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.
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.
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.
All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between extremes.
Eloquence is vehement simplicity.
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.
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.
Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better; unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse.
It is much easier to settle a point than to act on it.
Faith laughs at the shaking of the spear; unbelief trembles at the shaking of a leaf.
Unbelief starves the soul; faith finds food in famine.
Abraham teaches us the right way of conversing with God : "And Abraham fell on his face, and God talked with him." When we plead with Him, our faces should be in the dust.
The Christian will find his parentheses for prayer even in the busiest hours of life.
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.
The Christian's fellowship with God is rather a habit than a rapture.
In the midst of sorrow, faith draws the sting out of every trouble, and takes out the bitterness from every affliction.
Let family worship be short, savory, simple, plain, tender, heavenly.
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.
Providence is a greater mystery than revelation.
Wisdom prepares for the worst, but folly leaves the worst for the day when it comes.
If there is any person to whom you feel a dislike, that is the person of whom you ought never to speak.
Every man is an original and solitary character. None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself.
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.
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