providence

A Quote by John Milton on charm, fate, losing, providence, reason, songs, and soul

In discourse more sweet; For eloquence the soul, song charms the sense. Others apart sat on a hill retir'd, In thoughts more elevate, and reason'd high Of providence, foreknowledge, will, and fate, Fix'd fate, free-will, foreknowledge absolute; And found no end, in wand'ring mazes lost.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book ii. Line 555.

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A Quote by John Gay on direction, eternity, good, ignorance, providence, resignation, rest, and virtue

Shall ignorance of good and ill Dare to direct the eternal will? Seek virtue, and of that possest, To Providence resign the rest.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

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A Quote by John Burroughs on disease, evil, force, giving, good, heroism, life, nature, power, and providence

I see on a immense scale, and as clearly as in a demonstration in a laboratory, that good comes out of evil; that the impartiality of the Nature Providence is best; that we are made strong by what we overcome; that man is man because he is as free to do evil as to do good; that life is as free to develop hostile forms as to develop friendly; that power waits upon him who earns it; that disease, wars, the unloosened, devastating elemental forces have each and all played their part in developing and hardening man and giving him the heroic fiber.

John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

Source: Accepting the Universe, 1922

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A Quote by James Keller on ancestry, blindness, clarity, compassion, corruption, direction, disease, divinity, errors, experience, guidance, ignorance, imperfection, laws, manners, nature, needs, observation, prejudice, providence, reason, understanding,

Sir William Blackstone, the great English jurist, writing in his Commentaries on the Laws of England in 1769, was most explicit in emphasizing the weakness of man's nature. As he observed: ". . . if our reason were always, as in our first ancestor before his transgression, clear and perfect,unruffled by passions, unclouded by prejudice, unimpaired by disease or intemperance, the task would be pleasant and easy; we should need no other guide but this. But every man now finds the contrary in his own experience; that his reason is corrupt, and his understanding full of ignorance and error. This has given manifold occasion for the benign interposition of divine Providence, which in compassion to the frailty, the imperfection, and the blindness of human reason, hath been pleased at sundry times and in divers manners, to discover and enforce its laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law . . ."

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by Howard Philip Lovecraft on providence

I am Providence

Howard Philip Lovecraft

Source: (Swan Point Cemetery; Providence, Rhode Island)

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A Quote by Guillaume de Saluste Du Bartas on god, justice, knowledge, love, providence, and world

The world's a stage where God's omnipotence, His justice, knowledge, love, and providence Do act the parts.

Guillaume de Saluste Du Bartas (1544 - 1590)

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A Quote by George Washington on caution, country, habits, morality, nations, politics, preparation, presidency, prosperity, providence, religion, and virtue

In his address of 19 September 1796, given as he prepared to leave office, President George Washington spoke about the importance of morality to the country's well-being: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. . . . And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. . . . Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue?

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1993, pp. 794-95

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A Quote by George Washington on america, authors, cities, congress, country, day, duty, god, good, government, happiness, humility, kindness, knowledge, mankind, nations, observation, opportunity, people, practice, prayer, prosperity, providence, religio

Whereas, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor, and; Whereas, both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceable to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness"; Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th Day of November Next, to be devoted by the people of these states to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, and that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; . . . to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand, at the City of New York, the 3rd day of October, a.d. 1789.

George Washington (1732 - 1799)

Source: Thanksgiving Day Proclamation October, a.d. 1789.

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A Quote by G. A. Chadwick on careers, christ, church, conscience, love, needs, providence, reputation, security, soul, and trust

Contemplating this blighted and sinister career, the lesson is burnt in upon the conscience, that since Judas by transgression fell, no place in the Church of Christ can render any man secure. And since, falling, he was openly exposed, none may flatter himself that the cause of Christ is bound up with his reputation, that the mischief must needs be averted which his downfall would entail, that Providence must needs avert from him the natural penalties for evildoing. Though one was as the signet upon the Lord's hand, yet was he plucked thence. There is no security for any soul except where love and trust repose, upon the bosom of Christ.

G. A. Chadwick

Source: Gospel of St. Mark

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A Quote by Eugene Edwards on birth, labor, men, providence, talent, and virtue

If by saying that all men are born free and equal, you mean that they are all equally born, it is true, but true in no other sense; birth, talent, labor, virtue, and providence, are forever making differences.

Eugene Edwards

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