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American clergyman and author
(1814 - 1880)
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Events are only the shells of ideas; and often it is the fluent thought of ages that is crystallized in a moment by the stroke of a pen or the point of a bayonet.
      - [Ideas]

Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
      - [Action]

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
      - [Fashion]

Gaiety is often the reckless ripple over depths of despair.
      - [Gaiety]

Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward thing we are. To be is the great thing.
      - [Goodness]

Heaven never defaults. The wicked are sure of their wages, sooner or later.
      - [Retribution]

Hill and valley, seas and constellations, are but stereotypes of divine ideas appealing to and answered by the living soul of man.
      - [Nature]

Home is the seminary of all other institutions.
      - [Home]

Honor to the idealists, whether philosophers or poets. They have improved us by mingling with our daily pursuits great and transcendent conceptions. They have thrown around our sensual life the grandeur of a better, and drawn us up from contacts with the temporal and the selfish to communion with beauty and truth and goodness.
      - [Ideality]

How often a new affection makes a new man! The sordid, cowering soul turns heroic. The frivolous girl becomes the steadfast martyr of patience and ministration, transfigured by deathless love. The career of bounding impulses turns into an anthem of sacred deeds.
      - [Affection]

I should not like to preach to a congregation who all believed as I believe. I would as lief preach to a basket of eggs in their smooth compactness and oval formality.
      - [Preaching]

I will tell you where there is power: where the dew lies upon the hills, and the rain has moistened the roots of the various plant; where the sunshine pours steadily; where the brook runs babbling along, there is a beneficent power.
      - [Power]

If you should take the human heart and listen to it, it would be like listening to a sea-shell; you would hear in it the hollow murmur of the infinite ocean to which it belongs, from which it draws its profoundest inspiration, and for which it yearns.
      - [Heart]

Impatience dries the blood sooner than age or sorrow.
      - [Impatience]

Impatience never commanded success.
      - [Impatience]

In the history of man it has been very generally the case that when evils have grown insufferable they have touched the point of cure.
      - [Evil : Excess]

In the matter of faith, we have the added weight of hope to that of reason in the convictions which we sustain relating to a future state.
      - [Reason]

In this world the inclination to do things is of more importance than the mere power.
      - [Inclination]

Influence is exerted by every human being from the hour of birth to that of death.
      - [Influence]

Into what boundless life, does education admit us. Every truth gained through it expands a moment of time into illimitable being--positively enlarges our existence, and endows us with qualities which time cannot weaken or destroy.
      - [Education]

Is there anything so wretched as to look at a man of fine abilities doing nothing?
      - [Idleness]

It is a great thing, when our Gethsemane hours come, when the cup of bitterness is pressed to our lips, and when we pray that it may pass away, to feel that it is not fate, that it is not necessity, but divine love for good ends working upon us.
      - [Affliction]

It is a mistake to consider marriage merely as a scheme of happiness. It is also a bond of service. It is the most ancient form of that social ministration which God has ordained for all human beings, and which is symbolized by all the relations of nature.
      - [Matrimony]

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.
      - [Graves]

It is as bad to clip conscience as to clip coin; it is as bad to give a counterfeit statement as a counterfeit bill.
      - [Conscience]

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