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God asks no man whether he will accept life. This is not the choice. You must take it. The only question is how.
[Acceptance]
 

God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.
[Motives]
 

God made the human body, and it is the most exquisite and wonderful organization which has come to us from the divine hand. - It is a study for one's whole life. - If an undevout astronomer is mad, an undevout physiologist is madder.
 

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
[Forgiveness]
 

God planted fear in the soul as truly as he planted hope or courage. - It is a kind of bell or gong which rings the mind into quick life and avoidance on the approach of danger. - It is the soul's signal for rallying.
[Fear]
 

God washes the eyes by tears until they can behold the invisible land where tears shall come no more.
[Suffering]
 

God's altar stands from Sunday to Sunday, and the seventh day is no more for religion than any other - it is for rest. - The whole seven are for religion, and one of them for rest, for instruction, for social worship, for gaining strength for the other six.
[Sabbath]
 

Good nature is often a mere matter of health. - With good digestion we are apt to be good natured; with bad digestion, morose.
 

Good nature is one of the richest fruits of true Christianity.
 

Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
 

Good nature, like a bee, collects honey from every herb. Ill nature, like the spider, sucks poison from the sweetest flower.
 

Good-humor makes all things tolerable.
 

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
 

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
[Greatness]
 

Half the spiritual difficulties that men and women suffer arise from a morbid state of health.
[Health]
 

Happiness is not the end of life; character is.
[Goals]
 

Happy is the man who has that in his soul which acts upon the dejected as April airs upon violet roots. Gifts from the hand are silver and gold, but the heart gives that which neither silver nor gold can buy. To be full of goodness, full of cheerfulness, full of sympathy, full of helpful hope, causes a man to carry blessings of which he is himself as unconscious as a lamp is of its own shining. Such a one moves on human life as stars move on dark seas to bewildered mariners; as the sun wheels, bringing all the season with him from the south.
[Sympathy]
 

He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
 

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
 

He that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.
[Invention]
 


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