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Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.


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All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; but all spiritual pleasures more in fruition than in expectation.
Francois Fenelon

It is only by fidelity in little things that the grace of true love to God can be sustained, and distinguished from a passing fervor of spirit.... No one can well believe that our piety is sincere, when our behavior is lax and irregular in its little details. What probability is there that we should not hesitate to make the greatest sacrifices, when we shrink from the smallest.
Francois Fenelon

Little opportunities should be improved.
Francois Fenelon

Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half.
Francois Fenelon

There is a great difference between a lofty spirit and a right spirit. A lofty spirit excites admiration by its profoundness but only a right spirit achieves salvation and happiness by its stability and integrity. Do not conform your ideas to those of the world. Scorn the 'intellectual' as much as the world esteems it. What men consider intellectual is a certain facility to produce brilliant thoughts. Nothing is more vain. We make an idol of our intellect as a woman who believes herself beautiful worships her face. We take pride in our own thoughts. We must reject not only human cleverness, but also human prudence, which seems so important and so profitable. Then we may enter like little children, with candor and innocence of worldly ways into the simplicity of faith and with humility and a horror of sin we may enter into the holy passion of the cross.
Francois Fenelon

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