Once having recognized our goal, and set before ourselves some purpose worthy of attainment, we must ever continue to foster thoughts of this fair ideal and concentrate our minds on its perfection and beauty, that in and through us it may take form in all the things of our daily life.
The Divine manifests to us through conscious or unconscious aspiration, and we should, therefore, not let our thoughts dwell on ugliness and evil, unless we feel within ourselves the power to rectify the same, for as long as our thought is beautiful, our word and deed will be beautiful also. We should glean beauty wheresoever we go, that we may sow joy from the fruits of our gathering.
The world is to each one of us what our senses, intellect, and experience make it, and the facts and impressions we gather within the storehouse of our minds are the material wherewith we build our lives, the quality of which is the measure of our worth. There are rules of conduct by which man governs his life, which may be swept away by some overmastering passion or temptation; but there are some things a well-trained mind (of which self-control and consequent repose of manner are the surest signs) cannot do, because they are against its very nature.
The object of our education should be to place before us such knowledge and ideals as shall give us a broad and wide understanding, and fit us to make our judgment as free of prejudice as possible.
—From The Harmonious Life