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In what way, or by what manner of working God changes a soul from evil to good - how he impregnates the barren rock with priceless gems and gold - is, to the human mind, an impenetrable mystery.
 

In wonder all philosophy began, in wonder it ends, and admiration fills up the interspace; but the first wonder is the offspring of ignorance, the last is the parent of adoration.
[Philosophy]
 

Indignation at literary wrongs I leave to men born under happier stars. I cannot afford it.
 

Intense study of the Bible will keep any writer from being vulgar, in point of style.
[Style]
 

It cannot but be injurious to the human mind never to be called into effort; the habit of receiving pleasure without any exertion of thought, by the mere excitement of curiosity and sensibility, may be justly ranked among the worst effects of habitual novel reading. Like idle morning visitors, the brisk and breathless periods hurry in and hurry off in quick and profitless succession - each, indeed, for the moment of its stay preventing the pain of vacancy, while it indulges the love of sloth; but, altogether, they leave the mistress of the house - the soul - flat and exhausted, incapable of attending to her own concerns, and unfitted for the conversation of more rational guests.
 

It has been my object and unquenched desire, to kindle young minds, and to guard them against the temptations of scomers, by showing that the scheme of Christianity, though not discoverable by human reason, is yet in accordance with it; that link follows link by necessary consequence; that religion passes out of the ken of reason only where the eye of reason has reached its own horizon; and that faith is then but its continuation; even as the day softens away into the sweet twilight, and twilight, hushed and breathless, steals into the darkness.
[Reason]
 

It has been observed before that images, however beautiful, though faithfully copied from nature, and as accurately represented in words, do not of themselves characterize the poet. They become proofs of original genius only as far as they are modified by a predominant passion; or by associated thoughts or images awakened by that passion; or when they have the effect of reducing multitude to unity, or succession to an instant; or lastly, when a human and intellectual life is transferred to them from the poet's spirit.
 

It is not enough that we swallow truth: we must feed upon it, as insects do on the leaf, till the whole heart be colored by its qualities, and show its food in every fibre.
[Truth]
 

It is the beauty and independent worth of the citations, far more than their appropriateness, which have made Johnson's Dictionary popular even as a reading-book.
[Quotations]
 

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
[Language]
 

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.
 

Milton had a highly imaginative, Cowley a very fanciful mind.
 

Milton has carefully marked, in his Satan, the intense selfishness which would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven.
[Selfishness]
 

Motives imply weakness, and the existence of evil and temptation. - Angelic natures would act from impulse alone.
[Motives]
 

Nature never deserts the wise and pure; no plot so narrow, be but nature there; no waste so vacant, but may well employ each faculty of sense, and keep the heart awake to love and beauty!
[Nature]
 

Never pursue literature as a trade.
 

Never yet did there exist a full faith in the divine word which did not expand the intellect while it purified the heart; which did not multiply the aims and objects of the understanding, while it fixed and simplified those of the desires and passions.
[Faith]
 

No man does anything from a single motive.
 

No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.
 

No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.
 


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