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Cleanness of the body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God, to society, and to ourselves.

– Francis Bacon

Who builds a church to God and not to fame,

Will never mark the marble with his name.

– Alexander Pope

Better is it to be of humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

–Proverbs 16:19

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Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat….. we must find each other. 

– Mother Teresa

If someone listens, or stretches out a hand , or whispers a land word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.

– Loretta Girzartis

Cleanliness and order are not matter of instinct, they are matters of education, and like most great things— mathematics and classics— you must cultivate a taste for them.

– Benjamin Disraeli

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Love cannot remain by itself—it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service. 

–Mother Teresa

Make a rule, and pray to God to help you to keep it, never, if possible, to lie down at night without being able to say: “ I have made one human being a least a little wiser, or little happier, or at least a little better this day.” 

– Charles Kingsley

Compassion and nonviolence help us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weakness of our condition, and is we are mature we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Why stand we here trembling around

Calling on God for help, and not ourselves,

in whom God dwells,

stretching a hand to save the falling man?

–William Blake

Whoever is kind to the creatures of God is kind to himself. 

– Muhammad

She did not talk to people as if they were strange hard shells

She had to crack open to get inside. She talked as if she

Were already in the shell. In their very shell.

– Martina Bonner

 

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In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

– Henry Ward Beecher

Happiness is a moment’s satisfaction and we keep on having to look for it. While joy comes from the Lord and true love, once found you never need to search again! 

—Avra Amar Filion

{self- sacrifice is} an arranged scheme of self-deliverance from evil. 

– John Oman

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Who is the real fool? A man who does not know the laws of God but tries to live the best he can or the man who knows the laws of God but makes excuses to live the worst he can. 

– Avra Amar Filion

Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

– Psalm 6:2

God be merciful unto us, and bless; and cause his face to shine upon us. 

– Psalm 67:1

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A little more kindness and a little less creed,

A little more giving and a little less greed;

A little more smile and a little less frown,

A little less kicking a man when he’s down;

A little more “we” and a little less “I,”

A little more laugh and a little less cry;

A few more flowers on the pathway of life,

And fewer on graves at the end of the strife.

–Anonymous

 

The quality of mercy is not strained;

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed—

It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.

–William Shakespeare