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Light from Many Lamps: A Treasury of Inspiration by Lillian Watson. In this book there are many quotations about mature actions. Here are some selections that seemed to lead toward successful actions. [A few have my personal comments inserted in brackets.] Part one.

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How important is health to happiness, yet the best promoter of health is something [important] to do.  John Burroughs [Happiness is in making progress on an important task that you of all of the people who have ever lived are here at this time and place able to do.]

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The [personal] reward of a thing well done is [for you] to have done it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is love, laughter, and work. Elbert Hubbard [The action terms would be – kindness, humor and accomplishment. It is wisdom to know that idleness brings boredom and despair; a happy life is fulled with kindness, humor and accomplishment.]

[What wonderful things am I going to do today?]

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A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it be—without wishing for what he has not. Seneca

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He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus

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But happiness is not in having or being: it is in doingLillian Eichler Watson

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Choose a movement that presents a distinct trend toward greater human happiness and align yourself with it. W. Beran Wolfe

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Unless we think of others and so something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness. Ray Lyman Wilbur  [Unless we observe others, and do something to help them toward their goal, we miss the greatest source of happiness.]

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To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy . . . to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly . . . William S. Ogdon

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The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts. William Lyon Phelps

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It is humiliating to find how quickly and completely one’s place is filled, but it is a very good lesson. Frederic Loomis [You are the only one who can do this job right now, and no one can do it better, right now. This is true of everyone.]

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Today should always be our most wonderful day. Thomas Dreier

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Abide with me; fast falls the eventide … song by Henry Francis Lyte [The Universe is infinitely wonderful! It permits all things that can be done; It prevents all things that can not be done.]

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Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into you as life, place yourself in the full center of that flood, then you are without effort impelled to truth, to right, and a perfect contentment. Ralph Waldo Emerson [Place yourself with people of wisdom doing wonderful things.]

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Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said,
Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
That are no more, and shall no more return.
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
I stay a little longer, as one stays
To cover up the embers that still burn.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Properly understood, prayer is a mature activity indispensable to the fullest development of personality-the ultimate integration of man’s highest faculties. Alexis Carrel

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This, too, shall pass away. [Now is the only time you can do what you want to do.]

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Think often of how swiftly all things pass away and are no more-the works of Nature and the works of man. Marcus Aurelius

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Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Epictetus

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It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts. Harold Russell [Make use of what you have to accomplish your task.]

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Sickness is a hindrance to the body, but not to the will, unless the will consent. Lameness is a hindrance to the leg, but not to the will.  Say this to yourself at each event that happens, for you shall find that though it hinders something else it will not hinder “you.” Epictetus 

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For your business is to act the character that is given to you and act it well. The choice of the cast is Another’s. Epictetus [This is a practice of improvisation training.]

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Be willing to have it so. Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. William James

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I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found my self, my work, and my God. Helen Keller

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Nothing happens to a man which he is not formed by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius [The time will come when nature will return us to random matter, and we have no choice but to bear it.]

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Spend your brief moment according to nature’s law, and serenely greet the journey’s end as an olive falls when it is ripe, blessing the branch that bare it, and giving thanks to the tree that gave it life. Marcus Aurelius

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How well he fell asleep!
Like some proud river, widening toward the sea;
Calmly and grandly, silently and deep,
Life joined eternity. Samuel T. Coleridge

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