January 2

LIFE is too short to waste
In critic peep or cynic bark,
Quarrel or reprimand:
’Twill soon be dark;
Up! mind thine own aim, and
God speed the mark!
Ralph Waldo Emerson


THE question is, What do you more than others? Where is your extra? In what do you surpass other people? The world is not quarrelling with Christianity as a revelation of ideas, or as an organization created for work, but with the low morality of Christian people.
John Clifford


WE are here on earth not to contemplate, but to transform created things; to found as far as in us lies the image of the “Kingdom of God” on earth—not to admire earth’s contrasts. Egotism nearly always lurks beneath contemplation. Our world is not a spectacle; it is a field of battle, upon which all who in their hearts love justice, beauty, and holiness, are bound—whether as leaders or soldiers, conquerors or martyrs—to play their part.
Joseph Mazzini

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