881) Wisdom

He who limps is still walking.

–Stanislaw J. Lec

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Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.

–Henry David  Thoreau

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Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

–Clarence Thomas

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Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue.

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Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

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You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

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Use what talents you possess.  The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best.

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It is never a question with any of us of faith or no faith; the question always is, ‘In what or in whom do we put our faith?’

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Temptation, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

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It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.

–Ben Franklin

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Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

–Pope John Paul II

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Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

John Wooden

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We don’t need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity.  What we need is to use what we have.

–Basil Walsh

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It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.

J. K. Rowling

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Don’t cry because it is over; smile because it happened.

–Dr. Suess

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Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

–Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Rather fail with honor than succeed with fraud.

–Sophocles

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It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.

–Mark Twain

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Success is never final, and failure is never fatal: it’s courage that counts.

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Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

–Phillip Brooks

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To do for the world more than the world does for you– that is success.

–Henry Ford

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

–Charles Dickens

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Proverbs 1:7  —  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:13  —  Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.

Psalm 111:10  —  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.  To him belongs eternal praise.

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O God of all ages, grant that I, who am the heir of all the ages, may not fail to profit by the heavenly wisdom which in time past Thou didst grant to Thy servants.

A wise man wrote,

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.

O God, give me grace to profit by this word.

A wise man wrote,

Our wills are ours to make them Thine.

O God, give me grace to profit by this word.

A wise king said, 

Nothing for me is too early or too late which is in due time for Thee. 

O God, give me grace to profit by this word.

A wise man said, 

Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.

O God, give me grace to profit by this word.

A wise man said, 

In His will is our peace.

O God, give me grace to profit by this word.

A wise woman said, 

The divine moment is the present moment.

O God, give me grace to profit by this word.

A wise woman said, 

He asks too much to whom God is not sufficient.

O God, give me grace to profit by this word.

A wise man prayed,

Give what Thou command, and command what Thou wilt.

O God, give me grace to pray this prayer.

A wise man prayed,

My past life hide; my future life guide.

O God, give me grace to pray this prayer.

Grant, O Father, that I may go about this day’s business with an ever-present remembrance of the great traditions wherein I stand and the great cloud of witnesses which at all times surround me, that thereby, I may be kept from evil ways and inspired to high endeavor.  So keep me until evening in the might of Jesus Christ my Lord.  Amen.

Diary of Private Prayer, John Baillie, 1949, Morning Prayer, Twenty-fifth Day