self-knowledge

self-knowledge

January 1, 1950

This I Believe

I believe that the greatest difficulty we have is our inability to properly evaluate ourselves and the things we deal with in our generation. It is because of this inability that we have comported so many errors, built up a...
January 1, 1950

Give Part of Yourself Away

We are living in one of those periods in human history, which is marked by revolutionary changes in all of man’s ideas and values. It is a time when every one of us must look within himself to find what...
January 1, 1950

I Live Four Lives at a Time

Everyone who has past his first few birthdays has some kind of guideline or things in which he believes. Its hard to put them in words that mean anything. I live a life of four dimensions—a wife, a mother, a...
January 1, 1950

This I Believe

A man cannot live in a country such as Alaska without often stopping to wonder about creation. Here he sees high mountains, vast glaciers, mysterious Northern Lights, some of the world’s largest animals, great forests and tundra carpeting the ground;...
January 1, 1950

This I Believe

I believe that that youth is lucky who has parents who are acquainted with God. I grew up in a modest, self-respecting, Puritan-like home in a democratic Midwest. My god-fearing father, a small contracting carpenter, was continuously an elder in...
January 1, 1950

This I Believe

I believe that I’m the master of my fate and the captain of my soul. I found that out at the age of 10, when my beloved mother died and left me and my father desolate. I was an only...
January 1, 1950

This I Believe

Sherwood Anderson wrote that people tend to become “grotesques” of themselves. The ungenerous become miserly; the talkative, garrulous; the proud, vain. I believe this happens to me when I lose the central virtue of childhood, by failure to continue to...
January 1, 1950

This I Believe

Our days are in His hands. Yet there’s too much evidence of the unexplainable and unseen and unknown in our everyday lives, for example the birth of a child, to make me feel I must make complete logic out of...
January 1, 1950

This I Believe

I believe many more people want to do right than do wrong. They are misty on what constitutes doing right, but generally they and I believe that truth, beauty, justice, and love are to be preferred to falsehood, ugliness, injustice,...