November 12

THESE things shall be! a loftier race
Than e’er the world hath known shall rise
With flame of freedom in their souls
And light of knowledge in their eyes.

They shall be gentle, brave, and strong
To spill no drop of blood, but dare
All that may plant man’s lordship firm,
On earth, and fire, and sea, and air.
John Addington Symonds

EARTH and heaven are for me the lowest and the highest steps of the ladder of human progress. Man is placed upon earth not to vegetate, not to expiate, not to contemplate, but to progress; to walk in the path of life according to the Law of which God has placed the germ in his heart; to accomplish his own education, and that of others, according to the providential design; to manifest; to practise his belief.
Joseph Mazzini

ALL around us is the city of small sins, abounding in backways and retreats, but surely, sooner or later, the towering flame will rise from the harbour announcing that the reign of the cowards is over, and a man is burning his ships.
Gilbert K. Chesterton


August 19

NATION with nation, land with land,
Unarmed shall live as comrades free;
In every heart and brain shall throb
The pulse of one fraternity.

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New arts shall bloom of loftier mould,
And mightier music thrill the skies,
And every life shall be a song
When all the earth is paradise.
John Addington Symonds

EVERY man has in his own heart an altar, upon which, if he invoke it in earnestness, purity, and love, the Spirit of God will descend. Conscience is sacred; it is free. But truth is one and faith may anticipate the time, when, from the free conscience of enlightened men, beneath the breath of God, shall be given forth a religious Harmony, more mighty, more potent in love and life, than any to which Humanity has yet lent ear.
Joseph Mazzini

THE Father has had many a temple in hearts which never knew His name. God keep us from the horrible thought, that the myriads who are buried in heathen darkness are outcasts from His love! Their spiritual wants should indeed move our compassion; and the higher light is given us that we may send it to these brethren. But Brethren they still are. And they share largely and freely, as we do, in the love of the Father. Never does He leave Himself without a witness.
William E. Channing