December 11

BUT heard are the Voices,
Heard are the Sages,
The Worlds and the Ages:
Choose well; your choice is
Brief, and yet endless.

Here eyes do regard you,
In Eternity’s stillness;
Here is all fulness,
Ye brave, to reward you;
Work, and despair not.
Johann W. von Goethe

FOR thy soul’s sake, consider and tell thyself, if thy estate in the world did lie upon the spending of this day or week, or if thy life lay on it, so that thou must live or die, be poor or rich, sick or well, as thou spendest it, wouldst thou then waste it in dressings, or compliment, or play? wouldst thou find any time to spend on impertinent triflings? Or rather wouldst thou not be up betimes, and about thy business, and turn by thy games and thy diverting company, and disappoint thine idle visitors, and let them find that thou art not to be spoken with, nor at leisure to than be undone?
Richard Baxter

OUR hard entrance into the world, our miserable going out of it, our sickness, disturbances, and sad encounters in it, do clamorously tell us we come not into the world to run a race of delight, but to perform the sober acts and serious purposes of man.
Sir Thomas Browne


November 19

MAMMON, the least erected spirit that fell
From Heaven; for e’en in Heaven his looks and thoughts
Were always downward bent, admiring more
The riches of Heaven’s pavement, trodden gold,
Than aught Divine or holy else enjoy’d
In vision beatific.
John Milton

HE poor think that none are worldlings and covetous but the rich. But he may love riches that wanteth them, as much as he that hath them. If thou lovest the world and worldly plenty inordinately, and covetest more, thou art a covetous worldling, though thou wish it not from another. It is the worldly mind and love of wealth that is the sin at the root; the way of getting it are but the branches.
Richard Baxter

IT is a Preposterous thing, that Men can venture their souls where they will not venture their Money! For they will take their Religion upon trust, but not trust a Synod about the Goodness of Half a Crown.
William Penn

FOR a small income, a long journey is undertaken; for everlasting life, many will scarce once lift a foot from the ground.
Thomas a Kempis

June 22

LET us not always say,
“Spite of this flesh to-day
I strove, made head, gained ground upon the whole!”
As the bird wings and sings,
Let us cry, All good things
Are ours, nor soul helps flesh more, now, than flesh
helps soul!”
Robert Browning

THE preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
Herbert Spencer

IT is as great a duty to help the body to its due alacrity and fitness for service, as it is to tame it and bring it under.
Richard Baxter

THE first wealth is health. Sickness is poor-spirited, and cannot serve any one: it must husband its resources to live.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

IT is better to lose health like a spendthrift, than to waste it like a miser.
Robert Louis Stevenson

May 20

SO nigh is grandeur to our dust,
So near is God to man,
When Duty whispers low, Thou must,
The youth replies, I can.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

THERE is much difference between temptation and leading into error. God tempts, but He leads not into error. To tempt is to present occasions which impose no necessity; if we love not God we shall do a certain thing. To lead into error, is to place a man in a necessity of forming and following false conclusion.
Blaise Pascal

KEEP as far from all occasions of thy passions as other duties will allow thee; and contrive thy affairs and occasions into as great an opposition as may be to the temptation.
Richard Baxter

IT is lawful to pray God that we be not led into temptation; but not lawful to skulk from those that come to us.
Robert Louis Stevenson

HE that would be little in temptation, let him be much in prayer.
John Owen