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SAINT BASIL (BISHOP OF CAESAREA) ("THE GREAT")
Greek religious leader and eminent Christian father
(329 - 379)

All these stupendous objects are daily around us; but because they are constantly exposed to our view, they never affect our minds, so natural is it for us to admire new, rather than grand objects. Therefore the vast multitude of stars which diversify the beauty of this immense body does not call the people together; but when any change happens therein, the eyes of all are fixed upon the heavens.
      - [Stars]

I have learned from Jesus Christ Himself what charity is, and how we ought to practise it; for He says: "By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye love one another." Never can I, therefore, please myself in the hope that I may obtain the name of a servant of Christ if I possess not a true and unfeigned charity within me.
      - [Charity]

Science which is acquired unwillingly, soon disappears; that which is instilled into the mind in a pleasant and agreeable manner, is more lasting.
      - [Science]

The earth doth not cover our beloved, but heaven hath received him; let us tarry for awhile, and we shall be in his company.
      - [Graves]

Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man's fortune, of which he little dreams; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.
      - [Trouble]

For the hopes of men have been justly called waking dreams.
      - Letter to Gregory of Nazianzus,
        found in A. Von Humboldt's "Cosmos"
        [Hope]


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