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Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest condition of life.
 

Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.
 

He is to be educated not because he's to make shoes, nails, and pins, but because he is a man.
 

He who is false to the present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and you will see the effect when the weaving of a life-time is unraveled.
 

Home is the chief school of human virtue.
 

Home--the nursery of the Infinite.
 

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
 

I see nothing worth living for but the divine virtue which endures and surrenders all things for truth, duty, and mankind.
 

Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity.
[Immortality]
 

In general, we do well to let an opponent's motives alone. We are seldom just to them. Our own motives on such occasions are often worse than those we assail.
 

In the best books great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
 

Influence is to be measured, not by the extent of surface it covers, but by its kind.
 

Innocent amusements are such as excite moderately, and such as produce a cheerful frame of mind, not boisterous mirth; such as refresh, instead of exhausting, the system; such as recur frequently, rather than continue long; such as send us back to our daily duties invigorated in body and spirit; such as we can partake of in the presence and society of respectable friends; such as consist with and are favorable to a grateful piety; such as are chastened by self-respect, and are accompanied with the consciousness that life has a higher end than to be amused.
 

Is mutual service the bond of friendship?
 

It is a greater work to educate a child, in the true and larger sense of the word, than to rule a state.
[Education]
 

It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.
[Books]
 

It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.
 

It is men of faith, not sceptics, who have made the world aware that they were in it.
 

It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind's dignity.
 

Knowledge is essential to freedom.
 


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