Leaves of Life - October 13

OCTOBER THIRTEENTH

  • Theodore Beza died 1605.
  • Murat, King of Naples, shot 1815.
  • Elizabeth Fry died 1845.

What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he armed that hath his quarrel just, And he but naked, though locked up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.
—William Shakespeare

A man's accusations of himself are always believed, his praises never.
—Montaigne.

Justice needs that two be heard.
—From Goethe's Autobiography

That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live.
—Deuteronomy 16. 20

Lord of justice, if I may be influenced this morning by doubt and am inclined to be resentful, wilt thou cause me to have a generous spirit and keep my faith. May I never descend to anything base or deceitful, but may I remember that if I lay down my life, I may have the power to take it up again. Amen.

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