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He who can suppress a moment's anger may prevent a day of sorrow.

Hell is truth seen too late - duty-neglected in its season.

High aims form high characters, and great objects bring out great minds.

Honor thy parents, those that gave thee birth, and watched in tenderness thine earliest days, and trained thee up in youth, and loved in all. Honor, obey, and love them; it shall fill their souls with holy joy, and shall bring down God's richest blessing on thee; and in days to come, thy children, if they're given, shall honor thee, and fill thy life with peace.

If rich men would remember that shrouds have no pockets, they would, while living, share their wealth with their children, and give for the good of others, and so know the highest pleasure wealth can give.

If riches are, as Bacon says, the baggage (" impedimenta ") of virtue, impeding its onward progress - poverty is famine in its commissary department, starving it into weakness for the great conflict of life.

If we are but fixed and resolute - benton high and holy ends, we shall find means to them on every side and at every moment; and even obstacles and opposition will but make us "like the fabled spectreships, which sail the fastest in the very teeth of the wind."

If we make God's will our law, then God's promise shall be our support and comfort, and we shall find every burden light, and every duty a joy.

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.

Imperfect knowledge is the parent of doubt: thorough and honest research dispels it.

In its influence on the soul, error has been compared to a magnet concealed near the ship's compass. - As in the latter case, the more favorable the winds, and the greater the diligence and skill in working the ship, the more rapidly will it be speeded on in a wrong course; and so in the former, the greater the struggle for safety, the more speedy the progress to ruin.

Indolence is the dry rot of even a good mind and a good character; the practical uselessness of both. - It is the waste of what might be a happy and useful life.

It has been said that science is opposed to, and in conflict with revelation. But the history of the former shows that the greater its progress, and the more accurate its investigations and results, the more plainly it is seen not only not to clash with the latter, but in all things to confirm it. The very sciences from which objections have been brought against religion have, by their own progress, removed those objections, and in the end furnished full confirmation of the inspired Word of God.

It is not true that there are no enjoyments in the ways of sin; there are, many and various. - But the great and radical defect of them all is, that they are transitory and unsubstantial, at war with reason and conscience, and always leave a sting behind. We are hungry, and they offer us bread; but it is poisoned bread. We are thirsty, and they offer us drink; but it is from deadly fountains. They may and often do satisfy us for the moment; but it is death in the end. It is only the bread of heaven and the water of life that can so satisfy that we shall hunger no more and thirst no more forever.

It was a beautiful and striking reply, given by one in affliction, who, when asked how it was that he bore it so well, replied, - "It lightens the stroke, I find, to draw near to Him who handles the rod."

Law is often spoken of as uncertain; but the uncertainty is not so much in the law as in the evidence.

Laws which are in advance of public sentiment are generally but a dead letter.

Let your holidays be associated with great public events, and they may be the life of patriotism as well as a source of relaxation and personal employment.

Let your sermon grow out of your text, and aim only to develop and impress its thought. - Of a discourse that did not do this it was once wittily said, "If the text had the small-pox, the sermon would never catch it."

Liberality was formerly called honesty, as if to imply that unless we are liberal we are not honest, either toward God or man.

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