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As I live and am a man, this is an unexaggerated tale - my dreams become the substances of my life.
 

As long as there are readers to be delighted with calumny, there will be found reviewers to calumniate.
 

As there is much beast and some devil in man, so is there some angel and some God in him. The beast and the devil may be conquered, but in this life never destroyed.
[Character]
 

Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants.
 

Centers, or wooden frames are put under the arches of a bridge, to remain no longer than till the latter are consolidated, and then are thrown away or cast into the fire. Even so, sinful pleasures are the devil's scaffolding to build a habit upon; and once formed and fixed, the pleasures are sent for firewood, and hell begins in this life.
[Pleasure]
 

Chance is but the pseudonym of God for those particular cases which he does not choose to subscribe openly with his own sign-manual.
 

Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process.
[Christianity]
 

Christianity proves itself, as the sun is seen by its own light. - Its evidence is involved in its excellence.
[Christianity]
 

Christianity, rightly understood, is identical with the highest philosophy; the essential doctrines of Christianity are necessary and eternal truths of reason.
[Christianity]
 

Cleverness is a sort of genius for instrumentality. It is the brain of the hand. In literature, cleverness is more frequently accompanied by wit, genius, and sense, than by humor.
[Genius]
 

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
[Wisdom]
 

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 that will, alone.
[Religion]
 

Dew-drops are the gems of morning, but the tears of mournful eve.
 

Dryden's genius was of that sort which catches fire by its own motion; his chariot wheels get hot by driving fast.
 

During the act of knowledge itself, the objective and subjective are so instantly united, that we cannot determine to which of the two the priority belongs.
 

Earth, with her thousand voices, praises God.
[Earth]
 

Either we have an immortal soul, or we have not. If we have not, we are beasts; the first and wisest of beasts it may be; but still beasts. We only differ in degree, and not in kind; just as the elephant differs from the slug. But by the concession of the materialists, we are not of the same kind as beasts; and this also we say from our own consciousness. Therefore, methinks, it must be the possession of a soul within us that makes the difference.
[Soul]
 

Enlist the interests of stern morality and religious enthusiasm in the cause of political liberty, as in the time of the old Puritans, and it will be irresistible.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Ere sin could blight, or sorrow fade, death came with friendly care; the opening but to heaven conveyed, and bade it blossom there.
 

Every human feeling is greater and larger than its exciting cause - a proof, I think, that man is designed for a higher state of existence.
[Feelings]
 


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