February 29

WHAT I aspired to be
And was not, comforts me.
Robert Browning

THE problem of education is twofold: first to know, and then to utter. Every one who lives any semblance of an inner life thinks more nobly and profoundly than he speaks; and the best teachers can impart only broken images of the truth which they perceive.
Robert Louis Stevenson

THAT man, I think, has had a liberal education who has been so trained in youth that his body is the ready servant of his will, and does with ease and pleasure all the work that as a mechanism it is capable of; whose intellect is a clear, cold logic engine, with all its parts of equal strength and in smooth working order; ready, like a steam engine, to be turned to any kind of work, and spin the gossamers as well as forge the anchors of the mind; whose mind is stored with a knowledge of the great and fundamental truths of nature and of the laws of her operations; one who, no stunted ascetic, is full of life and fire, but whose passions are trained to come to heel by a vigorous will, the servant of a tender conscience; who has learned to love all beauty, whether of nature or of art, to hate all vileness, and to respect others as himself.
Thomas H. Huxley


September 28

MAN’S work is to labour and leaven
As best he may—earth here with heaven.
Robert Browning

O MY brother, be not thou a quack! Die rather, if thou wilt take counsel: ’tis but dying once, and thou art quit of it for ever. Cursed is that trade; and bears curses, thou knowest not how, long ages after thou art departed, and the wages thou hadst are all consumed; nay as the ancient wise have written—through Eternity itself, and is verily marked in the Doom-Book of God!
Thomas Carlyle

THE ledger of the Almighty is strictly kept, and every one of us has the balance of his operations paid over to him at the end of every minute of his existence.
Thomas H. Huxley

THE most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men.
John Owen