Just Who Is Worthy

Sunday, June 8, 2014 – Just Who Is Worthy

Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. ~ Abraham Lincoln

It’s not our job to play judge and jury, to determine who is worthy of our kindness and who is not. We just need to be kind, unconditionally and without ulterior motive, even – or rather, especially – when we’d prefer not to be. ~ Josh Radnor

The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval. ~ Denis Waitley

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness. ~ Immanuel Kant

To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create. ~ Charles Baudelaire

Almost any man worthy of his salt would fight to defend his home, but no one ever heard of a man going to war for his boarding house. ~ Mark Twain

Human rights are not worthy of the name if they do not protect the people we don’t like as well as those we do. ~ Trevor Phillips

I was no chief and never had been, but because I had been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of the trust. ~ Geronimo

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men. ~ Jean Rostand

Woman is the dominant sex. Men have to do all sorts of stuff to prove that they are worthy of woman’s attention. ~ Camille Paglia

The grandest ambition that any man can possibly have, is to so live, and so improve himself in heart and brain, as to be worthy of the love of some splendid woman; and the grandest ambition of any girl is to make herself worthy of the love and adoration of some magnificent man. That is my idea. There is no success in life without love and marriage. You had better be the emperor of one loving and tender heart, and she the empress of yours, than to be king of the world. The man who has really won the love of one good woman in this world, I do not care if he dies in the ditch a beggar, his life has been a success. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child

Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, ‘I’m not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.’ Timidity keeps people from their good. They are afraid to say, ‘Yes, I deserve it.’ ~ Maya Angelou

Respect for another man’s opinion is worthy. It is the realization that any opinion is valuable, for it is the sign of a rational being. ~ Sargent Shriver

I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not quite worthy of man either. ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills. ~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends. ~ Charles de Gaulle

Sometimes we deny being worthy of praise, hoping to generate an argument we would be pleased to lose. ~ Cullen Hightower

The doubt of an earnest, thoughtful, patient and laborious mind is worthy of respect. In such doubt may be found indeed more faith than in half the creeds. ~ John Lancaster Spalding

For this reason the gentleman will employ a man on a distant mission and observe his degree of loyalty, will employ him close at hand and observe his degree of respect. He will hand him troublesome affairs and observe how well he manages them, will suddenly ask his advice and observe how wisely he answers. He will exact some difficult promise from him and see how well he keeps it, turn over funds to him and see with what benevolence he dispenses them, inform him of the danger he is in and note how faithful he is to his duties. He will get him drunk with wine and observe how well he handles himself, place him in mixed company and see what effect beauty has upon him. By applying these nine tests, you may determine who is the unworthy man. ~ Confucius

It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children. ~ Pablo Picasso

If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend but never your slave. ~ Theophile Gautier

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