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(1745 - 1833)
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A sad estate of human wretchedness! so weak is man, so ignorant and blind, that did not God sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask, we should be ruined at our own request.
      - [Prayer]

A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper or an envious spirit.
      - [Applause]

A small unkindness is a great offence.
      - [Kindness]

Absence in love is like water upon fire; a little quickens, but much extinguishes it.
      - [Absence]

Affliction is a sort of moral gymnasium in which the disciples of Christ are trained to robust exercise, hardy exertion, and severe conflict.
      - [Affliction]

Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.
      - [Affliction]

But since, howe'er protracted, death will come,
  Why fondly study, with ingenious pains,
    To put it off?--To breathe a little longer
      Is to defer our fate, but not to shun it.
      - [Death]

Christianity bears all the marks of a divine original; it came down from heaven, and its gracious purpose is to carry us up thither. Its author is God; it was foretold from the beginning, by prophecies, which grew clearer and brighter as they approached the period of their accomplishment. It was confirmed by miracles, which continued until the religion they illustrated was established. It was ratified by the blood of its author; its doctrines are pure, sublime, consistent; its precepts just and holy; its worship is spiritual; its service reasonable and rendered practicable by the offers of divine aid to human weakness. It is sanctioned by the promise of eternal happiness to the faithful, and the threat of everlasting misery to the disobedient.
      - [Christianity]

For earthly blessings, moderate be thy prayer, and qualified; for light, for strength, for grace, unbounded thy petition.
      - [Prayer]

Fountain of mercy! whose pervading eye
  Can look within and read what passes there,
    Accept my thoughts for thanks; I have no words.
      My soul o'erfraught with gratitude, rejects
        The aid of language--Lord!--behold my heart.
      - [Prayer]

Genius without religion is only a lamp on the outer gate of a palace; it may serve to cast a gleam of light on those that are without, while the inhabitant sits in darkness.
      - [Genius]

Gentleness is the outgrowth of benignity.
      - [Gentleness]

Glory darts her soul-pervading ray on thrones and cottages, regardless still of all the artificial nice distinctions vain human customs make.
      - [Glory]

Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
      - [Opera]

Half our misery from our foibles springs.
      - [Misery]

He who cannot find time to consult his Bible will one day find he has time to be sick; he who has no time to pray must find time to die; he who can find no time to reflect is most likely to find time to sin; he who cannot find time for repentance will find an eternity in which repentance will be of no avail; he who cannot find time to work for others may find an eternity in which to suffer for himself.
      - [Time]

How goodness heightens beauty!
      - [Beauty : Goodness]

If a young lady has that discretion and modesty without which all knowledge is little worth, she will never make an ostentatious parade of it, because she will rather be intent on acquiring more than on displaying what she has.
      - [Display]

Love never reasons, but profusely gives; gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, and trembles then lest it has done too little.
      - [Love]

Method is the hinge of business, and there is no method without order and punctuality.
      - [Method]

My retirement was now become solitude; the former is, I believe, the best state for the mind of man, the latter almost the worst. In complete solitude, the eye wants objects, the heart wants attachments, the understanding wants reciprocation. The character loses its tenderness when it has nothing to strengthen it, its sweetness when it has nothing to soothe it.
      - [Solitude]

My soul, o'erfraught with gratitude, rejects the aid of language. Lord, behold my heart.
      - [Gratitude]

Nothing raises the price of a blessing like its removal; whereas it was its continuance which should have taught us its value. There are three requisitions to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings,--a thankful reflection on the goodness of the Giver, a deep sense of our unworthiness, a recollection of the uncertainty of long possessing them. The first would make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.
      - [Blessings]

O, unhappy state of kings! it is well the robe of majesty is gay, or who would put it on?
      - [Kings]

Oh! the joy
  Of young ideas painted on the mind,
    In the warm glowing colors fancy spreads
      On objects not yet known, when all is new,
        And all is lovely.
      - [Youth]

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