OCTOBER FIRST

  • Saint John Viscount Bolingbroke born 1678.
  • Pierre Corneille died 1684.
  • Rufus Choate born 1799.
He speaks not well who doth his time deplore,
Naming it new and a little obscure,
Ignoble and unfit for lofty deeds.
All times were modern in the time of them,
And this no more than others. Do thy part
Here in the living day, as did the great
Who made old days immortal.

—Richard Watson Gilder.


He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten the cause.

—Henry Ward Beecher.


For use almost can change the stamp of nature,
And master the devil, or throw him out
With wondrous potency.

—William Shakespeare.


And when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house (now his windows were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem;) and he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

—Daniel 6. 10.


Heavenly Father, help me to get away from doubt that leads to despair. Give me a vision of hope that is stayed on faith. May I be conscious and appreciative of my privileges while they come to me and make them immortal. Amen.