Who on Earth is William George Jordan?

William George Jordan was an American editor, lecturer and essayist known for The Majesty of Calmness, The Power of Truth and The Kingship of Self-Control.

Books by William George Jordan

Quotes by William George Jordan

“A fad lives its life in a few weeks; a philosophy lives through generations and centuries; a principle, forever.”

William George Jordan

“Conscience, as a mentor, the guide and compass of every act, leads ever to happiness. When the individual can stay alone with his or her conscience and get its approval, without knowing force or specious knowledge, then he or she begins to know what real happiness is.”

William George Jordan

“Courtship is the joyous, sunshine launching of the craft of hope; marriage is the long cruise across uncharted seas.”

William George Jordan Little Problems of Married Life

“Education, in its highest sense, is conscious training of mind or body to act unconsciously. It is conscious formation of mental habits, not mere acquisition of information.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“Everything that is great in life is the product of slow growth; the newer, and greater, and higher, and nobler the work, the slower is its growth, the surer is its lasting success. Mushrooms attain their full power in a night; oaks require decades. A fad lives its life in a few weeks; a philosophy lives through generations and centuries.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“Gratitude is thankfulness expressed in action.”

William George Jordan Great Truths

“Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“He who thinks all mankind is vile is a pessimist who mistakes his introspection for observation; he looks into his own heart and thinks he sees the world.”

William George Jordan Great Truths

“Ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge, which is only returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good.”

William George Jordan

“Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil---the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“Jealousy stifles faith, which is the soul of love. It is emotional suicide. It is a peculiar form of fear which seeks constantly to discover what it does not want to find. Jealousy is the chloroform of confidence. It requires faith to keep faith, trust to retain trust, love to cherish love.”

William George Jordan Little Problems of Married Life

“Life is not a competition with others. In its truest sense it is a rivalry with ourselves. We should each day seek to break the record of our yesterday. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair past follies; each day to surpass ourselves. And this is but progress.”

William George Jordan The Power of Truth

“Life is not something to be lived through: it is something to be lived up to. It is a privilege, not a penal servitude of so many decades on earth.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“Life is simply time given to man to learn how to live.”

William George Jordan The Power of Purpose

“Love, in the divine alchemy of life, transmutes all duties into privileges, all responsibilities into joys.”

William George Jordan The Kingship of Self-Control

“Man does not drift into goodness... the chance port of an aimless voyage. He must fight ever for his destination.”

William George Jordan The Power of Purpose

“Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.”

William George Jordan

“Nature is very un-American. Nature never hurries.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“No good act performed in the world ever dies. Science tells us that no atom of matter can ever be destroyed, that no force once started ever ends; it merely passes through a multiplicity of ever-changing phases. Every good deed done to others is a great force that starts an unending pulsation through time and eternity. We may not know it, we may never hear a word of gratitude or recognition, but it will all come back to us in some form as naturally, as perfectly, as inevitably, . . . as echo answers to sound.”

William George Jordan The Power of Truth

“Plants grow most in the darkest hours preceding dawn; so do human souls. Nature always pays for a brave fight. Sometimes she pays in strengthened moral muscle, sometimes in deepened spiritual insight, sometimes in a broadening, mellowing, sweetening of the fibres of character,—but she always pays.”

William George Jordan Little Problems of Married Life

“Reputation is what the world thinks a man is; character is what he really is. Reputation is the shell a man discards when he leaves life for immortality. His character he takes with him.”

William George Jordan The Power of Truth

“Self-confidence without self-reliance is as useless as a cooking recipe without food. Self-confidence sees the possibilities of the individual; self-reliance realizes them. Self-confidence sees the angel in the unhewn block of marble; self-reliance carves it out for oneself.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“Suppose a gardener were to take a plot of ground, and, without turning up the soil, preparing it or fertilizing it or doing anything to put it in good condition he were to plant it with seed of all kinds, covering every inch of the plot. Suppose that he then said: ‘This process will of itself enrich the soil and will produce beautiful flowers,’ we should think he had suddenly lost his reason. Because he did not first care for the soil and prepare it for the seed we would know that because of his wrong method he would accomplish neither of his claims, he would neither enrich the soil nor produce fine flowers, the soil would be unimproved and the plants poor, stunted, scrawny failures. Such a theory is not a whit more senseless and imbecile than the theory of our educational system.”

William George Jordan What’s the Matter with Education

“The man who has a certain religious belief and fears to discuss it, lest it may be proved wrong, is not loyal to his belief, he has but a coward's faithfulness to his prejudices. If he were a lover of truth, he would be willing at any moment to surrender his belief for a higher, better, and truer faith.”

William George Jordan Great Truths

“There are times when a man should be content with what he has but never with what he is.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“There are two great things that education should do for the individual—It should train his senses, and teach him to think. Education, as we know it to-day, does not truly do either; it gives the individual only a vast accumulation of facts, unclassified, undigested, and seen in no true relations. Like seeds kept in a box, they may be retained, but they do not grow.”

William George Jordan Mental Training

“Those who wisely live within an income rarely have to face the problem of trying to live without one.”

William George Jordan Little Problems of Married Life

“Truth can stand alone, for it needs no chaperone or escort. Lies are cowardly, fearsome things that must travel in battalions. They are like a lot of drunken men, one vainly seeking to support another.”

William George Jordan The Power of Truth

“Unhappiness is hunger to get; happiness is hunger to give.”

William George Jordan The Majesty of Calmness

“We know nothing of the trials, sorrows and temptations of those around us, of pillows wet with sobs, of the life-tragedy that may be hidden behind a smile, of the secret cares, struggles, and worries that shorten life and leave their mark in hair prematurely whitened, and a character changed and almost recreated in a few days. Let us not dare to add to the burden of another the pain of our judgment.”

William George Jordan The Kingship of Self-Control

“When man fails he says, ‘I am as God made me;’ but when he succeeds, he proudly proclaims himself a ‘self-made man'.”

William George Jordan Mental Training

“Worry is discounting possible future sorrows so that the individual may have present misery.”

William George Jordan The Kingship of Self-Control

“Worry is the most popular form of suicide. Worry impairs appetite, disturbs sleep, makes respiration irregular, spoils digestion, irritates disposition, warps character, weakens mind, stimulates disease, and saps bodily health. It is the real cause of death in thousands of instances where some other disease is named on the death certificate.”

William George Jordan The Kingship of Self-Control