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Temperance is to the body what religion is to the soul, the foundation and source of health and strength and peace.

The agrarian would divide all the property in the community equally among its members. - But if so divided today, industry on the one hand, and idleness on the other, would make it unequal on the morrow. - There is no agrarianism in the providence of God.

The benefit of proverbs, or maxims, is that they separate those who act on principle from those who act on impulse; and they lead to promptness and decision in acting. - Their value depends on four things: do they embody correct principles; are they on important subjects; what is the extent, and what the ease of their application?

The best rules of rhetoric are, to speak intelligently; speak from the heart; have something to say; say it; and stop when you've done.

The certainty of punishment, even more than its severity, is the preventive of crime.

The devil has at least one good quality, that he will flee if we resist him. - Though cowardly in him, it is safety for us.

The end of our prayers is often gained by an answer very different from what we expect. "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" was the question of Paul; and a large part of the answer was, "I will show him how great things he must suffer."

The first evil choice or act is linked to the second; and each one to the one that follows, both by the tendency of our evil nature and by the power of habit, which holds us as by a destiny. - As Lessing says, "Let the devil catch you but by a single hair, and you are his forever."

The first impulse of conscience is apt to be right; the first impulse of appetite or passion is generally wrong.-We should be faithful to the former, but suspicious of the latter.

The first step to improvement, whether mental, moral, or religious, is to know ourselves - our weaknesses, errors, deficiencies, and sins, that, by divine grace, we may overcome and turn from them all.

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.

The highest attainment, as well as enjoyment of the spiritual life, is to be able at all times and in all things to say, "Thy will be done."

The highest obedience in the spiritual life is to be able always, and in all things, to say, "Not my will, but thine be done."

The hunger and thirst of immortality is upon the human soul, filling it with aspirations and desires for higher and better things than the world can give. - We can never be fully satisfied but in God.

The insane, for the most part, reason correctly, but from false principles, while they do not perceive that their premises are incorrect.

The laws of nature are but the thoughts and agencies of God - the modes in which he works and carries out the designs of his providence and will.

The laws of nature are but the ways in which the great almighty lawgiver operates; they have no efficiency except as channels of his will; rightly understood they cannot but be seen to agree with his written word.

The leaves in autumn do not change color from the blighting touch of frost, but from the process of natural decay. - They fall when the fruit is ripened, and their work is done. - And their splendid coloring is but their graceful and beautiful surrender of life when they have finished their summer offering of service to God and man. And 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.

The mortality of mankind is but a part of the process of living - a step on the way to immortality. - Dying, to the good man, is but a brief sleep, from which he wakes to a perfection and fullness of life in eternity.

The most we can get out of life is its discipline for ourselves, and its usefulness for others.

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