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It is not what a man does which exalts him, but what he would do.-BROWNING.
Let any one set his heart to do what is right, and ere long his brow is stamped with all that goes to make up heroic expression.-CHARLES KINGSLEY.
No man can live half a life when he has genuinely learned that it is a half life. The other half, the higher half, must haunt him.-PHILLIPS BROOKS.
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 that, so the form thou give it be heroic -be poetic? Oh, 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 thee, here or nowhere, couldst thou only see!-THOMAS CARLYLE, in "Sartor Resartus."
No human being and no society composed of human beings ever did, or ever will, come to much unless their conduct was guided and governed by the love of some ethical ideal.-HUXLEY.