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As long as we are living, God will give us living grace, and he wont give us dying grace till it's time to die. What's the use of trying to feel like dying when you aint dying, nor anywhere near
[Death]
 

As plants take hold, not for the sake of staying, but only that they may climb higher, so it is with men. - By every part of our nature we clasp things above us, one after another, not for the sake of remaining where we take hold, but that we may go higher.
 

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
 

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
 

Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
 

Books are the metempsychosis; the symbol and presage of immortality. - The dead are scattered, and none shall find them; but behold they are here.
[Books]
 

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
 

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.
 

Christ is the ideal of what a man should be. He has my ideal portrait, as it were, drawn out in His own thought and feeling. There is an exaltation and a grandeur for myself in the time to come, which Christ knows, and I do not; but I am following after. I am pressing up toward that thought that Christ has of what I am and ought to be; and I am determined that I will apprehend it as Christ Himself does. Not that I have it; but I will strive for it. My manhood is in the future. My life lies beyond the present.
 

Christianity works while infidelity talks. She feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits and cheers the sick, and seeks the lost, while infidelity abuses her and babbles nonsense and profanity. "By their fruits ye shall know them."
[Christianity]
 

Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
 

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
 

Conceited men are a harmless kind of creatures, who, by their overweening self-respect, relieve others from the duty of respecting them at all.
[Conceit]
 

Defeat is a school, in which truth always grows strong.
[Defeat]
 

Despondency is ingratitude; hope is God's worship.
[Ingratitude]
 

Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence, - as a compliment from God.
[Difficulty]
 

Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
[Defeat]
 

Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where he made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted, not with forests, but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint.
[Virtue]
 

Do not look back on happiness, or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
[The Present]
 

Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.
[Doctrine]
 


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