Aim high, choose noble ends … .
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 104-105)
Caiaphas lived a comfortable and happy life while Peter’s life was full of sorrow and trial; which of these two is the more enviable? Assuredly we should choose the present state of Peter, for he possesses immortal life whilst Caiaphas has won eternal shame.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 50)
Commit thyself to God; give up thy will and choose that of God; abandon thy desire and lay hold on that of God; that thou mayest be a holy, spiritual and heavenly example among the maid-servants of God.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 89-90)
For every one of you his paramount duty is to choose for himself that on which no other may infringe and none usurp from him. Such a thing—and to this the Almighty is My witness—is the love of God, could ye but perceive it.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 261)
How lofty is the station which man, if he but choose to fulfill his high destiny, can attain! To what depths of degradation he can sink, depths which the meanest of creatures have never reached! Seize, O friends, the chance which this Day offereth you, and deprive not yourselves of the liberal effusions of His grace.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 205)
Is it wise to turn away from such a loving Father, Who showers His blessings upon us, and to choose rather to be slaves of matter?
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 108-109)
O My servants! Through the might of God and His power, and out of the treasury of His knowledge and wisdom, I have brought forth and revealed unto you the pearls that lay concealed in the depths of His everlasting ocean. I have summoned the Maids of Heaven to emerge from behind the veil of concealment, and have clothed them with these words of Mine—words of consummate power and wisdom. I have, moreover, with the hand of divine power, unsealed the choice wine of My Revelation, and have wafted its holy, its hidden, and musk-laden fragrance upon all created things. Who else but yourselves is to be blamed if ye choose to remain unendowed with so great an outpouring of God’s transcendent and all-encompassing grace, with so bright a revelation of His resplendent mercy?
(Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 327-328)
So let us try, as an experiment, peace, and if the results of peace are bad, then we can choose if it would be better to go back to the old state of war! Let us in any case make the experiment. If we see that unity brings Light we shall continue it. For six thousand years we have been walking on the left-hand path; let us walk on the right-hand path now. We have passed many centuries in darkness, let us advance towards the light.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 61)
To thank Him for this [being chosen], make ye a mighty effort, and choose for yourselves a noble goal.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 35)