The Moral of Accidents and Other Discourses; Sermons for My Curates

The Moral of Accidents and Other Discourses; Sermons for My Curates

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ...than smile, and I'll thank him, and perhaps love in return." This man is but a churlish kind of speaker. He is angry with everybody but himself, with the world, with Providence, and specially with those who are better off than himself. He thinks that a sure proof that they are worse than theiz neighbours. Be kind to him; be patient with him. Such men begin to be happy when they cease to brood over their own unhappiness: and that will be, sometimes at any rate, when some one, patient with their evil tongue, has induced them to do a little good. Help somebody worse off than yourself, and you will feel that you are better off than you fancied. You may subdue an angry man by bearing with him, but not by answering him: that is as if the steel should try to make the flint leave off giving sparks, by striking it again. The second man we spoke of says: "What, now, is the distinct difference between a spiritual career and a worldly one? This Young Man was a 'ruler;' let him, then, rule well, justly, mercifully, and without arrogance. Will he not thus raise his worldly into a spiritual career? He was rich; that is to say, he was like a wide and deep river with much water in it: is that a worse river than others? a village may be built by a streamlet, but a city by such a river's side. Let many, then, prosper by his prosperity." Yes, we reply, let him so rule, so prosper. But power and wealth have no blessed coming, and no blessed stay, in this world, save through the labour and devotion of those who will even agonize. There are things to be done that only a few men can do. Let the aspiring at least learn that they are not of these few, unless they can leave all, and dare all, for the Truth's sake....
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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123681486X
  • 9781236814869