ends

Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.

War never ends war.

Whoever knocks persistently, ends by entering.

Truett’s Rules: (1) It’s better to demonstrate than to dictate. If you set the example, you won’t need to set so many rules. (2) Fifty percent of the battle ends when you make up your mind.

THERE is a soul above the soul of each,
A mightier soul, which yet to each belongs:
There is a sound made of all human speech,
And numerous as the concourse of all songs:
And in that soul lives each, in each that soul,
Though all the ages are its lifetime vast;
Each soul that dies, in its most sacred whole
Receiveth life that shall forever last.
And thus forever with a wider span
Humanity o’erarches time and death;
Man can elect the universal man,
And live in life that ends not with his breath:
And gather glory that increase still
Till Time his glass with Death’s last dust shall fill.

Moral ambiguity creates mental cramps of various sorts, which lead to reflection, discussion, and argument… Morality resists theoretical unification under either a set of special-purpose rules or single general-purpose rule or principle, such as the categorical imperative or the principle of unity. If this is right, and if it is right because the ends of moral life are plural and heterogeneous in kind and because our practices of moral education rightly reflect this, then we have some greater purchase on why the project of finding a single theoretically satisfying moral theory has failed.

As surely as we are driven to live, we are driven to serve spiritual ends that surpass our own interests… We are not only in need of God but also in need of serving His ends, and these ends are in need of us.

This is the difference between religion and philosophy. Religion begins with the sense of the ineffable; philosophy ends with the sense of the ineffable. Religion begins where philosophy ends.

A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism.

God is withdrawn from both ends of time, for his life is not Time but Eternity, the archetype of time. And in eternity there is neither past nor future but only present.

Immoral means cannot bring moral ends, for the ends are pre-existent in the means.

We must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.

Private property is… a system of legal rights and duties. Under changing conditions the system must be kept in accord with the grand ends of civil society.

Holiness is of a twofold nature; it begins as a quality of the service rendered to God, but it ends as a reward for such service. It is at first a type of spiritual effort, and then a kind of spiritual gift.

Evolution begins and ends with the purposes of God.

Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.

Most people think the future is the ends and the present is the means. In fact, the present is the ends and the future the means.

In the long run we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovering.

Prayer begins by talking to God, but it ends by listening to Him.