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Hyacinths for the Soul

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If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft,

And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left, 

Sell one and from the dole, 

Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul

~ Muslih-uddin Sadi

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This page is dedicated to favorite poems and quotations that lift my spirits, and feed my soul.

Maybe they will do the same for you….

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The most beautiful things

In the world

Are not seen or heard

But felt in the heart.

~ Helen Keller

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From quiet homes and first beginning

Out to the undiscovered ends,

There’s nothing worth the wear of winning

But laughter and the love of friends.

~ Hilairee Belloc

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The Sundial

The shadow by my finger cast

Divides the future from the past:

Before it, sleeps the unborn hour

In darkness, and beyond thy power:

Behind its unreturning line,

The vanished hour, no longer thine:

One hour alone is in thy hands,–

The now on which the shadow stands.

~ Wellesley College Sundial

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“Knowledge does away with darkness, suspense and doubt, 
for these cannot exist where knowledge is. 
There is no pain so awful as that of suspense.” 

 ~ Joseph Smith, Jr. (Teachings pp. 287-288)

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   “Good manners open doors that education cannot.”

~ Clarence Thomas

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“Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.”

~ Ezra Taft Benson

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“Gratitude is a twin to humility. Pride is a foe of both.”

~ James E. Faust

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“No distance of place, or lapse of time can lessen the friendship 
of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth.”

~ Robert Southey

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“It’s hard to believe that anything is worthwhile,

unless there is some eye to kindle in common with our own,

some brief word uttered now and then to imply

that what is infinitely precious to us

is precious alone to another person.”

~ George Eliot

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“Let the soul be assured that somewhere in the universe it should rejoin its friend, 

and it would be content and cheerful alone for a thousand years.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“But if the while I think of thee, dear friend, 

all losses are restored and sorrows end.”

~ Shakespeare

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“We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea,

and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.”

-G. K. Chesterton

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“You cannot prevent the bird of sorrow from flying over your heads, 

but you can prevent him from building a nest in your hair.”

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,

As to be hated needs but to be seen;

Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,

We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

~ Alexander Pope

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“We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” 

“He held you gently, whispering loving words of assurance, 

‘I will not forget thee, nor forsake thee. I will not fail thee….

And then you were born.”

~ Derek Hegsted

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“I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly.”

~ Yeats

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“And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.”

~ Homer

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“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, 
but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks 
as though they were great and noble.”

~ Helen Keller

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“It is the shallow brook that babbles.”

~ Sign in Springville, Utah

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“Nothing is so strong as gentleness; 

nothing so gentle as real strength.”

~ Francis de Sales

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“The face is the mirror of the mind, 

and the eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”

~ St. Jerome

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“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare;

It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

~ Seneca

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“A kite rises against the wind, not with it.”

~ Jacob de Jager

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“Believe in order to understand, 

rather than understand in order to believe.”

~ Neal A. Maxwell

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2 thoughts on “Hyacinths for the Soul

  1. Most excellent. Thank you! I saw my favorite G. K. Chesterton quote 🙂

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