Being and Doing · Sermon

Being and Doing – 16 February – True Independence

Being and Doing – 16 February – True Independence

IT is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.


Do not be the slave of first impressions.

TRUE self-consciousness holds to its course.  Not recklessly and ruthlessly, not with a contempt for the feelings and judgments of his fellow creatures, but with a serene trust in the justification ensured to every honest endeavour.

A. N. WARD. 

WHAT I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.

This rule… is harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. 



These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.

Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.

Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.

For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith.  I hope they will encourage others also.

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