21 August

indexYou need to step back at times, in order to take a better leap.

Francis de Sales, born 21 August 1567, Sun in Virgo, Moon in Aries, Ascendant in Gemini.

If we say a little it is easy to add, but having said too much it is hard to withdraw and never can it be done so quickly as to hinder the harm of our success.

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

Always be as gentle as you can, and remember that more flies are caught with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar.

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.

If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master’s presence. And even if you did nothing during the whole of your hour but bring your heart back and place it again in Our Lord’s presence, though it went away every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.

 

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Ivan Stang, born on 21 August 1953, Sun in Leo, Moon in Capricorn, American writer.

If you sincerely desire a truly well-rounded education, you must study the extremists, the obscure and “nutty.” You need the balance! Your poor brain is already being impregnated with middle-of-the-road crap, twenty-four hours a day, no matter what. Network TV, newspapers, radio, magazines at the supermarket… even if you never watch, read, listen, or leave your house, even if you are deaf and blind, the telepathic pressure alone of the uncountable normals surrounding you will insure that you are automatically well-grounded in consensus reality.

 

Thomas S. Monson (born August 21, 1927) American religious leader, author, and the sixteenth and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). As president, Monson is considered by adherents of the religion to be a “prophet, seer, and revelator.” A printer by trade, Monson has spent most of his life engaged in various church leadership positions and public service.