John Sullivan Dwight

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I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.
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John Sullivan Dwight (13 May, 1813 - 5 September, 1893) was a Unitarian minister, transcendentalist and was America's first influential classical music critic.


  • Work, and thou wilt bless the day
    Ere the toil be done;
    They that work not, can not pray,
    Can not feel the sun.
    God is living, working still,
    All things work and move;
    Work, or lose the power to will,
    Lose the power to love.
    • Working.


Note: This poem is often attributed to Goethe.

  • Is not true leisure
    One with true toil?
    • Stanza 1. Compare: "Absence of occupation is not rest", William Cowper, Retirement, line 623.
  • Rest is not quitting
    The busy career,
    Rest is the fitting
    Of self to one's sphere.
    • Stanza 4.
  • 'T is the brook's motion,
    Clear without strife,
    Fleeing to ocean
    After its life.
    • Stanza 5.
  • 'T is loving and serving
    The Highest and Best!
    'T is onwards! unswerving,
    And that is true rest.
    • Stanza 7.

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