Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?
The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.
Some people carry their hearts in their heads; very many carry their heads in their hearts. The difficulty is to keep them apart, yet both actively working together.
Man without religion is the creature of circumstances.
Since the generality of persons act from impulse, much more than from principle, men are neither so good nor so bad as we are apt to think them.
There is no being eloquent for atheism. In that exhausted receiver the mind cannot use its wings, - the clearest proof that it is out of its element.
To Adam Paradise was home. To the good among his descendants home is paradise.
A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions.
It is a proof of our natural bias to evil, that gain is slower and harder than loss in all things good; but in all things bad getting is quicker and easier than getting rid of.
It is well for us that we are born babies in intellect. Could we understand half what mothers say and do to their infants, we should be filled with a conceit of our own importance, which would render us insupportable through life.
Nothing good bursts forth all at once. The lightning may dart out of a black cloud; but the day sends his bright heralds before him, to prepare the world for his coming.
Better far off to leave half the ruins and nine-tenths of the churches unseen and to see well the rest; to see them not once, but again and often again; to watch them, to learn them, to live with them, to love them, till they have become a part of life and life's recollections.
Friendship is love without its flowers or veil.
The greatest truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest men.
Many are ambitious of saying grand things, that is, of being grandiloquent.
It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet.
Never put much confidence in such as put no confidence in others.
The power of faith will often shine forth the most when the character is naturally weak.
The virtue of paganism was strength; the virtue of Christianity is obedience.
A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself.
Nothing is farther than earth from heaven; nothing is nearer than heaven to earth.
Examples would indeed be excellent things were not people so modest that none will set, and so vain that none will follow them.
Happy the boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.
Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.
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