seriousness

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on improvement, inventions, and seriousness

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on labor and seriousness

I have found it to be the most serious objection to coarse labors long continued, that they compelled me to eat and drink coarsely also.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on death, eternity, gloom, justice, life, love, melancholy, secrets, seriousness, soul, universe, and world

Melancholy is at the bottom of everything, just as at the end of all rivers is the sea. Can it be otherwise in a world where nothing lasts, where all that we have loved or shall love must die? Is death, then, the secret of life? The gloom of an eternal mourning enwraps, more or less closely, every serious and thoughtful soul, as night enwraps the universe.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on character, circumstances, courage, faith, seriousness, soul, and world

Nothing in this world is more inspiring than a soul up against crippling circumstances who carries it off with courage and faith and undefeated character-nothing! See Light From Many Lamps, edited by L. E. Watson, article by H. E. Fosdick, pp. 93-94 re: a serious cripple who succeeded.

Harry Fosdick (1878 - 1979)

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on awareness, difficulty, disappointment, failure, guests, heart, home, life, needs, peace, people, power, serenity, seriousness, sorrow, soul, spirituality, and starting

One watches people starting out in life quite adequately, handling life with active vigor, as they run, one after another, into experiences where something deeper than vigor is needed. Serious failure, for example. Some night in his lifetime everyone comes home to find a new guest there-disappointment. What he had set his heart on has gone. . . . If one is to come through difficult experiences unembittered, unspoiled, still a real person, one needs deep resources. . . . Not alone in such experiences as sorrow and failure does this need arise but in man's search for the indispensable spiritual requirements of a satisfying life - inner peace, for example, some serenity in the soul to come home to at night and to out from in the morning. Who does not need that? But no one can get inner peace by pouncing on it, by vigorously willing to have it. Peace is a margin of power around our daily need. Peace is a consciousness of springs too deep for earthly droughts to dry up. Peace is an awareness of reserves from beyond ourselves, so that our power is not so much in us as through us.

Harry Fosdick (1878 - 1979)

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A Quote by Giovanni Giacomo Casanova de Seingalt on laughter, people, and seriousness

If you want to make people laugh, your face must remain serious.

Giovanni Giacomo Casanova de Seingalt (1725 - 1798)

Source: Mémoires Ecrits par Lui-Méme

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A Quote by Georges Clemenceau on military, seriousness, and war

War is much too serious a matter to be entrusted to the military.

Georges Clemenceau (1841 - 1929)

Source: French Proverb

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A Quote by George Eliot on fortune, laws, life, medicine, people, and seriousness

The law and medicine should be very serious professions to undertake, should they not? People's lives and fortunes depend on them.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on belief, misery, and seriousness

There is hardly any mental misery worse than that of having our own serious phrases, our own rooted beliefs, caricatured by a charlatan or a hireling.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Felix Holt, The Radical, ch. 11 (1866).

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on consequences, seriousness, and worth

Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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