The Need of Action
The nodding of the head does not make the
boat to row.
Where Wisdom Dwells
Wisdom dwells in blue skies and broad
sunshine and the wide hills and infinite waters; in peace of mind, freedom,
ownership of the earth. He is poverty stricken who is so absorbed in the one
little enclosure of which he holds the title deeds, that he loses his grasp on
the universe, which is his most splendid possession, his most suggestive,
enduring, and, we trust, eternal inheritance.
Better to stem with heart and hand The
roaring tide of life, than lie, Unmindful, on its flowery strand, Of God's
occasions drifting by! Better with naked nerve to bear The needles of this
goading air, Than, in the lap of sensual ease, forego The godlike power to do,
the godlike aim to know.
J. G. Whittier.
Life is, for the most part, either an
ennui or an anxiety.
He speaks home; you may relish him more
in the soldier than in the scholar.
Books, as Dryden has aptly termed them,
are spectacles to read nature. Æschylus and Aristotle, Shakespeare and Bacon,
are priests who preach and expound the mysteries of man and the universe. They
teach us to understand and feel what we see, to decipher and syllable the
hieroglyphics of the senses.
True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.
Ellen G. White.