Over and over again mediocrity is promoted because real worth isn't to be found.
Spring seems far off, impossible, but it is coming. Already there is dusk instead of darkness at five in the afternoon; already hope is stirring at the edges of the day.
The demon of acedia -- also called the noonday demon -- is the one that causes the most serious trouble of all. . . . He makes it seem that the sun barely moves, if at all, and . . . he instills in the heart of the monk a hatred for the place, a hatred for his very life itself.
We can't give our children the future, strive though we may to make it secure. But we can give them the present.
Each and every one of us has one obligation, during the bewildered days of our pilgrimage here: the saving of his own soul, and secondarily and incidentally thereby affecting for good such other souls as come under our influence.
They are fruit and transport: ripening melons, prairie schooners journeying under full sail.
You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that, and cling to it through thick and thin.
Wariness about change is a kind of prairie wisdom.
In middle age we are apt to reach the horrifying conclusion that all sorrow, all pain, all passionate regret and loss and bitter disillusionment are self-made
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