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CHARLES KINGSLEY
English clergyman and author
(1819 - 1875)
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A fine lady; by which term I wish to express the result of that perfect education in taste and manner, down to every gesture, which heaven forbid that I, professing to be a poet, should undervalue. It is beautiful, and therefore I welcome it in the name of the author of all beauty. I value it so highly that I would fain see it extend not merely from Belgravia to the tradesman's villa, but thence, as I believe it one day will, to the laborer's hovel and the needlewoman's garret.
      - [Ladies]

A garden, sir, wherein all rainbowed flowers were heaped together.
      - [Gardens]

After all, there is such a thing as looking like a gentleman. There are men whose class no dirt or rags can hide, any more than they could Ulysses. I have seen such men in plenty among workmen, too; but, on the whole, the gentleman--by whom I do not mean just now the rich--have the superiority in that point. But not, please God, forever. Give us the same air, water, exercise, education, good society, and you will see whether this "haggardness," this "coarseness" (etc., for the list is too long to specify), be an accident, or a property, of the man of the people.
      - [Gentlemen]

Ah, my friends, we must look out and around to see what God is like. It is when we persist in turning our eyes inward and prying curiously over our own imperfections, that we learn to make God after our own image, and fancy that our own darkness and hardness of heart are the patterns of His light and love.
      - [God]

And how high is Christ's cross? As high as the highest heaven, and the throne of God, and the bosom of the Father--that bosom out of which forever proceed all created things. Ay, as high as the highest heaven! for--if you will receive it--when Christ hung upon the cross, heaven came down on earth, and earth ascended into heaven.
      - [Cross]

And what is the joy of Christ? The joy and delight which springs forever in His great heart, from feeling that He is forever doing good; from loving all, and living for all; from knowing that if not all, yet millions on millions are grateful to Him and will be forever.
      - [Christ (Saviour)]

Be good, my child, and let who will be clever;
  Do noble deeds, not dream them all day long;
    And so make life, death, and that vast forever
      One grand, sweet song.
      - [Goodness]

Because I believe in a God of absolute and unbounded love, therefore I believe in a loving anger of His which will and must devour and destroy all which is decayed, monstrous, abortive in His universe till all enemies shall be put under His feet, and God shall be all in all.
      - [God]

Cheerfulness is full of significance; it suggests good health, a clear conscience, and a soul at peace with all human nature.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Depend upon it, a man never experiences such pleasure or grief after fourteen years as he does before, unless in some cases, in his first lovemaking, when the sensation is new to him.
      - [Age]

Do noble things, not dream them all day long.
      - [Deeds]

Do not fancy, as too many do, that thou canst praise God by singing hymns to Him in church once a week, and disobeying Him all the week long. He asks of thee works as well as words; and more, He asks of thee works first and words after.
      - [Praise]

Do to-day's duty, fight to-day's temptation; and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things which you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.
      - [Duty]

Do you feel that you have lost your way in life? Then God Himself will show you your way. Are you utterly helpless, worn out, body and soul? Then God's eternal love is ready and willing to help you up, and revive you. Are you wearied with doubts and terrors? Then God's eternal light is ready to show you your way; God's eternal peace ready to give you peace. Do you feel yourself full of sins and faults? Then take heart; for God's unchangeable will is, to take away those sins, and purge you from those faults.
      - [God]

Do you think that a man is renewed by God's Spirit, when except for a few religious phrases, and a little more outside respectability, he is just the old man, the same character at heart he ever was?
      - [Regeneration]

Dreary East winds howling o'er us,
  Clay-lands knee-deep spread before us;
    Mire and ice and snow and sleet;
      Aching backs and frozen feet;
        Knees which reel as marches quicken,
          Ranks which thin as corpses thicken;
            While with carrion birds we eat,
              Culling puddle-water sweet,
                As we pledge the health of our general, who fares as rough as we:
                  What can daunt us, what can turn us, led to death by such as he?
      - [War]

Duty--the command of heaven, the eldest voice of God.
      - [Duty]

Feelings are like chemicals--the more you analyze them the worse they smell. So it is best not to stir them up very much, only enough to convince one's self that they are offensively wrong, and then look away as far as possible, out of one's self, for a purifying power; and that we know can only come from Him who holds our hearts in His hands, and can turn us whither He will.
      - [Feeling]

For men must work and women must weep.
      - [Labor]

Grandeur * * * * * consists in form, and not in size: and to the eye of the philosopher, the curve drawn on a paper two inches long, is just as magnificent, just as symbolic of divine mysteries and melodies, as when embodied in the span of some cathedral roof.
      - [Architecture]

Have charity; have patience; have mercy. Never bring a human being, however silly, ignorant, or weak--above all, any little child--to shame and confusion of face. Never by petulance, by suspicion, by ridicule, even by selfish and silly haste--never, above all, by indulging in the devilish pleasure of a sneer--crush what is finest and rouse up what is coarsest in the heart of any fellow-creature.
      - [Toleration]

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.
      - [Common Sense]

I am not aware that payment, or even favors, however gracious, bind any man's soul and conscience in questions of highest morality and highest importance.
      - [Duty]

I believe not only in "special providences," but in the whole universe as one infinite complexity of "special providences."
      - [God]

If thou art fighting against thy sins so is God. On thy side is God who made all, and Christ who died for all, and the Holy Spirit who alone gives wisdom, purity, and nobleness.
      - [God]


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