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Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite.
 

O, how much those men are to be valued who, in the spirit with which the widow gave up her two mites, have given up themselves! How their names sparkle! How rich their very ashes are! How they will count up in Heaven!
 

Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So a man sometimes covers up the entire disk of eternity with a dollar, and quenches transcendent glories with a little shining dust.
 

Often the elements that move and mold society, are the results of the sister's counsel, and the mother's prayer.
[Influence]
 

Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy. - The charlatan is verbose and assumptive; the Pharisee is ostentatious, because he is a hypocrite. - Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies.
 

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of heaven.
[Sorrow]
 

Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle.
[Poetry]
 

Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies.
[Pride]
 

Profaneness is a brutal vice. - He who indulges in it is no gentleman. - I care not what his stamp may be in society, or what clothes he wears, or what culture he boasts. - Despite all his refinement, the light and habitual taking of God's name in vain, betrays a coarse and brutal will.
[Profanity]
 

Public feeling now is apt to side with the persecuted, and our modern martyr is full as likely to be smothered with roses as with coals.
[Sympathy]
 

Skepticism has never founded empires, established principals, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been people of faith.
 

The angels may have wider spheres of action and nobler forms of duty than ourselves, but truth and right to them and to us are one and the same thing.
 

The best answer to all objections urged against prayer is the fact that man cannot help praying; for we may be sure that that which is so spontaneous and ineradicable in human nature has its fitting objects and methods in the arrangements of a boundless Providence.
[Prayer]
 

The best men are not those who have waited for chances but who have taken them; besieged the chance; conquered the chance; and made chance the servitor.
[Opportunity]
 

The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
 

The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried, and smelted, and polished, and glorified through the furnace of tribulation.
[Adversity]
 

The child's grief throbs against its little heart as heavily as the man's sorrow; and the one finds as much delight in his kite or drum, as the other in striking the springs of enterprise, or soaring on the wings of fame.
[Children]
 

The city is an epitome of the social world. - All the belts of civilization intersect along its avenues. - It contains the products of every moral zone and is cosmopolitan, not only in a national, but in a moral and spiritual sense.
 

The conservative may clamor against reform, but he might as well clamor against the centrifugal force. - He sighs for "the good old times." - He might as well wish the oak back into the acorn.
[Conservatism]
 

The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it.
[Life]
 


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