November 20

HE fought his doubts and gather’d strength:
He would not make his judgment blind,
He faced the spectres of the mind
And laid them. Thus he came at length

To find a stronger faith his own;
And Power was with him in the night,
Which makes the darkness and the light,
And dwells not in the light alone.
Alfred Tennyson

ANY man, not the man who has most means of knowing, who has the subtlest brains, or sits under the most orthodox preacher, or has his library fullest of most orthodox books,—but the man who strives to know, who takes God at His word, and sets himself to dig up the heavenly mystery, roots and all, before sunset, and the night come, when no man can work.
John Ruskin

RELIGION makes invulnerable and invincible. Earth can only be conquered in the name of heaven. All good things are given over and above to him who desires but righteousness. To be disinterested is to be strong, and the world is at the feet of him whom it cannot tempt. Why ? Because spirit is lord of matter, and the world belongs to God. “Be of good cheer,” said a heavenly voice, “I have overcome the world.”
Henri F. Amiel

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