Edgar Albert Guest

1881 - 1959

A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on day, death, debt, god, greatness, justice, needs, nobility, and strength

Who does his task from day to day and meets whatever comes his way, Believing God has willed it so, has found real greatness here below. Who guards his post, no matter where, believing God must need him there, Although but lowly toil it be, has risen to nobility. For great and low there's just one test, 'tis that each man shall do his best, Who works with all the strength he can, shall never die in debt to man.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on cleverness, duty, effort, errors, friendship, glory, honesty, justice, labor, money, needs, neighbors, people, pity, simplicity, trying, wishes, and youth

Be a friend. You don't need money: Just a disposition sunny; Just the wish to help another Get along some way or other; Just a kindly had extended Out to one who's unbefriended; Just the will to give or lend, This will make you someone's friend. Be a friend. You don't need glory. Friendship is a simple story. Pass by trifling errors blindly, Gaze on honest effort kindly, Cheer the youth who's bravely trying, Pity him who's sadly sighing; Just a little labor spend On the duties of a friend. Be a friend. The pay is bigger (Though not written by a figure) Tan is earned by people clever In what's merely self-endeavor. You'll have friends instead of neighbors For the profits of your labors; You'll be richer in the end Than a prince, if you're a friend.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

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A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on justice, mind, miracles, needs, seasons, thought, and time

Now seeds are just dimes to the man in the store And the dimes are the things that he needs, And I've been to buy them in seasons before But have thought of them merely as seeds; But it flashed through my mind as I took them this time, "You purchased a miracle here for a dime."

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

Source: A Package of Seeds

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A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on goals and secrets

It matters not what goal you seek Its secret here reposes: You've got to dig from week to week To get Results or Roses.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

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A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on home, love, songs, and soul

Give me the end of the year an' its fun When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done; Bring all the wanderers home to the nest, Let me sit down with the ones I love best, Hear the old voices still ringin' with song, See the old faces unblemished by wrong, See the old table with all of its chairs An' I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

Source: Thanksgiving

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A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on boldness, failure, faith, fear, goals, heart, soul, and timidity

THE THINGS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN DONE BEFORE The things that haven't been done before, Those are the things to try; Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore At the rim of the far-flung sky, And his heart was bold and his faith was strong As he ventured in dangers new, And he paid no heed to the jeering throng Or the fears of the doubting crew. The things that haven't been done before, Are the tasks worthwhile today; Are you one of the flock that follows, or Are you one that shall lead the way? Are you one of the timid souls that quail At the jeers of a doubting crew, Or dare you, whether you win or fail, Strike out for a goal that's new?

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

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A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on day, friendship, gloom, grief, habits, health, laughter, learning, life, men, sharing, tenderness, and work

Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way; Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day; Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do, For round about you there are men less fortunate than you. Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom, The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom; Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet, The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet. Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest you are, How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar! And what if rain shall fall today and you with grief are sad; Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

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A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on beginning, courage, decisions, god, life, soul, study, and truth

Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes, And a brain to use if you would be wise. With this equipment they all began, So start for the top and say, "I can." You are the handicap you must face, You are the one who must choose your place, You must say where you want to go, How much you will study the truth to know. God has equipped you for life, but He Lets you decide what you want to be... Courage must come from the soul within, The man must furnish the will to win. So figure it out for yourself, my lad, You were born with all that the great have had, With your equipment they all began. Get hold of yourself, and say: "I can".

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

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A Quote by Edgar Albert Guest on beginning, charity, charm, children, conversation, day, death, duty, earth, faith, fame, fatherhood, god, gold, greatness, hope, joy, lies, life, love, men, purity, selfishness, sons, spirit, work, world, worship, and wor

We've never seen the father here, but we have known the son, The finest type of manhood since the world was first begun, And summing up the works of God, I write with reverent pen. The greatest is the son he sent to cheer the lives of men. Through him we leaned the ways of God, and found the father's love; The son it was who won us back to him who reigns above. Our God did not come down himself to prove to men his worth, He sought our worship through the child he placed upon the earth. But be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, In spirit, in faith, in purity. How can I best express my life? Wherein does greatness lie: How can I long remembrance win, since I am born to die? Both fame and gold are selfish things; their charms may quickly flee, But I'm the father of a boy who came to speak for me. In him lies all I hope to be; his splendor shall be mine; I shall have done man's greatest work if only he is fine. If some day he shall help the world long after I am dead, In all that men shall say of him my praises shall be said, It matters not what I may win of fleeting gold or fame, My hope of joy depends alone on what my boy shall claim. My story must be told through him; for him I work and plan, Man's greatest duty is to be the father of a man.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881 - 1959)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

Contributed by: Zaady

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