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He who sows, even with tears, the precious seed of faith, hope, and love, shall doubtless come again with joy, bringing his sheaves with him, because it is the very nature of that seed to yield a joyful harvest.

Hypocrisy is folly. - It is much easier, safer, and pleasanter to be the thing which a man aims to appear, than to keep up the appearance of what he is not.

I could write down twenty cases wherein I wished that God had done otherwise than he did, but which I now see, if I had had my own way, would have led to extensive mischief.

I extend the circle of religion very widely. - Many men fear and love God, and have a sincere desire to serve him, whose views of religious truth are very imperfect, and in some points utterly false. - But may not many such persons have a state of heart acceptable before God?

If a man has a quarrelsome temper, let him alone. The world will soon find him employment. He will soon meet with some one stronger than himself, who will repay him better than you can. A man may fight duels all his life, if he is disposed to quarrel.

If a minister takes one step into the world, his hearers will take two.

If I have made an appointment with you, I owe you punctuality, I have no right to throw away your time, if I do my own.

If there is any person whom you dislike, that is the one of whom you should never speak.

It requires as much reflection and wisdom to know what is not to be put into a sermon, as what is.

Metaphysicians can unsettle things, but they can erect nothing. They can pull down a church, but they cannot build a hovel.

Method is like packing things in a box; a good packer will get in half as much again as a bad one.

Method is the very hinge of business; and there is no method without punctuality.

Never was there a man of deep piety, who has not been brought into extremities - who has not been put into fire-who has not been taught to say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him."

Nothing can be proposed so wild or so absurd as not to find a party, and often a very large party to espouse it.

Philosophy is a proud, sullen detector of the poverty and misery of man. It may turn him from the world with a proud, sturdy contempt; but it cannot come forward and say, here are rest, grace, pardon, peace, strength, and consolation.

Providence is a greater mystery than revelation. The state of the world is more humiliating to our reason than the doctrines of the Gospel. A reflecting Christian sees more to excite his astonishment, and to exercise his faith, in the state of things between Temple Bar and St. Paul's, than in what he reads from Genesis to Revelations.

Recollection is the life of religion. The Christian wants to know no new thing, but to have his heart elevated more above the world by secluding himself from it as much as his duties will allow, that religion may effect its great end by bringing its sublime hopes and prospects into more steady action on the mind.

Self-will is so ardent and active, that it will break a world to pieces, to make a stool to sit on.

Solitude shows us what we should be; society shows us what we are.

Supreme and abiding self-love is a very dwarfish affection, but a giant evil.

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