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American clergyman and author
(1814 - 1880)
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A great many men--some comparatively small men now--if put in the right position, would be Luthers and Columbuses.
      - [Position]

A man can no more be a Christian without facing evil and conquering it than he can be a soldier without going to battle, facing the cannon's mouth, and encountering the enemy in the field.
      - [Christianity]

A man cannot practise sin and be a good citizen. Burke says very truly: "Whatever disunites man from God disunites man from man."
      - [Sin]

A man's love for his native land lies deeper than any logical expression, among those pulses of the heart which vibrate to the sanctities of home, and to the thoughts which leap up from his father's graves.
      - [Native Land]

A thousand wheels of labor are turned by dear affections, and kept in motion by self-sacrificing endurance; and the crowds that pour forth in the morning and return at night are daily procession of love and duty.
      - [Public]

A true man never frets about his place in the world, but just slides into it by the gravitation of his nature, and swings there as easily as a star.
      - [Position]

All evil, in fact the very existence of evil, is inexplicable until we refer to the paternity of God. It hangs a huge blot in the universe until the orb of divine love rises behind it. In that apposition we detect its meaning. It appears to us but a finite shadow as it passes across the disk of infinite light.
      - [Evil]

All natural results are spontaneous. The diamond sparkles without effort, and the flowers open impulsively beneath the summer rain. And true religion is a spontaneous thing,--as natural as it is to weep, to love, or to rejoice.
      - [Religion]

All nature is a vast symbolism; every material fact has sheathed within it a spiritual truth.
      - [Nature]

Always the idea of unbroken quiet broods around the grave. It is a port where the storms of life never beat, and the forms that have been tossed on its chafing waves lie quiet forevermore. There the child nestles as peacefully as ever it lay in its mother's arms, and the workman's hands lie still by his side, and the thinker's brain is pillowed in silent mystery, and the poor girl's broken heart is steeped in a balm that extracts its secret woe, and is in the keeping of a charity that covers all blame.
      - [Graves]

An aged Christian with the snow of time on his head, may remind us that those points of earth are whitest which are nearest heaven.
      - [Age]

As for environments, the kingliest being ever born in the flesh lay in a manger.
      - [Pride]

At the bottom of a good deal of the bravery that appears in the world there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion.
      - [Bravery]

Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.
      - [Bigotry]

Certainly, truth should be strenuous and bold; but the strongest things are not always the noisiest, as any one may see who compares scolding with logic.
      - [Truth]

Christ saw much in this world to weep over, and much to pray over; but He saw nothing in it to look upon with contempt.
      - [Contempt]

Christianity has made martyrdom sublime, and sorrow triumphant.
      - [Martyrs : Persecution]

Conscience is its own readiest accuser.
      - [Conscience]

Consider and act with reference to the true ends of existence. This world is but the vestibule of an immortal life. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
      - [Eternity]

Courage is always greatest when blended with meekness; intellectual ability is most admirable when it sparkles in the setting of a modest self-distrust; and never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
      - [Courage]

Death makes a beautiful appeal to charity. When we look upon the dead form, so composed and still, the kindness and the love that are in us all come forth.
      - [Death]

Death, is not an end, but a transition crisis. All the forms of decay are but masks of regeneration--the secret alembics of vitality.
      - [Death]

Do not ask if a man has been through college. Ask if a college has been through him; if he is a walking university.
      - [Education]

Each thing lives according to its kind; the heart by love, the intellect by truth, the higher nature of man by intimate communion with God.
      - [Life]

Earth has scarcely an acre that does not remind us of actions that have long preceded our own, and its clustering tombstones loom up like reefs of the eternal shore, to show us where so many human barks have struck and gone down.
      - [Past]

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