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Janet Erskine Stuart


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  • Simplicity of life is an essential for greatness of life.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart

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  • Children with heaven in their eyes and an air of mystery about them, meditative and quiet, friends of God, friends of all, loved and loving and asking very little from the outer world, because they have more than enough within. They are classed as the dreamers, but they are really seers. They do not ask much and they do not need much beyond a reverent guardianship and to be let alone and allowed to grow; they will find this way for they are 'taught of God.'

    • Janet Erskine Stuart
  • In no order of things is adolescence a time of the simple life.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • ... above all judge kindly, that is the heart of everything.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • ... isn't it wonderful that two of the most sacred and symbolic plants, the olive and the vine, live on almost nothing, a terrace of limestone, sun and rain ...

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • All sorts of spiritual gifts come through privations, if they are accepted.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • Every friendship with God and every love between Him and a soul is the only one of its kind.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to things when you have outlived the first interest and not yet got the second which comes with a sort of mastery.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • Egypt is full of dreams, mysteries, memories.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • ... life is a solitude ...

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • ... it is in middle age that the interest of a life attains its highest point.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • 1914, in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • Do not wait for ideal circumstances; they will never come; nor for the best opportunities.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • Are democracy and poetry exclusive of one another and, if so, why?

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • We can see so little, and He knows how to bring good out of everything.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • What a misfortune it would be, religiously speaking and educationally speaking, if we could only work happily with those who saw things as we do.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart,
    • in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart ()
  • Love gives a sense of rest.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart
  • This world is not the sum total of God's resources — on the contrary, it is only the 'dream,' the probation, the prelude of the true world, the true life.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart
  • The less event and action there is in a scene the more I can enter into it.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart
  • We know in whom we believe, and that, so long as we trust God utterly, all must come right.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart
  • We can sanctify ourselves in common things. We must do so.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart
  • To aim at the best and to remain essentially ourselves is one and the same thing.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart
  • Our spiritual life is a venture in the dark, between the soul and God, and no spiritual life is worth the name unless it is so.

    • Janet Erskine Stuart

Janet Erskine Stuart, English spiritual leader, poet

(1857 - 1914)