A Quote by St. John of the Cross on darkness and wishes

If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.

St. John of the Cross

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A Quote by St. Francis de Sales on wishes


Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.

St. Francis de Sales

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A Quote by St. François de Sales on arrogance, danger, desires, disobedience, evil, extremism, friendship, glory, god, liberals, people, simplicity, slander, vices, wishes, and zeal

While extremely sensitive as to the slightest approach to slander, you must also guard against an extreme into which some people fall, who, in their desire to speak evil of no one, actually uphold and speak well of vice. If you have to do with one who is unquestionably a slanderer, do not excuse him by calling him frank and free-spoken; do not call one who is notoriously vain, liberal and elegant; do not call dangerous levities mere simplicity; do not screen disobedience under the name of zeal; or arrogance, of frankness; or evil intimacy, of friendship. No, my friends, we must never, in our wish to shun slander, foster or flatter vice in others: but we must call evil evil, and sin sin, and so doing we shall serve God's glory.

St. Francois de Sales (1567 - 1622)

Source: Introduction to the Devout Life

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A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on passion, pleasure, possibility, potential, power, wealth, and wishes

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential - for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

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A Quote by Sophocles on death, evil, and wishes

Death is not the worst evil, but rather when we wish to die and cannot.

Sophocles (496 - 406 BC)

Source: Electra, 1007.

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A Quote by Socrates on good, people, power, and wishes

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on dreams, wishes, and women

Who o'er the herd would wish to reign, Fantastic, fickle, fierce, and vain! Vain as the leaf upon the stream, And fickle as a changeful dream; Fantastic as a woman's mood, And fierce as Frenzy's fever'd blood. Thou many-headed monster thing, Oh who would wish to be thy king!

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

Source: Lady of the Lake. Canto v. Stanza 30.

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A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on body, death, desires, fantasy, gifts, god, heart, heaven, love, mind, secrets, soul, sympathy, and wishes

True love 's the gift which God has given To man alone beneath the heaven: It is not fantasy's hot fire, Whose wishes soon as granted fly; It liveth not in fierce desire, With dead desire it doth not die; It is the secret sympathy, The silver link, the silken tie, Which heart to heart and mind to mind In body and in soul can bind.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

Source: The Lay of the Last Minstrel, 1805, Stanza 13.

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A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on death, heart, home, life, power, soul, wealth, and wishes

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd, As home his footsteps he hath turn'd From wandering on a foreign strand! If such there breathe, go mark him well; For him no Minstrel raptures swell; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim; Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonor'd, and unsung.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

Source: The Lay of the Last Minstrel. Canto vi. Stanza 1.

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A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on agreement, fate, gold, love, and wishes

'T is an old tale and often told; But did my fate and wish agree, Ne'er had been read, in story old, Of maiden true betray'd for gold, That loved, or was avenged, like me.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

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