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Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.
 

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
[Happiness]
 

Religion which requires persecution to sustain, it is of the devil's propagation.
 

Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
[Suspicion]
 

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
 

The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.
 

Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.
 

There is no possible excuse for a guarded lie. - Enthusiastic and impulsive people will sometimes falsify thoughtlessly, but equivocation is malice prepense.
 

There is no such things as "best" in the world of individuals.
 

There is one inevitable criterion of judgment touching religious faith ... Can you reduce it to practice? If not, have none of it.
 

There is one sure criterion of judgment as to religious faith in doctrinal matters; can you reduce it to practice? - If not, have none of it.
[Faith]
 

Those who commit injustice bear the greatest burden.
 

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
 


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