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EDWIN HUBBELL CHAPIN
American clergyman and author
(1814 - 1880)
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It is because we underrate thought, because we do not see what a great element it is in religious life, that there is so little of practical and consistent religion among us.
      - [Thought]

It is difficult to believe that a true gentleman will ever become a gamester, a libertine, or a sot.
      - [Gentlemen]

It is exceedingly deleterious to withdraw the sanction of religion from amusement. If we feel that it is all injurious we should strip the earth of its flowers and blot out its pleasant sunshine.
      - [Amusements]

It is not enjoined upon us to forget, but we are told to forgive, our enemies.
      - [Pardon]

It is the penalty of fame that a man must ever keep rising. "Get a reputation and then go to bed," is the absurdest of all maxims. "Keep up a reputation or go to bed," would be nearer the truth.
      - [Fame]

It is the veiled angel of sorrow who plucks away one thing and another that bound us here in ease and security, and, in the vanishing of these dear objects, indicates the true home of our affections and our peace.
      - [Sorrow]

It is those who make the least display of their sorrow who mourn the deepest.
      - [Sorrow]

It takes something of a poet to apprehend and get into the depth, the lusciousness, the spiritual life of a great poem. And so we must be in some way like God in order that we may see God as He is.
      - [God]

Life is a crucible. We are thrown into it and tried.
      - [Life]

Life, whether in this world or any other, is the sum of our attainment, our experience, our character. The conditions are secondary. In what other world shall we be more surely than we are here?
      - [Life]

Man gains wider dominion by his intellect than by his right arm. The mustard-seed of thought is a pregnant treasury of vast results. Like the germ in the Egyptian tombs its vitality never perishes; and its fruit will spring up after it has been buried for long ages.
      - [Intellect]

Man was sent into the world to be a growing and exhaustless force. The world was spread out around him to be seized and conquered. Realms of infinite truth burst open above him, inviting him to tread those shining coasts along which Newton dropped his plummet, and Herschel sailed,--a Columbus of the skies.
      - [Man]

Morality is the vestibule of religion.
      - [Morality]

Neutral men are the devil's allies.
      - [Neutrality]

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.
      - [Humanity]

No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love.
      - [Mothers]

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
      - [Loyalty]

No more important duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
      - [Self-respect]

No piled-up wealth, no social station, no throne, reaches as high as that spiritual plane upon which every human being stands by virtue of his humanity.
      - [Humanity]

Not in the achievement, but in the endurance of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite God.
      - [Endurance]

Not nations, not armies, have advanced the race; but here and there, in the course of ages, an individual has stood up and cast his shadow over the world.
      - [Individuality]

O, how much those men are to be valued who, in the spirit with which the widow gave up her two mites, have given up themselves! How their names sparkle! How rich their very ashes are! How they will count up in heaven!
      - [Martyrs]

Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So a man sometimes covers up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and quenches transcendent glories with a little shining dust.
      - [Avarice]

Ostentation is the signal flag of hypocrisy.
      - [Ostentation]

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seamed with scars; martyrs have put on their coronation robes glittering with fire, and through their tears have the sorrowful first seen the gates of heaven.
      - [Sorrow]


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