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Nathaniel Emmons Quotes


An American theologian born in East Haddam, Connecticut.
(1745 - 1840)

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Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies, than by a thousand arguments.
[Facts]
 

Death stamps the characters and conditions of men for eternity. - As death finds them in this world, so will they be in the next.
[Death]
 

Don't despair of a student if he has one clear idea.
[Intellect]
 

False zeal may rise as high as true, and indeed much higher; because it is extremely apt to estimate its object above its intrinsic and comparative importance. Besides, when a totally selfish heart is awakened into zeal, there is nothing in it to stem the tide of affections, which all unite and harmonize in the ardent pursuit of a selfish end. True zeal is a strong, steady, uniform, benevolent affection; but false zeal is a strong, desultory, boisterous, selfish passion.
[Zeal]
 

Great objects form great minds.
 

Habit is either the best of servants, or the worst of masters.
[Habit]
 

He is a learned man that understands one subject; a very learned man who understands two.
[Learning]
 

How vast is eternity! - It will swallow up all the human race; it will collect all the intelligent universe; it will open scenes and prospects wide enough, great enough, and various enough to fix the attention, and absorb the minds of all intelligent beings forever.
 

I could never think well of a man's intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.
[Punctuality]
 

If a man really has an idea he can communicate it; and if he has a clear one, he will communicate it clearly.
[Style]
 

In moral lessons the understanding must be addressed before the conscience, and the conscience before the heart, if we would make the deepest impressions.
 

In reasoning upon moral subjects, we have great occasion for candor, in order to compare circumstances, and weigh arguments with impartiality.
 

Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.
[Insanity]
 

It is a very serious duty, perhaps of all duties the most serious, to look into one's own character and conduct, and accurately read one's own heart. It is virtually looking into eternity, and all its vast and solemn realities, which must appear delightful or awful, according as the heart appears to be conformed or not conformed to God.
 

It is easy to learn something about everything, but difficult to learn everything about anything.
[Learning]
 

It is very easy to preach, but very hard to preach well. - No other profession demands half so much mental labor as the clerical.
 

Just definitions either prevent or put an end to disputes.
 

Make no display of your talents or attainments; for every one will clearly see, admire, and acknowledge them, so long as you cover them with the beautiful veil of modesty.
[Modesty]
 

Obedience to God is the most infallible evidence of sincere and supreme love to him.
[Obedience]
 

One principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multitude of objects and pursuits.
[Goals]
 


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