BALANCE & MODERATION
I soon found out you can't change the world. The best you can do is to learn to live with it.
My good friends, while I do most earnestly recommend you to take care of your health and safety, as things most precious to us, I would not have that care degenerate into an effeminate and over-curious attention, which is always disgraceful to a man's self, and often troublesome to others.
We may outrun
By violent swiftness
And lose by over-running.
Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth. ~Thomas Carlyle
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
~Honore de Balzac
We can often endure an extra pound of pain far more easily than we can suffer the withdrawal of an ounce of accustomed pleasure.
~Sydney J. Harris
Pleasure is the bait of sin.
We all possess the thunder of pure fury and the calm breeze of tranquility. If it wasn't for tomorrow, how much would we get done today? Whatever your purpose... embrace it completely. Get lost in the clouds every now and then so you never lose sight of God's wonder.
Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
~Walter Savage Landor
To have no set purpose in one's life is the harlotry of the will.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
~George Bernard Shaw
When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing.
~Saint Francis of Assisi
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
~Satchel Paige, 1974
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.