What Good Does Wishing Do?

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T.Y. Crowell & Company, 1898 - Conduct of life - 32 pages
 

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Page 28 - They have but fallen before us : for one day we must fall. Why dost thou build the hall, son of the winged days? Thou lookest from thy towers to-day ; yet a few years and the blast of the desert comes ; it howls in thy empty court, and whistles round thy half-worn shield.
Page 4 - I want my place! my own place! my true place in the world! my proper sphere! my thing to do, which nature intended me to perform when she fashioned me thus awry, and which I have vainly sought all my lifetime!
Page 29 - Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him ; for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
Page 6 - Man helps himself by larger generalizations. The lesson of life is practically to generalize; to believe what the years and the centuries say against the hoars ; to resist the usurpation of particulars; to penetrate to their catholic sense.
Page 29 - Our echoes roll from soul to soul. And grow forever and forever. Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying. And answer, echoes, answer, dying, dying, dying.
Page 13 - ... the kingdom of God than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, the disciples are thrown into despair, for who then can be saved?
Page 12 - Be sure that God Ne'er dooms to waste the strength he deigns impart ! Ask the gier-eagle why she stoops at once Into the vast and unexplored abyss, What full-grown power informs her from the first, Why she not marvels, strenuously beating The silent boundless regions of the sky!
Page 20 - Know, for the gain it gets, the praise it brings, " The wonder it inspires, the love it breeds : " Look one step onward, and secure that step...
Page 26 - some fall in stony places, where they have not much earth, and forthwith they spring up, because they have no deepness of earth, and when the sun is up they are scorched, and because they have no root they wither away.' And again, ' some fall among thorns, and the thorns spring up and choke them.
Page 11 - Crusoe was cast upon an island, poor, wet, hungry, homeless, and beaten by the sea. He became a man of establishment, of retinue, of possession, and that blamelessly.

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