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.
A Christian is God Almighty's gentleman.
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.
Pity is like eating mustard without beef.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept of the stretch.
The ancients dreaded death: the Christian can only fear dying.
Every Irishman, the saying goes, has a potato in his head.
Few persons have courage enough to appear as good as they really are.
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.
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.
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.
To Adam Paradise was home. To the good among his descendants home is paradise.
What hypocrites we seem to be whenever we talk of ourselves! Our words sound so humble, while our hearts are so proud.
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.
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