"Autobiographies of great nations are written in three manuscripts – a book of deeds, a book of words, and a book of art.
Of the three, I would choose the latter as truest testimony." - Sir Kenneth Smith, Great Civilisations

"I must write each day without fail, not so much for the success of the work, as in order not to get out of my routine." - Leo Tolstoy

I have never believed that one should wait until one is inspired because I think the pleasures of not writing are so
great that if you ever start indulging them you will never write again. - John Updike

"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour
is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it." - J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Monday, July 22, 2019

Proverbs for Living & Leading Well




Proverbs for Living & Leading Well
by R.E. Slater


I

"The wise seek not fellowship for consent's approval
but release from myriad burdens weighing the soul."


II

"Today's burden is no less than yesterday's
at obtuse comment, studied audacity, or
soulless pronouncement, each confirming
prideful hearts both vile and repugnant."


III

"To live freed from service to others must be hell itself but
unknown to the one bound  to their own deportment."


IV

"Living indifferent to the pain of those oppressed is
but the wine of song and dance to those oppressing."


V

"Fools gather with fools from dawn to dusk;
the wise hear and consider needing no such company." 


VI

"As proverbs are to the ear of the wise, so they are
mocked and despised by the fool in his heart."


VII

"Sin gathers to sin as the arrogant to wealth and power, but
true wealth is a freed heart caring for the welfare of the stranger."


VIII

"Each waking day we have as the next man, 
but time binds all men to its daily watch
to do good or ill before death comes."


IX

"Each morning is never like the last, yet
the unrighteous think it so and redeems not the day."


X

"As one man calls out to the other
even so does day call out to day
on the hand of the God who weighs all."



XI

Mockers are an insult to all men,
their words poison to the heart;
but sweet balm goes from the mouths
of those who offer hope and healing.


XII

Those who listen with their hearts see all;
Those without hearts see nothing.



R.E. Slater
July 21, 2019

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