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Aid thyself and God will aid thee.
Who needs not shall never lack a friend.
One day while Solon was composing his laws he was ridiculed for his trouble. Writings can never restrain men,” said the objector, “they are spiders' webs which catch only flies.” "Men,” the philosopher replied, "readily observe that which they are agreed on, and I frame my laws in such a manner that the citizens will know it is to their advantage to keep rather than to break them.”
God hath made everything beautiful in its season. Ecclesiastes, iii. 11.
The beautiful, the beautiful !
Where do we find it not?
And lighteth every spot.
It sparkles on the ocean wave,
It glitters in the dew,
And in the floweret's hue.
On mountain top, in valley deep,
We find its presence there;
It liveth every where.
The glories of the noon-tide day,
The still and solemn night,
Their tribute of delight.
There's beauty in the dancing beam
That brightens childhood's eye,
Whose hope is fixed on high.
And in the being whom our love
Hath chosen for its own, How beautiful! how beautiful
Is every look and tone.
?Twas in that glance that God threw o'er
The young created Earth,
The beautiful had birth.
Then who shall say this world is dull,
And all to sadness given,
The smile that came from heaven?
If so much loveliness is sent
To grace our earthly home, How beautiful! how beautiful
Will be the world to come.
To do good and communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16.
Benefit is the end of nature. But for every benefit you receive a tax is levied: He is great who confers the most benefits at the smallest pain. He is least who receives favours and gives none.
We are born to do benefits.
What is yours to bestow is not yours to reserve.
I gaze upon the thousand stars
That fill the midnight sky;
A light like theirs on high.
To benefit my kind ;
Were given to my mind.
Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Rom. xv. 4.
Whence but from heaven could men unskilled in arts,
"Thou truest friend man ever knew,
Thy constancy I've tried ;
My counsellor and guide.
That could this volume buy;
It taught me how to die.
Every one that doeth evil hateth the light. John, iii. 20.
He (God) hath sent me (Christ) to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind. Luke, iv, 18.
None so blind as they who will not see.
Light is light, though the blind see it not.
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.
There is a poor
blind man who every day,
The chanted service pealing full and clear.
Ask why alone in the same spot he kneels
Through the long year? Oh! the wide world is cold, As dark to him; here he no longer feels
His sad bereavement—Faith and Hope uphold
As thro' the aisles the choral anthems roll,
The borrower is servant to the lender. Prov. xxii. 7.
The borrower runs in his own debt.
You had better break your own bones, than ride in your neighbour's coach.
Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Matt. xii. 50.
Love the brotherhood. 1 Pet. ii. 17.
Oh! if the thought be beautiful, if it be wise and kind,