eft to right: Lord Alfred Tennyson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry Ward Beecher

Words of wisdom

The prosperity of a country depends, not on the abundance of its revenues, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its public buildings, but it consists in the number of its cultivated citizens, in its men of education, enlightenment and character; here are to be found its true interest, its chief strength, its real power. – Martin Luther

Reverence is the chief joy and power of life — reverence for what is pure and bright in your youth, for what is true and tried in the age of others; for all that is gracious among the living, great among the dead, and marvelous in the power that cannot die. – Ruskin

As ships meet at sea, a moment together when words of greeting must be spoken, and then away into the deep, so men meet in this world; and I think we should cross no man’s path without hailing him, and, if he needs, giving him supplies. – Henry Ward Beecher

It is to you, ye workers, who do already work, and are as grown men, noble and honorable in a sort that the whole world calls for new work and nobleness. Subdue mutiny, discord, widespread despair, by manfulness, justice, mercy and wisdom. – Carlyle

Make sure that, however good you may be, you have faults; that however dull you may be, you can find out what they are; and that, however slight they may be, you would better make some patient effort to get quit of them. – Ruskin

Man forgets even to question about his own growth in goodness while he serves the souls connected with him and the great whole of humanity. – Phillips Brooks

Come, take that task of yours which you have been hesitating before and shrinking and walking around, and on this very day lift up and do it. – Phillips Brooks

The man who does not love his country is not only odious and detestable in the public eye, but there is a screw loose in the man himself. – John Morley

Be not satisfied with a superficial view of things, but penetrate into their matter and form and the end they were made for. – Marcus Aurelius

Man is, properly speaking, based on hope; he has no other possession but hope; this world is emphatically the place of hope. – Carlyle

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at. – Sterne

We reduce life to the pettiness of our daily living; we should exalt our living to the grandeur of life. – Phillips Brooks

The best use we can make of our life is to live so that we shall be a benediction to every one we meet. – J R Miller

If you would hit the target, aim a little above it. Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth. – Longfellow

He is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted. – Gladstone

If you will be cherished when you are old, be courteous when you are young. – John Lyly

Anger falls aside and withers on the breast of peaceful, love. – Tennyson

It’s always something to know you’re done the most you could. – Dickens


Photos at top, left to right: Lord Alfred Tennyson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry Ward Beecher

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Source publication: San Francisco Call

Source publication date: December 14, 1902

Filed under: 1900s, Celebrities & famous people, Culture & lifestyle

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