Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.— Hosea Ballou
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Too many people embrace religion from the same motives that they take a companion in wedlock, not from true love of the person, but because of a large dowry.
Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.
Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.
Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.
Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
There is no immunity from the consequences of sin; punishment is swift and sure to one and all.
We must not only read the Scriptures, but we must make their rules of life our own.
Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
Theories are always very thin and insubstantial, experience only is tangible.
Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right;
more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
Never let your zeal outrun your charity. The former is but human, the latter is divine.
Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.
A single bad habit will mar an otherwise faultless character, as an ink-drop soileth the pure white page.
There is nothing that needs to be said in an unkind manner.
Hypocrisy is oftenest clothed in the garb of religion.
Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood and nearly as blamable.
Pretension almost always overdoes the original, and hence exposes itself.
Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective.
A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.
All our possessions are as nothing compared to health, strength, and a clear conscience.
Faith, in order to be genuine and of any real value, must be the offspring of that divine love which Jesus manifested when He prayed for His enemies on the cross.
The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.
A chaste and lucid style is indicative of the same personal traits in the author.
Servility is disgusting to a truly noble character, and engenders only contempt.
Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.
True repentance always involves reform.
It is what we give up, not what we lay up, that adds to our lasting store.
Of all the ingenious mistakes into which erring man has fallen, perhaps none have been so pernicious in their consequences, or have brought so many evils into the world, as the popular opinion that the way of the transgressor is pleasant and easy.
Obedience, as it regards the social relations, the rules of society, and the laws of nature and nature's God, should commence at the cradle and end only at the tomb.
Mystery and innocence are not akin.
The experience of others adds to our knowledge, but not to our wisdom; that is dearer bought.
The heavens and the earth, the woods and the wayside, teem with instruction and knowledge to the curious and thoughtful.
A good smile is the sunshine of wisdom.
Obedience and resignation are our personal offerings upon the altar of duty.
Those who commit injustice bear the greatest burden.
As "unkindness has no remedy at law," let its avoidance be with you a point of honor.
Obedience sums up our entire duty.
There is no doubt that religious fanatics have done more to prejudice the cause they affect to advocate than have its opponents.
No reproof or denunciation is so potent as the silent influence of a good example.
It is but a step from companionship to slavery when one associates with vice.
The cloudy weather melts at length into beauty, and the brightest smiles of the heart are born of its tears.
With regard to manner, be careful to speak in a soft, tender, kind and loving way. Even when you have occasion to rebuke, be careful to do it with manifest kindness. The effect will be incalculably better.
A mother's love, in a degree, sanctifies the most worthless offspring.
How can there be pride in a contrite heart? Humility is the earliest fruit of religion.
Remember, when incited to slander, that it is only he among you who is without sin that may cast the first stone.
The eye is the inlet to the soul, and it is well to beware of him whose visual organs avoid your honest regard.
There is no better rule to try a doctrine by than the question, Is it merciful, or is it unmerciful? If its character is that of mercy, it has the image of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life.
Few things in this world more trouble people than poverty, or the fear of poverty; and, indeed, it is a sore affliction; but, like all other ills that flesh is heir to, it has its antidote, its reliable remedy. The judicious application of industry, prudence and temperance is a certain cure.
It is my humble prayer that I may be of some use in my day and generation.
Be more careful of your conscience than of your estate.
The latter can be bought and sold; the former never.