Patience is passion tamed.

— Lyman Abbott

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Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.

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A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.

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I abhor a hoe. I am fond of flowers but not of dirt, and had rather buy them than cultivate them.

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In New York - whose subway trains in particular have been "tattooed" with an energy to put our own rude practitioners to shame - not an inch of free space is spared except that of advertisements.

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Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.

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It is a shame for a man to be a millionaire in possessions if he is not also a millionaire in beneficence.

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We often pray for purity, unselfishness, for the highest qualities of character, and forget that these things cannot be given, but must be earned.

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I cannot harness a horse. I am afraid of a cow.

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Religion is not a conclusion of the reason.

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All Christian worship is a witness of the resurrection of Him who liveth for ever and ever. Because He lives, "now abideth faith, hope, charity."

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Postmodernism represents a moment of suspension before the batteries are recharged for the new millennium, an acknowledgment that preceding the future is a strange and hybrid interregnum that might be called the last gasp of the past.

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It is easy to condemn, it is better to pity.

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About Lyman Abbott

Quotes 49 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

Never say you are too old. You do not say it now, perhaps; but by and by, when the hair grows gray and the eyes grow dim and the young despair comes to curse the old age, you will say, "It is too late for me." Never too late! Never too old! How old are you--thirty, fifty, eighty? What is that in immortality? We are but children.

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The very essence of rationalism is that it assumes that the reason is the highest faculty in man and the lord of all the rest.

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Every soul is a battlefield.

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Service makes men competent.

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Conscience is what? It is putting together a moral act and a moral ideal, and measuring the act by the ideal. It is putting this moral act which you do alongside the eternal laws of God, and seeing how it stands by those laws of God.

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The artist does not really create; he discovers.

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If there is to be no satisfaction in pleasure, none in wisdom, none in ambition, none in the golden mean, what then? Ah, where then? In duty. In doing right because it is right.

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Study how to do the most good and let the pay take care of itself.

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Do not think that you can fight corruption without while you let corruption fester within.

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Every man's life is, consciously or unconsciously, a quest for the infinite and the eternal reality.

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The brotherhood of man is an integral part of Christianity no less than the Fatherhood of God; and to deny the one is no less infidel than to deny the other.

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A miracle no longer seems to me a manifestation of extraordinary power, but an extraordinary manifestation of ordinary power. God is always showing himself.

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If I am to tell you how to grow old gracefully, I must tell you at the beginning of life; for no man can grow old gracefully unless he begins early.

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Behind all forms of beauty there is an infinite unity, and this unity, this intrinsic and eternal beauty, the artist is seeking to discern and to make others discern.

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Evolution does not attempt to explain the origin of life.

It is simply a history of the process of life. With the secret cause of life evolution has nothing to do. A man, therefore, may be a materialistic evolutionist or a theistic evolutionist; that is, he may believe that the cause is some single unintelligent impersonal force, or he may believe that the cause is a wise and beneficent God.

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The ideal of character always runs beyond the attainment.

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If you and I have not seen God, we cannot bear witness to God.

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A miracle constantly repeated becomes a process of nature.

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A graceful and blessed old age must have three elements in it: a happy retrospect, a peaceful present, and an inspiring future. And old age cannot have either one of these three if the youth has been wasted and manhood has been misspent.

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No man can be patient who has not strong passions, for patience is passion tamed.

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Courage is caution overcome.

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the highest qualities of character must be earned.

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We Gentiles owe our life to Israel. It is Israel who has brought us the message that God is one, and that God is a just and righteous God, and demands righteousness of his children, and demands nothing else. It is Israel who has brought us the message that God is our Father. It is Israel who, in bringing us the divine law, has laid the foundation of liberty.

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I think of death as a glad awakening from this troubled sleep which we call life; as an emancipation from a world, which, beautiful though it may be, is still a land of captivity.

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Every great sin ought to rouse a great anger.

Mob law is better than no law at all. A community which rises in its wrath to punish with misdirected anger a great wrong is in a healthier moral condition than a community which looks upon its perpetration with apathy and unconcern.

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You, mother, are not responsible to set the whole world right;

you are responsible only to make one pure, sacred, and divine household.

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This is what evolution means--ordered progress;

development from poorer to richer, from lower to higher, from less to greater--progress. In the material universe, progress to higher forms; in the moral universe, progress to higher life.

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Man puts manacles on his fellow-man; God never.

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It is in vain for us to devise schemes by which competition can be put out of civilized life. Competition is the condition of life.

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It is only by human experiences that we can interpret the Divine.

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I believe that God is the Great Companion, that we are not left orphans, that we may have comradeship with him.

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He who says, "I know no fear," is no hero.

No man knows courage unless he does know fear, and has that in him which is superior to fear, and conquers it.

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The highest qualities of character... must be earned.

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Commerce is a form of warfare.

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God is in all nature; thank God for the scientists, for they are thinking the thoughts of God after him, whether they know it or not.

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Whether we know it or not, we are all in a quest after the Great Companion.

All study, all art, all music, all literature, all government, all industry are in essence a search after the Infinite.

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