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HENRY GILES
American (English-born) clergyman and lecturer
(1809 - 1882)
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A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.
      - [Songs]

And thus does life go on, until death accomplishes the catastrophe in silence, takes the worn frame within his hand, and, as if it were a dried-up scroll, crumbles it in his grasp to ashes. The monuments of kingdoms, too, shall disappear. Still the globe shall move; still the stars shall burn; still the sun shall paint its colors on the day, and its colors on the year. What, then, is the individual, or what even is the race in the sublime recurrings of Time? Years, centuries, cycles, are nothing to these. The sun that measures out the ages of our planet is not a second-hand on the great dial of the universe.
      - [Life]

Calculation is of the head; impulse is of the heart; and both are good in their way.
      - [Impulse]

Does the man live who has not felt this spur to action, in a more or less generous spirit? Emulation lives so near to envy that it is sometimes difficult to establish the boundary-lines.
      - [Emulation]

Enough of good there is in the lowest estate to sweeten life; enough of evil in the highest to check presumption; enough there is of both in all estates, to bind us in compassionate brotherhood, to teach us impressively that we are of one dying and one immortal family.
      - [Brotherhood]

Esteem cannot be where there is no confidence, and there can be no confidence where there is no respect.
      - [Esteem]

Every Calvary has an Olivet. To every place of crucifixion there is likewise a place of ascension. The sun that was shrouded is unveiled, and heaven opens with hopes eternal to the soul which was nigh unto despair.
      - [Sorrow]

Friendship, like love, is self-forgetful. The only inequality it knows is one that exalts the object, and humbles self.
      - [Friendship]

Great names stand not alone for great deeds; they stand also far great virtues, and, doing them worship, we elevate ourselves.
      - [Greatness]

Happiness is not the end of duty, it is a constituent of it. It is in it and of it; not an equivalent, but an element.
      - [Happiness]

How mighty is the human heart, with all its complicated energies; this living source of all that moves the world! this temple of liberty, this kingdom of heaven, this altar of God, this throne of goodness, so beautiful in holiness, so generous in love!
      - [Heart]

How mysterious is this human life, with all its diversities of contrast and compensation; this web of checkered destinies; this sphere of manifold allotment, where man lives in his greatness and grossness, a little lower than the angels, a little higher than the brutes.
      - [Life]

Human faculties are common, but that which converges these faculties into my identity separates me from every other man. That other man cannot think my thoughts, he cannot speak my words, he cannot do my works. He cannot have my sins, I cannot have his virtues.
      - [Individuality]

Humor is of a genial quality, and closely allied to pity.
      - [Humor]

If the poor man cannot always get meat, the rich man cannot always digest it.
      - [Compensation]

It awes by the majesty of its truths, it agitates by the force of its compunctions, it penetrates the heart by the tenderness of its appeals, and it casts over the abyss of thought, the shadow of its eternal grandeur.
      - [Christianity]

It is by faith that poetry, as well as devotion, soars above this dull earth; that imagination breaks through its clouds, breathes a purer air, and lives in a softer light.
      - [Faith]

It should be the work of a genuine and noble patriotism to raise the life of the nation to the level of its privileges; to harmonize its general practice with its abstract principles; to reduce to actual facts the ideals of its institutions; to elevate instruction into knowledge; to deepen knowledge into wisdom; to render knowledge and wisdom complete in righteousness; and to make the love of country perfect in the love of man.
      - [Patriotism]

Liberty is worth whatever the best civilization is worth.
      - [Liberty]

Man is greater than a world, than systems of worlds; there is more mystery in the union of soul with the physical than in the creation of a universe.
      - [Man]

Music is the medicine of an afflicted mind, a sweet sad measure is the balm of a wounded spirit; and joy is heightened by exultant strains.
      - [Music]

Never is the deep, strong voice of man, or the low, sweet voice of woman, finer than in the earnest but mellow low tones of familiar speech, richer than the richest music, which are a delight while they are heard, which linger still upon the ear in softened echoes, and which, when they have ceased, come, long after, back to memory, like the murmurs of a distant hymn.
      - [Speech]

No principle is more noble, as there is none more holy, than that of a true obedience.
      - [Obedience]

Not until right is founded upon reverence will it be secure; not until duty is based upon love will it be complete; not until liberty is based on eternal principles will it be full, equal, lofty, and universal.
      - [Liberty]

Prosperity not seldom begets its opposite, and produces a niggardly spirit.
      - [Prosperity]


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