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TITLE: Resolutions




People laugh at new year's resolutions. But we could all use ten minutes in a chair followed by a humble prayer.-- Unknown


It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion. --Dean Inge


Good resolutions are like babies crying in church. They should be carried out immediately.--Charles M. Sheldon


One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: 'To rise above little things.'--John Burroughs


Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult. --Samuel Johnson


To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up. --Ralph Bunche


Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.--Oscar Wilde


Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he/ Who finds himself, loses his misery. --Matthew Arnold


If someone tells you he is going to make a "realistic decision," you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad. --Mary McCarthy


In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. --Mahatma Gandhi


The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience. . . not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. --Leo Tolstoy


He who resolves never to ransack any mind but his own will be soon reduced to the poorest of all imitations; he will be obliged to imitate himself, and to repeat what he has before often repeated. --Joshua Reynolds


Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. --Jonathan Edwards


Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions. --John F. Kennedy


. . . the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicatest ways, improve yourself. --John Ruskin


Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements. --Samuel Johnson


I find in all the artists that I admire most a disturbing element, a distortion, giving evidence of a struggle . . . . In great art, this conflict is hidden, it is unresolved. All that is bursting with energy is disturbing - not perfect. --Henry Moore


The hunger and thirst for knowledge, the keen delight in the chase, the good humored willingness to admit the scent was false, the cheerful resolution to go back and begin again - all these will remain in my memory though I cannot paint them for others. --Frederic William Maitland


0 what a happy soul am I!
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world/ Contented I will be.

--Fanny Crosby


Unprovided with original learning, uninformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolve -- to write a book. --Edward Gibbon


Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do. --Edgar F. Roberts


A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible. --Thomas Hardy


Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these. --Dandy Lion


Hasty resolutions are of the nature of vows, and to be equally avoided. --William Penn


Here is the prime condition of success: Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it. --Andrew Carnegie


The need to express oneself in writing springs from a malajustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to describe it. --Andre Maurois


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. --Abraham Lincoln


Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.--"Stonewall" Jackson


'Where there is a will there is a way,' is an old and true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. --Samuel Smiles


Obstacles cannot crush me; every obstacle yields to stern resolve. --Leonardo da Vinci


Wise to resolve, and patient to perform. --Homer


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