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EARNESTNESS
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[ Also see Effort Enthusiasm Gravity Indifference Seriousness Sincerity Zeal ]

Without earnestness no man is ever great, or does really great things. He may be the cleverest of men; he may be brilliant, entertaining, popular; but he will want weight. No soul-moving picture was ever painted that had not in it depth of shadow.
      - Peter Bayne

Up, then, with speed, and work;
  Fling ease and self away--
    This is no time for thee to sleep--
      Up, watch, and work, and pray!
      - Horatius Bonar, D.D.

Earnestness is the cause of patience; it gives endurance, overcomes pain, strengthens weakness, braves dangers, sustains hope, makes light of difficulties, and lessens the sense of weariness in overcoming them.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Earnestness is the devotion of all the faculties.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Patience is only one faculty; earnestness the devotion of all the faculties. Earnestness is the cause of patience; it gives endurance, overcomes pain, strengthens weakness, braves dangers, sustains hope, makes light of difficulties, and lessens the sense of weariness in overcoming them.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Earnestness is the best gift of mental power, and deficiency of heart is the cause of many men never becoming great.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Earnestness alone makes life eternity.
      - Thomas Carlyle

A man in earnest finds means, or, if he cannot find, creates them-.
      - William Ellery Channing

There is no substitute for thoroughgoing, ardent, and sincere earnestness.
      - Charles Dickens

I look upon enthusiasm in all other points but that of religion to be a very necessary turn of mind; as, indeed, it is a vein which nature seems to have marked with more or less strength in the tempers of most men.
      - Sir Thomas Fitzosborne, William Melmoth

He who would do some great thing in this short life must apply himself to the work with such a concentration of his forces as, to idle spectators, who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.
      - John Foster (1)

Earnestness commands the respect of mankind. A wavering, vascillating, dead-and-alive Christian does not get the respect of the church or the world.
      - John Hall

Earnestness is the salt of eloquence.
      - Victor Hugo

Earnestness and sincerity are synonymous.
      - Immanuel Kant

His heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Child of earth and earthly sorrows--child of God and immortal hopes--arise from thy sadness, gird up the loins of thy mind, and with unfaltering energy press toward thy rest and reward on high.
      - Elias L. Magoon

The most precious wine is produced upon the sides of volcanoes. Now bold and inspiring ideals are only born of a clear head that stands over a glowing heart.
      - Horace Mann

The earnestness of life is the only passport to satisfaction of life.
      - Theodore Parker

Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
      - Blaise Pascal

Do you wish to become rich? You may become rich, that is, if you desire it in no half way, but thoroughly. A miser sacrifices all to his single passion; hoards farthings and dies possessed of wealth. Do you wish to master any science or accomplishment? Give yourself to it and it lies beneath your feet. Time and pains will do anything. This world is given as the prize for the men in earnest; and that which is true of this world is truer still of the world to come.
      - Frederick William Robertson

This world is given as the prize for the man in earnest.
      - Frederick William Robertson

Time and pains will do anything.
      - Frederick William Robertson

Intense people are usually narrow-minded.
      - Mme. (de Wimpffen) de Sartory

My God, help me always resolutely to strive, and, through life and death, to force my way unto Thee.
      - Christian Scriver (used pseudonym Gotthold)

The shortest and surest way to prove a work possible is strenuously to set about it; and no wonder if that proves it possible that for the most part makes it so.
      - Bishop Robert South


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