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The hair is the finest ornament women have. Of old, virgins used to wear it loose, except when they were in mourning.
The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.
The human heart is like a millstone in a mill: when you put wheat under it, it turns and grinds and bruises the wheat to flour; if you put no wheat, it still grinds on, but then 'tis itself it grinds and wears away.
The law discovers the disease. The gospel gives the remedy.
The prosperity of a country depends, not on the abundance of its revenues, nor on the strength of its fortifications, nor on the beauty of its public buildings; but it consists in the number of its cultivated citizens, in its men of education, enlightenment and character.
The slender capacity of man's heart cannot comprehend, much less utter, that unsearchable depth and burning zeal of God's love towards us.
The sweetness of the gospel lies mostly in pronouns, as me, my, thy. "Who loved me, and gave Himself for me." "Christ Jesus Lord." "Son, be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven thee."
Their blindness and arrogance are as solid as an iron mountain.
There is no gown or garment that worse becomes a woman than when she will be wise.
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
Those who love music are gentle and honest in their tempers. I always loved music, and would not, for a great matter, be without the little skill which I possess in the art.
Though in midst of life we be
Snares of death surround us.
Undoubtedly they do more and viler things than those which we know and discover.
War is one of the greatest plagues than can afflict humanity: it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. Any scourge, in fact, is preferable to it. Famine and pestilence become as nothing in comparison with it.
We believe that the very beginning and end of salvation and the sum of Christianity, consists of faith in Christ, who by His blood alone, and not by any works of ours has put away sin, and destroyed the power of death.
- [Faith in Christ]
Wealth is the smallest thing on earth, the least gift that God has bestowed on mankind.
What is our death but a night's sleep? For as through sleepy all weariness and faintness pass away and cease, and the powers of the spirit come back again, so that in the morning we arise fresh and strong and joyous; so at the Last Day we shall rise again as if we had only slept a night, and shall be fresh and strong.
When Eve was brought unto Adam, he became filled with the Holy Spirit, and gave her the most sanctified, the most glorious of appellations. He called, her Eva--that is to say, the Mother of All. He did not style her wife, but simply mother--mother of all living creatures. In this consists the glory and the most precious ornament of woman.
When schools flourish, all flourishes.
You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.
Our Lord commonly giveth Riches to such gross asses, to whom he affordeth nothing else that is good.
- Colloquies (p. 90), (ed. 1652) [Wealth]
A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing,
Our helper he amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
[Ger., Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott
Ein gute Wehr und Waffen,
Er hilft uns frei aus aller Not,
Die uns jetzt hat betroffen.]
- Ein feste Burg,
(translation by F.H. Hedge) [God]
In the bonds of Death He lay
Who for our offence was slain;
But the Lord is risen to-day,
Christ hath brought us life again,
Wherefore let us all rejoice,
Singing loud, with cheerful voice,
- In the Bonds of Death He Lay [Easter]
Blessed is the man that hath not walked in the way of the Sacramentarians, nor sat in the seat of the Zwinglians, nor followed the Council of the Zurichers.
- Parody of First Psalm [Religion]
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