We mustn't be in a hurry to fix and choose our own lot; we must wait to be guided. We are led on, like the little children, by a way that we know not It is a vain thought to flee from the work that God appoints us, for the sake of finding a greater blessing to our own souls; as if we could choose for ourselves where we shall find the fullness of the Divine Presence, instead of seeking it where alone it is to be found, in loving obedience. —George Eliot.
Obedience to the behests of duty gives peace, even when love is lacking; and peace is a diviner thing than happiness. —Mary A. Livermore
The tendency to persevere, to persist in spite of hindrances, discouragements, and impossibilities — it is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. —Carlyle.
Here is the great, last certainty. Be sure of God. With simple, loving worship, by continual obedience, by purifying yourself even as He is pure, creep close to Him. Be sure of God and nothing can overthrow or drown you. —Phillips Brooks.
From Primary Plans, 1906