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This was in the context of surrendering our will to God. The quote goes "An over-weaning consideration for ourselves is the thing that keeps us from that decision (of surrendering our will), though we put it that we are considering others. I tried to look up the definition of weaning, which is "Accustom (someone) to managing without something on which they have become dependent or of which they have become excessively fond". However, that didn't really help, probably because this quote is from the early 20th century and the definition of the word has probably changed by now. Can someone help me understand this quote? Thank you!

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Welcome to this site! Is your question mainly an English-language one, or are you looking for some Christian explanation as well? The "over-weaning" here is a common error for "overweening", which means "arrogant", "conceited", "prideful", etc., to excess. We have a sister site at english.stackexchange.com which can help with this sort of language question. But if you do want additional information from a Christian perspective, then that's fine! Perhaps you can edit your question, and/or comment here? –  James T Jun 9 '13 at 1:49
    
Thanks for the welcome and the answer! My question was more about understanding the english, but I would not mind maybe gaining some new insight from an analysis from a christian perspective. –  Ovi Jun 9 '13 at 1:54
    
Do you know the source of this quote? –  Ryan Frame Jun 10 '13 at 0:16
    
As primarily a language question this is off topic for this site. As a religious question right now it reads more like a "name that tune" sort of thing. However I could see several ways that this could turn into an on topic question for here: for example if you give us the author or context of the original quote so we can identify what theological construct it might be based on. If you have a direction to take this or more source info that makes this a question about Christianity in some way please do come back and edit this question, then flag it for re-opening! –  Caleb Jun 10 '13 at 12:27