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Leaves of Life - October 10


  • Henry Cavendish born 1731.
  • Benjamin West born 1738.
  • Hugh Miller born 1802.
  • Giuseppe Verdi born 1813.
  • Fridtjof Nansen born 1861.

We cannot make bargains for blisses,
Nor catch them like fishes in nets;
And sometimes the thing our life misses
Helps more than the thing which it gets.
For good lieth not in pursuing,
Nor gaining of great nor small,
But just in the doing and doing
As we would be done by is all.

—Alice Gary.

True, it is most painful not to meet the kindness and affection you feel you have deserved, and have a right to expect from others; but it is a mistake to complain, for it is no use; you cannot extort friendship with a cocked pistol.
—Sydney Smith.

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
—Matthew 22. 39.

Lord God, help me to understand that true affection is not that which as it gives feels it merits return. May I avoid being selfish and stubborn; and with my affections give peace and joy. Amen.

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Originally published October 10, 2019.