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Expression

Speech comes only with knowledge. Attain to knowledge and you will attain to speech.Life itself has speech and is never silent. —"Light on the Path" "The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung."—Walt Whitman It has already become an axiom in metaphysics that all suffering comes from misdirected…
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Confidence

''All forces have been steadily employed to complete and delight me.Now on this spot I stand with my robust soul." —Walt Whitman The shadow land of failure lies always close to the sun land of success. Their provinces are curiously related. They interpenetrate each other. We cross the borderland unconsciously…
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The Eternal Now

Now is thy reality in which time is contained. It is more and greater than time; it is an ever-present reality. It knows neither past nor future, and is eternally potent and substantial. Every minute, every day, every year is a dream as soon as it has passed, and exists…
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The Song of Life

"Strains musical, flowing through ages, now reaching hither,I take to your reckless and composite chords, add to them, and cheerfully pass them forward."—Walt Whitman Listen to the song of Life. Store in your memory the melody you hear. Learn from it the lesson of harmony. Only fragments of the great…
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Opulence Through Growth

Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune. —Walt Whitman Undeniably it is the inner life which is master of the outer, just as a man's brain guides the movements of his lips. —Light on the Path No two men are exactly alike; the same is true…
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Beauty in Expression

So every spirit, as it is most pure,And hath in it the more of heavenly light,So it the fairer body doth procureTo habit in, and it more fairly dightWith cheerful grace, and amiable sight,For of the soul the body form doth take,For soul is form, and doth the body make.—Edmund…
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Preface

Ho, ye who suffer! know ye suffer from yourselves.None else compels no other holds you that ye live or die.—Siddartha It is only as man puts off from himself all external support and stands alone that see him to be strong and to prevail. —Emerson To all who have sought and…
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Proem

A Lesson in Soul Culture So shall some Thought of mine yet encircle earth,And puff away thy crumbling altars, Jove. —Lowell Logic and Sermons never convince,The damp of night drives deeper into my Soul. —Walt Whitman A man for success must have ideas, must obey ideas, or he might as…
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Sympathy

When thy gazeTurns it on thine own soul, be most severe:But when it falls upon a fellow-manLet kindliness control it; and refrainFrom that belittling censure that springs forthFrom common lips like weeds from marshy soil.—Ella Wheeler Wilcox I do not ask the wounded person how he feels,I myself become the…
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Understanding the Simple Laws of Life

Watch narrowlyThe demonstration of a truth, its birth,And you trace back the effluence to its springAnd source within us.—Robert Browning More is the treasure of law than gems;Sweeter than comb its sweetness. Its delights,Delightful past compare.—The Light of Asia Walking those byways which I have so far pointed out, resting…
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Spiritual Evolution

To me the converging objects of the universe perpetually flow; All are written to me and I must get what the writing means. —Walt Whitman. In passing through life we encounter in our fellow-men all the dangers of the forest and jungle. In all men there linger some of the…
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Two Poets' Testimony

Would it be possible to find in the whole range of modern poetry a greater contrast than between Walt Whitman and Robert Browning; the one typical of the vigorous, if somewhat undisciplined, vitality of the new Western World; the other, of power held in reserve, and of generations of culture,…
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Substantial Comfort (Part 8)

When I assume the listening attitude I am confident God will speak to my soul, some sweet thought will come which shall chew like cud, to the strengthening and refreshing of my soul. My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him. Immediately the waiting and…
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Our Common Goal

In a short but very striking tale, Count Tolstoy has pictured the end of ill-directed human ambition. It is the story of a man who has been granted as much land as he can walk round between sunrise and sunset. His ever-increasing desires, his frantic efforts are briefly yet powerfully…
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