The Religion of Duty

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McClure, Phillips & Company, 1905 - Ethical culture movement - 199 pages
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Page 53 - In an Arabic poem we find the instructive parable of the celebrated teacher Djelalledin. Once Moses, while wandering in the wilderness, came upon a shepherd who was praying fervently to God. This was the shepherd's prayer:—" How shall I know where to find thee, and how to be thy servant ? How I should wish to put on thy sandals, to comb thy hair, to wash thy garments, to kiss thy feet, to care for thy dwelling, to give thee milk from my herd ; for such is the desire of my heart.
Page 34 - Motionless torrents! silent cataracts! Who made you glorious as the gates of Heaven Beneath the keen full moon? Who bade the sun Clothe you with rainbows? Who, with living flowers Of loveliest blue, spread garlands at your feet? God! — let the torrents, like a shout of nations, Answer! and let the ice-plains echo, God!
Page 98 - Better the blessing of the poor, Though I turn me empty from his door ; That is no true alms which the hand can hold ; He gives nothing but worthless gold Who gives from a sense of duty...
Page 34 - heavens declare the Glory of God, and the " firmament sheweth his handiwork...
Page 59 - When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things.
Page 176 - ... of exposing themselves to the cold curiosity or indifference of the world. These very proud and retiring persons are apt to be the most grateful when they meet with genuine understanding, genuine sympathy. The third consolation which I believe to be efficacious is doing for others. There are strange antitheses in the moral world. I recall a passage of Seneca's in which he says that the true beneficiary is the man who always remembers the benefits which he has received, and the true benefactor...
Page 185 - Transfer the idea of tragedy from the stage to life itself. There are high powers at work, a great and noble strain is trying to express itself in things and in men; but conditions are not fit or adequate, and the greatness is constantly breaking down, the nobility failing, not because it ought to fail, but because conditions are insufficient, because the finite can not embody the infinite * Yet the failures only serve to set off the ing, not depressing. After witnessing a tragedy on the stage,...
Page 201 - And after all there is a certain definite view of life underlying the Ethical Movement. As every religion has taught a fundamental conception of life, and has gained strength by so doing, so we, too, are teaching a certain fundamental conception, the conception namely, that progress in right living is the paramount aim and end of life; that right thinking and right believing are important only as they lead to right living, and that the thinking and believing must approve themselves to be right by...
Page 19 - But the father said, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet ; and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it ; and let us eat and be merry ; for this my son was dead and is alive again ; he was lost and is found.
Page 81 - I never saw such execution in my life and hope never to see such sights as met on all sides as our little corps passed over the field, dressing wounded legs and arms nearly demolished, total decapitation, horrible wounds in chest and abdomen, showing the determination of our soldiers to kill every native in sight.

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