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Tryon Edwards Quotes

An American theologian and editor.
(1809 - 1894)

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"Names," says an old maxim, "are things." - They certainly are influences. - Impressions are left and opinions are shaped by them. - Virtue is disparaged, and vice countenanced, and so encouraged by them. The mean and selfish talk of their prudence and economy; the vain and proud prate about self-respect; obstinacy is called firmness, and dissipation the enjoyment of life; seriousness is ridiculed as cant, and strict morality and integrity, as needless scrupulosity; and so men deceive themselves, and society is led to look leniently, or with indifference, on what ought to be sharply condemned.

"Never think that God's delays are God's denials." - True prayer always receives what it asks, or something better.

"Resolution," says John Foster, "is omnipotent." - He that resolves upon any great and good end, has, by that very resolution, scaled the chief barrier to it. - He will find such resolution removing difficulties, searching out or making means, giving courage for despondency, and strength for weakness, and like the star to the wise men of old, ever guiding him nearer and nearer to perfection.

'Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment in the truth.

A deserved and discriminating compliment is often one of the strongest encouragements and incentives to the diffident and self-distrustful.

A holy life is not an ascetic, or gloomy, or solitary life, but a life regulated by divine truth and faithful in Christian duty. - It is living above the world while we are still in it.

A large part of the discussions of disputants come from the want of accurate definition. - Let one define his terms and then stick to the definition, and half the differences in philosophy and theology would come to an end, and be seen to have no real foundation.

A sound mind in a sound body; if the former be the glory of the latter, the latter is indispensable to the former.

Abuse of any one generally shows that he has marked traits of character. The stupid and indifferent are passed by in silence.

Accuracy of statement is one of the first elements of truth; inaccuracy is a near kin to falsehood.

Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so.

All the world's ends, arrangements changes, disappointments, hopes, and fears, are without meaning, if not seen and estimated by eternity!

All things are ordered by God, but his providence takes in our free agency, as well as his own sovereignty.

Always have a book at hand, in the parlor, on the table, for the family; a book of condensed thought and striking anecdote, of sound maxims and truthful apothegms. It will impress on your own mind a thousand valuable suggestions, and teach your children a thousand lessons of truth and duty. Such a book is a casket of jewels for your household.

Anecdotes are sometimes the best vehicles of truth, and if striking and appropriate are often more impressive and powerful than argument.

Anxiety is the rust of life, destroying its brightness and weakening its power. - A childlike and abiding trust in Providence is its best preventive and remedy.

Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength, At first it may be but as a spider's web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel.

Appreciation, whether of nature, or books, or art, or men, depends very much on temperament. - What is beauty or genius or greatness to one, is far from being so to another.

Attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it.

Bad books are like intoxicating drinks; they furnish neither nourishment, nor medicine. - Both improperly excite; the one the mind; the other the body. - The desire for each increases by being fed. - Both ruin; one the intellect; the other the health; and together, the soul. - The safeguard against each is the same - total abstinence from all that intoxicates either mind or body.

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