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We must be silent before we can listen.  We must listen before we can learn.  We must learn before we can prepare.  We must prepare before we can serve.  We must serve before we can lead.
    —    William Arthur Ward
[Found on one of the blogs I follow.
The site is titled:  “Lead.Learn.Live.” but actually goes to  http://davidkanigan.com
This particular entry is at:  http://davidkanigan.com/2013/02/19/serve/
I don’t mention / encourage this as much as I probably should, but feel free to type the name “William Arthur Ward” into the “Look For Stuff” search box on the right hand side of my blog (hit enter) and you’ll see a number of interesting quotes from Mr. Ward.    —    KMAB]
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I followed along Aldous Huxley’s path and started to develop what I jokingly called my Unified Field Theory of Religion.  My working hypothesis was that the cosmos was made up of spirit and matter, heaven and earth, and that humans consisted of both elements, a body and a soul, dust and divinity.  The mystical experience was what happened when the divine or God or Allah or whatever name you prefer breaks through the mundane in a particular soul and exposes it to the universal spirit.
    —    Matthew Polly
From his book:  “American Shaolin
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The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.   A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness.   He will sleep on the cold ground where the wintery winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side.   He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the sores and wounds that come in encounter with the roughness of the world.   He guards the sleep of his Pauper master as if he were a prince.   When all other friends desert, he remains.   When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.   If misfortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies.   And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true, even in death.
   —   Former Senator George Graham Vest of Missouri
1870,  Vest was acting as a lawyer in a suit against a man who had killed the dog of his client.
Vest’s client won the case.
[I saw this in my journal and it reminded me that one year ago we lost our Val.  Here is the link to my posting on our loss:  Good-Bye, Val which includes the 10 Canine Commandments.     —    KMAB]
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Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.
    —    Harry Emerson Fosdick
From:  “Democracy
[For an excellent argument in favor of “liberal” faith, click here.    —    KMAB]
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We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can no longer be synonymous.  We must prepare for the coming hour.  The claims of the Future are represented by the suffering millions and the Youth of the Nation are the Trustees of Prosperity.
    —    Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister under Queen Victoria
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There lives more faith in honest doubt,
Believe me, than in half the creeds.
    —    Alfred Lord Tennyson
From: “In Memoriam A. H. H. OBIIT MDCCCXXXIII: 96
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It is manlike to punish, but godlike to forgive.
    —    Peter von Winter
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We trust, Sir, that God is on our side.  It is more important to know that we are on God’s side.
    —    President Abraham Lincoln
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God save me from my friends, I can protect myself from my enemies.
    —    Claude Louis Hector de Villars
Also known as:  Maréchal de Villars
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There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.  The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.
    —    Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Happy Birthday, James!  You will not know, until you try…
Love Always,
Dad
    —    KMAB]
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A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
    —    Aristotle
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Is man only a blunder of God, or God only a blunder of man?
    -–    Friedrich Nietzsche
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If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
    —    Voltaire
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Be not afraid of greatness.  Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
  —  William Shakespeare
From:  “Twelfth Night“, Act 11, Sc. 5
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The sayers do not know and the knowers do not say.
    —    Lao-Tzu
From:  “American Shaolin“, by Matthew Polly
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