The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
Example is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.
All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between extremes.
God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.
Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
I could write down twenty cases wherein I wished that God had done otherwise than he did, but which I now see, if I had had my own way, would have led to extensive mischief.
He who sows, even with tears, the precious seed of faith, hope, and love, shall doubtless come again with joy, bringing his sheaves with him, because it is the very nature of that seed to yield a joyful harvest.
Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better; unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse.
The history of all the great characters of the Bible is summed up in this one sentence: They acquainted themselves with God, and acquiesced His will in all things....
Philosophy is a proud, sullen detector of the poverty and misery of man. It may turn him from the world with a proud, sturdy contempt; but it cannot come forward and say, here are rest, grace, pardon, peace, strength, and consolation.
Let family worship be short, savory, simple, plain, tender, heavenly.
The nurse of infidelity is sensuality.
Prayer is faith passing into action.
Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.
A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their caparisons of title, wealth, and place, he considers but as harness.
Every man is an original and solitary character. None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself.
Our Heavenly Father always sends His children the things they ask, or better things.
We are urgent about the body; He is about the soul. We call for present comforts; He considers our everlasting rest. And therefore when He sends not the very things we ask, He hears us by sending greater than we can ask or think.
The Christian will find his parentheses for prayer even in the busiest hours of life.
The only instance of praying to saints, mentioned in the Bible, is that of the rich man in torment calling upon Abraham; and let it be remembered, that it was practised only by a lost soul and without success.
Abraham teaches us the right way of conversing with God : "And Abraham fell on his face, and God talked with him." When we plead with Him, our faces should be in the dust.
Providence is a greater mystery than revelation.
It is much easier to settle a point than to act on it.
Every man will have his own criterion in forming his judgment of others. I depend very much on the effect of affliction. I consider how a man comes out of the furnace; gold will lie for a month in the furnace without losing a grain.
The Old and New Testaments contain but one scheme of religion. Neither part of this scheme can be understood without the other.
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