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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Gustave Nadaud. (1820–1893) (continued)
    The vicar ’s right; he says that we
  Are ever wayward, weak and blind;
He tells us in his homily
  Ambition ruins all mankind;
          Carcassonne. Translated by John Reuben Thompson. Stanza 4.
    Thy pardon, Father, I beseech,
  In this my prayer if I offend;
One something sees beyond his reach
  From childhood to his journey’s end.
My wife, our little boy Aignan,
  Have travelled even to Narbonne;
My grandchild has seen Perpignan;
  And I—have not seen Carcassonne.
          Carcassonne. Translated by John Reuben Thompson. Stanza 5.
Henri Frédéric Amiel. (1821–1881)
      There is no repose for the mind except in the absolute; for feeling, except in the infinite; for the soul, except in the divine.
      Only one thing is necessary: to possess God—All the senses, all the forces of the soul and of the spirit, all the exterior resources are so many open outlets to the Divinity; so many ways of tasting and of adoring God. We should be able to detach ourselves from all that is perishable and cling absolutely to the eternal and the absolute and enjoy the all else as a loan, as a usufruct…. To worship, to comprehend, to receive, to feel, to give, to act: this our law, our duty, our happiness, our heaven.
      Heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh, that is to say over fear: fear of poverty, of suffering, of calumny, of illness, of loneliness and of death. There is no real piety without heroism. Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage.