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Love is the river of life in the world.
 

Man is at the bottom an animal, midway, a citizen, and at the top, divine. But the climate of this world is such that few ripen at the top.
 

Many men want wealth, not a competence merely, but a five-story competence, and religion they would like as a sort of lightning-rod to their houses, to ward off, by and by, the bolts of divine wrath.
[Wealth]
 

Many would like religion as a sort of lightning rod to their houses, to ward off, by and by, the bolts of divine wrath.
[Religion]
 

Memory can glean, but never renew. - it brings us joys faint as is the perfume of the flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone.
[Memory]
 

Men do not avail themselves of the riches of God's grace. - They love to nurse their cares, and seem as uneasy without some fret as an old friar would be without his hair girdle. - They are commanded to cast their cares on the Lord; but even when they attempt it, they do not fail to catch them up again, and think it meritorious to walk burdened.
[Care]
 

Men often abstain from the grosser vices as too coarse and common for their appetites, while the vices that are frosted and ornamented are served up to them as delicacies.
[Vice]
 

Men who walk on tiptoe all through life, holding up their skirts for fear they shall touch their fellows - who are delicate and refined in feeling, and who ring all the bells of taste high up in their own belfry where no one else can hear them, these dainty fools are the greatest sinners of all, for they use their higher faculties to serve the devil with.
 

Men's best successes come after their disappointments.
[Disappointment]
 

Metaphysicians are whetstones, on which to sharpen dull intellects.
 

Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.
 

Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out of the back-door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying.
 

Morality without religion has no roots. - It becomes a thing of custom, changeable, transient, and optional.
[Morality]
 

Never be afraid because the community teems with excitement. - Silence and death are dreadful. - The rush of life, the vigor of earnest men, and the conflict of realities, invigorate, cleanse, and establish the truth.
 

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry.
[Anger]
 

Newspapers are the schoolmasters of the common people - a greater treasure to them than uncounted millions of gold.
 

Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
[Ingratitude]
 

No blister draws sharper than interest on money. - It works day and night; in fair weather and foul. - It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth. - It binds industry with its film, as a fly is bound with a spider's web. - Debt rolls a man over and over, binding him hand and foot, and letting him hang on the fatal mesh, till the long-legged interest devours him. - One had better make his bed of Canada thistles, than attempt to lie at ease upon interest.
[Money]
 

No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain it's own individual form.
 

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. - It is the heart that makes a man rich. - He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
[Riches]
 


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