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Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century



The man who has never had religion before, no more grows religious when he is sick, than a man who has never learned figures can count when he has need of calculation.

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Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885

Continuing a short series on prayer:


Madness frequently discovers itself merely by unnecessary deviation from the usual modes of the world. My poor friend Christopher Smart showed the disturbance of his mind, by falling upon his knees, and saying his prayers in the street, or in any other unusual place. Now although, rationally speaking, it is greater madness not to pray at all, than to pray as Smart did, I am afraid there are so many who do not pray, that their understanding is not called in question... I did not think he ought to be shut up. His infirmities were not noxious to society. He insisted on people praying with him; and I'd as lief pray with Kit Smart as any.

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304

Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784



O God, Who hast ordained that whatever is to be desired, should be sought by labor, and Who, by Thy blessing, bringest honest labor to good effect; look with mercy upon my studies and endeavors. Grant me, O Lord, to design only what is lawful and right, and afford me calmness of mind, and steadiness of purpose, that I may so do Thy will in this short life, as to obtain happiness in the world to come, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304
Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer,
Moralist, 1784

It is by affliction
chiefly that the heart of man is purified, and that the thoughts are fixed
on a better state. Prosperity has power to intoxicate the imagination,
to fix the mind upon the present scene, to produce confidence and elation,
and to make him who enjoys affluence and honors forget the hand by which
they were bestowed. It is seldom that we are otherwise than by affliction
awakened to a sense of our imbecility, or taught to know how little all
our acquisitions can conduce to safety or quiet, and how justly we may
inscribe to the superintendence of a higher power those blessings which
in the wantonness of success we considered as the attainments of our policy
and courage.

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Commemoration of Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America,
1796

[Dr. Johnson to
a Quaker:] Oh, let us not be found, when our Master calls us, ripping the
lace off our waistcoats, but the spirit of contention from our souls and
tongues.

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Easter


Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast preserved me by Thy fatherly care through all the years of my past life, and now permittest me again to commemorate the sufferings and merits of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, grant me so to partake of this holy rite, that the disquiet of my mind may be appeased, that my faith may be increased, my hope strengthened, and my life regulated by Thy Will. Make me truly thankful for that portion of health which Thy mercy has restored, and enable me to use the remains of life to Thy glory and my own salvation. Take not from me, O Lord, Thy Holy Spirit. Extinguish in my mind all sinful and inordinate desires. Let me resolve to do that which is right, and let me by Thy help keep my resolutions. Let me, if it is best for me, at last know peace and comfort, but whatever state of life Thou shalt appoint me, let me end it by a happy death, and enjoy eternal happiness in Thy presence, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304
Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer,
Moralist, 1784

A student may easily
exhaust his life in comparing divines and moralists without any practical
regard to morals and religion; he may be learning not to live but to reason...
while the chief use of his volumes is unthought of, his mind is unaffected,
and his life is unreformed.

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304

Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784



Almighty and most merciful Father, by Whose providence my life has been prolonged, and Who has granted me now to begin another year of probation, vouchsafe me such assistance of Thy Holy Spirit, that the continuance of my life may not add to the measure of my guilt, but that I may so repent of the days and years passed in neglect of the duties which Thou hast set before me, in vain thoughts, in sloth, and in folly, that I may apply my heart to true wisdom, by diligence redeem the time lost, and by repentance, obtain pardon, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304

Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784


We took tea, by Boswell's desire; and I eat one bun, I think, that I might not be seen to fast ostentatiously. When I find that so much of my life has stolen unprofitably away, and that I can descry by retrospection scarcely a few single days properly and vigorously employed, why do I yet try to resolve again? I try, because reformation is necessary and despair is criminal. I try, in humble hope of the help of God.

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Nothing is more common than mutual dislike, where mutual approbation is particularly expected.

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The lustre of diamonds is invigorated by the interposition of darker bodies; the lights of a picture are created by the shades; the highest pleasure which nature has indulged to sensitive perception is that of rest after fatigue.

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I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works. An assault upon a town is a bad thing; but starving it is still worse.

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Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.

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Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.

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Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull everywhere. He was dull in a new way, and that made many people think him great.

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Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.

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We are inclined to believe those whom we don not know because they have never deceived us.

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I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.

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It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.

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No man is much regarded by the rest of the world. He that considers how little he dwells upon the condition of others, will learn how little the attention of others is attracted by himself. While we see multitudes passing before us, of whom perhaps not one appears to deserve our notice or excites our sympathy, we should remember, that we likewise are lost in the same throng, that the eye which happens to glance upon us is turned in a moment on him that follows us, and that the utmost which we can reasonably hope or fear is to fill a vacant hour with prattle, and be forgotten.

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The most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together; nature and art are ransacked for illustrations, comparisons, and allusions; their learning instructs, and their subtlety surprises; but the reader commonly thinks his improvement dearly bought and, though he sometimes admires, is seldom pleased.

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