Dorothea Brande Quote

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Man’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.

From Colossians 3:23-24:  “Whatever task you must do, work as if your soul depends on it, as for the Lord and not for humans, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.”

Dorothea Brande (1893-1948) was an American writer and editor.  From the 1920s and 1930s, her most sustaining works deal with beginning any writing enterprise. 

Dorothea Brande Quote

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A complete holiday from self-pity is necessary to success.

From Psalm 30:5:  “For His anger is but for a moment; His favor is for a lifetime.  Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

Dorothea Brande Quote

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Rather than face the mere possibility of pain we will not act at all . . . or do something easier than we should attempt.

From Ecclesiastes 3:22:  “So I saw that there is nothing better than that all should enjoy their work, for that is their lot; who can bring them to see what will be after them?”

Dorothea Brande Quote

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There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.

From 2 Peter 1:5-7:  “For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.”