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Edwin Hubbel Chapin Quotes


A Universalist minister who became famed as an orator in the 1840s.
(1814 - 1880)

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A great many men - some comparatively small men now - if put in the right position, would be Luthers and Columbuses.
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A man can no more be a Christian without facing evil and conquering it, than he can be a soldier without going to battle, facing the cannon's mouth, and encountering the enemy in the field.
[Christian]
 

A patient, humble temper gathers blessings that are marred by the peevish, and overlooked by the aspiring.
[Patience]
 

A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star.
[Self Acceptance]
 

All evil, in fact the very existence of evil, is inexplicable till we refer to the fatherhood of God. - It hangs a huge blot in the universe till the orb of divine love rises behind it. - In that we detect its meaning. - It appears to us but a finite shadow, as it passes across the disk of infinite light.
 

All nature is a vast symbolism; every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth.
[Nature]
 

An aged Christian, with the snow of time upon his head, may remind us that those points of earth are whitest which are nearest to heaven.
[Age]
 

At the bottom of a good deal of the bravery that appears in the world there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion.
[Bravery]
 

Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.
 

Christ saw much in this world to weep over, and much to pray over; but he saw nothing in it to look upon with contempt.
 

Christianity has made martyrdom sublime, and sorrow triumphant.
 

Consider and act with reference to the true ends of existence. This world is but the vestibule of an immortal life. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
 

Do not ask if a man has been through college; ask if a college has been through him - if he is a walking university.
[Education]
 

Do not judge from mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. - The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
 

Events are only the shells of ideas; and often it is the fluent thought of ages that is crystallized in a moment by the stroke of a pen or the point of a bayonet.
[Ideas]
 

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
[Action]
 

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
[Fashion]
 

Gaiety is often the reckless ripple over depths of despair.
 

Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are. To be is the great thing.
[Goodness]
 

Hill and valley, seas and constellations, are but stereotypes of divine ideas appealing to, and answered by the living soul of man.
[Nature]
 


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