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Hosea Ballou Quotes

An American Universalist clergyman and theological writer.
(1771 - 1852)

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As unkindness has no remedy at law, let its avoidance be with you a point of honor.

Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.

Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.

Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.

Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken in the hearing of little children tends toward the formation of character. - Let parents always bear this in mind.

Energy, like the biblical grain of the mustard-seed, will remove mountains.

Error is always more busy than truth.

Everything in the world exists to end up in a book.

Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood, and nearly as blameable.

Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.

Forty is the old age of youth, fifty is the youth of old age.

Hatred is self-punishment.

If gratitude is due from children to their earthly parent, how much more is the gratitude of the great family of men due to our father in heaven.

It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.

It is in sickness that we most feel the need of that sympathy which shows how much we are dependent upon one another for our comfort, and even necessities. Thus disease, opening our eyes to the realities of life, is an indirect blessing.

Moderation is the key to lasting enjoyment.

Never be so brief as to become obscure.

Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.

No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.

Not the least misfortune in a prominent falsehood is the fact that tradition is apt to repeat it for truth.

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