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HOSEA BALLOU
American clergyman and founder of "Universalism"
(1771 - 1852)
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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.
      - [Faith]

Falsehood is cowardice.
      - [Falsehood]

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.
      - [Poverty]

Folly is like the growth of weeds, always luxurious and spontaneous; wisdom, like flowers, requires cultivation.
      - [Folly]

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which-springs from the soul; and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.
      - [Gratitude]

Has not God borne with you these many years? Be ye tolerant to others.
      - [Toleration]

Honest and courageous people have very little to say about either their courage or their honesty. The sun has no need to boast of his brightness, nor the moon of her effulgence.
      - [Honesty]

How can there be pride in a contrite heart? Humility is the earliest fruit of religion.
      - [Pride]

How quickly a truly benevolent act is repaid by the consciousness of having done it!
      - [Benevolence]

How white are the fair robes of charity, as she walketh amid the lowly habitations of the poor!
      - [Charity]

Humanity, in the aggregate, is progressing, and philanthropy looks forward hopefully.
      - [Progress]

Hypocrisy is oftenest clothed in the garb of religion.
      - [Hypocrisy]

I have somewhere read that conscience not only sits as witness and judge within our bosoms, but also forms the prison of punishment.
      - [Conscience]

I will be a slave to no habit; therefore farewell tobacco.
      - [Habit]

If gratitude is due from children to their earthly parents, how much more is the gratitude of the great family of man due to our Father in heaven!
      - [Gratitude]

If our Creator has so bountifully provided for our existence here, which is but momentary, and for our temporal wants, which will soon be forgotten, how much more must He have done for our enjoyment in the everlasting world!
      - [Heaven]

If we are at peace with God and our own conscience, what enemy among men need we fear?
      - [Contentment]

It is a glorious occupation, vivifying and self-sustaining in its nature, to struggle with ignorance, and discover to the inquiring minds of the masses the clear cerulean blue of heavenly truth.
      - [Preaching]

It is better to be the builder of our own name than to be indebted by descent for the proudest gifts known to the books of heraldry.
      - [Ancestry]

It is but a step from companionship to slavery when one associates with vice.
      - [Vice]

It is in sickness that we most feel the need of that sympathy which shows how much we are dependent one upon another for our comfort, and even necessities. Thus disease, opening our eyes to the realities of life, is an indirect blessing.
      - [Sickness]

It is my humble prayer that I may be of some use in my day and generation.
      - [Usefulness]

It is the goodly outside that sin puts on which tempteth to destruction. It has been said that sin is like the bee, with honey in its mouth, but a sting in its tail.
      - [Sin]

It is the nature of intellect to strive to improve in intellectual power.
      - [Intellect]

It is vain to trust in wrong; it is like erecting a building upon a frail foundation, and which will directly be sure to topple over.
      - [Wrong]


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