Selections from the Writings of Fenelon: With an Appendix, Containing a Memoir of His Life. By a Lady

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Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins., 1829 - 283 pages
 

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Page 277 - The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. 35 Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
Page 25 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Page 127 - To some we may appear less simple than those who have a more grave and practised manner ; but these are people of bad taste, who take the affectation of modesty for modesty itself, and who have no knowledge of true simplicity. This true simplicity has sometimes a careless and irregular appearance, but it has the charm of truth and candor, and sheds around it, I know not what of pure and innocent, of cheerful and peaceful; a loveliness that wins us when we see it intimately and with pure eyes. How...
Page 107 - He has placed the friends whom he has taken from us in safety, to restore them to us in eternity. He has deprived us of them, that he may teach us to love them with a pure love, a love that we may enjoy in his presence forever ; he confers a greater blessing than we were, capable of desiring. There happens nothing, even to the sinner, that God has not willed. It is he who does all, who rules, who gives to all whatever they receive. He has numbered the very hairs of our head, the leaves of the trees,...
Page 251 - THE greater our dread of crosses, the more necessary they are for us. Be not cast down, when the hand of God is heavy upon you. We must measure the greatness of our evils by the violence of the remedies that the physician of souls thinks necessary for our cure. We may make our trials a source of love and confidence and consolation, saying with the Apostle, " For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Page 255 - And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee : then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided ? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Page 50 - Suppose even that thought resulted from a certain configuration and arrangement and motion of matter ; what workman has discovered these just and nice combinations, so as to make a thinking machine ? If, on the contrary, the soul and the body are two distinct substances, what power superior to both these different natures has bound them together ? Who is it, with a supreme empire over both, has sent forth his command that they should be linked together, by a correspondence and in a civil subjection...
Page 33 - But let us, before we proceed to the details of 'nature, fix our attention for a while upon the general structure of the universe. Cast your eyes upon the earth that supports us ; raise them then to this immense vault of the heavens that surrounds us ; these fathomless abysses of air and water, and these countless stars that give us light. Who is it that has suspended this globe of earth ? who has laid "its foundations? If it were harder, its bosom could not be laid open by man for cultivation ;...
Page 130 - It is important, that the good love you, that the wicked fear you, and that all esteem you. Make haste then to correct yourself, that you may labor successfully to improve others. True piety has in it nothing weak, nothing sad, nothing constrained. It enlarges the heart ; it is simple, free, and attractive. The kingdom of God does not consist in a scrupulous observance of trifling formalities; it is in each individual the performance of the duties that belong to his condition. A great prince ought...

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