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.
Man without religion is the creature of circumstances.
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.
Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.
It is with flowers as with moral qualities; the bright are sometimes poisonous; but, I believe, never the sweet.
Many are ambitious of saying grand things, that is, of being grandiloquent.
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.
Never put much confidence in such as put no confidence in others.
A statesman, we are told, should follow public opinion. Doubtless, as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins and guiding them.
What a person praises is perhaps a surer standard, even than what he condemns, of his own character, information and abilities.
Only when the voice of duty is silent, or when it has already spoken, may we allowably think of the consequences of a particular action.
Happy the boy whose mother is tired of talking nonsense to him before he is old enough to know the sense of it.
Examples would indeed be excellent things were not people so modest that none will set, and so vain that none will follow them.
Nothing is farther than earth from heaven; nothing is nearer than heaven to earth.
A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself.
What hypocrites we seem to be whenever we talk of ourselves! Our words sound so humble, while our hearts are so proud.
Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they really are.
Truth, when witty, is the wittiest of all things.
Never put much confidence in such as put no confidence in others. A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his neighbor for what he sees in himself. As to the pure all things are pure, even so to the impure all things are impure.
The question is not whether a doctrine is beautiful but whether it is true. When we wish to go to a place, we do not ask whether the road leads through a pretty country, but whether it is the right road.
Man is a mixed being, made up of a spiritual soul and of a fleshly body; the angels are pure spirits, herein nearer to God, only that they are created and finite in all respects, free from decay, free from the power of death, whereas God is infinite and uncreated.
Friendship closes its eye rather than see the moon eclipsed; while malice denies that it is ever at the full.
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