A Quote by George Macdonald on future, glory, god, heart, ideas, love, past, shame, thought, trust, and truth

Do you so love the truth and the right that you welcome, or at least submit willingly to, the idea of an exposure of what in you is yet unknown to yourself - an exposure that may redound to the glory of the truth by making you ashamed and humbled?. . . Are you willing to be made glad that you were wrong when you thought others were wrong?. . . We may trust God with our past as heartily as with our future. It will not hurt us so long as we do not try to hide things, so long as we are ready to bow our heads in hearty shame where it is fit that we should be ashamed. For to be ashamed is a holy and blessed thing. Shame is a thing to shame only those who want to appear, not those who want to be. Shame is to shame those who want to pass their examination, not those who would get into the heart of things... To be humbly ashamed is to be plunged in the cleansing bath of truth.

George Macdonald (1824 - 1905)

Source: "The Final Unmasking"

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A Quote by George Eliot on bitterness, death, history, memory, merit, past, preparation, shame, and present

With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man's past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavours and the tinglings of a merited shame.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Middlemarch, bk. 6, ch. 61, 1871.

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A Quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning on dreams, gifts, god, and shame

God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame.

Elizabeth Browning (1806 - 1861)

Source: Sonnets

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A Quote by Earl Wilson on future, generations, money, and shame

Isn't it a shame that future generations can't be here to see all the wonderful things we're doing with their money?

Earl Wilson (1907 - 1987)

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A Quote by Dorothy Law Neite on acceptance, appreciation, approval, children, confidence, criticism, encouragement, faith, friendship, guilt, jealousy, justice, learning, life, love, patience, praise, ridicule, security, shame, shyness, tolerance, and wo

Children Learn What They Live If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with impropriety, he learns to feel shame. If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient. If a child lives with encouragement he learns confidence If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate. He a child lives with fairness, he learns justice. If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith. If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world. With what is your child living?

Dorothy Law Neite


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A Quote by David Oman McKay on feeling, good, idleness, men, passion, sacrifice, secrets, self-denial, shame, victory, and worth

"The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile." [Plato] One secret act of self-denial, one sacrifice of inclination to do is worth all of the good thoughts, warm feelings, and passionate prayers in which idle men indulge themselves.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: quoting Plato, Greek philosopher

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on character, shame, and study

Study carefully, the character of the one you recommend, lest their misconduct bring you shame.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on excellence and shame

It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on death, failure, glory, honor, joy, life, possessions, power, shame, sorrow, success, wealth, and world

Goods and possessions are no gain in his eyes. He stays far from wealth and honor. Long life is no ground for joy, nor early death for sorrow. Success is not for him to be pround of, failure is no shame. Had he all the world's power he would not hold it as his own. If he conquered everything he would not take it to himself. His glory is in knowing that all things come together in One and life and death are equal.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Chuang Tzu, (12:2, pp. 106-107)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on action, interest, kindness, money, poverty, pride, reward, shame, struggle, virtue, and taoism

The man in whom Tao acts without impediment harms no other being by his actions yet he does not know himself to be "kind", to be "gentle". . . . (He) does not bother with his own interests and does not despise others who do. He does not struggle to make money and does not make a virtue of poverty. He goes his way without relying on others and does not pride himself on walking alone. While he does not follow the crowd he won't complain of those who do. Rank and reward make no appeal to him; disgrace and shame do not deter him. He is not always looking for right and wrong, always deciding "Yes" or "No." The ancients said, therefore: The man of Tao remains unknown. Perfect virtue produces nothing. "No-Self" is "True-Self". And the greatest man is Nobody.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Chuang Tzu, 17:3, pp. 137-138

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