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Diligence ~ One Word ~ July 2022

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a worker who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Finding quotes on ‘diligence’ this seventh month of 2022:

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.” 
― Samuel Johnson, “The Life Of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 4”

“Emma has been meaning to read more ever since she was twelve years old. I have seen a great many lists of her drawingup at various times of books that she meant to read regularly through—and very good lists they were—very well chosen, and very neatly arranged—sometimes alphabetically, and sometimes by some other rule. The list she drew up when only fourteen—I remember thinking it did her judgment so much credit, that I preserved it some time; and I dare say she may have made out a very good list now. But I have done with expecting any course of steady reading from Emma. She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding.” 
― Jane Austen, “Emma”

“It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature; but that it may be done, I know from experience. God has given us, in a measure, the power to make our own fate: and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get–when our will strains after a path we may not follow–we need neither starve from inanition, not stand still in despair: we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden fruit it longed to taste–and perhaps purer; and to hew out for the adventurous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it.” 
― Charlotte Brontë, “Jane Eyre”

“If he [Thomas Edison] had a needle to find in a haystack, he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. … Just a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.” 
― Nikola Tesla

“We are all called to tread different paths on our journey to destiny. Howbeit, be diligent with the much or little entrusted into your hands.” 
― Kelechi Erondu

“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.” 
― Francis of Assisi

“My dear Gorgas,
Instead of being simply satisfied to make friends and draw your pay, it is worth doing your duty, to the best of your ability, for duty’s sake; and in doing this, while the indolent sleep, you may accomplish something that will be of real value to humanity. 
Your good friend, Reed”
Dr. Walter Reed encouraging Dr. William Gorgas who went on to make history eradicating Yellow Fever in Havana, 1902 and Panama, 1906, liberating the entire North American continent from centuries of Yellow Fever epidemics.” 
― William Crawford Gorgas, “Sanitation in Panama”

“Speak as educated nature suggests to you, and you will do well, but let it be educated and not raw, rude, uncultivated nature. Demosthenes took unbounded pains with his voice, and Cicero, who was naturally weak, made a long journey into Greece to correct his manner of speaking. With far nobler themes, let us not be less ambitious to excel.” 
― Charles Spurgeon

“The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject… And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them… Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced.” 
― Seneca, “Natural Questions”

May I walk my path, directed by God, with diligence.

12 thoughts on “Diligence ~ One Word ~ July 2022

  1. Wonderful quotes, thank you! I find Seneca’s reminder especially important, that our diligence must be combined with patience, knowing that the results of our labor may unfold only after a very long time, even after our own life has ended. That is something I really need to learn, not to give up because I don’t see immediate results.

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  2. I had to smile when I read the Rudyard Kipling post. I had such high hopes that I would work more in my flower beds this summer to have a beautiful garden. But simply singing “Oh, how beautiful” wasn’t enough to get rid of the weeds. I lacked putting in the sweat equity. 🙂

    The quote from Seneca also speaks to me that a single lifetime isn’t long enough to exhaust vast subjects. Thanks for sharing these treats and for linking up with us!

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  3. Thank you for these wonderful quotes on diligence, Linda! I laughed at Kipling’s quote for the garden, nodded at Assisi’s and pondered Tesla’s quote.

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  4. Linda, thank you for these great quotes on diligence! They are all thought provoking, but I like the Samuel Johnson one best-it speaks to my penchant for excellence.

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  5. Wise words, Linda. Thank you for them.

    P.S. I took down the post I linked here because it is such a heavy topic and I want to instead have quiet peace on my blog. I took down a few other posts too, not just that one. ❤️

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    1. Sandi, I too have desired peace here at Being Woven, but my mind has been roiling around the ‘heavies’ these many months. I felt strongly led to share a place I really did not know. I do seem to be moving away bit-by-bit now that I have spoken. I do not blame you for disconnecting. One day, I may delete the hard places I have been and maybe still am! Thanks.

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  6. What a great collection of quotes, Linda. All good reminders that the most important discoveries, inventions, character traits AND and relationships and don’t just happen by chance, they require diligence and stick-to-it-tiveness.

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  7. Such wise quotes. This one speaks to me so much today: ““We are all called to tread different paths on our journey to destiny. Howbeit, be diligent with the much or little entrusted into your hands.” 
    ― Kelechi Erondu

    Thank you for gathering these and sharing them. May God continue to bless your diligence of heart in Him. You are such a blessing to me in your pursuit.

    I have begun watching Anne of Green Gables with our girls and it’s amazing how much still connects with them and their experiences, despite the huge lapse in time: but isn’t that like the Living Word: He continues to give through us long after we are gone, through the power of His Word once written or spoken through us. So many powerful lessons of being genuine and growing in compassion are hidden in Anne of Green Gables – sowing seeds in young ones (and old 😊). Oh may all we write and share with others bless others like Lucy Maud Montgomery is now generations later blessing my two girls. Much love to you, Linda!

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