The desire of the moth for the star, of the night for the morrow. The devotion to something afar from the sphere of our sorrow.
Around the seventh and eighth centuries South India saw also a great surge of devotionalism with the emergence of a number of devotee-poet singers who expressed their deep devotion in thousands of metered verse set to classical music. ...These poet singers were the Alvars and the Nayanmars, who to a great extent constructed the foundation on which the edifice of the future Carnatic music was built.In "I Want To Be In The Creative Field", 3E (1 November 2009), P.452
Existence was given us for action, rather than indolent and aimless contemplation; our worth is determined by the good deeds we do, rather than by the fine emotions we feel. They greatly mistake, who suppose that God cares for no other pursuit than devotion.Elias Lyman Magoon, p. 2. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love , generosity and devotion exist. And you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy .Frances Pharcellus Church, in The Time of Your Life: The Best of Genie Wheeler's Columns on Aging Issues p.19
...throughout the world , except in the abodes of the guilty , goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger , are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and their devotion.Winston Churchill, in The Most Dangerous Enemy: An Illustrated History of the Battle of Britain, p.165
Gallantry to women (the sure road to their favor) is nothing but the appearance of extreme devotion to all their wants and wishes , a delight in their satisfaction , and a confidence in yourself as being able to contribute towards it.William Hazlitt, in Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs: Authors, p.159
And that [shewing is] by gracious touching and sweet lighting of the spiritual life, whereby that we are kept in sure faith , hope , and charity , with contrition and devotion, and also with contemplation and all manner of true solace and sweet comforts .Julian of Norwich, in Revelations of Divine Love, p.205
...in the 12th and 13th centuries believed that such a clock [mechanical clock] would provide a precise regularity to the seven periods of devotion...Neil Postman, in Computers, Ethics, and Society, p.130
I cannot tell where you should look for me, if you send out any pinnace to seek me; because I live at the devotion of the wind and seas. And thus fare you well; desiring God to send us a merry meeting in this world, if it be his good will and pleasure.c.1594 Letter to the East India Company written on the homeward voyage when the two English ships ran into storms off the Cape of Good Hope. Lancaster's ship lost her rudder. Unwilling torisk theother ship, Lancaster orderedher captain to sail straight home, taking the letter with him. A voyage with three tall ships, the Penelope, admirall, the Marchant Royall, vice- admiral, and the Edward Bonaventure, rear-admiral, to the East Indies? Begun By M. George Raymond, in the yeere1591, and performed by M. James Lancaster; and written from the mouth of Edmund Barker of Ipswich (his lieutenant in the sayd voyage) by M. Richard Hakluyt.
I have known many dogs, and many a story I could tell of their wisdom and devotion; but to none do I owe so much as to Stickeen. At first the least promising and least known of my dog-friends, he suddenly became the best known of them all. Our storm-battle for life brought him to light, and through him as through a window I have ever since been looking with deeper sympathy into all my fellow mortals.john muir
There was little public sympathy for T?j? in Japan in the post-war period. His responsibility for the war, his oppressive regime, and his failure to commit suicide turned him into a notorious figure. Later revelations about his personal integrity, impeccable family life, devotion to duty, and loyalty to the emperor somewhat improved his image.Hideki Tojo
In seeking what to do, Tolstoy was materially helped by a remarkable workingman, Basil Soutaieff, who was actually following as perfectly as he knew how, the example of Jesus. ...When asked, "What is truth?" he answered with conviction, "Truth is love in a common life." When his devotion to the unfortunate, the hungry, and the needy became known to Tolstoy, it had a profound influence upon his thought and eventually worked an entire transformation in his manner of living.p.23 (Why We Fail as Christians (1919))
The Gross National Product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.John F. Kennedy, in w:John R. TalbottJohn R. Talbott [ Obamanomics: How Bottom-Up Economic Prosperity Will Replace Trickle-Down Economics], Seven Stories Press, 4 January 2011, p.23
The fourth goal of life is moksha, which means “release” from life, particularly from the cycle of death and rebirth . This goal is best practiced in the retirement and renouncer stages of life, although it can be sought in all stages of life, particularly in the two paths of deeds and devotion .Robert Van Voorst, in RELG: World (1 January 2012), p.93
Real inward devotion knows no prayer but that arising from the depths of its own feelings.Wilhelm von Humboldt, p. 192. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Sage Vyasa also composed the 18 Puranas , which contain the purport of the Vedas and asked Suta, a sage revered for his knowledge and devotion , to teach them to the world .Kamakoti Organization, in "Vyasa and Vedic Religion"
With unquestioning devotion to the Union, with a patience and gentleness not born of fear , they have 'followed the light as God gave them to see the light .James A. Garfield, in Official Government Recognition of God: All Presidents, All States, Etc., p.68
When his devotion to the unfortunate, the hungry , and the needy became known to Tolstoy, it had a profound influence upon his thought and eventually worked an entire transformation in his manner of living.Robert Hunter (author), in Get the Hell Out of Church: 7 Maxims for Fighting the Good Fight, p.97
Marcus Aurelius more deeply versed in the wisdom of his time, ... or more single-minded in his devotion to it when found let him abstain from that assumption of the joint infallibility of himself and the multitude, which the great Antoninus made with so unfortunate a result.John Stuart Mill, in Half-hours of French Translation, Or Extracts from the Best English Authors ..., p.236
...to attain liberation . There are three ways: The Karma Marga (the way of works or good deeds ), the Jnana Marga (the way of wisdom or knowledge ), and the Bhakthi Marga (the way of devotion).Paul Pathickal, in Christ and the Hindu Diaspora, p.47
The idea of a Personal God has obtained in almost every religion , except a very few. With the exception of the Buddhist and the Jain , perhaps all the religions of the world have the idea of a Personal God, and with it comes the idea of devotion and worship .Swami Vivekananda, in [The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 2/Bhakti or Devotion