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Some persons are always ready to level those above them down to themselves, while they are never willing to level those below them up to their own position. But he that is under the influence of true humility will avoid both these extremes. On the one hand, he will be willing that all should rise just so far as their diligence and worth of character entitle them to; and on the other hand, he will be willing that his superiors should be known and acknowledged in their place, and have rendered to them all the honors that are their due.

    Author: Jonathan Edwards

Everyone would have something, such perhaps as we are ashamed to utter. The proud man would have honor; the covetous man, wealth and abundance; the malicious, revenge on his enemies; the epicure, pleasure and long life; the barren, children; the wanton, beauty; each would be humored in his own desire, though in opposition both to God's will, and his own good.

    Author: Joseph Hall

He is great enough that is his own master.

    Author: Joseph Hall

Nothing doth so fool a man as extreme passion. This doth make them fools which otherwise are not, and show them to be fools which are so.

    Author: Joseph Hall

Recreation is intended to the mind as whetting is to the scythe, to sharpen the edge of it, which otherwise would grow dull and blunt. He, therefore, that spends his whole time in recreation is ever whetting, never mowing; his grass may grow and his steed starve. As, contrarily, he that always toils and never recreates, is ever mowing, never whetting; laboring much to little purpose; as good no scythe as no edge.

    Author: Joseph Hall

Garments that have once one rent in them are subject to be torn on every nail, and glasses that are once cracked are soon broken. Such is man's good name when once tainted with just reproach.

    Author: Joseph Hall

You can't develop character by reading books. You develop it from conflict.

    Author: Leonard Ravenhill

Imitation causes us to leave natural ways to enter into artificial ones; it therefore makes slaves.

    Author: Alexandre Vinet

Nothing good ever comes of violence.

    Author: Martin Luther

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

    Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.

    Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

    Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

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