Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 24 May – Accuracy

Being and Doing – 24 May – Accuracy

I DO not know that there is anything, except it be humility, which is so valuable as an incident of education as accuracy.   And accuracy can be taught.   Direct lies told to the world are as dust in the balance when weighed against the falsehoods of inaccuracy.   These are the fatal things, and they are all-pervading.   I scarcely care what is taught to the young if it will but implant in them the habit of accuracy.


NICE distinctions are troublesome.   It is so much easier to say a thing is black, than to discriminate the particular shade of brown, blue, or green, to which it really belongs.   It is so much easier to make up your mind that your neighbour is good for nothing, than to enter into all the circumstances that would oblige you to modify that opinion.


LIE not; but let thy heart be true to God, 

Thy mouth to it, thy actions to them both;

Cowards tell lies and those that fear the rod;

The stormie-working soul spits lies and froth.

Dare to be true.   Nothing can need a lie:

A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.



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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