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And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind.
Be not angry that you cannot make another what you wish them to be; since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be.
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
Be thankful for the least gift, so shalt thou be meant to receive greater.
Carry the cross patiently, and with perfect submission and in the end it shall carry you.
Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will
Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?
First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.
He has great tranquillity of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men.
If your heart were sincere and upright, every creature would be unto you a looking-glass of life and a book of holy doctrine.
It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength.... It is therefore able to undertake all things, and it completes many things, and warrants them to take effect, where he who does not love would faint and lie down.
Love flies, runs, and rejoices it is free and nothing can hold it back.
Love flies, runs, and rejoices; it is free and nothing can hold it back.
Love is swift, sincere, pious, joyful, generous, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, courageous, and never seeking its own; for wheresoever a person seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.
Never be entirely idle but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Of two evils we must always choose the least.
Pass no rash condemnation on other peoples words or actions.
Remember that lost time does not return.
Remember, your prerogative is to govern, and not to serve the things of this world.
The good devout man first makes inner preparation for the actions he has later to perform. His outward actions do not draw him into lust and vice rather it is he who bends them into the shape of reason and right judgement. Who has a stiffer battle to fight than the man who is striving to conquer himself.
The good devout man first makes inner preparation for the actions he has later to perform. His outward actions do not draw him into lust and vice; rather it is he who bends them into the shape of reason and right judgement. Who has a stiffer battle to fight than the man who is striving to conquer himself.
The intention which is fixed on God as its only end will keep people steady in their purposes, and deliver them from being the joke and scorn of fortune.
The reflections on a day well spent furnish us with joys more pleasing than ten thousand triumphs.
Whatever you do, do it with intelligence, and keep the end in view.
Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.

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