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To carry the feelings of childhood into the Dowers of manhood, to combine the child's sense of wonder and novelty with the appearances which every day for years has rendered familiar, this is the character and privilege of genius, and one of the marks which distinguish it from talent.
[Genius]
 

To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.
[Experience]
 

To pray as God would have us, with all the heart and strength and reason and will, and to believe that God will listen to our voice through Christ, and verily do the thing he pleaseth thereon, this is the last, the greatest achievement of the Christian's warfare on earth.
[Prayer]
 

To restore a common-place truth to its first uncomomn lustre you need only translate it into action. But to do this you must have reflected on its truth.
[Truth]
 

To see him act, is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.
 

To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
 

To write or talk concerning any subject, without having previously taken the pains to understand it, is a breach of the duty which we owe to ourselves, though it may be no offence against the laws of the land. The privilege of talking and even publishing nonsense is necessary in a free state; but the more sparingly we make use of it the better.
[Nonsense]
 

Truths of all others the most awful and interesting are too often considered as so true that they lose all the power of truth, and lie bedridden in the dormitory of the soul, side by side with the most despised and exploded errors.
[Truth]
 

Until you understand a writer's ignorance, presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.
 

Veracity does not consist in saying, but in the intention of communicating truth.
 

What begins in fear usually ends in folly.
[Fear]
 

What comes from the heart, goes to the heart.
[Honesty]
 

What happiness is, the Bible alone shows clearly and certainly, and point out the way that leads to the attainment of it. - "In Cicero and Plato, and other such writers," says Augustine, "I meet with many things acutely said, and things that excite a certain warmth of emotions, but in none of them do I find these words, 'Come unto me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'"
[Happiness]
 

What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
[Literature]
 

Where virtue is, sensibility is its ornament and becoming attire; but it, and all the amiable qualities may become, and too often have become the panders of vice, and the instruments of seduction.
[Sensibility]
 

While [Shakespeare] darts himself forth, and passes into all the forms of human character and passion, the one Proteus of the fire and the flood; [Milton] attracts all forms and things to himself, into the unity of his own ideal. All things and modes of action shape themselves anew in the being of Milton; while Shakespeare becomes all things, yet ever remaining himself.
 

Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have neither time nor means to get more. Let every bookworm, when in any fragrant, scarce old tome he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration, that does his heart good, hasten to give it.
[Quotations]
 

Words in prose ought to express the intended meaning; if they attract attention to themselves, it is a fault; in the very best styles you read page after page without noticing the medium.
[Style]
 

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
 

You may depend upon it, religion is, in its essence, the most gentlemanly thing in the world. - It will, alone, gentilize, if unmixed with cant; and I know nothing else, which, alone, will.
[Gentleman]
 


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