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A man's character is the reality of himself. - His reputation is the opinion others have formed of him. - Character is in him; - reputation is from other people - that is the substance, this is the shadow.
[Character]
 

A man's ledger does not tell what he is, or what lie is worth. - Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth - whether rich or poor.
[Man]
 

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
 

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. - The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
[Ambition]
 

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.
[Humor]
 

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
[Pride]
 

A republican government is in a hundred points weaker than one that is autocratic; but in this one point it is the strangest that ever existed - it has educated a race of men that are men.
[Government]
 

A reputation for good judgment, fair dealing, truth, and rectitude, is itself a fortune.
[Reputation]
 

A tool is but the extension of a man's hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.
[Invention]
 

A traitor is good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty.
[Treason]
 

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week.
[Sabbath]
 

Affliction comes to us all not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us, as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plough enriches the field; to multiply our joy, as the seed, by planting, is multiplied a thousand-fold.
[Affliction]
 

Age and youth look upon life from the opposite ends of the telescope; to the one it is exceedingly long, to the other exceedingly short.
[Life]
 

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
 

All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.
[Temptation]
 

All the sobriety religion needs or requires is that which real earnestness produces. - When men say "be sober," they usually mean "be stupid." - When the Bible says "be sober," it means "rouse up to the earnestness and vivacity of life." - The old scriptural sobriety was effectual doing; ascetic sobriety is effectual dullness.
 

An impure man is every good man's enemy.
 

And now we beseech of Thee that we may have every day some such sense of God's mercy and of the power of God about us, as we have of the fullness of the light of heaven before us.
 

Any law that takes hold of a man's daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.
 

Any man can work when every stroke of his hands brings down the fruit rattling from the tree ... but to labor in season and out of season, under every discouragement... that requires a heroism which is transcendent.
[Perseverance]
 


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