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EDWIN HUBBELL CHAPIN
American clergyman and author
(1814 - 1880)
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Profaneness is a brutal vice. He who indulges in it is no gentleman, I care not what his stamp may be in society; I care not what clothes he wears, or what culture he boasts.
      - [Profanity]

Public feeling now is apt to side with the persecuted, and our modern martyr is full as likely to be smothered with roses as with coals.
      - [Sympathy]

Pure felicity is reserved for the heavenly life; it grows not in an earthly soil.
      - [Bliss]

Scepticism has never founded empires, established principles, or changed the world's heart. The great doers in history have always been men of faith.
      - [Skepticism]

Sent into `the world to be a growing and exhaustless force.
      - [Man]

Setting is preliminary to brighter rising; decay is a process of advancement; death is the condition of higher and more fruitful life.
      - [Death]

Some people habitually wear sadness, like a garment, and think it a becoming grace. God loves a cheerful worshipper.
      - [Sadness]

Some souls are ennobled and elevated by seeming misfortunes, which then become blessings in disguise.
      - [Misfortune]

Surely you will not calculate any essential difference from mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over brackish depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace. You know that the bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and how many blithe hearts dance under coarse wool!
      - [Appearance]

Swift calls discretion low prudence; it is high prudence, and one of the most important elements entering into either social or political life.
      - [Discretion]

The angels may have wider spheres of action, may have nobler forms of duty; but right with them and with us is one and the same thing.
      - [Angels]

The best answer to all objections urged against prayer is the fact that man cannot help praying; for we may be sure that that which is so spontaneous and ineradicable in human nature has its fitting objects and methods in the arrangements of a boundless Providence.
      - [Prayer]

The best men are not those who have waited for chances, but who have taken them,--besieged the chance, conquered the chance, and made the chance their servitor.
      - [Opportunity]

The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
      - [Appearance]

The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation.
      - [Adversity]

The child of false zeal.
      - [Fanaticism]

The child's grief throbs against the round of its little heart as heavily as the man's sorrow, and the one finds as much delight in his kite or drum as the other in striking the springs of enterprise or soaring on the wings of fame.
      - [Children]

The church-bells of innumerable sects are all chime-bells to-day, ringing in sweet accordance throughout many lands, and awaking a great joy in the heart of our common humanity.
      - [Christmas]

The city an epitome of the social world. All the belts of civilization intersect along its avenues. It contains the products of every moral zone. It is cosmopolitan, not only in a national, but a spiritual sense.
      - [Cities]

The city reveals the moral ends of being, and sets the awful problem of life. The country soothes us, refreshes us, lifts us up with religious suggestion.
      - [Country]

The conservative may clamor against reform, but he might as well clamor against the centrifugal force. He sighs for the "good old times,"--he might as well wish the oak back into the acorn.
      - [Conservatism]

The creed of the true saint is to make the best of life, and make the most of it.
      - [Cheerfulness]

The deepest life of nature is silent and obscure; so often the elements that move and mould society are the results of the sister's counsel and the mother's prayer.
      - [Silence]

The downright fanatic is nearer to the heart of things than the cool and slippery disputant.
      - [Fanaticism]

The essence of justice is mercy. Making a child suffer for wrong-doing is merciful to the child. There is no mercy in letting the child have its own will, plunging headlong to destruction with the bits in its mouth. There is no mercy to society nor to the criminal if the wrong is not repressed and the right vindicated. We injure the culprit who comes up to take his proper doom at the bar of justice, if we do not make him feel that he has done a wrong thing. We may deliver his body from the prison, but not at the expense of justice nor to his own injury.
      - [Retribution]


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