We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration
and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of.
John H. Groberg
In building a firm foundation for success, here are a few stones to
1. The wisdom of preparation.
2. The value of confidence.
worth of honesty.
4. The privilege of working.
5. The discipline of struggle.
6. The magnetism of character.
7. The radiance of health.
8. The forcefulness
9. The winsomeness of courtesy.
10. The attractiveness of
11. The inspiration of cleanliness.
12. The satisfaction of serving.
13. The power of suggestion.
14. The buoyancy of enthusiasm.
15. The advantage
16. The virtue of patience.
17. The rewards of cooperation.
The fruitfulness of perseverance.
19. The sportsmanship of losing.
20. The joy
Rollo C. Hester
They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe
failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to
insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an
awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence
that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus
talent is a species of vigor.
We live by encouragement and die without it - slowly, sadly, angrily.
The supreme courage of life is the courage of the soul. It is living, day
by day, sincerely, steadfastly, serenely, - despite all opinions, all
obstacles, all opposition. It means the wine of inspiration from the crushed
grapes of our sorrows. This courage makes the simplest life, great; it makes
the greatest life - sublime. It means the royal dignity of fine individual
William George Jordan
Life is simply time given to man to learn how to live. Mistakes are always
part of learning. The real dignity of life consists in cultivating a fine
attitude towards our own mistakes and those of others. It is the fine
tolerance of a fine soul. Man becomes great, not through never making
mistakes, but by profiting by those he does make; by being satisfied with a
single rendition of a mistake not encoring it into a continuous performance;
by getting from it the honey of new, regenerating inspiration with no
irritating sting of morbid regret; by building better to-day because of his
poor yesterday; and by rising with renewed strength, finer purpose and
freshened courage every time he falls.
William George Jordan
The great composer…does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes
inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled
down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant
settles down each day to his figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for
Most of life is routine - dull and grubby. But routine is the momentum that
keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the
corner after the parade is a mile down the street.
The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have.
Books are the open avenues down which, like kings coming to be crowned,
great ideas and inspirations move to the abbey of man’s soul. There are some
people still left who understand perfectly what Fenelon meant when he said,
"If the crowns of all the kingdoms of the empire were laid down at my feet in
exchange for my books and my love of reading, I would spurn them all."
Ernest Dressel North
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