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“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.



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,
To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole

Though stretched from sky to sky." There is no creature so small and abject, that it representeth not the goodness of God.



God is love, His mercy brightens

All the path in which we rove;
Bliss He wakes, and woe he lightens,
God is wisdom, God is love.

John Bowring.
There's nothing bright above, below,
From flowers that bloom to stars that glow,
But in its light my soul can see
Some feature of Thy Deity.

THOMAS MOORE. Love, and God will pay you with the capacity of more love; for love is Heaven - love is God within you.

Henceforth my heart shall sigh no more
For olden time and holier shore ;
God's love and blessing, then and there,
Are now and here and everywhere.

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.



I've heard of hearts unkind, kind deeds
With coldness still returning;
Alas, the gratitude of men
Hath often left me mourning.

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.

A grateful mind
By owing owes not, but still pays, at once
Indebted and discharged.

I count myself in nothing else so happy
As in a soul remembering my good friends.

I would that happiness were gold, that I
Might cast my largess of it to the crowd.



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.

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