William Jordan

A Quote by William George Jordan on ingratitude and life

Much of the seeming ingratitude in life comes from our magnifying of our own acts, our minifying of the acts of others.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Truth, p. 35.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on beginning, gratitude, and words

Profuse expressions of gratitude do not cancel an indebtedness any more than a promissory note settles an account. It is a beginning, not a finality. Gratitude that is extravagant in words is usually economical in all other expression.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Truth, p. 38.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on control, crisis, learning, life, nature, peace, self-control, and serenity

Calmness comes from within. It is the peace and restfulness of the depths of our nature. The fury of storm and of wind agitate only the surface of the sea; they penetrate only two or three hundred feet; below that is the calm, unruffled deep. To be ready for the great crises of life we must learn serenity in our daily living. Calmness is the crown of self-control.

William Jordan

Source: The Majesty of Calmness, p. 8-9

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A Quote by William George Jordan on confidence, control, crisis, harmony, idealism, life, nature, power, purpose, and quality

Calmness is the rarest quality in human life. It is the poise of a great nature, in harmony with itself and its ideals. It is the moral atmosphere of a life self-centered, self-reliant, and self-controlled. Calmness is singleness of purpose, absolute confidence, and conscious power, ready to be focused in an instant to meet any crises.

William Jordan

Source: The Majesty of Calmness, p. 7

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A Quote by William George Jordan on control, glory, humanity, individuality, retirement, self-control, strength, welfare, and world

The man who is calm does not selfishly isolate himself from the world, for he is intensely interested in all the concerns the welfare of humanity. His calmness is but a Holy of Holies into which he can retire from the world to get strength to live in the world. He realizes that the full glory of individuality, the crowning of his self-control is the majesty of calmness.

William Jordan

Source: The Majesty of Calmness, p. 12

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A Quote by William George Jordan on action, conquest, dignity, freedom, future, gifts, growth, individuality, mistakes, power, privilege, progress, and wisdom

Mistakes are the inevitable accompaniment of the greatest gift given to man, - individual freedom of action. Let us be glad of the dignity of our privilege to make mistakes, glad of the wisdom that enables us to recognize them, glad of the power that permits us to turn their light as a glowing illumination along the pathway of our future. Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom. Without them there would be no individual growth, no progress, no conquest.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Purpose, pp. 21-22.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on attitude, courage, day, dignity, inspiration, learning, life, mistakes, performance, purpose, regret, satisfaction, soul, strength, time, and tolerance

Life is simply time given to man to learn how to live. Mistakes are always part of learning. The real dignity of life consists in cultivating a fine attitude towards our own mistakes and those of others. It is the fine tolerance of a fine soul. Man becomes great, not through never making mistakes, but by profiting by those he does make; by being satisfied with a single rendition of a mistake, not encoring it into a continuous performance; by getting from it the honey of new, regenerating inspiration with no irritating sting of morbid regret; by building better to-day because of his poor yesterday; and by rising with renewed strength, finer purpose and freshened courage every time he falls.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Purpose, pp. 22-23.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on courage, errors, good, injustice, mistakes, opportunity, and self-esteem

If we have made an error, done a wrong, been unjust to another or to ourselves, or, like the Pharisee, passed by some opportunity for good, we should have the courage to face our mistake squarely, to call it boldly by its right name, to acknowledge it frankly and to put in no flimsy alibis of excuse to protect an anemic self-esteem.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Purpose, p. 23.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on happiness, joy, possessions, and soul

Happiness is the soul's joy in the possession of the intangible.

William Jordan

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A Quote by William George Jordan on happiness, love, mystery, pain, sorrow, suffering, sympathy, and time

True happiness must have the tinge of sorrow outlived, the sense of pain softened by the mellowing years, the chastening of loss that in the wondrous mystery of time transmutes our suffering into love and sympathy with others.

William Jordan

Source: The Majesty of Calmness, p. 62

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