BASIL, Saint Quotes
(329-379), Bishop of Caesarea
A man must require just and reasonable things if he would see the scales of obedience properly trimmed.—From orders which are improper, springs resistance which is not easily overcome.
A good deed is never lost.—He who sows courtesy, reaps friendship; he who plants kindness, gathers love; pleasure bestowed upon a grateful mind was never sterile, but generally gratitude begets reward.
It has always been more difficult for a man to keep than to get, for in the one case fortune aids, as it often assists injustice; but in the other, sense is required.—Therefore we often see a person deficient in cleverness, rise in wealth; and then, from want of sense, roll head-over-heels to the bottom.
Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience, and the council chamber of thought.
Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smoothe the road to a good man's fortune; and many a man curves the ram that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.
It has always been more difficult for a man to keep than to get; for, in the one case, fortune aids, but in the other, sense is required. Therefore, we often see a person deficient in cleverness rise to wealth; and then, from want of sense, roll head over heels to the bottom.