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RESIGNATION
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[ Also see Calmness Endurance Equanimity Fortitude Humility Meekness Patience Philosophy Rebellion Repose Rest Self-resignation Suffering ]

Dare to look up to God and say, Deal with me in the future as Thou wilt; I am of the same mind as Thou art; I am Thine; I refuse nothing that pleases Thee; lead me where Thou wilt; clothe me in any dress Thou choosest.
      - Epictetus, Discourses (bk. II, ch. XVI)

O Lord, I do most cheerfully commit all unto Thee.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

With a sigh for what we have not, we must be thankful for what we have, and leave to One wiser than ourselves the deeper problems of the human soul and of its discipline.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Pain and pleasure, good and evil, come to us from unexpected sources. It is not there where we have gathered up our brightest hopes, that the dawn of happiness breaks. It is not there where we have glanced our eye with affright, that we find the deadliest gloom. What should this teach us? To bow to the great and only Source of light, and live humbly and with confiding resignation.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bends to the grave with unperceived decay,
  While resignation gently slopes the way
    And, all his prospects brightening to the last,
      His heaven commences ere the world be past.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 110)

My soul was not only brought into harmony with itself and with God, but with God's providence. In the exercise of faith and love, I endured and performed whatever came in God's providence, in submission, in thankfulness, and silence.
      - Madame Guyon

I take this pain, Lord Jesus,
  From Thine own hand;
    The strength to bear it bravely
      Thou wilt command.
        I am too weak for effort.
          So let me rest,
            In hush of sweet submission
              On Thine own breast.
      - Frances R. Havergal

What destiny sends, bear! Whoever perseveres will be crowned.
      - Johann Gottfried von Herder

No cloud can overshadow a true Christian but his faith will discern a rainbow in it.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

It is resignation and contentment that are best calculated to lead us safely through life. Whoever has not sufficient power to endure privations, and even suffering, can never feel that he is armor proof against painful emotions,--nay, he must attribute to himself, or at least to the morbid sensitiveness of his nature, every disagreeable feeling he may suffer.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

True resignation, which always brings with it the confidence that unchangeable goodness will make even the disappointment of our hopes, and the contradictions of life, conducive to some benefit, casts a grave but tranquil light over the prospect of even a toilsome and troubled life.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

Leave to Heaven the measure and the choice.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Patience and submission are very carefully to be distinguished from cowardice and indolence. We are not to repine, but we may lawfully struggle; or the calamities of life, like the necessities of nature, are calls to labor and exercise of diligence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

That what cannot be repaired is not to be regretted.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We cannot conquer fate and necessity, yet we can yield to them in such a manner as to be greater than if we could.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Resignation,--not to a whirlwind of inexorable forces, not to powers that cannot see or hear or feel, but to One who lives forever, and who loves us well, and who has given us all that we have, ay, life itself, that we may at His bidding freely give it back to Him.
      - Canon Henry P. Liddon

"Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for him." In Hebrew, "Be silent to God, and let him mould thee." Keep still, and He will mould thee to the right shape.
      - Martin Luther

That's best
  Which God sends. 'Twas His will: it is mine.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
        Lucile (pt. II, canto VI, st. 29)

To will what God doth will, that is the only science
  That gives us any rest.
      - Francois de Malherbe, Consolation (st. 7),
        (Longfellow's translation)

The pious farmer, who ne'er misses pray'rs,
  With patience suffers unexpected rain;
    He blesses Heav'n for what its bounty spares,
      And sees, resign'd, a crop of blighted grain.
        But, spite of sermons, farmers would blaspheme,
          If a star fell to set their thatch on flame.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Poem,
        written Oct., 1736

We must learn to suffer what we cannot evade.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Like the plants that throw their fragrance from the wounded part, breathe sweetness out of woe.
      - Thomas Moore

Well--peace to thy heart, though another's it be,
  And health to thy cheek, though it blooms not for me.
      - Thomas Moore

And peradventure we have more cause to thank Him for our loss than for our winning; for His wisdom better seeth what is good for us than we do ourselves.
      - Sir Thomas More

Let God do with me what He will, anything He will; and, whatever it be, it will be either heaven itself, or some beginning of it.
      - William Mountford (1)


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