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Oh Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds, I come to you as one of your many children. I need your strength and your wisdom. Make me strong not to be superior to my brother, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy; Myself. Chief Dan George, Coast Salish (1899)

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I hope the Great Heavenly Father, who will look down upon us, will give all the tribes His blessing, that we may go forth in peace and live in peace all our days, and that He will look down upon our children and finally lift us far above this Earth; and that our Heavenly Father will look upon our children as His children, that all the tribes may be His children. And as we shake hands today upon this broad plain we may forever live in peace. Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux (1822)

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All writings, both of secular and of divine wisdom, yield instruction when effort is applied. Olympiodorus (500)

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To assist human beings in their search for wisdom was the purpose of the incarnation. Gregory Of Nissa (395 B.C.E.)

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The divine and conceptual scriptures are compared with dew, with water, with milk, with wine, and with honey, for they have the power like water to produce life, like milk to give growth, like vine to revive, like honey both to purify and preserve. Pseudo-Dionysus (500)

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Wisdom is needed to recognize a wise person, the sort of wisdom that illuminates the face of the inner person. Didymus The Blind (313)

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Let us not ask: Why was I placed in this body? Or why was I not made an angel? Does not God show partiality? Do we not have free will? All these questions simply multiple vanity. How can the creature say to the Creator: Why did you make me like this? Or, how can a creature answer back to God? Let all these kinds of discussions cease. Instead, let those discussions prevail which guide us towards virtue and knowledge. All that is present in this age of shadows is called vanity and shadows, and all that belongs to this life will be covered with the darkness, becoming obsolete upon departing this life. Evagrius Of Pontus (345)

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Let none of us entertain the desire for possessions, for what gain is it to acquire those things which we cannot take with us? Why not rather acquire those that we can take: prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, understanding, charity, love of the poor, faith in Christ, goodness, hospitality? If we obtain these, we shall find them there before us preparing a welcome for us in the land of the meek. Anthanasius (295)

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The well-cultivated soul has the Logos as its King. Didymus The Blind (313)

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If we have learned , then, whom we should go to war with and how to carry on the fight we must also learn the other parts of the lesson, with whom the Scripture solemnly warns us to make a peaceful alliance. What is the good army with which I am to join forces through peace? Who is the king of such an army? It is clear from what we are taught by the inspired Scriptures, that it is the array of the angels of the host of heaven. Gregory Of Nissa (395 B.C.E.)

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Everything has its own time, just as there was an appropriate time for the apostles to proclaim Jesus as Messiah. At all times you should be engaged upon the work of your salvation, because every time is suitable for a life pleasing to God. Gregory Of Nazianzus (329)

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The proverbial expressions about the grave, woman's love, dry earth and eternal fire are enigmatic, but they have a deeper meaning: inordinate love is insatiable. Saint Jerome (347)

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True prudence is the knowledge of what to do and what not to do. One who possesses it never refrains from virtuous works and is never pierced by the deadly arrow of vice. Thus, he who understands words of prudence knows the difference what is insidious, structured for deception and what reminds us quietly about the best way to live life. Basil The Great (330)

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The heart of the wise is always consistent, because while it remains at peace in its upright convictions, it constantly urges itself to good deeds. Gregory The Great (540)

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Strength is never shown except in adversity, and so patience is immediately made to succeed to strength. Every person proves himself in a much truer sense to have advanced in strength in proportion as he bears with the bolder heart the wrongs of other persons. Gregory The Great (540)

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Marvel at your Lord not only because He has made heaven and the sun, but also because He has made the ant... Consider how prudent the ant is, and consider how God has implanted in so small a body such an increasing desire for work. Psalm 130.I (999 B.C.E.)

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A soul also desires many kisses of the Word, so that she may be enlightened with the light of the knowledge of God. For this is the kiss of the Word, I mean the light of holy knowledge. Ambrose (333)

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In yourself lies the sweetness of your charm, from you does it blossom, in you it sojourns, within you it rests, in your own self you must search for the jubilant quality of your conscience. For that reason Solomon says, "Drink water out of your own cistern and the streams out of your own well." Ambrose (333)

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Drink from your own cistern, and make use of your own resources. You are not merely watering the earth but enlightening human souls. Cyril Of Jerusalem (315)

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To know goodness is not sufficient to reach blessedness; if one does not put goodness into practice with works. Piety towards God is actually the beginning of knowledge. Didymus The Blind (313)

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It is right for us to be exhorted so to love wisdom that we most eargerly seek it as our treasure, acquire more and more of it, suffer many trials, restrain desires, ponder the future, so that we may preserve innocence and beneficence. Whenever we act in this way we are in possession of true virtues, because our objective is true that is in harmony with our nature in reference to salvation and true happiness. St. Augustine Of Hippo (354)

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You who love instruction and are eager to listen, receive once again the sacred words: delight yourselves in the honey of wisdom for it is written: "Good words are honey-combs and their sweetness is the healing of the soul." Cyril Of Alexandria (375)

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Wisdom examines the levels of advice, aware of the usefulness of the usefulness of varied methods of persuasion. Clement Of Alexandria (159)

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There is only one way of truth, but different paths from different places join it, just like tributaries flowing into a perennial river. Solomon adds that there are plenty of righteous people and plenty of routes for them. He explains this as follows: "The paths of the righteous shine like light." Clement Of Alexandria (159)

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Solomon knew there were in us two kinds of senses, the one being mortal, corruptible and human, and the other immortal and intellectual, which he calls "divine." By this divine sense, therefore, not of the eyes but of a pure heart, that is, the mind, God can be seen by those who are worthy. Origen (185)

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