It is the duty of every one to strive to gain and deserve a good reputation.
It’s attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning,
Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
The priesthood hath in all nations, and all religions, been held highly venerable.
They who are not induced to believe and live as they ought by those discoveries which God hath made in Scriptures would stand out against any evidence whatever, even that of a messenger sent express from the other world.
The greater absurdities are, the more strongly they evince the falsity of that supposition from whence they flow.
Hospitality sometimes degenerates into profuseness, and ends in madness and folly.
From mere success nothing can be concluded in favor of any nation upon whom it is bestowed.
A just and wise magistrate is a blessing as extensive as the community to which he belongs; a blessing which includes all other blessings whatsoever that relate to this life.
It is little the sign of a wise or good man, to suffer temperance to be transgressed in order to purchase the repute of a generous entertainer.
Those good men who take such pleasure in relieving the miserable for Christ's sake, would not have been less forward to minister onto Christ Himself.
There is a variety in tempers of good men.
The practice of all ages and all countries (whether Christian or heathen, polite or barbarous) hath been ... to do honour to those who are invested with public authority.
Though fanaticism drinks at many founts, its predisposing cause is mostly the subject of an invisible futurity.
If God be infinitely holy, just, and good, He must take delight in those creatures that resemble Him most in these perfections.
Few consider how much we are indebted to government, because few can represent how wretched mankind would be without it.
A good man not only forbears those gratifications which are forbidden by reason and religion, but even restrains himself in unforbidden instances.
A sturdy, hardened sinner shall advance to the utmost pitch of impiety, with less reluctance than he took the first step while his conscience was yet vigilant and tender.
Luther deters me from solitariness; but he does not mean from a sober solitude that rallies our scattered strengths and prepares us against any new encounter from without.
A very prosperous people, flushed with great victories and successes, are seldom so pious, so humble, so just, or so provident as to perpetuate their happiness.
A good character when established should not be rested in as an end, but only employed as a means of doing still further good.
What we employ in charitable uses during our lives is given away from ourselves; what we bequeath at our death is given from others only, as our nearest relations.
The smallest act of charity shall stand us in great stead.
Even the wisdom of God hath not suggested more pressing motives, more powerful incentives to charity, than these, that we shall be judged by it at the last dreadful day.
The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves after a gentle, but very powerful manner; so that we are but little aware of them and less able to withstand them.
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