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and it is this which should elevate us, not space and time. Let us therefore strive to think well. Here is the principle of morality.

-PASCAL.

Thought is deeper than all speech;
Feeling deeper than all thought.

-C. P. CRANCH.

Think not about decking thy body with ornaments but thy heart with pure thoughts and habits.

-MARCUS ANTONINUS.

From purity of thought, all pleasure springs ;
And, from an humble spirit, all our peace.

-EDWARD YOUNG.

Bouhours, a French critic, says that it is impossible for any thought to be beautiful which is not just, and has not its foundation in the nature of things ; that the basis of all wit is truth ; and that no thought can be valuable of which good sense is not the groundwork.

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below ;
Words, without thoughts, never to heaven go.

-SHAKESPEARE,

Whene'er a noble deed is wrought,
Wheno’er is spoken a noble thought,

Our hearts, in glad surprise,

To higher levels rise.
The tidal wave of deeper souls
Into our inmost being rolls,

And lifts us unawares
Out of all meaner cares.

-LONGFELLOW.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the cart.

-BUDDHA,

Don't give life to evil by remembering it.

-ANNIE BESANT.

For he that but conceives a crime in thought
Contracts the danger of an actual fault.

-DRYDEN.

No disease can enter into or take hold of our bodies unless it find therein something corresponding to itself which makes it possible. And in the same way, no evil or undesirable condition of any kind can come into our lives unless there is already in them that which invites it and so makes it possible for it to come. The sooner we begin to look within ourselves for the cause of whatever comes to us, the better it will be, for so much the sooner will we begin to make conditions within ourselves such that only good

may enter.

-RALPH WALDO TRINE.

There was a stump of a tree in the dark at night. A thief came that way and said, “That is a policeman." A child who had been told ghost stories came out and began to shriek that it was a ghost. But it was the

a stump of a tree. We see the world as we are. the table a bag of gold, and let a baby be here. Let a thief come and take the gold. Would the baby know it

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was stolen ? That which we have inside we see outside. The baby has no thief inside, and sees no thief outside.

-SWAMI VIVEKANANDA.

When an evil thought enters the mind, it is better not to fight with it directly, but to utilise the fact that the mind can think only of one thing at a time ; let the mind be at once turned to a good thought, and the evil one will be necessarily expelled. In fighting against anything, the very force we send out causes a corresponding reaction, and thus increases our trouble ; whereas the turning of the mental eye to an image in a different direction causes the other image to drop silently from the field of vision. Many a man wastes years in combating impure thoughts, when quiet occupation of the mind with pure ones would leave no room for his assailants; further, as the mind thus draws to itself matter, which does not respond to the evil, he is gradually becoming positive, unreceptive to that kind of thought.

-ANNIE BESANT.

Be noble in every thought

And in every deed.

Always inculcate the paramount necessity of the strict practice of purity of thought, words and deeds. Words and deeds are merely the audible and visible outcomes of the invisible intangible thought. Words and deeds therefore being the manifestations of thought, unless the latter is kept pure, the other two cannot be so. Purity of thought is consequently the main object to be attained.

Thales the Milesian, one of the seven wise men of Greece, was asked, what was the quickest thing ; he answered, “A man's thoughts, because in they run over all the universe.”

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Let not evil thoughts enter my mind. Oh Lord, make my mind such as to rest firmly at your feet. By your grace let this feeling of devotion bear fruit. Tuka says now there is no (real) benefit without it (feeling of devotion).

-TUKÂRÂM.*

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A Marathi poet.

148. TIME.

Time cures every ill.

-PROVERB.

Time solves all doubt,
By bringing Truth, his glorious daughter, out.

Time tries the troth in everything.

-T, TUSSER.

Time is the nurse and breeder of all good.

SHAKESPEARE.

Time is the greatest innovatour ; it innovateth greatly, but quietly, and by degrees, scarce to be perceived.

-BACON.

Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past, even while we attempt to define it, and like the flash of the lightning at once exists and expires.-Time is the measurer of all things, but is itself immeasurable, and the grand discloser of all things, but is itself undisclosed.

- COLTON.

Time is a file that wears and makes no noise.

-OLD ITALIAN PROVERB.

Time is awake, while mortals are asleep,
None can elude his grasp, or curb his course,

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