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THEODORE PARKER
American theologian, pastor, scholar and abolitionist
(1810 - 1860)
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Self-denial is indispensable to a strong character, and the loftiest kind thereof comes only of a religious stock,--from consciousness of obligation and dependence upon God.
      - [Self-denial]

Silence is a figure of speech, unanswerable, short, cold, but terribly severe.
      - [Silence]

Such a large sweet fruit is a complete marriage, that it needs a very long summer to ripen in and then a long winter to mellow and season it.
      - [Matrimony]

Temperance is corporeal piety; it is the preservation of divine order in the body.
      - [Temperance]

That which is called liberality is frequently nothing more than the vanity of giving.
      - [Liberality]

The books which help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is by easy reading: but a great book that comes from a great thinker--it is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and with beauty.
      - [Books]

The coat of the buffalo never pinches under the arm, never puckers at the shoulders; it is always the same, yet never old fashioned nor out of date.
      - [Fashion]

The diamond which shines in the Saviour's crown shall burn in unquenched beauty at last on the forehead of every human soul.
      - [Resurrection]

The duty of labor is written on a man's body: in the stout muscle of the arm,, and the delicate machinery of the hand.
      - [Labor]

The earnestness of life is the only passport to satisfaction of life.
      - [Earnestness]

The educators of the common people.
      - [Newspapers]

The great basis of the Christian faith is compassion; do not dismiss that from your hearts, neither will your Maker.
      - [Pity]

The great man is to be the servant of mankind, not they of him.
      - [Greatness]

The joy of heaven will begin as soon as we attain the character of heaven, and do its duties.
      - [Heaven]

The lottery of honest labor, drawn by Time, is the only one whose prizes are worth taking up and carrying home.
      - [Labor]

The miser, poor fool, not only starves his body, but also his own soul.
      - [Misers]

The most useful is the greatest.
      - [Greatness]

The union of men in large masses is indispensable to the development and rapid growth of the higher faculties of men. Cities have always been the fireplaces of civilization whence light and heat radiated out into the dark cold world.
      - [Cities]

The use of great men is to serve the little men, to take care of the human race, and act as practical interpreters of justice and truth.
      - [Greatness]

The whole sum and substance of human history may be reduced to this maxim: that when man departs from the divine means of reaching the divine end, he suffers harm and loss.
      - [Sin]

There is no college for the conscience.
      - [Conscience]

There is what I call the American idea. . . . This idea demands, as the proximate organization thereof, a democracy,--that is, a government of all the people, by all the people, for all the people; of course, a government of the principles of eternal justice, the unchanging law of God; for shortness' sake I will call it the idea of Freedom.
      - in a speech at the New England Anti-Slavery Convention in Boston
        [Government]

There never was a great truth but it was reverenced; never a great institution, nor a great man, that did not, sooner or later, receive the reverence of mankind.
      - [Greatness]

Truth never yet fell dead in the streets; it has such affinity with the soul of man, the seed however broadcast will catch somewhere and produce its hundredfold.
      - [Truth]

Wealth and want equally harden the human heart.
      - [Heart]


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