Manvotionals

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Manvotional: The Builders

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Builders By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow All are architects of Fate, Working in these walls of Time; Some with massive deeds and great, Some with ornaments of rhyme. Nothing useless is, or low; Each thing in its place is best; And what seems but idle show Strengthens and supports the rest. For the structure that […]

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Manvotional: Somebody’s Mother

by Brett & Kate McKay

An old sentimental poem in honor of Mother’s Day. Somebody’s Mother By Mary D. Brine The woman was old and ragged and gray, And bent with the chill of a winter’s day; The streets were white with a recent snow, And the woman’s feet with age were slow. At the crowded crossing she waited long, […]

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Manvotional: The Cardinal Virtues — Temperance

by Brett & Kate McKay

From The Cardinal Virtues, 1902 By William De Witt Hyde TEMPERANCE Temperance is closely akin to courage; for as courage takes on the pains which wisdom and justice find incidental to their ends, so temperance cuts off remorselessly whatever pleasures are inconsistent with these ends. The temperate man does not hate pleasure, any more than […]

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Manvotional: The Cardinal Virtues — Courage

by Brett & Kate McKay

From The Cardinal Virtues, 1902 By William De Witt Hyde COURAGE If man were merely a mind, wisdom to see particular desires in the light of their permanent consequences to self, and justice to weigh the interests of self to the impartial scales of a due regard for the interests of others, would together sum […]

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Manvotional: The Cardinal Virtues — Justice

by Brett & Kate McKay

From The Cardinal Virtues, 1902 By William De Witt Hyde JUSTICE If man dwelt alone in a world of things, wisdom to subordinate things to his ends would be the principal virtue. The form of the perfect character would be a circle, with self as the center. The fact that we live in a social […]

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Manvotional: The Cardinal Virtues — Wisdom

by Brett & Kate McKay

What are the most important virtues for a man to live? Benjamin Franklin had his program of thirteen. We based our Manvotionals book on a set of seven. But is it possible to refine such lists further and whittle the large group of worthy human virtues down to its core? It is in fact, and […]

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Manvotional: Discipline-The Means to an End

by Brett & Kate McKay

I thought this Manvotional went well with this week’s article on “Freedom From…Freedom To.” From Self-Knowledge and Self-Discipline, 1916 By Basil William Maturin We do not endure [self-discipline] merely for its own sake, but for what lies beyond it. And we bear those acts of self-denial and self-restraint because we feel and know full well […]

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Manvotional: Be Faithful

by Brett & Kate McKay

From Courage, 1894 By Charles Wagner Steadfastness is the indispensable quality of every man who one day does not wish to be obliged to say: “I have wasted my life.” A man should not incessantly change with every impression of the moment, but should remain steadfast when he has once determined upon what is right. […]

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Manvotional: The Thousandth Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Thousandth Man By Rudyard Kipling One man in a thousand, Solomon says, Will stick more close than a brother. And it’s worth while seeking him half your days If you find him before the other. Nine hundred and ninety-nine depend On what the world sees in you, But the Thousandth Man will stand your […]

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Manvotional: The Bull’s-Eye Lantern

by Brett & Kate McKay

In coming across Robert Louis Stevenson’s essay, “The Lantern-Bearers,” a few months ago, I discovered an image that has stuck with me like few things I have ever read. I have pondered it many times since, and I thought that it was especially apropos to share during this “season of lights.” In the essay, Stevenson […]

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Manvotional: Alumunus Football

by Brett & Kate McKay

Alumunus Football By Grantland Rice Bill Jones had been the shining star upon his college team, His tackling was ferocious and his bucking was a dream; When husky William tucked the ball beneath his brawny arm They had a special man to ring the ambulance alarm. Bill had the speed—Bill had the weight—the nerve to […]

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Manvotional: Character

by Brett & Kate McKay

From Character, 1881 By Samuel Smiles CHARACTER is one of the greatest motive powers in the world. In its noblest embodiments, it exemplifies human nature in its highest forms, for it exhibits man at his best. Men of genuine excellence in every station of life—men of industry, of integrity, of high principle, of sterling honesty […]

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Manvotional: The Gains of Drudgery

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Gains of Drudgery From The Making of Manhood, 1894 By William James Dawson By drudgery, I mean work that in itself is not pleasant, that has no immediate effect in stimulating our best powers, and that only remotely serves the purpose of our general advancement. Such a definition may not be perfect, but it […]

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Manvotional: In an Age of Fops and Toys

by Brett & Kate McKay

In an Age of Fops and Toys By: Ralph Waldo Emerson In an age of fops and toys, Wanting wisdom, void of right, Who shall nerve heroic boys To hazard all in Freedom’s fight,— Break sharply off their jolly games, Forsake their comrades gay And quit proud homes and youthful dames For famine, toil and […]

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Manvotional: A Letter from General George S. Patton to His Son

by Brett & Kate McKay

On June 6, 1944, General George S. Patton wrote this letter to his twenty-year-old son, George Jr., who was enrolled at West Point. Patton Sr. was in England training the Third Army in preparation for the battles that would follow the invasion at Normandy. Note: The letter’s grammar and spelling have been slightly edited for […]

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Manvotional: Sometimes

by Brett & Kate McKay

Sometimes By Thomas S. Jones, Jr. Across the fields of yesterday He sometimes comes to me, A little lad just back from play– The lad I used to be. And yet he smiles so wistfully Once he has crept within, I wonder if he hopes to see The man I might have been.

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Manvotional: Cynicism

by Brett & Kate McKay

In my post on the Switch of Nature, I contended that cynicism constitutes one of the greatest threats to manliness. There were a couple of comments in reply which argued that cynicism is not wholly unhealthy. And I agree; I did not mean that cynicism is always bad, rather that it is bad in unhealthy amounts. This selection, from […]

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Manvotional: The Know-It-All State of Mind

by Brett & Kate McKay

From “New Mexico,” 1928 By DH Lawrence Superficially, the world has become small and known. Poor little globe of earth, the tourists trot round you as easily as they trot round the Bois or round Central Park. There is no mystery left, we’ve been there, we’ve seen it, we know all about it. We’ve done […]

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Manvotional: A Son’s Regret

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Dr. Johnson and His Father” From 30 More Famous Stories Retold, 1905 By James Baldwin SCENE FIRST It is in a little bookshop in the city of Lichfield, England. The floor has just been swept and the shutter taken down from the one small window. The hour is early, and customers have not yet begun […]

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