THE ROSES WE GATHERED
Compiled by Mahendra Meghani
THANKS TO SHRI.MAHENDRA MEGHANI(LOK-MILAP TRUST-BHAVNAGAR)
From the compiler:
Books have moved the world, changed the world, and ruled the world. Yet those who like to read books regularly may be a small minority of civilized people. And then, how many of the millions who do read books realize they are missing one of the truly great pleasures of life by not re-reading some books?
One purpose of this tiny collection is to recall to the reader a few thoughts he may have found in books years ago, and to stir his imagination to the point of reading the books again. Quotations lifted out of context in a compilation like this cannot replace the experience of reading a great book in its entirety. But sometimes an isolated phrase or paragraph will work on the reader’s imagination more forcefully than it might when buried in a big book.
These 100 quotations come handy as a little selection from the 1,000 that were published years ago in Whispers Across the Centuries. Small selections like this are offered for convenience of those who would like to distribute handy and pretty booklets among friends on birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions—happy or even sad.
There is no end to the gratitude that this compilation owes to the renowned editors and publishers of many voluminous books of quotations that I have waded through again and again—during half a century of apprenticeship in journalism, editing and publishing –with reverence for the brilliant insight and energy of their compilers. Mahendra Meghani =====================================================================================
*Even his griefs are a joy long after to the one
that remembers all that he wrought and endured.
HOMER(ninth century B.C.)
*It is good to die before one has done anything deserving death.
*Your geatt glory is not to be inferior to
what God has made you.
PERICLES(fifth century B.C.)
*When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good must suffer with him.
* Remember that greatness was won by men with courage,
With knowledge of their duty
And with a sense of honor in action.
The whole earth is the sepulcher of famous men;
and their story lives on,
woven into the stuff of other men’s lives.
THUCYDIDES(Fifth century B.C.)
* The great man is he
Who doesnot lose his child’s heart.
MENG-ZI(Fourth century B.C.)
* A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because
This is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
EPICURIS(Fourth century B.C.)
*Men understand the worth of blessings
Only when they have lost them.
PLAUTUS(Third century B.C.)
* I would rather have men ask, after I am dead,
Why I have no monument than why I have one.
CATO, THE ELDER(Third century B.C.)
I have everything, yet have nothing;
And although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.
TERENCE(Scond century B.C.)
*The nobler a man, the harder it is for him
To suspect inferiority in others.
CICERO(Second century B.C.)
When I think over what I have said,
I envy the dumb people.
SENECA, THE YOUNGER(First century B.C.)
*The chief aim of wisdom is to enable one
To bear with the stupidity of the ignorant.
*Thinking nothing done
While anything remained to be done.
* Many have perished, even good men,
Despising slow and safe success and hurrying on
Even at the cost of ruin to premature greatness.
* The highest of characters is his who is
As ready to pardon the moral errors of mankind,
As if he were every day guilty of some himself;
And at the same time as cautious of committing a fault,
As if he never forgave one.
PLINY, THE YOUNGER(First century)
* Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be.
MARCUS AURELIUS(Second century)
*To work is to pray.
O DIVINE Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
FRANCIS OF ASSISI (1181)
To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you,
And hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations
—such is the pleasure beyond compare.
*God is not willing to do everything
And thus take away our free will
And that share of glory which belongs to us.
* Genius is eternal patience.
*Teach us, good Lord,
To serve Thee as Thou deservest:
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for any reward
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.
*He who is not impatient is not in love.
* The wise man lives as long as he ought,
Not so long as he can.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE(1533)
Change is not made without inconvenience
Even from worse to better.
RICHARD HOOKER (1554)
*The sun shineth upon the dunghill,
And is not corrupted.
They are never alone
That are accompanied with noble thoughts.
*They are ill discoverers that think there is no land,
When they can see nothing but sea.
*What’s brave, what’s noble,
Let’s do it…
And make death proud to take us.
* Never love unless you can
Bear with all the faults of man.
*Honest labor bears a lovely face.
*He knows not his own strength
That hath not met adversity.
*Moderation is the silken string
Running through the pearl chain of all virtues.
* No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast,
As love can do with a twined thread.
*The heart to conceive, the understanding to direct,
And the hand to execute.
FRANCOIS DU JON(1589)
* When you are an anvil, hold your still;
When you are a hammer, strike your fill.
* The reading of all great books is like
A conversation with the finest men of past centuries.
One doth but breakfast here, another dines,
He that liveth longest doth but sup;
We must all go to be in another world.
* It is a brave act of valor to contemn death;
But where life is more terrible than death,
It is then the truest valor to dare to live.
*Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought;
So God sees good to cast some men
Into the furnace of affliction,
And then beats them on his anvil into what frame he pleases.
* Perfect valor consists in doing unwitnessed
What we would be capable of with th world looking on.
*There are far fewer ungrateful men
Than we believe.
CHARLES DE MARGUETEL(1614)
*In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty;
In all things, charity.
* This only grant me, that my means may lie
Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
ABRAHAM COWLEY (1618)
I could not love thee, dear, so much,
Lov’d Inot honor more.
The more we love our friends,
The less we flatter them;
It is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
* It is better to wear out than to rust out.
* It is one thing to show a man that he is in error,
And another to put him in possession of truth.
* I have striven not to laugh at human actions,
Nor to weep at them, not to hate them,
But to understand them.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach;
Once we have left it, we can never return.
*If I have seen further,
It is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
*Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders
Than from the arguments of its opposers.
*The love we give away
Is the only love we keep.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE(1645)
*It is pure illusion to think that an opinion
Which passes down from century to century,
From generation to generation, My not be entirely false.
*A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong,
Which is but saying in other words,
That he is wiser today than he was yesterday.
*What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
Scattered along life’s pathway,
The good they do is inconceivable.
* The distance is nothing;
It is only the first step that is the hardest.
MARIE DE VICHY-CHAMROND(1679)
*Too low they build,
Who build beneath the stars.
*In this world, you must be a bit too kind
In order to be kind enough.
PIERRE C. MARIVAUX(1688)
*Whatever is worth doing at all,
Is worth doing well.
*I disapprove of what you say,
But I will defend to the death your right to say it.
* Work as if you were to live a hundred years,
Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.
* There is nothing which human courage will not undertake,
And little that human patience will not endure.
*Be a philosopher;
But amidst all your philosophies, be still a man.
*Isn’t it better to have men ungrateful
Than to miss a chance to do good?
*Only the brave know How to forgive.
*Think, when you are enraged at anyone,
What would probably become your sentiments
Should he die during the dispute.
* Live as you will wish to have lived
When you are dying.
*To accomplish great things,
We must live as though we were never going to die.
* Morality is not properly the doctrine of
How we may make ourselves happy,
But how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
* I had ambition not only to go
Further than any man had ever been befoe,
But as far as it was possible for a man to go.
* The virtue which requires to be ever guarded
Is scarcely worth the sentinel.
*Knowlwdge is proud that he has learn’d so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
* He that would make his own liberty secure
Must guard even his enemy from oppression.
* O you who complain of ingratitude,
Have you not had the pleasure of doing good?
*Habit is either the best of servants,
Or worst of masters.
* The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous,
The sensible man hardly anything.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE(1749)
Happy he who learns to bear
What he cannot change.
FRIDRICH VON SCHILLER(1769)
*I shall pass through this world but once.
If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show,
Or any good thing I can do,
Let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it,
For I shall not pass this way again.
ETIENNE DE GRELLLET(1773)
* The greatest pleasure I know,
Is to do good action by stealth,
And to have it found out by accident.
*To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
* The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little
And to endure much.
*We should comport ourselves with masterpieces of art
As with the exalted personages
–stand quietly before them and wait till they speak to us.
*I am a fellow citizen of all men who think,
Truth: that is my country.
Two things we ought to learn from history:
One, that we are not in ourselves superior to our fathers;
Another, that we are shamefully inferior to them,
If we do not advance beyond them.
*Blessed is he who has found his work;
Let him ask no other blessedness.
*Be ashamed to die until
You have won some victory for humanity.
*We work not only to produce
But to give value to time.
*Any woman, if she loves,
Gives a man a sense of the infinite.
*The true teacher defends his pupils
Against his own personal influence.
He inspires self-trust. He will have no disciple.
AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT(1799)
* Power is not revealed by striking hard often,
But by striking true.
HONORE DE BALZAC(1799)
There is no such test of a man’s superiority of character
As in the well-conducting of an unavoidable quarrel.
* Ten thousand difficulties
Do not make one doubt.
JOHN H. NEWMAN(1801)
*The supreme happiness of life is
The conviction that we are loved.
* Our chief want in life is
Somebody who shall make us do what we can.
* Our Creator would never have made such lovely days,
And have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them,
Unless we were meant to be immortal.
*One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows
The necessary ingredients of happiness—
Simple tastes, a certain degree of courage,
Self-denial to a point, love of work and, above all,
A clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream.
*The desire of one man to live on the fruits of another’s labor
Is the original sin of the world.
*Grieve not that I die young.
Is it not well to pass away ere life hath lost its brightness ?
Let us crown ourselves with rosebunds
Before they be withered.
When we last gathered roses in the garden.
*Each morn a thousand roses brings.
We want bread and roses too.
(Slogan of American women strikers,1912)