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Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.

    Topics: Habits

We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.

    Topics: Habits

When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other's flame.

    Topics: Happiness, Joy

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

    Topics: Happiness, Ignorance

No one is really happy merely because he has what he wants, but only if he wants things he ought to want.

    Topics: Happiness

Thou must be emptied of that wherewith thou art full, that thou mayest be filled with that whereof thou art empty.

    Topics: Holiness

I found thee not, O Lord, without, because I erred in seeking thee without that wert within.

    Topics: Holy Spirit

O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.

    Topics: Holy Spirit, Cheerfulness, The Heart

Breath in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

    Topics: Holy Spirit

Hope is a waking dream.

    Topics: Hope

If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humlilty.

    Topics: Humility, Virtue

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

    Topics: Humility

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