December 22

IT is the little rift within the lute,
That by-and-by will make the music mute,
And ever-widening, slowly silence all.
Alfred Tennyson

THE greatest evils in life have had their rise from somewhat which was thought of too little importance to be attended to.
Bishop Butler

IT is sometimes a very trifle, whence a great temptation arises. And whilst I am thinking myself tolerably safe, and when I least expect it, I sometimes find myself almost entirely overcome by a slight breath.
Thomas A Kempis

THE only advice even now, which I can give to those who comprehend the bitter pangs of such self-degradation as passion brings, is to watch the first risings of the storm, and to say “Beware; be watchful,” at the least indication of a tempest.
Mark Rutherford



October 24

I WILL place within them as a guide
My umpire, Conscience, whom, if they will hear,
Light after light well used they shall attain,
And, to the end persisting, safe arrive.
John Milton

CONSCIENCE is the territory or dominion of God in man, which he hath so reserved to himself that no human power can possibly enter into it or dispose of it in any wise.
John Owen

CONSCIENCE is authority,—divine authority, universal authority; or it is nothing. It is a right-royal power, that cannot stoop to serve: dethrone it, and it dies.
James Martineau

IF conscience had the power, as it has the right, it would rule the world.
Bishop Butler

October 4

STERN Lawgiver! yet thou dost wear
The Godhead’s most benignant grace;
Nor know we anything so fair
As is the smile upon thy face:
Flowers laugh before thee on their beds
And fragrance in thy footing treads;
Thou dost preserve the Stars from wrong;
And the most ancient Heavens, through Thee, are
fresh and strong.
William Wordsworth

WHOSOEVER has received of Heaven the suggestion of some practicable deed of goodness or sacrifice of mercy bears a burthen which will be asked at his hands when he knocks at the everlasting gate. It is the holy trust committed to him; and how is he straitened till it be accomplished!
James Martineau

THAT which is called considering what is our duty in a particular case is very often nothing but endeavouring to explain it away.
Bishop Butler

GOD never imposes a duty without giving the time to do it.
John Ruskin