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Looks are more expressive and reliable than words; they have a language which all understand, and language itself is to be interpreted by the look as well as tone with which it is uttered.
 

Men sometimes affect to deny the depravity of our race; but it is as clearly taught in the lawyers' office and in courts of justice, as in the Bible itself. - Every prison, and fetter, and scaffold, and bolt, and bar, and chain is evidence that man believes in the depravity of man.
 

Mere knowledge is comparatively worthless unless digested into practical wisdom and common sense as applied to the affairs of life.
[Knowledge]
 

Most controversies would soon be ended, if those engaged in them would first accurately define their terms, and then adhere to their definitions.
 

Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. - It has all the invidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.
[Censure]
 

Much of the glory and sublimity of truth is connected with its mystery. - To understand everything we must be as God.
[Truth]
 

My books are my tools, and the greater their variety and perfection the greater the help to my literary work.
[Libraries]
 

Mystery is but another name for ignorance; if we were omniscient, all would be perfectly plain!
[Mystery]
 

Nature and revelation are alike God's books; each may have mysteries, but in each there are plain practical lessons for everyday duty.
[Nature]
 

Never be so brief as to become obscure.
[Brevity]
 

Never borrow trouble. If the evil is not to come, it is useless, and so much waste; if it is to come, best keep all your strength to meet it.
[Trouble]
 

Newspapers are the world's cyclopaedia of life; telling us everything from every quarter of the globe. - They are a universal whispering gallery for mankind, only their whispers are sometimes thunders.
 

No one can contemplate the great facts of astronomy without feeling his own littleness and the wonderful sweep of the power and providence of God.
 

No true civilization can be expected permanently to continue which is not based on the great principles of Christianity.
[Civilization]
 

Of all our losses, those delay doth cause, are most and heaviest. - By it oft we lose the richest treasures, knowledge, wealth, and power, and oft, alas! the never dying soul. - The calls of God and duty we intend to hear, at some convenient season, which to us may never come. - And thus we madly waste probation, forfeit heaven, and heedless sink to endless death.
 

Of nineteen out of twenty things in children, take no special notice; but if, as to the twentieth, you give a direction or command, see that you are obeyed.
[Children]
 

One of the great lessons the fall of the leaf teaches, is this: do your work well and then be ready to depart when God shall call.
 

Our censure of our fellowmen, which we are prone to think a proof of our superior wisdom, is too often only the evidence of the conceit that would magnify self, or of the malignity or envy that would detract from others.
[Censure]
 

People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher or better than themselves.
[Role Models]
 

Piety and morality are but the same spirit differently manifested. - Piety is religion with its face toward God; morality is religion with its face toward the world.
[Morality]
 


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