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English Catholic religious leader, prelate and writer
(1801 - 1890)

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.
      - [Perfection]

After the fever of life--after wearinesses, sicknesses, fightings and despondings, languor and fretfulness, struggling and failing, struggling and succeeding--after all the changes and chances of this troubled and unhealthy state, at length comes death--at length the white throne of God--at length the beatific vision.
      - [Heaven]

Christ is already in that place of peace, which is all in all. He is on the right hand of God. He is hidden in the brightness of the radiance which issues from the everlasting throne. He is in the very abyss of peace, where there is no voice of tumult or distress, but a deep stillness--stillness, that greatest and most awful of all goods which we can fancy; that most perfect of joys, the utter profound, ineffable tranquillity of the Divine Essence. He has entered into His rest. That is our home; here we are on a pilgrimage, and Christ calls us to His many mansions which He has prepared.
      - [Ascension Day]

Egotism is true modesty. In religious enquiry each of us can speak only for himself.
      - in Aldous Huxley's "Proper Studies"
        [Egotism : Modesty]

His love of justice was equaled only by his delight in compassion, and neither was sacrificed to the other. His self-advancement was subordinated to the public good. His integrity was never questioned; his honesty was above suspicion; his private life and public career were at once reputable to himself and honorable to his country.
      - [Grant's Birthday]

His soul was the home of hope, sustained and cheered by the certainties of his mind and the power of his faith. He was the mathematical genius of a great general, rather than of a great soldier. By this endowment he proved himself equal to the unexpected, and that with the precision of a seer.
      - [Grant's Birthday]

It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment, but not in matters of conscience. In matters of duty, first thoughts are commonly best. They have more in them of the voice of God.
      - [Thought]

Lead, kindly Light! amid the encircling gloom,
  Lead Thou me on;
    The night is dark and I am far from home,
      Lead Thou me on;
        Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
          The distant scene; one step enough for me.
      - [God]

Make up your mind to the prospect of sustaining a certain measure of pain and trouble in your passage through life. By the blessing of God this will prepare you for it.
      - [Resignation]

Out of his great character came the purest motives, as effect follows cause. He abandoned himself to his life mission with the hope of no other reward I than the consciousness of duty done. Duty to his conscience, his country, and his God was his standard of successful manhood. With him, true greatness was that in great actions our only care should be to perform well our part and let glory follow virtue. He placed his fame in the service of the state. He was never tempted by false glory. He never acted for effect. He acted because he could not help it. His action was spontaneous. Ambition could not corrupt his patriotism; calumnies could not lessen it.
      - [Grant's Birthday]

The preparations of this wonderful man rarely excited applause of the people, because the workings of his masterful mind were hidden beneath the silence of his lips; but when the supreme moment came, there came also an intellectual elevation, an uplifting of the whole being, a transformation of the silent, thoughtful general, which surprised his foes and astonished his friends. He culminated at the crisis; he was at his best when most needed; he responded in an emergency.
      - [Grant's Birthday]

A sea before
  The Throne is spread;--its pure still glass
    Pictures all earth-scenes as they pass.
      We, on its shore,
        Share, in the bosom of our rest,
          God's knowledge, and are blest.
      - A Voice from Afar [Heaven]

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