, if they were in heaven, would find fault with the arrangement of the feathers on an angel’s wing.
  • Don’t spoil a good action by talking about it.
  • As foul gas escapes from a sewer, so doth bad language and evil thoughts emerge from a foul mind.
  • Spite is the meanest revenge of the meanest mind.
  • Work kills few, worry slays thousands.
  • Kindness is the oil which causes the hinge of the gate of Paradise to open easily.
  • Small sorrows worry us, great ones prove us.
  • Do you want to be good? Then do good.
  • Misfortune tests, prosperity often spoils the man.
  • Bad habits are as contagious as the measles, and young people are the most liable to catch both.
  • Beneficence spreads its roots deep and its branches far.
  • Money and water are both good things when used properly, but they are both apt to become stagnant and useless, even poisonous, when kept too long.
  • Luxury begets effeminacy, and the off-spring of effeminacy is ruin.
  • The richest man is the one who is contented with what he has got.
  • Genius is another name for a combination of energy, industry and patience.
  • It is better to bear injustice than to do it.
  • Learning is useful, but the knowledge of how to use it is wisdom.
  • Learn to bear little trials with patience, so that you can endure greater ones with complaisance.
  • Your time and your mind is your garden and your field; let them lie fallow and you will get a good crop of weeds, cultivate them both and you will have a rich harvest of flowers, fruit, and good grain.
  • The first real step towards heaven is to say farewell to evil.
  • Little minds always carp at the deeds of greater men.
  • Ingratitude is the most contemptible trait in a person’s character.
  • Never despise instruction even if you have to receive it at the hands of an enemy.
  • The 1st step towards happiness is self-control, the 2nd self-denial, and the 3rd persistent effort.
  • The first turning from the path of duty and honour lies to the crooked lane of adversity.
  • There are two sorts of patience: 1, by which we bear up in adversity, which is fine and beautiful; but 2nd, that by which we withstand the commission of evil, is better.
  • Perfection consists in three things: 1) patience in affliction, 2) moderation in our pursuits, and 3) assisting him that asked.
  • Liberality consists less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.
  • Nothing is more apt to remove all good thoughts than want of trust, whereas trust in a person inspires him to do right; we are touched by the good opinion of others, and will not lose it easily.
  • It is now we must be penitent, now we must be holy. This hour has its duty, which cannot be done the next. Tomorrow may bring its own opportunities, but will not restore today’s.
  • Self-reliance and self-denial will teach a man to drink out of his own cistern and eat his own sweet bread, and to learn and labour truly to get his living and carefully expend the good things committed to his trust.
  • It is far easier to ask for what is impossible than to do that which is possible.
  • All you have to do in any individual heart is to kindle the higher life and set it to work; and that higher life will conquer all that is lower, because Allah is in the higher life, and you cannot defeat Allah.
  • Knowledge and timber shouldn’t be much used until they are seasoned.
  • If you will consider and try and reckon up all the blessings you have enjoyed in life, you will find that although you are a polyglot you will not have language enough to be able to thoroughly describe them all.
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