January 21

A CREED is a rod,
And a crown is of night;
But this thing is God:
To be man with thy might
To grow straight in the strength of thy spirit, and
live out thy life as the light.
Algernon C. Swinburne


I CANNOT praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and seeks her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
John Milton


TO enjoy true happiness we must travel into a very far country, and even out of ourselves; for the Pearl we seek for is not to be found in the Indian, but in the Empyrean Ocean.
Sir Thomas Browne


WHAT I must do concerns me, not what the people think.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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June 27

BUT you,—had you chosen—had you stretched hand—
Had you seen good such a thing were done—
I, too, might have stood with the souls that stand
In the sun’s sight, clothed with the light of the sun:
I had grown pure as the dawn and the dew,
You had grown strong as the sun or the sea.
Algernon C. Swinburne


GREATNESS of character is a communicable attribute. … It has nothing exclusive in its nature. It cannot be the monopoly of an individual, for it is the enlarged and generous action of faculties and affections which enter into and constitute all minds,—I mean reason, conscience, and love,—so that its elements exist in all.
William E. Channing


THE man may teach by doing, and not otherwise. If he can communicate himself, he can teach, but not by words.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


PURE truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.
Henri F. Amiel