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James Freeman Clarke Quotes


An American theologian and author.
(1810 - 1888)

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. - A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of his country. - The statesman wishes to steer, while the politician is satisfied to drift.
[Politics]
 

All the strength and force of man comes from his faith in things unseen. He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
[Faith]
 

Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.
[Courage]
 

God, who has given the Bible, has also given us our reason with which to examine and understand it; and we are guilty before Him if we bury this talent in the earth and hide our Lord's money.
[Reason]
 

I can do small things in a great way.
 

If men gave three times as much attention as they now do to ventilation, ablution, and exercise in the open air, and only one third as much to eating, luxury, and late hours, the number of doctors, dentists, and apothecaries, and the amount of neuralgia, dyspepsia, gout, fever, and consumption, would be changed in a corresponding ratio.
[Health]
 

Never hurry; take plenty of exercise; always be cheerful, and take all the sleep you need, and you may expect to be well.
[Health]
 

See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
[Happiness]
 

Strong convictions precede great actions.
 

The art of life consists in taking each event which befalls us with a contented mind, confident of good. ... With this method ... rejoice always, though in the midst of sorrows, and possess all things, though destitute of everything.
[Events]
 

The atheist has no hope.
 

The root of all discontent is self-love.
[Discontent]
 

We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
 

Whenever we do what we can, we immediately can do more.