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HOSEA BALLOU
American clergyman and founder of "Universalism"
(1771 - 1852)
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Prosperity often presages adversity.
      - [Prosperity]

Prosperity seems to be scarcely safe, unless it be mixed with a little adversity.
      - [Prosperity]

Purity in person and in morals is true godliness.
      - [Purity]

Rage is mental imbecility.
      - [Rage]

Remember, when incited to slander, that it is only he among you who is without sin that may cast the first stone.
      - [Slander]

Reproof, especially as it relates to children, administered in all gentleness, will render the culprit not afraid, but ashamed to repeat the offence.
      - [Reproach]

Self-respect is the best of all.
      - [Respect]

Servility is disgusting to a truly noble character, and engenders only contempt.
      - [Servility]

Some clergymen make a motto, instead of a theme, of their texts.
      - [Preaching]

Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
      - [Suspicion]

Tears of joy, like summer raindrops, are pierced by sunbeams.
      - [Tears]

That alone can be called true refinement which elevates the soul of man, purifying the manners by improving the intellect.
      - [Refinement]

That kind of discipline whose pungent severity is in the manifestations of paternal love, compassion, and tenderness is the most sure of its object.
      - [Punishment]

The act of divine worship is the inestimable privilege of man, the only created being who bows in humility and adoration.
      - [Worship]

The cloudy weather melts at length into beauty, and the brightest smiles of the heart are born of its tears.
      - [Tears]

The experience of others adds to our knowledge, but not to our wisdom; that is dearer-bought.
      - [Experience]

The eye is the inlet to the soul, and it is well to beware of him whose visual organs avoid your honest regard.
      - [Eyes]

The goodness of God to mankind is no less evinced in the chastisement with which He corrects His children than in the smiles of His providence; for the Lord will not cast off forever, but though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.
      - [Punishment]

The greatest truths are the simplest.
      - [Simplicity : Truth]

The heavens and the earth, the woods and the wayside, teem with instruction and knowledge to the curious and thoughtful.
      - [Instruction]

The illumined record of celestial truth.
      - [Scripture]

The law of heaven is love.
      - [Love]

The only infallible judge.
      - [Conscience]

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.
      - [Oppression]

The severest punishment suffered by a sensitive mind, for injury inflicted upon another, is the consciousness of having done it.
      - [Reproof]


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