How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Letter to Eckermann
"The weakest of all weak things is a virtue which has not been tested in the fire." — Mark Twain
Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. —Aristotle
Rudolf Steiner: "The Mood of Aries"
Arise, O shining light,
Take hold of growth and becoming,
Lay hold of the weaving of forces,
Yourself ray forth, life-wakening.
In face of resistance, gain;
In stream of time, disperse;
O shining light, abide!
Erstehe, o Lichtesschein,
Erfasse das Werdewesen,
Ergreife das Kräfteweben,
Erstrahle dich Sein-erweckend.
Am Widerstand gewinne,
Im Zeitenstrom zerinne.
O Lichtesschein, verbleibe.
Warm our hearts,
Enlighten our heads,
That good may come
From what we cradle in our hearts,
what we direct from our heads
With true-to-the-mark, consecrated willing!