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William George Jordan Quote: “Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil – the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.”

Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil – the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.

— William George Jordan



William George Jordan Quote: “Gratitude is thankfulness expressed in action.”

Gratitude is thankfulness expressed in action.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Life is simply time given to man to learn how to live.”

Life is simply time given to man to learn how to live.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Conscience, as a mentor, the guide and compass of every act, leads ever to happiness. When the individual can stay alone with his or her conscience and get its approval, without knowing force or specious knowledge, then he or she begins to know what real happiness is.”

Conscience, as a mentor, the guide and compass of every act, leads ever to happiness. When the individual can stay alone with his or her conscience and get its approval, without knowing force or specious knowledge, then he or she begins to know what real happiness is.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Self-confidence without self-reliance is as useless as a cooking recipe without food. Self-confidence sees the possibilities of the individual; self-reliance realizes them. Self-confidence sees the angel in the unhewn block of marble; self-reliance carves it out for oneself.”

Self-confidence without self-reliance is as useless as a cooking recipe without food. Self-confidence sees the possibilities of the individual; self-reliance realizes them. Self-confidence sees the angel in the unhewn block of marble; self-reliance carves it out for oneself.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Plants grow most in the darkest hours preceding dawn; so do human souls. Nature always pays for a brave fight. Sometimes she pays in strengthened moral muscle, sometimes in deepened spiritual insight, sometimes in a broadening, mellowing, sweetening of the fibres of character, – but she always pays.”

Plants grow most in the darkest hours preceding dawn; so do human souls. Nature always pays for a brave fight. Sometimes she pays in strengthened moral muscle, sometimes in deepened spiritual insight, sometimes in a broadening, mellowing, sweetening of the fibres of character, – but she always pays.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Happiness is the soul’s joy in the possession of the intangible.”

Happiness is the soul’s joy in the possession of the intangible.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Education, in its highest sense, is conscious training of mind or body to act unconsciously. It is conscious formation of mental habits, not mere acquisition of information.”

Education, in its highest sense, is conscious training of mind or body to act unconsciously. It is conscious formation of mental habits, not mere acquisition of information.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Nature is very un-American. Nature never hurries.”

Nature is very un-American. Nature never hurries.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other.”

Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other.

— William George Jordan



William George Jordan Quote: “Life is a state of constant radiation and absorption; to exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiations.”

Life is a state of constant radiation and absorption; to exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiations.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Love can transmute all duties into privileges, all responsibilities into joys.”

Love can transmute all duties into privileges, all responsibilities into joys.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “A fad lives its life in a few weeks; a philosophy lives through generations and centuries; a principle, forever.”

A fad lives its life in a few weeks; a philosophy lives through generations and centuries; a principle, forever.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “There are times when a man should be content with what he has but never with what he is.”

There are times when a man should be content with what he has but never with what he is.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Worry is discounting possible future sorrows so that the individual may have present misery.”

Worry is discounting possible future sorrows so that the individual may have present misery.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Life is not something to be lived through: it is something to be lived up to. It is a privilege, not a penal servitude of so many decades on earth.”

Life is not something to be lived through: it is something to be lived up to. It is a privilege, not a penal servitude of so many decades on earth.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “Worry is forethought gone to seed.”

Worry is forethought gone to seed.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “We carry our house plants from one window to another to give them the proper heat, light, and moisture. Should we not be at least as careful of ourselves?”

We carry our house plants from one window to another to give them the proper heat, light, and moisture. Should we not be at least as careful of ourselves?

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “If there is a little sand in the sugar of home happiness, it really seems better to concentrate on the sweetness that remains than to carry around samples of the grit in envelopes of conversational confidence.”

If there is a little sand in the sugar of home happiness, it really seems better to concentrate on the sweetness that remains than to carry around samples of the grit in envelopes of conversational confidence.

— William George Jordan


William George Jordan Quote: “He who thinks all mankind is vile is a pessimist who mistakes his introspection for observation; he looks into his own heart and thinks he sees the world.”

He who thinks all mankind is vile is a pessimist who mistakes his introspection for observation; he looks into his own heart and thinks he sees the world.

— William George Jordan


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