March 8

SEARCH thine own heart. What paineth thee
In others, in thyself may be;
All dust is frail, all flesh is weak;
Be thou the true man thou dost seek.
John G. Whittier

THE chief stronghold of hypocrisy is to be always judging one another.
John Milton

IF we would reprove with success, and show another his mistake, we must see from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is generally true; and, admitting this truth, show him the side on which it is false.
Blaise Pascal

BELIEVE nothing against another but upon good authority; nor report what may hurt another unless it be a greater hurt to others to conceal it.
William Penn


March 7

LIE not; but let thy heart be true to God,
Thy mouth to it, thy actions to them both:
Cowards tell lies, and those that fear the rod;
The stormy-working soul spits lies and froth.
Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie;
A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.
George Herbert

THE cruellest lies are often told in silence. A man may have sat in a room for hours and not opened his teeth, and yet, come out of that room a disloyal friend or a vile calumniator.
Robert Louis Stevenson

HALF truths are often more calumnious than whole falsehoods. It is not even necessary that a word should be distinctly uttered; a dropped lip, an arched eyebrow; a shrugged shoulder, a significant look, an incredulous expression of countenance, nay, even an emphatic silence, may do the work.
Frederick W. Robertson

IT is false piety to keep peace at the expense of truth; and it is also false zeal to keep truth while wounding charity.
Blaise Pascal

February 28

GOOD, to forgive;
Best, to forget!
Living, we fret;
Dying, we live.
Fretless and free,
Soul, clap thy pinion!
Earth have dominion,
Body, o’er thee!
Robert Browning

DRAW the curtain of night upon injuries, shut them up in the tower of oblivion, and let them be as though they had not been. To forgive our enemies, yet hope that evil will punish them, is not to forgive them enough.
Sir Thomas Browne

IT is only by removing ourselves from charity that we withdraw ourselves from God.
Blaise Pascal

IN taking revenge a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over he is superior, for it is a Prince’s part to pardon.
Francis Bacon

IF I am even with my enemy, the Debt is paid; but if I forgive it, I oblige him for ever.
William Penn

January 5

SUM up at night what thou hast done by day,
And in the morning what thou hast to do;
Dress and undress thy soul; mark the decay
And growth of it; if with thy watch that too
Be down, then wind up both; since we shall be
Most surely judged, make thy accounts agree.
George Herbert

LET every one examine his own thoughts, and he will find them all busied about the past and the future. We seldom think of the present, and, if we do, it is in order to reflect it upon the fenre. The present is never the end in view: the past and present are our means, the future alone is our end. Thus we never live, but are always hoping to live; and by always planning our happiness, it is inevitable that we never compass it.
Blaise Pascal

IF thou canst not continually recollect thyself, yet do it sometimes, at the least once a day, namely, in the morning or at night. In the morning fix thy good purpose; and at night examine thyself what thou hast done, how thou hast behaved thyself in word, deed, and thought; for in these perhaps thou hast oftentimes offended icon God and thy neighbour.
Thomas à Kempis

December 27

FOR want of me the world’s course will nor fail; 
When all its work is done, the lie shall rot;
The truth is great and shall prevail,
When none cares whether it prevail or not.
Coventry Patmore

“TRUTH!” I cried, “though the Heavens crush me for following her: no Falsehood! though a whole celestial Lubberland were the price of Apostacy.”
Thomas Carlyle

TRUTH which only doth judge itself teachetd that the inquiry of truth (which is the love-making or wooing of it), the knowledge of truth (which is the presence of it), and the belief of truth (which is the enjoying of it) is the sovereign good of human nature.
Francis Bacon

NOWADAYS, truth is so obscure and falsehood is so established, that unless we love truth we are unable to recognize it.
Blaise Pascal

December 19

FLOWER o’ the broom!
Take away love, and our earth is a tomb!
Robert Browning

THE whole necessary morality is kindness; and it should spring, of itself, from the one fundamental doctrine, Faith. If you are sure that God, in the long run, means kindness by you, you should be happy; and if happy, surely you should be kind.
Robert Louis Stevenson

LOVE is the hardest Lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it. Difficilia quæ Pulchra.
William Penn

IT is only by removing ourselves from charity that we withdraw ourselves from God.
Blaise Pascal

NO heart is pure that is not passionate; no virtue safe that is not enthusiastic.
Sir J. R. Seeley

November 21

FREE men freely work.
Whoever fears God, fears to sit at ease.
Elizabeth B. Browning

NOTHING is so unendurable to men as to be entirely at rest, without desires, without business, without amusement, without study. He then feels his nothingness, his loneliness, his insufficiency, his dependence, his powerlessness, his emptiness.
Blaise Pascal

WE are not sent into this world to do anything into which we cannot put our hearts. We have certain work to do for our bread, and that is to be done strenuously, other work to do for our delight, and that is to be done heartily, neither is to be done by halves or shifts, but with a will, and what is not worth this effort is not to be done at all.
John Ruskin

ALL men if they work not as in a Great Task master’s eye, will work wrong, work unhappily for themselves and you.
Thomas Carlyle

October 21

NOR less, I trust,
To them I may have owed another gift,
Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened:—that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,—
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
William Wordsworth

WHERE the Soul hath the full measure and complement of happiness; where the boundless appetite of that spirit remains compleatly satisfied, that it can neither desire addition nor alteration; that, I think, is truly Heaven: and this can only be in the injoyment of that essence, whose infinite goodness is able to terminate the desires of itself, and the unsatiable wishes of ours: wherever God will thus manifest Himself, there is Heaven, though within the circle of this sensible world.
Sir Thomas Browne

HAPPINESS is neither outside us nor within us. It is in God—outside us and within us.
Blaise Pascal

August 15

THOUGH love repine and reason chafe,
There came a voice without reply,—
“’Tis man’s perdition to be safe,
When for the truth he ought to die.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

IT is one thing to have truth on our side, and another thing to wish to be on the side of truth.
Richard Whately

LET thy Oaths be sacred, and Promises be made upon the Altar of thy Heart. Call not Jove to witness with a Stone in one Hand, and a Straw in another, and so make Chaff and Stubble of thy vows.
Sir Thomas Browne

THOSE are weaklings who know the truth and uphold it as long as it suits their purpose, and then abandon it.
Blaise Pascal

June 6

TOWER, and dome, and bridge-way proud,
Are mantled with a golden cloud,
And to wise hearts this certain hope is given:
“No mist that man may raise shall hide the eye of
John Keble

WE have no light promised us to show us our road a hundred miles away, but we have a light for the next footstep, and if we take that we shall have a light for the one which is to follow.
Mark Rutherford

THERE is enough light for those whose wish is to see, and enough darkness for those who are of a contrary disposition.
Blaise Pascal

LET us trust in Him to whom alone we owe all blessings. If we do not forsake Him, He will never forsake us—we cannot fathom His love, but we can trust.
Max Müller