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No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.

O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.

Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet.

Order your soul; reduce your wants; live in charity; associate in Christian community; obey the laws; trust in Providence.

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.

Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Poetry is the Devil's wine.

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

Punishment is justice for the unjust.

Repentant tears wash out the stain of guilt.

Seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.

Should you ask me, What is the first thing in religion? I should reply, The first, second, and third thing therein - nay, all - is humility.

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.

Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.

Suspicion is the poison of true friendship.

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer.

The greatest evil is physical pain.

The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?

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