January 6

OTO be up and doing. O
Unfearing and unshamed to go
In all the uproar and the press
About my human business!
My undissuaded heart I hear
Whisper courage in my ear.
With voiceless calls the ancient earth
Summons me to a daily birth.
Robert Louis Stevenson


THE best prayer at the beginning of a day is that we may not lose its moments.
John Ruskin


LET the weakest, let the humblest remember, that in his daily course he can, if he will, shed around him almost a heaven. Kindly words, sympathizing attentions, watchfulness against wounding men’s sensitiveness — these cost very little, but they are priceless in their value. Are they not almost the staple of our daily happiness? From hour to hour, from moment to moment, we are supported, blest, by small kindnesses.
Frederick W. Robertson


THE great business of life is to be, to do, to do without, and to depart.
John Morley

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September 14

WE get no good
By being ungenerous even to a book,
And calculating profits,—so much help
By so much reading. It is rather when
We gloriously forget ourselves and plunge
Soul-forward, headlong, into a book’s profound,
Impassioned for its beauty and salt of truth—
’Tis then we get the right good from a book.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning


THEY do most by Books, who could do much without them, and he that chiefly owes himself unto himself is the substantial Man.
Sir Thomas Browne


SEARCH not who spoke this or that: but what is spoken.
Thomas A Kempis


TRY for yourselves what you can read in half an hour. Then multiply the half-hour by three hundred and sixty-five, and consider what treasures you might have laid by at the end of the year; and what happiness, fortitude, and wisdom they would have given you for a lifetime.
John Morley

June 30

THEY are slaves who fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,
Rather than in silence shrink
From the truth they needs must think;
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or three.
James Russell Lowell


EVERY sincere utterance of the soul, every testimony faithfully borneto a personal conviction, is of use to some one and some thing, even when you know it not, and when your mouth is stopped by violence, or the noose tightens round your neck.
Henri F. Amiel


THE history of success, as we can never too often repeat to ourselves, is the history of minorities. And what is more, it is for the most part the history of insurrection exactly against what the worldly spirits of the time, whenever it may have been, deemed mere trifles and accidents, with which sensible men should on no account dream of taking the trouble to quarrel.
John Morley

June 4

HE ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
Emily Dickinson


IT is of greatest concernment in the Church and commonwealth to have a vigilant eye how books demean themselves, as well as men, and therefore to confine, imprison, and do sharpest justice on them as malefactors, for books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them, to be as active as that soul whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve, as in a phial, the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. I know they are as lively, as vigorously productive as those fabulous dragon’s s teeth, and, being sown up and down, may chance to spring up armed men; and yet, on the other hand, unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who kills a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were, in the eye.
John Milton


YOU will find that most books worth reading once are worth reading twice.
John Morley


NO book that will not improve by repeated; readings deserves to be read at all.
Thomas Carlyle


THE great drawback in new books is that they prevent our reading older ones.
Joseph Joubert