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Thomas Chalmers Quotes





By the very constitution of our nature, moral evil is its own curse.
 

Enthusiasm is a virtue rarely to be met with in seasons of calm and unruffled prosperity. - It flourishes in adversity, kindles in the hour of danger, and awakens to deeds of renown. - The terrors of persecution only serve to quicken the energy of its purposes. - It swells in proud integrity, and, great in the purity of its cause, it can scatter defiance amidst hosts of enemies.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Guard against that vanity which courts a compliment, or is fed by it.
[Vanity]
 

I find successful exertion is a powerful means of exhilaration, which discharges itself in good humor upon others.
[Labor]
 

If it be the characteristic of a worldly man that he desecrates what is holy, it should be of the Christian to consecrate what is secular, and to recognize a present and presiding divinity in all things.
[Religion]
 

Infidelity gives nothing in return for what it takes away. What, then, is it Worth? Everything valuable has a compensating power. Not a blade of grass that withers, or the ugliest weed that is flung away to rot or die, but reproduces something.
[Infidelity]
 

Infidelity is one of the false coinages - a mass of base money that will not pass current with any heart that loves truly, or any head that thinks correctly. - It is a fearful blindness of the soul.
[Infidelity]
 

It is truly a most Christian exercise to extract a sentiment of piety from the works and appearances of nature. Our Saviour expatiates on a flower, and draws from it the delightful argument of confidence in God. He gives us to see that taste may be combined with piety, and that the same heart may be occupied with all that is serious in the contemplations of religion, and be, at the same time, alive to the charms and loveliness of nature.
[Nature]
 

Live for something. - Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storms of time can never destroy. - Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten. - Your name and your good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven.
[Goodness]
 

Man should trust in God as if God did all, and yet labor as earnestly as if he himself did all.
 

Music is the language of praise; and one of the most essential preparations for eternity is delight in praising God; a higher acquirement, I do think, than even delight and devotedness in prayer.
[Music]
 

One of the most essential preparations for eternity is delight in praising God; a higher acquirement, I do think, than even delight and devotedness in prayer.
[Praise]
 

The beauty of holiness has done more, and will do more, to regenerate the world and bring in everlasting righteousness than all the other agencies put together. - It has done more to spread religion in the world, than all that has ever been preached or written on the evidences of Christianity.
 

The only popularity worth aspiring after, is the popularity of the heart - the popularity that is won in the bosom of families, and at the side of death beds. - There is another, - a high and far sounding popularity, which is, indeed, a most worthless article - a popularity which with its head among storms, and its feet on treacherous quicksands, has nothing to lull the agonies of its tottering existence but the hosannas of a drivelling generation.
[Popularity]
 

The public! the public! how many fools does it require to make the public?
 

The public! why, the public's nothing better than a great baby.
[Public]
 

The sum and substance of the preparation needed for a coming eternity is, that we believe what the Bible tells us and do what the Bible bids us.
 

Thousands of men breathe, move, and live; pass off the stage of life and are heard of no more. Why? They did not a particle of good in the world; none were blest by them, none could point to them as the instrument of their redemption; their light went out in darkness, and they were not remembered more than the insects of yesterday. Will you thus live and die, O man immortal? Live for something.
[Usefulness]