OCTOBER SEVENTH 

  • Sir Philip Sidney died 1586.
  • Edgar Allan Poe died 1849.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes died 1894.
  • Mary J. Holmes died 1907.

Yet in opinions look not always back;

Your wake is nothing, mind the coming track;

Leave what you've done for what you have to do;

Don't be "consistent," but be simply true.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes.

 

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has nothing to do. 

—Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward. 

—Exodus 14. 15.

 

Heavenly Father, I pray that I may not be so consistent in the small things of life that I will lose the great inspirations that come to the soul. Broaden my life, that I may have the freedom of heart and mind to pass over the failures and interruptions, and with vigorous energy continue in the progress of life. Amen.