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We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to be so.

    Topics: Holiness, Laziness

The glory of the star, the glory of the sun - we must not lose either in the other. We must not be so full of the hope of heaven that we cannot do our work on the earth; we must not be so lost in the work of the earth that we shall not be inspired by the hope of heaven.

    Topics: Hope

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure and good without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.

    Topics: Humility

The feet of the humblest may walk in the field, Where the feet of the Holiest trod, This, then, is the marvel to mortals revealed.

    Topics: Humility

The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.

    Topics: Humility

For the Christ-child who comes is the Master of all; No palace too great, no cottage too small.

    Topics: Jesus, Christmas

Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.

    Topics: Jesus

As you emphasize your life, you must localize and define it... you cannot do everything.

    Topics: Life

Bad will be the day, for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life that he is living, with the thoughts that he is thinking, with the deeds that he is doing, when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is still, in spite of all, the child of God.

    Topics: Life, Service

Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.

    Topics: Life

It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you.

    Topics: Life

Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work. The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.

    Topics: Life

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