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George B. Cheever Quotes

American clergyman
(1807 - 1890)

A Christian graveyard is a cradle, where, in the quiet motions of the globe, Jesus rocks his sleeping children. - By and by he will wake them from their slumber, and in the arms of angels they shall be translated to the skies.

A man who writes an immoral but immortal book may be tracked into eternity by a procession of lost souls from every generation, every one to be a witness against him at the judgment, to show to him and to the universe the immeasurableness of his iniquity.

A traveller amid the scenery of the Alps, surrounded by the sublimest demonstrations of God's power, had the hardihood to write against his name, in an album kept for visitors, "An atheist." Another who followed, shocked and indignant at the inscription, wrote beneath it, "If an atheist, a fool; if not, a liar!"

As a man goes down in self, he goes up in God.

As character to be used for eternity must be formed in time and in good time, so good habits to be used for happiness in this life must be formed early; and then they will be a treasure to be desired in the house of the wise, and an oil of life in their dwellings.

Faith in tomorrow, instead of Christ, is Satan's nurse for man's perdition.

For health and the constant enjoyment of life, give me a keen and ever present sense of humor; it is the next best thing to an abiding faith in providence.

Habit is the child of impulse. - There is in human life the period of impulse, when habit is nothing; and there is the period of habit, when impulse is nothing. - Young persons are creatures of impulse; old persons are creatures of habit. - Almost everything is impulse with a little child, and nothing can be called habit; almost everything is habit in the second childhood of old age, and there is very little that can be called impulse. - Impulse is habit in formation; habit is impulse fixed. - When habit is once formed, impulse is powerless against it. - Indeed all impulse falls into it - It is like a deep and swift and resistless river, into which an opposing mountain current may pour with tremendous momentary shock and agitation, but with no effect whatever, save to increase the volume, rapidity, and fury of the tide, which is turned downward to the sea.

It has been the fate of all bold adventurers and reformers, to be esteemed insane.

One day when D'Alembert and Condorcet were dining with Voltaire, they proposed to converse on atheism; but Voltaire stopped them at once. "Wait," said he, "till my servants have withdrawn ; I do not wish to have my throat cut tonight."

The habits of time are the soul's dress for eternity. - Habit passes with its owner beyond this world into a world where destiny is determined by character, and character is the sum and expression of all preceding habit.

The man who can really, in living union of the mind and heart, converse with God through nature, finds in the material forms around him, a source of power and happiness inexhaustible, and like the life of angels. - The highest life and glory of man is to be alive unto God; and when this grandeur of sensibility to him, and this power of communion with him is carried, as the habit of the soul, into the forms of nature, then the walls of our world are as the gates of heaven.

The passions and capacities of our nature are foundations of power, happiness and glory; but if we turn them into occasions and sources of self-indulgence, the structure itself falls, and buries everything in its overwhelming desolation.

The period of tender sensibilities looks to a period of active character, for the formation of which the sensibilities are given and the requisite excitements provided, after which they pass from the form of mere sensibilities into habits and fixtures of feeling and action. - Character is made up, first of passive, afterward of active emotions.

Too many persons seem to use their religion as a diver does his bell, to venture down into the depths of worldliness with safety, and there grope for pearls, with just so much of heaven's air as will keep them from suffocating, and no more; and some, alas! as at times is the case with the diver, are suffocated in the experiment.

What is already passed is not more fixed than the certainty that what is future will grow out of what has already passed, or is now passing.