William Jordan

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 day, feeling, glory, hunger, justice, life, and vision

Let us seek to reign nobly on the throne of our highest self for just a single day, filling every moment of every hour with our finest, unselfish best. Then there would come to us such a vision of the golden glory of the sunlit heights, such a glad, glowing tonic of the higher levels of life, that we could never dwell again in the darkened valley of ordinary living without feeling shut in, stifled, and hungry for the freer air and the broader outlook.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Purpose, p. 47.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on debt, privilege, and statistics

Constantly reminding a man of the favors he has received from you almost cancels the debt. The care of the statistics should be his privilege; you are usurping his prerogative when you recall them.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Truth, p. 37.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on crime, evil, good, ingratitude, and revenge

Ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge, which is only returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Truth, p. 25.

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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 future, life, promises, and present

The man who says he will lead a newer and better life tomorrow, who promises great things for the future, and yet does nothing in the present to make that future possible, is living in an air-castle.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Truth, p. 45.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on courage, day, dignity, individuality, inspiration, life, obstacles, soul, and wine

The supreme courage of life is the courage of the soul. It is living, day by day, sincerely, steadfastly, serenely,-despite all opinions, all obstacles, all opposition. It means the wine of inspiration from the crushed grapes of our sorrows. This courage makes the simplest life, great; it makes the greatest life-sublime. It means the royal dignity of fine individual living.

William Jordan

Source: The Power of Purpose, p. 39.

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A Quote by William George Jordan on animals

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Man forgets that he is the only animal that dines; the others merely feed. Why does he abrogate his right to dine and go to the end of the line with the mere feeders?

William Jordan

Source: The Majesty of Calmness, p. 16

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