The wise therefore are not exalted in their own conceit by the advantages and
opportunities they enjoy, but they are made humble rather when they remember the greater
and worthier men who, lacking all save honest minds and true hearts, hewed their way
through a thousand obstacles to freedom and light.
Few can utter words of wisdom, but opportunity to speak kind words is offered to everyone;
and they are more helpful. When we are thrown with persons who have feeble mental culture,
but who are mild, simple, and true, we feel how little intellectual accomplishments
contribute to form what is best in man. They who have the mother virtues are not injured
by their ignorance of the objections which would discredit all virtue. The best is within
the reach of all; therefore it is not to be found in great possessions or exalted position
or abstruse thoughts.
The reward of all right life is increase of the power of living rightly. The world can
give to the hero or the saint nothing that is comparable to the growing strength and joy
there is in being a hero or a saint. "To be spiritually minded is life and peace."
Opportunity for many things may be lacking, but it is always possible to do what belongs
to one's condition; and if it be only to wait and suffer, the right spirit will make this
Whatever is inevitable or irremediable is, in so far, part of the divine purpose, and to
accept it with a grave trustfulness is the only wisdom; but let us be slow to believe that
a thing is inevitable or irremediable. Walk perseveringly in the light of a great purpose,
and difficulties shall disappear, even as the horizon recedes before the advancing step.
Have faith in thyself and in God, and thou shalt be borne upward and onward as by
invisible tireless wings fanning the ethereal element, where the soul breathes its proper
atmosphere and knows nor doubt nor fear. If smail things are given thee to do, do them as
though they were great, since for thee their significance is infinite.
We are the slaves of our needs-the fewer they are, the freer are we; the higher they are,
the nobler the masters we serve. Not independence, but interdependence, is the law of our
life. It is only in ministering- to one another, in bearing one another's burdens, in
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