God thus excludes the world; he is only its cause; in no sense is he effect, of himself or anything else. Pantheism (better, “pandeism,” for again it is not really the theos that is described) means that God is the integral totality of ordinary cause-effects, and that there, is no super-cause independent of ordinary causes and effects.
Charles Hartshorne, Man’s Vision of God and the Logic of Theism (1964), p. 347
The whole duty of man is embraced in the two principles of abstinence and patience: temperance in prosperity, and courage in adversity.
Seneca the Younger, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 576.
In a just world, there would be no possibility of ‘charity’.
Bertrand Russell, On charity (1932).
But these are foolish things to all the wise,
And I love wisdom more than she loves me;
My tendency is to philosophise
On most things, from a tyrant to a tree;
But still the spouseless virgin Knowledge flies,
What are we? and whence come we? what shall be
Our ultimate existence? What’s our present?
Are questions answerless, and yet incessant.
Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto VI, Stanza 63
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, know no release
From little things;
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.
Amelia Earhart, Courage (1927).
The foundations of justice are that no one shall suffer wrong; then, that the public good be promoted.
Cicero, De Officiis (44 BC), I. 10.
The rule of Not too much, by temperance taught
In what thou eat’st and drink’st.
John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667; 1674), Book XI, line 531.
Knowledge is indivisible. When people grow wise in one direction, they are sure to make it easier for themselves to grow wise in other directions as well. On the other hand, when they split up knowledge, concentrate on their own field, and scorn and ignore other fields, they grow less wise — even in their own field.
Isaac Asimov, The Roving Mind (1983), Ch. 25
The soul, secured in her existence, smiles
At the drawn dagger, and defies its point.
Joseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, scene 1.
Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame,
When once it is within thee; but before
Mayst rule it, as thou list: and pour the shame,
Which it would pour on thee, upon the floor.
It is most just to throw that on the ground,
Which would throw me there, if I keep the round.
George Herbert, The Temple (1633)