Beautiful one-hundred passing thoughts by the Sheikh - Abdullah Quilliam
- ONE -
Three things to admire – intellectual power, dignity, gracefulness.
- TWO -
It is better to go with truth into the wilderness than to follow falsehood into a palace.
- THREE -
The true love of God is to love beauty, truth, and goodness.
- FOUR -
Whoso feeleth Islam to have filled his heart is half-way towards heaven.
- FIVE -
Courage and conviction are two good warriors. When they fight shoulder to shoulder victory oft crowns their efforts.
- SIX -
There is music in the sound of the words of the man who practices that which he teaches.
- SEVEN -
Alive or dead still we are in the presence of the eternal All-Wise.
- EIGHT -
The best preacher is the conscience, the best teachers are time and experience, the best book is the world, the best friend is God.
- NINE -
Do your best, God will do the rest.
- TEN -
None of us is too old to learn. When a man ceases to desire to acquire knowledge his intellectual death has commenced, and his funeral had better be arranged for.
- ELEVEN -
The whipped cur always yelps the loudest.
- TWELVE -
There are some persons in this world who, if they were in heaven, would find fault with the arrangement of the feathers on an angel’s wing.
- THIRTEEN -
It is natural for us to die, as it is for us to be born. It is only the passing of another milestone on our journey.
- FOURTEEN -
Harness your chariot with truth and honesty, and the devil will come a very bad second in the race.
- FIFTEEN -
You have no more right to use abusive or insolent words to a person than you have to smack him across the face.
- SIXTEEN -
Brave men do not hesitate to recognise bravery in others, even though they may be or may have been antagonists in the field.
- SEVENTEEN -
A great lie is like a great fish on dry land: it may fret and fling and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you. You have only to keep still, and it will die of itself.
- EIGHTEEN -
Those who most distrust others are generally those who know that others have good reason to distrust them.
- NINETEEN -
The quarrelsome person is always the one who professes to be the easiest individual in the world to get on with.
- TWENTY -
Some people preach more religion in one hour than they practice during the whole of their life.
- TWENTY ONE -
Meanness is the evidence of a defect of intellect as well as of heart. Even the cleverness of greed and avarice is but the extreme cunning of imbecility.
- TWENTY TWO -
A good man desires nothing but that which just laws will permit him to enjoy.
- TWENTY THREE -
Men love women for what they think they are; women love men for what they promise to become.
- TWENTY FOUR -
Cold is the absence of heat, darkness the absence of light, and spite and malignity the absence of love and right-heartedness.
- TWENTY FIVE -
Forget yourself, know yourself, that is the secret of both happiness and success.
- TWENTY SIX -
The quintessence of knowledge is applying it when you have got it, or confessing your ignorance when you have not knowledge.
- TWENTY SEVEN -
The person who is confident he or she could manage things better than everyone else, generally lives in a garret, and is not above borrowing a shilling.
- TWENTY EIGHT -
Don’t spoil a good action by talking about it.
- TWENTY NINE -
If you live up to your highest aspirations to-day, new glories will wait for you to-morrow.
- THIRTY -
The big drum makes a loud noise, but it is hollow inside.
- THIRTY ONE -
He is not very good who is not better than his friends imagine him to be.
- THIRTY TWO -
A lie trembles all over when it discovers that truth is on its track.
- THIRTY THREE -
The poorest man in the world is the one who gets rich by selling intoxicating liquor or amassing wealth by usury.
- THIRTY FOUR -
I notice that the ‘new woman’ is no more proficient in alighting from a tram-car, while it is in motion, than her old-fashioned sisters.
- THIRTY FIVE -
A fool will be all his life learning what the wise man can see at a glance.
- THIRTY SIX -
In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; in passing over it, he is superior.
- THIRTY SEVEN -
There never was a man who did anything worth doing, that did not receive more in return than he gave.
- THIRTY EIGHT -
When we review our lives, the follies stand out boldly; the good we have done seems very insignificant.
- THIRTY NINE -
When prosperity comes we are prone to forget the lessons of adversity.
- FOURTY -
Keep your eyes on the goal, and remember that thousands of others are trying to get there first.
- FORTY ONE -
A small mind is about the only little thing that does not accomplish something.
- FORTY TWO -
The fool in his haste says things which the wise man dare not think.
- FORTY THREE -
Show me a person who loves to slander the absent, and I will show you a sneak, a coward and a liar.
- FOURTY FOUR -
The intuitive thought of conscience is the whispering of the voice of Truth.
- FORTY FIVE -
The more one learns, the more ignorant he discovers he is.
- FORTY SIX -
Don’t wait for something extraordinary to happen in order to distinguish yourself, work away at the ordinary events of everyday and you will find distinction will come to you at the right time.
- FORTY SEVEN -
What appears to be a misfortune may become good fortune if borne with fortitude and resignation.
- FOURTY EIGHT -
Too much pleasure becomes pain.
- FORTY NINE -
The difference between life and death is nothing more than the difference between to-day and to-morrow. What will happen to us to-morrow is as uncertain and unknown to us as what may occur after the happening of the event called death, and yet there are many who look forward to the coming of to-morrow with joyful anticipation and to death with dismay.
- FIFTY -
Just as rain finds its way through the roof of a badly-thatched house, so passion breaks through the badly-regulated, unreflecting, or shallow mind; so as rain cannot percolate through the perfect roof, so passion will not percolate through the well-regulated and reflecting mind.