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Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.

—Matthew Henry (1707; Public Domain)

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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

—C.S. Lewis (Image Licensed)

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To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable.

—John Milton (1629; Public Domain)

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If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride, or luxury, or ambition, or egotism? No; I shall answer indolence. Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest. Indeed, all good principles must stagnate without mental activity. 

Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann (Public Domain)

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Happy the soul who has learned the cause of things and has put under their feet all fear, inexorable fate, and the noisy strife of the hell of greed.

—Virgil (Public Domain)

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Combining faith with focused action results in an enormous force of energy; a power designed to bring our well-defined dreams to fruition.

—Michael S. Hazell (Image Free Use)

One cannot survive without the other. We can dream of something happening in our life; we can even have full faith that it will come to be. However, without taking the focused action needed to manifest our dream, it won’t happen. Likewise, we can map out the plan and begin doing the work needed to reach our destination, but if we don’t have the required faith, a full belief that we will actually arrive at that point, we will quickly be knocked off course and abandon our work.

So, we must have this magical combination of faith and focused action. We build our faith by calmly and confidently visualizing this desired state on a regular basis, making it absolutely real within our mind’s eye, using as many of our senses as possible. This meditative state then begins to drive our focused action, keeping us on the path towards its fruition.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.

—Paulo Coelho (Photo Licensed)

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