November 6

THOU that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart:
See how Thy beggar works on Thee
By art:

He makes Thy gifts occasion more,
And says, if he in this be crost,
All Thou hast given him heretofore
Is lost.

George Herbert


OF those who fail, I do not speak—despair should be sacred; but to those who even modestly succeed, the changes of this life bring interest; a job found, a shilling saved, a dainty earned, all these are wells of pleasure springing afresh for the successful poor, and it is not from these but from the villa-dweller, that we hear complaints of the unworthiness of life.
Robert Louis Stevenson


IT is usually not so much the greatness of our trouble as the littleness of our spirit which makes us complain.
Jeremy Taylor


INGRATITUDE is the abridgement of all baseness—a fault never found unattended with other viciousness.

Thomas Fuller

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