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To murder character is as truly a crime as to murder the body; the tongue of the slanderer is brother to the dagger of the assassin.

To possess money is very well; it may be a most valuable servant; to be possessed by it, is to be possessed by a devil, and one of the meanest and worst kind of devils.

To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.

To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is better.

To say nothing of the divine law, on mere worldly grounds it is plain that nothing is more conducive to the health, intelligence, comfort, and independence of the working classes, and to our prosperity as a people, than our Christian American Sabbath.

To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.

True art is reverent imitation of God.

True conservatism is substantial progress; it holds fast what is true and good in order to advance in both. - recast away the old is not of necessity to obtain the new. - To reject anything that is valuable, lessens the power of gaining more. That a thing is new does not of course commend; that it is old does not discredit. The test question is, "Is it true or good?"

True humility is not an abject, groveling, self-despising spirit; it is but a right estimate of ourselves as God sees us.

True religion extends alike to the intellect and the heart. Intellect is in vain if it leads not to emotion, and emotion is vain if not enlightened by intellect; and both are vain if not guided by truth and leading to duty.

Unbelief, in distinction from disbelief, is a confession of ignorance where honest inquiry might easily find the truth. - "Agnostic" is but the Greek for "ignoramus."

We never do evil so thoroughly and heartily as when led to it by an honest but perverted, because mistaken, conscience.

We never reach our ideals, whether of mental or moral improvement, but the thought of them shows us our deficiencies, and spurs us on to higher and better things.

We should be as careful of the books we read, as of the company we keep. The dead very often have more power than the living.

We weep over the graves of infants and the little ones taken from us by death; but an early grave may be the shortest way to heaven.

What we gave, we have; What we spent, we had; What we left, we lost.

What we need in religion, is not new light, but new sight; not new paths, but new strength to walk in the old ones; not new duties, but new strength from on high to fulfill those that are plain before us.

Whatever the place allotted us by providence, that is for us the post of honor and duty. - God estimates us not by the position we are in, but by the way in which we fill it.

When a tradesman is about to weigh his goods, he first of all looks to his scales and sees that his weights are right. And so for all wise, or safe, or profitable self-examination, we are not to look to frames, or feelings, or to the conduct of others, but to God's word, which is the only true standard of decision.

Where duty is plain delay is both foolish and hazardous; where it is not, delay may be both wisdom and safety.

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