Reform is not pleasant, but grievous;
no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.
Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
By continually scolding someone, they in time become accustomed to it and despise your reproof.
A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
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To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away.
The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of correction if the archer can take proper aim.
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side.
I think I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.
Some who will not speak against another, in the end does them harm.
Rebuke should have a grain more of salt than of sugar.
Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.
Why, Sir, most schemes of political improvement are very laughable things.
We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.
The most dangerous moment for a bad government is when it begins to reform.
Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
Private reproof is the best grave for private faults.
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming.
Experience has two things to teach. The first is that we must correct a great deal and the second, that we must not correct too much.
Of all follies there is none greater than wanting to make the world a better place.
With children use force with men reason;
such is the natural order of things. The wise man requires no law.
What you dislike in another take care to correct in yourself.
A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
Most people think that aging is irreversible and we know that there are mechanisms even in the human machinery that allow for the reversal of aging, through correction of diet, through anti-oxidants, through removal of toxins from the body, through exercise, through yoga and breathing techniques, and through meditation.
Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;
but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. Proverbs 22:15
A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.
People who have reformed themselves has contributed their full share towards the reformation of their neighbor.
If it was not absolutely necessary, it was the foolishest thing ever done.
People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this, -- that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.
Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.
Turn where we may, within, around, the voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve!
When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.
Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
A reformer is a guy who rides through the sewer in a glass bottom boat.
Because we are continually growing in the Lord, preachers and lay people alike must be open to the Lord's correction.
Similarly, many a young man, hearing for the first time of the refraction of stellar light, has thought that doubt was cast on the whole of astronomy, whereas nothing is required but an easily effected and unimportant correction to put everything right again.
There is never finality in the display terminal's screen, but an irresponsible whimsicality, as words, sentences, and paragraphs are negated at the touch of a key. The significance of the past, as expressed in the manuscript by a deleted word or an inserted correction, is annulled in idle gusts of electronic massacre.
Laws and customs may be creative of vice;
and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.
If he who breaks the law is not punished, he who obeys it is cheated.
This, and this alone, is why lawbreakers ought to be punished: to authenticate as good, and to encourage as useful, law-abiding behavior. The aim of criminal law cannot be correction or deterrence; it can only be the maintenance of the legal order.
To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake;
and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
Until politics are a branch of science we shall do well to regard political and social reforms as experiments rather than short-cuts to the millennium.
No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.
The amelioration of the world cannot be achieved by sacrifices in moments of crisis; it depends on the efforts made and constantly repeated during the humdrum, uninspiring periods, which separate one crisis from another, and of which normal lives mainly consist.
If there are people who feel that God wants them to change the structures of society, that is something between them and their God. We must serve him in whatever way we are called. I am called to help the individual; to love each poor person. Not to deal with institutions. I am in no position to judge.
You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under, if you are really going to get your reform realized.
I believe that what so saddens the reformer is not his sympathy with his fellows in distress, but, though he be the holiest son of God, is his private ail. Let this be righted, let the spring come to him, the morning rise over his couch, and he will forsake his generous companions without apology.