March 2

BUT, above all, the victory is most sure
For him, who, seeking faith by virtue, strives
To yield entire obedience to the Law
Of Conscience; Conscience reverenced and obeyed,
As God’s most intimate presence in the soul,
And His most perfect image in the world.
William Wordsworth

“BUT this poor miserable Me! Is this, then, all the book I have got to read about God in?” Yes, truly so. No other book, nor fragment of book, than that, will you ever find;—no velvet-bound missal, nor frankincensed manuscript;— nothing in the clouds above, nor in the earth beneath. That flesh-bound volume is the only revelation that is, that was, or that can be. In that is the image of God painted; in that is the law of God written; in that is the promise of God revealed. Know thyself; for through thyself only thou canst know God.
John Ruskin

THE greatest thing of the world is for a man to know how to be his own.
Michael E. Montaigne


January 31

A ROBIN Redbreast in a cage
Puts all Heaven in a rage . . . .
He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be beloved by men.
William Blake

I AM not ashamed nor afraid to declare the tenderness of my childish nature, which is such that I cannot well reject my dog if he chance (although out of season) to fawn upon me, or beg of me to play with him.
Michael E. Montaigne

AS the art of life is learned, it will be found at last that all lovely things are also necessary; —the wild flower by the wayside, as well as the tended corn; and the wild birds and creatures of the forest, as well as the tended cattle; because man doth not live by bread only, but also by the desert manna; by every wondrous word and unknowable work of God.
John Ruskin

I WOULD give nothing for that man’s religion whose very dog and cat are not the better for it.
Rowland Hill

October 2

THEN gently scan your brother man,
Still gentler, sister woman,
Though they may gang a tremmie wrang,
To step aside is human.

Then at the balance let’s be mute,
We never can adjust it;
What’s done we partly may compute,
But know not what’s resisted.
Robert Burns

“FORGIVE us,” say we, “our offences, as we forgive them that trespasse against us.” What else inferre we by that petition, but that we offer Him our soule voide of all revenge, and free from all rancour? We nevertheless invoke God and call on His aid, even in the complot of our grievousest faults, and desire His assistance in all manner of injustice and iniquitie.
Michael E. Montaigne

BE generous before you are just. Do not temper mercy with justice.
Lord Acton

DO you know, when I see a poor devil drunk and brutal, I always feel, quite apart from my æsthetical perceptions, a sort of shame, as if I myself had some hand in it.
William Morris

September 23

WORK of his hand
He nor commends nor grieves;
Pleads for help the fact;
As unrepenting Nature leaves
Her every act.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

MAKE not the Consequence of Virtue the Ends thereof. Be not beneficent for a Name or Cymbal of Applause, nor exact and punctual in Commerce, for the Advantages of Trust and Credit, which attend the Reputation of just and true Dealing: for such Rewards, tho’ unsought for, plain Virtue will bring with her, whom all Men honour, tho’ they pursue not.
Sir Thomas Browne

WHO is only good that others may know it, and that he may be the better esteemed when ’tis known, who will do well but upon condition that his virtue may be known to men, is one from whom much service is not to be expected.
Michael E. Montaigne