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No man is more cheated than the selfish man.
[Happiness]
 

No man is prosperous whose immortality is forfeited. - No man is rich to whom the grave brings eternal bankruptcy. - No man is happy upon whose path there rests but a momentary glimmer of light, shining out between clouds that are closing over him in darkness forever.
[Prosperity]
 

No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
 

No matter what a man's aims, or resolutions, or professions may be, it is by one's deeds that he is to be judged, both by God and man.
[Deeds]
 

No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it.
[One Day]
 

None love to speak so much, when the mood of speaking comes, as they who are naturally taciturn.
 

Not what men do worthily, but what they do successfully, is what history makes haste to record.
[Success]
 

Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.
[Intolerance]
 

Now comes the mystery.
 

Of all earthly music that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart.
[Affection]
 

Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.
 

Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
 

Oh, ye infidel philosophers, teach me how to find joy in sorrow, strength in weakness, and light in darkest days; how to bear buffeting and scorn; how to welcome death, and to pass through it into the sphere of life, and this not for me only, but for the whole world that groans and travails in pain; and till you can do this, speak not to me of a better revelation than the Bible.
[Unbelief]
 

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
 

Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place. ... New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. ... The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects.
[Change]
 

Our gifts and attainments are not only to be light and warmth in our own dwellings, but are to shine through the window, into the dark night, to guide and cheer bewildered travellers on the road.
[Influence]
 

Our sweetest experiences of affection are meant to point us to that realm which is the real and endless home of the heart.
[Affection]
 

Prayer covers the whole of man's life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which, if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy. His nature is such that our often coming does not tire him. The whole burden of the whole life of every man may be rolled on to God and not weary him, though it has wearied the man.
[Prayer]
 

Prayer, as the first, second, and third element of the Christian life, should open, prolong, and conclude each day. The first act of the soul in early morning should be a draught at the heavenly fountain. It will sweeten the taste for the day. A few moments with God at that calm and tranquil season, are of more value than much fine gold. And if you tarry long so sweetly at the throne, you will come out of the closet as the high priest of Israel came from the awful ministry at the altar of incense, suffused all over with the heavenly fragrance of that communion.
[Prayer]
 

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
[Thankfulness]
 


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