A man who truly wants to make the world better should start by improving himself and his attitudes.
The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much.
Faith is the soul going out of itself for all its wants.
My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.
There are seasons, in human affairs, when new depths seem to be broken up in the soul, when new wants are unfolded in multitudes, and a new and undefined good is thirsted for. There are periods when to dare, is the highest wisdom.
It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.
Envy is an ill-natured vice, and is made up of meanness and malice. It wishes the force of goodness to be strained, and the measure of happiness abated. It laments over prosperity, and sickens at the sight of health. It oftentimes wants spirit as well as good nature.
There is no truer and more abiding happiness than the knowledge that one is free to go on doing, day by day, the best work one can do, in the kind one likes best, and that this work is absorbed by a steady market, and thus supports one's own life. Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do.
If a man wants to be of the greatest possible value to his fellow creatures, let him begin the long, solitary task of perfecting himself.
The things you own end up owning you.
Works without faith are like a fish without water, it wants the element it should live in. A building without a basis cannot stand; faith is the foundation, and every good action is as a stone laid.
It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.
An undivided heart, which worships God alone, and trusts Him as it should, is raised above anxiety for earthly wants.
He is well along the road to perfect manhood who does not allow the thousand little worries of life to embitter his temper, or disturb his equanimity. An undivided heart which worships God alone, and trust him as it should, is raised above anxiety for earthly wants.
Everybody wants to be somebody: nobody wants to grow.
A person who does not mix with other people will not know how to help others. Such a person lacks knowledge about the way people think, their wants and their desires. Even if he wants to help others, he will not know what is good for them. When he wants to comply with the wishes of others, he will confuse them with his own wishes. Because he lacks knowledge about other people, he will not be able to say what is appropriate and acceptable even if he tries. His obstacle is not a lack of love for his fellow man, but a lack of understanding of others.
How few are our real wants! and how easy it is to satisfy them! Our imaginary ones are boundless and insatiable.
Great wants proceed from great wealth; but they are undutiful children, for they sink wealth down to poverty.
The covetous man always wants.
Set about doing good to somebody. Put on your hat, and go and visit the sick and poor of your neighborhood; inquire into their circumstances, and minister to their wants. Seek out the desolate, and afflicted, and oppressed, and tell them of the consolations of religion. I have often tried this method, and have always found it the best medicine for a heavy heart.