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And let us be very careful of the malice and the subtlety of the Satan, who wishes that a man not raise his mind and heart to God.

He should first show them in deeds rather than words all that is good and holy.

In God's name, Monsieur, let us remain indifferent; let us strive to be equally attached to whatever obedience marks out for us, be it agreeable or disagreeable. By the grace of God, we belong to Him; what else should we desire except to please Him?

Monsieur, how I wish you would moderate your ardor and examine matters thoroughly before making any decision on them! Be acted upon rather than active. In this way, God will do through you alone what all men put together could not do without him.

Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.

He should first show them in deeds rather than words all that is good and holy.

Take care that the worldling does not pursue with greater zeal and anxiety the perishable goods of this world than you do the eternal.

Whatever a woman's reason may say, her feelings tell her the truth.

‘Tis peace of mind, lad, we must find.

If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.

The outcome was equally fatal, whether the country fell into the hands of a wealthy oligarchy which exploited the poor or whether it fell under the domination of a turbulent mob which plundered the rich. In both cases there resulted violent alternations between tyranny and disorder, and a final complete loss of liberty to all citizens -- destruction in the end overtaking the class which had for the moment been victorious as well as that which had momentarily been defeated. The death-knell of the Republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.

No man can judge another, because no man knows himself.

As it is necessary for all men that seek peace to lay down certain rights of nature; that is to say, not to have liberty to do all they list, so is it necessary for man’s life to retain some: as right to govern their own bodies; enjoy air, water, motion, ways to go from place to place; and all things else without which a man cannot live, or not live well.

Our duty is to act upon things as they are, and to make a reasonable provision for whatever they may be.

To the source of blessing
We offer sweet song.
To the living and eternal God, we sing our praises.
For You alone are
the source of all that is amazing
the maker of all that is new
the power behind our battles
the sower of righteousness
the grower of salvation
the creator of healing
the focus of our gratitude
the architect of wonders.
Each day You create the world all over again,
and again and again,
Through Your goodness and faithfulness.
As it is said: “Give thanks to the creator of the
great lights, for Your loving kindness is forever.”

Our Rock, our Redeemer, our King, Creator of holy beings.
You shall be praised forever.
You fashion angelic spirits to serve You; beyond the heavens, they all await Your command.
In chorus they proclaim with reverence words of the living God, eternal King.
Adoring beloved, and choice are they all, in awe fulfilling their Creator’s will.
In purity and sanctity they raise their voices in song and psalm,
extolling and exalting, declaring the power, praise, holiness,
and majesty of God, the great mighty, awesome King, the Holy One.
One to another they vow loyalty to God’s kingship,
one to another they join to hallow their Creator with serenity, pure speech,
and sacred song, in unison chanting reverence:
Holy, holy, holy, Adonai tzeva’ot; the whole world is filled with His glory.
As in the prophet’s vision, soaring celestial creatures roar,
responding with a chorus of adoration:
Praised be the glory of the Lord throughout the universe.
To praiseworthy God they sweetly sing; the living, enduring God they celebrate in song.
For He is unique, doing mighty deeds, creating new life, championing justice,
sowing righteousness, reaping victory, bringing healing.
Awesome in praise, Sovereign of wonders, day after day in His goodness He renews Creation.
So sang the Psalmist:
“Praise the Creator of great lights, for his love endures forever.”
Cause a new light to illumine Zion, may we all soon share a portion of its radiance.
Praised are You, Lord, Creator of lights.

On the day of Pentecost Christianity faced the world, a new religion, without a history, without a priesthood, without a college, without a people, and without a patron. She had only her two sacraments and her tongue of fire. The latter was her sole instrument of aggression.

Man reconciles himself to almost any event, however trying, if it happens in the ordinary course of nature. It is the extraordinary alone that he rebels against. There is a moral idea associated with this feeling; for the extraordinary appears to be something like an injustice of heaven.

The Bill of Rights does not come from the people and is not subject to change by majorities. It comes from the nature of things. It declares the inalienable rights of man not only against all government but also against the people collectively.