Leaves of Life - July 12

JULY TWELFTH  

  • Caius Julius Cæsar born B. C. 100.
  • Josiah Wedgwood born 1730.
  • Alexander Hamilton killed 1804.
  • Henry David Thoreau born 1817.
  • Clara Louise Kellogg born 1842.

Each reaching and aspiration is an instinct with which all nature consists and cooperates, and therefore it is not in vain. If a man believes and expects great things of himself it makes no odds where you put him, he will be surrounded by grandeur.
—Henry David Thoreau.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost—that is where they should be: now put foundations under them.
—Henry David Thoreau.

He is like a man building a house, who digged and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream brake against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well builded.
—Luke 6. 48.

Lord of strength, I pray that while I may lay a strong foundation for my life, I may remember that I should not delay the building by neglecting to complete the plans. May I look to-day and see if I am making my words stronger than my life. With thy wisdom help me to realize that the test of life is made with the soul. Amen.

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