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FRIENDSHIP - GIVING.
“True friendship's laws are by this law expressed: Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.”
HOMER. The only reward of virtue is virtue ; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
R. W. EMERSON. It is the ordinary lot of people to have no friends, if they themselves care for nobody.
GIVING. One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
GEORGE ELIOT. A word warm from the heart enriches me.
Flowers and fruits are always fit presents; flowers because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. Fruits are acceptable gifts, because they are the flower of commodities, and admit of fantastic values being attached to them.
R. W. EMERSON. Who gives himself with his alms feeds three ; Himself, his hungering neighbor and me.
J. R. LOWELL.
GOD — HIS LOVE.
St. Augustine described the nature of God as a circle whose center was everywhere, and its circumference nowhere.
God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Bible. All are but parts of one stupendous wħole, Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.
POPE. God is a spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
Catechism. GOD'S LOVE. “ Could we with ink the ocean fill,
Were the whole earth of parchment made, Were every blade of grass a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
Would drain the ocean dry,
Though stretched from sky to sky." There is no creature so small and abject, that it representeth not the goodness of God.
THOMAS À KEMPIS.
God is love, His mercy brightens
All the path in which we rove;
THOMAS MOORE. Love, and God will pay you with the capacity of more love; for love is Heaven - love is God within you.
J. G. WHITTIER. God's fullness flows around our incompleteness; Round our restlessness, his rest.
E. B. BROWNING. The superfluous blossoms on a fruit tree are meant to symbolize the large way in which God loves to do pleasant things.
H. W. BEECHER.
GRATITUDE — HAPPINESS.
I've heard of hearts unkind, kind deeds
WORDSWORTH. The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.
ROCHEFOUCAULD. “ Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude ; gratitude is the completion of thankfulness.” He that hath nature in him, must be grateful ; 'Tis the Creator's primary great law That links the chain of beings to each other.
I would that happiness were gold, that I
To persevere in any evil course makes you unhappy in this life.
“A happy temper like the Æolian harp, sings to every breeze.”
Happy are they, my son, who shall learn from thy example not to despair ; but shall remember, that though the day is past, and their strength is wasted, there yet remains one effort to be made ; that reformation is never hopeless, nor sincere endeavor ever unassisted.
SAMUEL Johnson. All who joy would win must share it
Happiness was born a twin. BYRON. Our happiness in this world depends on the affection we are enabled to inspire.
DUCHESS DU PLASTIN. He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper, but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. HUME.
Make people happy, and there will not be half the quarreling or a tenth part of the wickedness there is.
Lydia M. Child.