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.
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.
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.
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....
Our Heavenly Father always sends His children the things they ask, or better things.
Time can take nothing from the BIBLE. It is the living monitor. Like the sun, it is the same in its light and influence to man this day which it was years ago. It can meet every present inquiry and console every present loss
The religion of a sinner stands on two pillars; namely, what Christ did for us in the flesh, and what he performs in us by his Spirit. Most errors arise from an attempt to separate these two.
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.
An accession of wealth is a dangerous predicament for a man. At first he is stunned if the accession be sudden, and is very humble and very grateful. Then he begins to speak a little louder, people think him more sensible, and soon he thinks himself so.
A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their caparisons of title, wealth, and place, he considers but as harness.
The nurse of infidelity is sensuality.
Prayer is faith passing into action.
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.
The spirit and tone of your home will have great influence on your children. If it is what it ought to be, it will fasten conviction on their minds, however wicked they may become.
Every man is an original and solitary character. None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself.
Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.
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.
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