February 7

THERE are in this loud stunning tide
Of human care and crime,
With whom the melodies abide
Of th’ everlasting chime;
Who carry music in their heart
Through dusky lane and wrangling mart,
Plying their daily task with busier feet,
Because their secret souls a holy strain repeat.
John Keble

A HAPPY man or woman is a better thing to find than a five-pound note. He or she is a radiating focus of goodwill; and their entrance into a room is as though another candle had been lighted. We need not care whether they could prove the forty-seventh proposition; they do a better thing than that, they practically demonstrate the great theorem of the Liveableness of Life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

NEVER is it so hard to follow and trust a higher inspiration, as amid the crowd of customary things.
James Martineau

THOSE who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
James M. Barrie


August 8

THERE are who ask not if Thine eye
Be on them; who, in love and truth.
Where no misgiving is, rely
Upon the genial sense of youth:
Glad Hearts! without reproach or blot;
Who do Thy work, and know it not:
Long may the kindly impulse last!
But Thou, if they should totter, teach them to stand fast!
William Wordsworth

HOW will young men put themselves on any company, any society? At first being delighted with evil company, then with the evil of the company.
John Owen

HE who must needs have Company, must needs have sometimes bad Company. Be able to be alone. Loose not the advantage of Solitude, and the Society of thy self, nor be only content, but delight to be alone and single with Omnipresency. He who is thus prepared, the Day is not uneasy nor the night black unto him. Darkness may bound his Eyes, not his Imagination.
Sir Thomas Browne

GOD Himself, I think, is very willing to give one-and-twenty a second chance.
James M. Barrie