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A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis. ...
by Ralph W. Sockman

A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis.
- Ralph W. Sockman

Whatever the right hand findeth to do,
the left hand carries a watch on its wrist to show
how long it takes to do it.
- Ralph W. Sockman

The roads of life are strewn with the wreckage of run-down and half-finished loves.
- Ralph W. Sockman

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
- Ralph W. Sockman

 

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.
The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
- Ralph W. Sockman

When the dictators and the opportunists are gone,
the cross will still stand before us and something in us will say,
'That is the real thing.'
- Ralph W. Sockman

Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder.
The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty,
for in it are born our art, our science,
our religion.
- Ralph W. Sockman

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When the congregation becomes the norm by which sermons are measured,
a minister has put a mortgage on his soul.
- Ralph W. Sockman

Love is the outreach of self toward completion.
- Ralph W. Sockman

A service of worship is primarily a service to God.
When we realize this and act upon it,
we make it a service to men.
- Ralph W. Sockman

A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves.
- Ralph W. Sockman

Let us not bankrupt our todays by paying interest on
the regrets of yesterday and by borrowing in advance
the troubles of tomorrow.
- Ralph W. Sockman

True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps
us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves.
It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have
come short of what we can be.
- Ralph W. Sockman

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control,
leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life.
Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in
debating actions which should be taken for granted.
- Ralph W. Sockman

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal
of plain living and high thinking
the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants.
Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If thou wilt make a man happy,
add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
- Epicurus

No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing,
and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.
- George Bernard Shaw

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

No man is free who is not master of himself.
- Epictetus

As long as a man stands in his own way,
everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no limit to what a man can do
or where he can go,
if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
- Robert Woodruff

Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man,
but if you're up there and you can hear me ...
show me the way... show me the way.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy.
What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
- Carl Jung

Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind.
It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction
devised by the ingenuity of man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A man can do only what he can do.
But if he does that each day he can sleep at night
and do it again the next day.
- Albert Schweitzer

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandela

Before you criticize a man,
walk a mile in his shoes.
- Anonymous

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Each man is the architect of his own fate.
- Appius Claudius

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth,
and if a man does not know what a thing is,
it is at least an increase in knowledge
if he knows what it is not.
- Carl Jung

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

Man plans, God laughs
- Yiddish Proverb

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
- John Morley

As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- The Bible

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.
A man who lives fully, is prepared to die at any time.
- Mark Twain

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

The gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.
- Confucius

If a man does his best, what else is there?
- George S. Patton

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

If a man empties his purse into his head,
no man can take it away from him.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
- Benjamin Franklin

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To measure the man, measure his heart.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

Intent is what can make a man succeed
when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated.
- Carlos Castaneda

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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