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Early instruction in truth will best keep out error. Some one has well said, "Fill the bushel with wheat, and you may defy the devil to fill it with tares."
[Education]
 

Emotion which does not lepd to and flow out in right action is not only useless, but it weakens character, and be­comes an excuse for neglect of effort.
[Emotion]
 

Errors of theory or doctrine are not so much false statements, as partial statements. - Half a truth received, while the corresponding half is unknown or rejected, is a practical falsehood.
[Error]
 

Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
 

Fables, like parables, are more ancient than formal arguments and are often the most effective means of presenting and impressing both truth and duty.
 

Facts are God's arguments; we should be careful never to misunderstand or pervert them.
[Facts]
 

Features are the visible expression of the soul. - the outward manifestation of the feeling and character within.
 

Few men are more to be shunned than those who have time, but know not how to improve it, and so spend it in wasting the time of their neighbors, talking forever though they have nothing to say.
 

Fiction is not falsehood, as some seem to think; - It is rather the fanciful and dramatic grouping of real traits around imaginary scenes or characters. - It may give false views of men or things, or it may, in the hands of a master, more truthfully portray life than sober history itself.
 

Firmness is adherence to truth and duty is generally most decided when most intelligent and conscientious, and is sometimes mistaken for obstinacy by those who do not comprehend its nature and motive.
[Obstinacy]
 

Give work rather than alms to the poor. The former drives out indolence, the latter industry.
[Charity]
 

God is infinitely great in himself; we should recognize it in humble adoration: always good; we should acknowledge it by grateful thanksgiving: we have constant need of his blessings; it becomes us to ask them at his hand.
[Prayer]
 

Hail, hallowed day, that binds a yoke on vice, gives rest to toil, proclaims God's holy truth, blesses the family, secures the state, prospers communities, nations exalts, pours life and light on earth, and points the way to heaven!
[Sabbath]
 

Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from Heaven, at our very doors.
[Happiness]
 

Have a time and place for everything, and do everything in its time and place, and you will not only accomplish more, but have far more leisure than those who are always hurrying.
[Order]
 

Have something to say; say it, and stop when you've done.
[Brevity]
 

He is one of the noblest conquerors who carries on a successful warfare against his own appetites and passions, and has them under wise and full control.
 

He that is patient will persevere; and he that perseveres will often have occasion for, as well as trial of patience.
[Patience]
 

He that is possessed with a prejudice is possessed with a devil, and one of the worst kind of devils, for it shuts out the truth, and often leads to ruinous error.
[Prejudice]
 

He that never changes his opinion never corrects mistakes and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
[Opinion]
 


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