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The true reformer is the seminal reformer, not the radical. And this is the way the Sower, who went forth to sow his seed, did really reform the world, without making any open assault to uproot what was already existing.

The true reformer will not only hate evil, but will earnestly endeavor to fill its place with good.

The true social reformer is the faithful preacher of the gospel, and the only organization truly potent for the perfection of society is the Christian church.

There is a boldness, a spirit of daring, in religious reformers, not to be measured by the general rules which control men's purposes and actions.

There was a time when it was not the fashion for public men to say, "Show me a proved abuse, and I will do my best to correct it." - Times are changed. - Men now say, "Show me a practical improvement, and that improvement I will do my best to realize."

They say best men are moulded out of faults, and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad!

To make a crooked stick straight, we bend it the contrary way.

To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.

We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth.

What lasting progress was ever made in social reformation, except when every step was ensured by appeals to the understanding and the will?

What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.

When error is confuted, vice reproved, and hypocrisy exposed, some are sure to complain of uncourteousness, uncharitableness, and an unchristian spirit. Such men would have been loud in their complaints, and bitter in their censure, of the prophets and apostles, and would have doubted the personal piety, and ultimate salvation, of Luther, and Knox, and Whitefield.


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