What is Worth While?

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Thomas Y. Crowell, 1893 - Conduct of life - 32 pages
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This is a great book that deeply yet simply outlines the complex question that life has to offer it was a great read cover to cover and something that i believe all of human kind at some point and time should take a gander at....

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Page 14 - Ideal: work it out therefrom; and working, believe, live, be free. Fool ! the Ideal is in thyself, the impediment too is in thyself: thy Condition is but the stuff thou art to shape that same Ideal out of : what matters whether such stuff be of this sort or that, so the Form thou give it be heroic, be poetic ? O thou that pinest in the imprisonment of the Actual, and criest bitterly to the gods for a kingdom wherein to rule and create, know this of a truth : the thing thou seekest is already with...
Page 14 - The situation that has not its duty, its Ideal, was never yet occupied by man. Yes, here, in this poor, miserable, hampered, despicable Actual, wherein thou even now standest, here or nowhere is thy Ideal ; work it out therefrom ; and working, believe, live, be free. Fool ! the Ideal is in thyself, the impediment, too, is in thyself; thy condition is but the stuff thou art to shape that same Ideal out of; what matters whether such stuff be of this sort or...
Page 13 - The Situation that has not its Duty, ' its Ideal, was never yet occupied by man. Yes here, in ' this poor, miserable, hampered, despicable Actual, wherein ' thou even now standest; here or nowhere is thy Ideal : ' work it out therefrom ; and working, believe, live, be free.
Page 15 - The most reckless spendthrift in the world is the one who squanders time. Money lost may be regained, friendships broken may be renewed, houses and lands may be sold or buried or burnt, but may be bought or gained or built again. But what power can restore the moment that has passed, the day whose sun has set, the year that has been numbered with the ages gone...
Page 32 - ... let us so live in all true womanliness as to be an inspiration, strength, and blessing to those whose lives are touched by ours!
Page 21 - To-day is, for all that we know, the opportunity and occasion .of our lives. On what we do or say to-day may depend the success and completeness of our entire lifestruggle. It is for us, therefore, to use every moment of to-day as if our very eternity were dependent on its words and deeds.
Page 30 - ... from us that seems much. All loss, all pain, is particular; the universe remains to the heart unhurt.
Page 27 - A friend remembers us when we have forgotten ourselves, or neglected ourselves: he takes loving heed of our health, our work, our aims, our plans. A friend may praise us, and we are not embarrassed; he may rebuke us, and we are not angered. If he be silent, we understand. It takes a great soul to be a true friend, — a large, catholic, steadfast, and loving spirit. One must forgive much, forget much, forbear much. It costs to be a friend, or to have a friend: there is nothing else in life, except...
Page 27 - To have a friend is to have one of the sweetest gifts that life can bring : to be a friend is to have a solemn and tender education of soul from day to day.
Page 11 - The other is disfatisfaction with one's present opportunities. Of these, the first may be overcome; the second may be put out of one's life. A congenial environment is not one of the essentials of life: present opportunities, if rightly used, are as great as the soul need ask. Which of us can sit down at the close of a day and say, To-day I have done all that was in my power to do for humanity and righteousness? Ah, no! We look for large things, and forget that which is close at hand! To take life...

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