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Thursday, November 15, 2018    

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
     --George Sand [pen name of Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin], novelist (1804-1876)

(2:5.7) I find it easy and pleasant to worship one who is so great and at the same time so affectionately devoted to the uplifting ministry of his lowly creatures. I naturally love one who is so powerful in creation and in the control thereof, and yet who is so perfect in goodness and so faithful in the loving-kindness which constantly overshadows us. I think I would love God just as much if he were not so great and powerful, as long as he is so good and merciful. We all love the Father more because of his nature than in recognition of his amazing attributes.

(48:6.35) From them you will learn to let pressure develop stability and certainty; to be faithful and earnest and, withal, cheerful; to accept challenges without complaint and to face difficulties and uncertainties without fear. They will ask: If you fail, will you rise indomitably to try anew? If you succeed, will you maintain a well-balanced poise—a stabilized and spiritualized attitude—throughout every effort in the long struggle to break the fetters of material inertia, to attain the freedom of spirit existence?

(100:7.2) The unfailing kindness of Jesus touched the hearts of men, but his stalwart strength of character amazed his followers.

(140:5.17) "Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Mercy here denotes the height and depth and breadth of the truest friendship—loving-kindness.

(157:2.2) And when the feelings of service for your fellow men arise within your soul, do not stifle them; when the emotions of love for your neighbor well up within your heart, give expression to such urges of affection in intelligent ministry to the real needs of your fellows.


     Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin best known by her nom de plume George Sand, was a French novelist and memoirist.
     George Sand was the most popular writer (of any gender) in Europe by the age of 27, being more popular than both Victor Hugo and Honore de Balzac in England in the 1830s and 1840s, and remained immensely popular as a writer throughout her lifetime and long after her death. Early in her career, her work was in high demand and already by 1836, the first of several compendia of her writings was published in 24 volumes. In total, 4 separate editions of her "Complete Works" were published during her lifetime in 1880 her children sold the rights to her literary estate for 125,000 Francs (equivalent to 36kg worth of gold, or 1.3 Million Dollars in 2015 USD)
Not only was her writing immensely popular during her lifetime, but she was highly respected by the literary and cultural elite in France. Victor Hugo, in the eulogy he gave at her funeral, said "the lyre was within her."


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