Resignation is a psychological state of uncomplaining, utter frustration.
- Give what thou canst, without thee we are poor;
And with thee rich, take what thou wilt away.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book V. Last lines.
- Bends to the grave with unperceived decay,
While resignation gently slopes the way
And, all his prospects brightening to the last,
His heaven commences ere the world be past.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 110.
- That's best
Which God sends. 'Twas His will: it is mine.
- Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Lucile (1860), Part II, Canto VI, Stanza 29.
- The pious farmer, who ne'er misses pray'rs,
With patience suffers unexpected rain;
He blesses Heav'n for what its bounty spares,
And sees, resign'd, a crop of blighted grain.
But, spite of sermons, farmers would blaspheme,
If a star fell to set their thatch on flame.
- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Poem (October, 1736).
- Thus ready for the way of life or death,
I wait the sharpest blow.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 668.
- To be resign'd when ills betide,
Patient when favours are denied,
And pleased with favours given;—
Dear Chloe, this is wisdom's part,
This is that incense of the heart
Whose fragrance smells to heaven.
- Nathaniel Cotton, The Fireside, Stanza 11.
- Dare to look up to God and say, Deal with me in the future as Thou wilt; I am of the same mind as Thou art; I am Thine; I refuse nothing that pleases Thee; lead me where Thou wilt; clothe me in any dress Thou choosest.
- Epictetus, Discourses, Book II, Chapter XVI.
- To will what God doth will, that is the only science
That gives us any rest.
- François de Malherbe, Consolation, Stanza 7. Longfellow's translation.
- Placato possum non miser esse deo.
- If God be appeased, I can not be wretched.
- Ovid, Tristium, III, 40.
- Unum est levamentum malorum pati et necessitatibus suis obsequi.
- One alleviation in misfortune is to endure and submit to necessity.
- Seneca the Younger, De Ira, III, 16.
- Placeat homini quidquid deo placuit.
- Let that please man which has pleased God.
- Seneca the Younger, Epistolæ Ad Lucilium, LXXIV.
- It seem'd so hard at first, mother, to leave the blessed sun,
And now it seems as hard to stay—and yet His will be done!
But still I think it can't be long before I find release;
And that good man, the clergyman, has told me words of peace.
- Alfred Tennyson, The May-Queen, conclusion, Stanza 3.