American Theologian and Swedenborgian, Father of William and Henry James
Acceptance of what happened is the first step to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
Alexander's career was piracy pure and simple, nothing but an orgy of power and plunder, made romantic by the character of the hero. There was no rational purpose in it, and the moment he died his generals and governors attacked one another.
All natural goods perish. Riches take wings; fame is a breath; love is a cheat; youth and health and pleasure vanish.
All our scientific and philosophic ideals are altars to unknown gods.
Nature is but the echo of the soul, and images nothing therefore of the Divine creation and providence which is not primarily impressed by the soul.