Prejudice is inseparably linked to selfishness.
It is easier to bend a sapling than a tree.
Mind your ripples.
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
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Shadows should be interpreted in terms of the true substance.
Some degree of moral affinity and spiritual harmony is essential to friendship between two persons; a loving personality can hardly reveal himself to a loveless person.
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Truth is beautiful because it is both replete and symmetrical.
The creator thought invariably precedes creative action.
The overstressed and isolated morality of modern religion, which fails to hold the devotion and loyalty of many twentieth-century men, would rehabilitate itself if, in addition to its moral mandates, it would give equal consideration to the truths of science, philosophy, and spiritual experience, and to the beauties of the physical creation, the charm of intellectual art, and the grandeur of genuine character achievement.
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Is courage — strength of character — desirable? Then must man be reared in an environment which necessitates grappling with hardships and reacting to disappointments.
Is loyalty — devotion to highest duty — desirable? Then must man carry on amid the possibilities of betrayal and desertion. The valor of devotion to duty consists in the implied danger of default.
Is altruism — service of one’s fellows — desirable? Then must life experience provide for encountering situations of social inequality.
Is hope — the grandeur of trust — desirable? Then human existence must constantly be confronted with insecurities and recurrent uncertainties.
Is faith — the supreme assertion of human thought — desirable? Then must the mind of man find itself in that troublesome predicament where it ever knows less than it can believe.
Is the love of truth and the willingness to go wherever it leads, desirable? Then must man grow up in a world where error is present and falsehood always possible.
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Religion is not grounded in the facts of science, the obligations of society, the assumptions of philosophy, or the implied duties of morality. Religion is an independent realm of human response to life situations and is unfailingly exhibited at all stages of human development which are postmoral.
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Mercy is applied love.
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There is a direct attractiveness of a spirit nature between spiritually minded persons of like tastes and longing s. The term kindred spirits is not wholly a figure of speech.
It is the motivating thought, the spiritual content, that validates the mortal supplication. Words are valueless.
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Back in eternity…
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Energy is receptive and responsive to mind; mind can be superimposed upon energy.
The insight of spirit transcends, supervenes, and theoretically antedates the consciousness of mind.
Mind transmutes the values of spirit into the meanings of intellect.
The endowment of mind even in impersonal beings qualifies them to think and endows them with consciousness despite the total absence of personality.
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Justice is the collective thought of righteousness.
Mercy is the attitude of love.
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Patterns are never reflections; they are duplications — reproductions.
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Relationships to time do not exist without motion in space, but consciousness of time does. Sequentiality can consciousize time even in the absence of motion
The absolute of time is eternity
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Humor is the divine antidote for the exaltation of ego.
The destiny of eternity is determined moment by moment by the achievements of the day by day living. The acts of today are the destiny of tomorrow.
Ambition is dangerous until it is fully socialized. You have not truly acquired any virtue until your acts make you worthy of it.
The argumentative defense of any proposition is inversely proportional to the truth contained.
Unreasoned fear is a master intellectual fraud practiced upon the evolving mortal soul.
Effort does not always produce joy, but there is no happiness without intelligent effort.
The fetish of factualized truth, fossilized truth, the iron band of so-called unchanging truth, holds one blindly in a closed circle of cold fact. One can be technically right as to fact and everlastingly wrong in the truth.
Impatience is a spirit poison; anger is like a stone hurled into a hornet’s nest.
Action achieves strength; moderation eventuates in charm.
Anxiety must be abandoned. The disappointments hardest to bear are those which never come.
Greatness lies not so much in possessing strength as in making a wise and divine use of such strength.
The greatest affliction of the cosmos is never to have been afflicted. Mortals only learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation.
Affectation is the ridiculous effort of the ignorant to appear wise, the attempt of the barren soul to appear rich.
You cannot perceive spiritual truth until you feelingly experience it, and many truths are not really felt except in adversity.
A display of specialized skill does not signify possession of spiritual capacity. Cleverness is not a substitute for true character.
Progress demands development of individuality; mediocrity seeks perpetuation in standardization.
Sometimes your most disappointing disappointments have become your greatest blessings.
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May your wisdom equal your zeal and your courage atone for your ignorance.
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Hate is the shadow of fear; revenge the mask of cowardice.
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They who would receive mercy must show mercy.
True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism.
Intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one’s belief.
Sincere men are unafraid of the critical examination of their true convictions and noble ideas.
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Man should not blame God for those afflictions which are the natural result of the life which he chooses to live.
The weak indulge in resolutions, but the strong act.
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Of all the sorrows of a trusting man, none are so terrible as to be wounded in the house of a trusted friend.
Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without rectitude.
Truly educated persons are not satisfied with remaining in ignorance of the lives and doings of their fellows.
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You cannot buy salvation; you cannot earn righteousnes.
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All things are sacred in the lives of those who are spirit led.
The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress. The religion of the mind — the theology of authority — requires little or none of these exertions from its formal believers.
Tradition is a safe refuge and an easy path for those fearful and halfhearted souls who instinctively shun the spirit struggles and mental uncertainties associated with those faith voyages of daring adventure out upon the high seas of unexplored truth in search for the farther shores of spiritual realities as they may be discovered by the progressive human mind and experienced by the evolving human soul.
The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress.
While the mind is not the seat of the spiritual nature, it is indeed the gateway thereto.
Commit not the folly of calling that divine which is wholly human, and fail not to discern the words of truth which come not through the traditional oracles of supposed inspiration.
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Spiritual living mightily increases true self-respect. But self-respect is not self-admiration. Self-respect is always co-ordinate with the love and service of one’s fellows. It is not possible to respect yourself more than you love your neighbor; the one is the measure of the capacity for the other.
You are destined to live a narrow and mean life if you learn to love only those who love you.
Candidates for eternal life are practitioners of an invigorating and constructive technique for meeting all of the vicissitudes and harassments of mortal living. Every day a true believer lives, he finds it easier to do the right thing.
Tact is the fulcrum of social leverage, and tolerance is the earmark of a great soul.
The measure of your human strength of character is your ability to resist the holding of grudges and your capacity to withstand brooding in the face of deep sorrow.
Forceful ambition, intelligent judgment, and seasoned wisdom are the essentials of material success.
Beauty is always triumphant over ugliness in the hearts of all who are illuminated by the love of truth.
Men are all too often led into temptation by the urge of their own selfishness and by the impulses of their animal natures. When you are in this way tempted, I admonish you that, while you recognize temptation honestly and sincerely for just what it is, you intelligently redirect the energies of spirit, mind, and body, which are seeking expression, into higher channels and toward more idealistic goals. In this way may you transform your temptations into the highest types of uplifting mortal ministry while you almost wholly avoid these wasteful and weakening conflicts between the animal and spiritual natures.
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You cannot develop strong characters out of the indulgence of self-pity.
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The more complex civilization becomes, the more difficult will become the art of living.
If man becomes so ingenious that he more rapidly adds to the complexities of society, the art of living will need to be remastered in less time, perhaps every single generation. If the evolution of the art of living fails to keep pace with the technique of existence, humanity will quickly revert to the simple urge of living — the attainment of the satisfaction of present desires. Thus will humanity remain immature; society will fail in growing up to full maturity.
But the true badge of social maturity is the willingness of a people to surrender the right to live peaceably and contentedly under the ease-promoting standards of the lure of established beliefs and conventional ideas for the disquieting and energy-requiring lure of the pursuit of the unexplored possibilities of the attainment of undiscovered goals of idealistic spiritual realities.
The mature human being soon begins to look upon all other mortals with feelings of tenderness and with emotions of tolerance. Mature men view immature folks with the love and consideration that parents bear their children.
Successful living is nothing more or less than the art of the mastery of dependable techniques for solving common problems.
The wise and effective solution of any problem demands that the mind shall be free from bias, passion, and all other purely personal prejudices which might interfere with the disinterested survey of the actual factors that go to make up the problem presenting itself for solution.
The solution of life problems requires courage and sincerity. Only honest and brave individuals are able to follow valiantly through the perplexing and confusing maze of living to where the logic of a fearless mind may lead.
when the acknowledgment of our difficulties entails the reduction of our long-cherished conceit, the admission of envy, or the abandonment of deep-seated prejudices, the average person prefers to cling to the old illusions of safety and to the long-cherished false feelings of security.
You cannot hope for a large measure of success in either secular or religious work unless you can learn how to persuade your fellows, to prevail with men. You simply must have tact and tolerance.
Many noble human impulses die because there is no one to hear their expression. Truly, it is not good for man to be alone.
Without the genuine love of a home, no child can achieve the full development of normal character. Character is something more than mere mind and morals.
Of all social relations calculated to develop character, the most effective and ideal is the affectionate and understanding friendship of man and woman in the mutual embrace of intelligent wedlock.
Man and woman in the fond embrace of the highest ideals of time, is so valuable and satisfying an experience that it is worth any price, any sacrifice, requisite for its possession.
Friendship enhances the joys and glorifies the triumphs of life. Loving and intimate human associations tend to rob suffering of its sorrow and hardship of much of its bitterness. The presence of a friend enhances all beauty and exalts every goodness.
Difficulties, sorrow, disappointment, and defeat are more painful and disheartening when borne alone. Association does not transmute evil into righteousness, but it does aid in greatly lessening the sting.
Meditation makes the contact of mind with spirit; relaxation determines the capacity for spiritual receptivity.
Life will become a burden of existence unless you learn how to fail gracefully. There is an art in defeat which noble souls always acquire; you must know how to lose cheerfully; you must be fearless of disappointment. Never hesitate to admit failure. Make no attempt to hide failure under deceptive smiles and beaming optimism.
Failure is simply an educational episode — a cultural experiment in the acquirement of wisdom.
Do not make the mistake of confusing knowledge, culture, and wisdom; wisdom ever dominates knowledge and always glorifies culture.
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In the time of testing, a man’s soul is revealed; trial discloses what really is in the heart.
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The righteousness of any act must be measured by the motive; the highest forms of good are therefore unconscious.
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Graciousness is the aroma of friendliness which emanates from a love-saturated soul.
Goodness always compels respect, but when it is devoid of grace, it often repels affection.
Faithfulness is the unerring measure of human trustworthiness.
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love, even when once genuine, can, through disappointment, jealousy, and long-continued resentment, be eventually turned into actual hate.
seek to live peaceably with all men.
Be you always as wise as serpents but as harmless as doves.
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Warning, even when administered in the most tactful manner and conveyed in the most kindly spirit, as a rule, only intensifies hatred and fires the evil determination to carry out to the full one’s own selfish projects, when love is once really dead.
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The impulse of friendship transcends all convictions of duty.
Static truth is dead truth.
Wisdom comprises the consciousness of knowledge elevated to new levels of meaning and activated by the presence of the universe endowment of the adjutant of wisdom.
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It requires a great and noble character, having started out wrong, to turn about and go right. All too often one’s own mind tends to justify continuance in the path of error when once it is entered upon.
What is this trait of the animal in man which leads him to want to insult and physically assault that which he cannot spiritually attain or intellectually achieve?
In the half-civilized man there still lurks an evil brutality which seeks to vent itself upon those who are superior in wisdom and spiritual attainment.
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True love does not compromise nor condone hate; it destroys it.
The beauty of divine love, once fully admitted to the human heart, forever destroys the charm of sin and the power of evil.
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It is not good for man to be alone. No man lives to himself.
He who would have friends must show himself friendly.
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Truth often becomes confusing and even misleading when it is dismembered, segregated, isolated, and too much analyze
Materialism reduces man to a soulless automaton and constitutes him merely an arithmetical symbol finding a helpless place in the mathematical formula of an unromantic and mechanistic universe.
Man’s conceit often outruns his reason and eludes his logic.
Man is a material fact of nature, but his life is a phenomenon which transcends the material levels of nature in that it exhibits the control attributes of mind and the creative qualities of spirit.
Idealists and spiritists dare to use their oars with intelligence and vigor in order to modify the apparently purely
Secularism frees man from ecclesiastical slavery only to betray him into the tyranny of political and economic slavery material course of the energy streams.