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American author, poet and moralist
(1819 - 1881)
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A fit of anger is as fatal to dignity as a dose of arsenic is to life.
      - [Anger : Dignity]

A man does not necessarily sin who does that which our reason and our conscience condemn.
      - [Sin]

A man in whom religion is an inspiration, who has surrendered his being to its power, who drinks it, breathes it, bathes in it, cannot speak otherwise than religiously.
      - [Religion]

A man who does not learn to live while he is getting a living is a poorer man after his wealth is won than he was before.
      - [Experience]

A man who feels that his religion is a slavery has not begun to comprehend the real nature of religion.
      - [Religion]

A man who in the struggles of life has no home to retire to, in fact or in memory, is without life's best rewards and life's best defences.
      - [Home]

A nation is a thing that lives and acts like a man and men are the particles of which it is composed.
      - [Nation]

A noble deed is a step towards heaven.
      - [Benevolence]

A woman in love is a very poor judge of character.
      - [Women]

A young man rarely gets a better vision of himself than that which is reflected from a true woman's eyes; for God himself sits behind them.
      - [Women]

All that has been done to weaken the foundation of an implicit faith in the Bible, as a whole, has been at the expense of the sense of religious obligation, and at the cost of human happiness.
      - [Bible]

All things unrevealed belong to the kingdom of mystery.
      - [Mystery]

All who become men of power reach their estate by the same self-mastery, the same self-adjustment to circumstances, the same voluntary exercise and discipline of their faculties, and the same working of their life up to and into their high ideals of life.
      - [Power]

Almost everywhere men have become the particular things which their particular work has made them.
      - [Success]

And when, in the evening of life, the golden clouds rest sweetly and invitingly upon the golden mountains, and the light of heaven streams down through the gathering mists of death, I wish you a peaceful and abundant entrance into that world of blessedness, where the great riddle of life will be unfolded to you in the quick consciousness of a soul redeemed and purified.
      - [Death]

Artists are nearest God. Into their souls he breathes his life, and from their hands it comes in fair, articulate forms to bless bless the world.
      - [Art]

Assertion of truths known and felt, promulgation of truth from the high platform of truth itself, declaration of faith by the mouth of moral conviction--this is the New Testament method, and the true one.
      - [Gospel]

Blessed is that man who knows his own distaff and has found his own spindle.
      - [Occupations]

Character lives in a man, reputation outside of him.
      - [Character]

Childhood may do without a grand purpose, but manhood cannot.
      - [Purpose]

Communion is the law of growth, and homes only thrive when they sustain relations with each other.
      - [Home]

Cost is the father and compensation the mother of progress.
      - [Progress]

Doubtless the world is wicked enough; but it will not be improved by the extension of a spirit which self-righteously sees more to reform outside of itself than in itself.
      - [Wickedness]

Every man who becomes heartily and understandingly a channel of the Divine beneficence is enriched through every league of his life. Perennial satisfaction springs around and within him with perennial verdure. Flowers of gratitude and gladness bloom all along his pathway, and the melodious gurgle of the blessings be bears is echoed back by the melodious waves of the recipient stream.
      - [Benevolence]

Every man who strikes blows for power, for influence, for institutions, for the right, must be just as good an anvil as he is a hammer.
      - [Progress]

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