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FC: My Commonplace Book Loren Jewkes

2: On Opportunity “Some say opportunity knocks only once, That is not true. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. If the chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it.” Louis L'Amour

3: I agree with this quote because we are constantly exposed to opportunities, but rarely are we ready for them. Subtleties take people that are willing to prepare to embrace opportunities. The people that take the time to think rationally about life are the ones that succeed. A spirit of energized creativity and reason will ultimately lead to success. If we are prepared to take advantage of situations, then we will reap the rewards.

4: On Salvation “Natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell, they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it.” - Edwards

5: This quotation uses fear as a motivator for conversion. It paints a picture of damnation and focuses on the punishment, not the rewards of obedience. By it we are minuscule and unimportant, sentenced to hell. This quote also shows that Edwards believes himself saved. In this quote, Edwards uses fear as his primary tactic for the conversion of his congregation.

6: On preaching "It is not for you to say what is good for you to hear!" -Parris

7: Parris’ arrogance in this quote makes me angry. He is self centered and egotistical. I hate people that have no compassion for others like Parris. He only cares about himself and his own well being. Parris does not contribute to society in any positive way, but in a very negative way, which makes me very angry.

8: On fear "Fear doesn't travel well; just as it can warp judgment, its absence can diminish memory's truth. What terrifies one generation is likely to bring only a puzzled smile to the next." - Arthur Miller

9: Fear is a catalyst to be used by corrupt men. To me this quote means fear taints good judgement. I believe judgements shouldn’t be made solely on ones fear but on facts and the costs of failure. Looking back on history, it is a huge motivator used for both good and evil. Fear can push out rational thinking leaving us with only feelings of uneasiness, to which we act prematurely to remove from ourselves.

10: On a friend’s character "[Mr. Denham] had formerly been in business in Bristol, but failed in debt to a number of people, compounded and went to America. There, by a close application to business as a merchant, he aquir'd a plentiful fortune in a few years. Returning to England in the ship with me, he invited his old creditors to an entertainment, at which he thank'd them for the easy composition they had favored him with, and when they expected nothing but the treat, every man at the first remove found under his plate an order on a banker for the full amount of the unpaid remainder with interest" - Benjamin Franklin

11: I think Ben Franklin was one of the greatest men in American history. He chose his friends carefully after being burned many times in his youth. His friends showed his character once he was old enough to make informed decisions. Mr. Denham didn’t need to repay his debtors under his contract with him. He did so anyway because he was an honorable man with a sense of decency rooted throughout his whole character.

12: On death O, not in cruelty, not in wrath, The Reaper came that day; 'Twas an angel visited the green earth, And took the flowers away. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

13: This quote is very true and comforting to me. The flowers represent us, the people of the world. I believe Longfellow used flowers to symbolize humanity because it shows our goodness and beauty. It means that death is not the end, but the beginning of our journey. Death portrayed by the reaper is actually just forcing us to move on to bigger and better things, and not actually taking anything from us.

14: On life The tide rises, the tide falls, The twilight darkens, the curlew calls; Along the sea-sands damp and brown The traveler hastens toward the town, -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

15: This poem is sad to me. It shows the nature of life and its definite end that will come to us all. We have a finite time on this earth, and we are not able to change that. I believe we need to move quickly and get as much done here as we can before being erased by the tide. Nature is the only constant in this world according to the poem, which I find untrue.

16: On nature And healing sympathy, that steals away Their sharpness, ere he is aware. -William Cullen Bryant

17: I agree with this quote because nature is comforting to me. Being in nature makes things feel better than they are. Nature refreshes ones soul, and leaves it ready for the continuation of the burdens of life. I love going camping because of the relaxation it brings me and the preparedness it gives me. I think nature is the perfect escape from the pains of city life.

18: On morality "Good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous." - George Washington

19: This quote is very important to me because I believe it to be true. I use it to guide my life because the things we do in our youth carry on with us for the rest of our existence. I believe George Washington was a very wise man and his character was strong. Virtue and integrity are much more important than any other thing in life. Combined with knowledge, morality will guide us through our lives.

20: On preparedness "Have faith in God but keep your powder dry." -Louis L'Amour

21: This quote perfectly encompasses my outlook on life. Faith in God is very important to live. We show this faith by being prepared and doing everything we can. If we have done all we are able, only then are we worthy of his help. Faith along with works are the only way to truly follow God.

22: On government If there is a form of government, then, whose principle and foundation is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to promote the general happiness than any other form? -John Adams

23: John Adams was a very principled man. The government is much more corrupt today than when these words were given. This quote to me means that the foundation of a government must be strong for the rest to be sturdy. If the foundation is solid, no man in their right mind is able to discredit that government. When this was given, the foundation was much stronger than it is today, and this loss in strength leaves me sad at what we as a country have lost.

24: On education "Learn to be good for something." -Brigham Young

25: Learning to do some form of useful work is an absolute necessity. No matter the field, if the work is useful it is good for the community. To me, this quote means that rooting out laziness is essential for a thriving world. Brigham Young was very smart and hardworking and exemplified his words with acts. Learning everything we can and using it in a productive way is the best use of time we can make.

26: On education "The more one learns, the more he understands his ignorance." -Louis L'Amour

27: To me, this quote means that there is an infinite amount of information we can learn. The more we learn, the more we realize we know very little. This quote is very encouraging to me because it challenges me to seek for a better understanding of everything I can. If I find an area where I am ignorant, then I need to learn about that area. I believe this to be my duty as a human being to contribute in a useful way to not only the community, but to myself as well.

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