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He that would look with contempt on the pursuits of the farmer, is not worthy the name of a man.

He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.

Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

Humor is, however, nearer right than any emotion we have. Humor is the atmosphere in which grace most flourishes.

I don't like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.

I have great hope of a wicked man; slender hope of a mean one. A wicked man may be converted and become a prominent saint. A mean man ought to be converted six or seven times, one right after the other, to give him a fair start and put him on an equality with a bold, wicked man.

I know it is more agreeable to walk upon carpets than to lie upon dungeon floors; I know it is pleasant to have all the comforts and luxuries of civilization; but he who cares only for these things is worth no more than a butterfly contented and thoughtless upon a morning flower; and who ever thought of rearing a tombstone to a last summers butterfly?

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.

I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.

I read for three things: first, to know what the world has done during the last twenty-four hours, and is about to do today; second, for the knowledge that I specially want in my work; and third, for what will bring my mind into a proper mood.

I would rather speak the truth to ten men than blandishments and lying to a million. - Try it, ye who think there is nothing in it; try what it is to speak with God behind you - to speak so as to be only the arrow in the bow which the Almighty draws.

Ideas are cosmopolitan. - They have the liberty of the world. - You have no right to take the sword and cross the bounds of other nations, and enforce on them laws or institutions they are unwilling to receive. - But there is no limit to the sphere of ideas. Your thoughts and feelings, the whole world lies open to them, and you have the right to send them into any latitude, and to give them sweep around the earth, to the mind of every human being.

If a man can have only one kind of sense, let him have common sense. - If he has that and uncommon sense too, he is not far from genius.
[Common Sense]

If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.

If any man is rich and powerful he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them.

If Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God in the experience of those who trust and love Him, there needs no further argument of His divinity.

If God has taught us all truth in teaching us to love, then he has given us an interpretation of our whole duty to our households. - We are not bom as the partridge in the wood, or the ostrich of the desert, to be scattered everywhere; but we are to be grouped together, and brooded by love, and reared day by day in that first of churches, the family.

If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me take a magnet and sweep through it, and how would it draw to itself the almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction. - The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, 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, only the iron in God's sand is gold!

If we would have anything of benefit, we must earn it, and earning it become shrewd, inventive, ingenious, active, enterprising.

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