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Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
[Choice]
 

Change of opinion is often only the progress of sound thought and growing knowledge; and though sometimes regarded as an inconsistency, it is but the noble inconsistency natural to a mind ever ready for growth and expansion of thought, and that never fears to follow where truth and duty may lead the way.
[Opinion]
 

Christianity is a philosophy of principles rather than of rules and so is fitted for universal extension and acceptance.
[Philosophy]
 

Commerce has made all winds her messengers; all climes her tributaries; all people her servants.
[Commerce]
 

Common sense is, of all kinds, the most uncommon. - It implies good judgment, sound discretion, and true and practical wisdom applied to common life.
[Common Sense]
 

Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another - too often ending in the loss of both.
[Compromise]
 

Conscience is merely our own judgment of the right or wrong of our actions, and so can never be a safe guide unless enlightened by the word of God.
[Conscience]
 

Constancy to truth and principle may sometimes lead to what the world calls inconstancy in conduct.
 

Contemplation is to knowledge, what digestion is to food - the way to get life out of it.
 

Conversion is but the first step in the divine life. - As long as we live we should more and more be turning from all that is evil, and to all that is good.
 

Credulity is belief on slight evidence, with no evidence, or against evidence. In this sense it is the infidel, not the believer, who is credulous. "The simple," says Solomon, "believeth every word."
 

Death has nothing terrible which life has not made so. A faithful Christian life in this world is the best preparation for the next.
[Death]
 

Deference is the instinctive respect which we pay to the great and good. - The unconscious acknowledgment of the superiority or excellence of others.
 

Deviation from either truth or duty is a downward path, and none can say where the descent will end. - "He that despiseth small things shall fall by little and little."
 

Do all that you can to stand, and then fear lest you may fall, and by the grace of God you are safe.
[Temptation]
 

Do not despise the opinion of the world; you might as well say you do not care for the light of the sun, because you can use a candle.
[Opinion]
 

Doctrine is the necessary foundation of duty; if the theory is not correct, the practice cannot be right, - Tell me what a man believes, and I will tell you what he will do.
[Doctrine]
 

Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.
[Doubt]
 

Duty performed gives clearness and firmness to faith, and faith thus strengthened through duty becomes the more assured and satisfying to the soul.
[Duty]
 

Duty performed is a moral tonic; if neglected, the tone and strength of both mind and heart are weakened, and the spiritual health undermined.
[Duty]
 


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