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That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience, is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveler exceeds that which is got by reading.

    Topics: Learning, Reading

O how quickly passes away the glory of the earth.

    Topics: Life

And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind.

    Topics: Life

What thou art, that thou art.

    Topics: Life

All is vanity but to love and serve Him.

    Topics: Love, God

He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.

    Topics: Love, Purity

Love feels no burden, regards not labors, strives toward more than it attains, argues not of impossibility, since it believes that it may and can do all things. Therefore it avails for all things, and fulfils and accomplishes much where one not a lover falls and lies helpless.

    Topics: Love

Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, manly and never seeking her own; for whosoever a man seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.

    Topics: Love, Gentleness

Love alone makes heavy burdens light and bears in equal balance things pleasing and displeasing. Love bears a heavy burden and does not feel it, and love makes bitter things tasteful and sweet.

    Topics: Love, Bitterness

It is much safer to obey than to rule.

    Topics: Obedience

No one doth safely rule but he that hath learned gladly to obey.

    Topics: Obedience

No man ruleth safely but that he is willingly ruled.

    Topics: Obedience

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