LIFE AND LETTERS OF JOSEPH HARDY NEESIMA
EXTRACTS FROM JOURNAL. 263 "Ordinary observers may take no notice of the unpolished diamond. A skilled jeweler sees at a glance what it is. Wonderful beauty within! Never mind if the world takes no notice of us because we do not shint> in society. If we could only have that wonderful beauty within, that were enough for us. If we have the life and light of Christ within us, then we are most precious diamonds, though we may seem rather dull and unpolished outwardly. "Always remember the disappointed. "Promises. Fulfill your promises promptly. Never postpone till to-morrow, for we may not see to-morrow or may be fully occupied with something else. It is a sort of weakness and shame for a man to make all sorts of apologies to another. Let yea be yea, and nay be nay. Do, or not do. But never be sluggish or leave business half done. Earnestness is like a transparent crystal; but love is like honey, always sweet and without any bitterness. "Try to say what we mean, and never anything which we do not really mean in our heart. It is a moral weakness to utter what we do not really mean. Straightforwardness is found mostly among the AngloSaxon races. "I find some Christians narrow and stupid. Yet Christianity ought to produce great-heartedness, activity, and progress. Narrowness and stupidity are the results of a dead faith. Salt which has lost its savor is good for nothing. "There is great danger of our forming an opinion of others by looking at them in one case. We should be careful, because some who are quite deficient in one respect may be very efficient in another. There must be some defect even in a so-called perfect man.