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The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!

The very word "God" suggests care, kindness, goodness; and the idea of God in his infinity, is infinite care, infinite kindness, infinite goodness. - We give God the name of good: it is only by shortening it that it becomes God.

The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature. - Thus they become, as in the ancient fable, the harnessed steeds that bear the chariot of the sun.

The way to begin a Christian life is not to study theology. - Piety before theology. Right living will produce right thinking. - Theologies are well in their place, but repentance and love must come before all other experiences.

The whole of life and experience goes to show, that right or wrong doing, whether as to the physical or the spiritual nature, is sure in the end to meet its appropriate reward or punishment. - Penalties may be delayed, but they are sure to come.

The world is God's workshop for making men.

The world's battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields of history.

The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.

Theology is a science of mind applied to God.

Theology is but the science of mind applied to God. As schools change, theology must necessarily change. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas of truth are not. Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.

There are many persons of combative tendencies, who read for ammunition, and dig out of the Bible iron for balls. They read, and they find nitre and charcoal and sulphur for powder. They read, and they find cannon. They read, and they make portholes and embrasures. And if a man does not believe as they do, they look upon him as an enemy, and let fly the Bible at him to demolish him. So men turn the word of God into a vast arsenal, filled with all manner of weapons, offensive and defensive. ** P. 38.

There are many persons who look on Sunday as a sponge to wipe out the sins of the week.

There are many trials in life which do not seem to come from unwisdom or folly; they are silver arrows shot from the bow of God, and fixed inextricably in the quivering heart. - They are to be borne. - They were not meant, like snow or water, to melt as soon as they strike; but the moment an ill can be patiently borne it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.

There are many troubles which you cannot cure by the Bible and the hymn book, but which you can cure by a good perspiration and a breath of fresh air.

There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books.

There are two ways of escaping from suffering; the one by rising above the causes of conflict, the other by sinking below them. - The one is the religious method; the other is the vulgar, worldly method. - The one is Christian elevation; the other is stoicism.

There is a sense in which a man looking at the present in the light of the future, and taking his whole being into account, may be contented with his lot: that is Christian contentment. - But if a man has come to that point where he is so content that he says, "I do not want to know any more, or do any more, or be any more," he is in a state in which he ought to be changed into a mummy! - Of all hideous things a mummy is the most hideous; and of mummies, the most hideous are those that are running about the streets and talking.

There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.

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