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American (English-born) clergyman and lecturer
(1809 - 1882)
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Resolves perish into vacancy, that, if executed, might have been noble works.
      - [Resolution]

That last dignity of the wretched.
      - [Despair]

The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur, and the loftiest of our race are those who have had the profoundest sympathies, because they have had the profoundest sorrows.
      - [Sorrow : Sympathy]

The day of life spent in honest and benevolent labor comes in hope to an evening calm and lovely; and though the sun declines, the shadows that he leaves behind are only to curtain the spirit unto rest.
      - [Old Age]

The direct relation of music is not to ideas, but emotions. Music, in the works of its greatest masters, is more marvellous, more mysterious, than poetry.
      - [Music]

The passions are at once tempters and chastisers. As tempters, they come with garlands of flowers on brows of youth; as chastisers, they appear with wreaths of snakes on the forehead of deformity. They are angels of light in their delusion; they are fiends of torment in their inflictions.
      - [Passion]

The Psalms are an everlasting manual to the soul; the book of its immortal wishes, its troubles, its aspirations, and its hopes; sung in every tongue, and in every age; destined to endure while the universe of God has light, harmony, or grandeur, while man has religion or sensibility, while language has sublimity or sweetness.
      - [Bible]

The record of life runs thus: Man creeps into childhood,--bounds into youth,--sobers into manhood,--softens into age,--totters into second childhood, and slumbers into the cradle prepared for him,--thence to be watched and cared for.
      - [Man]

The sage and seer of the human heart.
      - [Shakespeare]

The silent power of books is a great power in the world; and there is a joy in reading them which those alone can know who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they may yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations.
      - [Books]

The spirit of contempt is the true spirit of Antichrist; for no other is more directly opposed to Christ.
      - [Contempt]

The true greatness and the true happiness of a country consist in wisdom; in that enlarged and comprehensive wisdom which includes education, knowledge, religion, virtue, freedom, with every influence which advances and every institution which supports them.
      - [Wisdom]

The will that yields the first time with some reluctance does so the second time with less hesitation, and the third time with none at all, until presently the habit is adopted.
      - [Habit]

There is so much of the glare and grief of life connected with the stage that it fills me with most solemn thoughts.
      - [Drama]

There is something cordial in a fat man, everybody likes him, and he likes everybody. Food does a fat man good; it clings to him; it fructifies upon him; he swells nobly out, and fills a: generous space in life.
      - [Obesity]

We are all of one dying, one immortal family.
      - [Toleration]

We can but ill endure, among so many sad realities; to rob anticipation of its pleasant visions.
      - [Anticipation]

We cannot rekindle the morning beams of childhood; we cannot recall the noontide glory of youth; we cannot bring back the perfect day of maturity; we cannot fix the evening rays of age in the shadowy horizon; but we can cherish that goodness which is the sweetness of childhood, the joy of youth, the strength of maturity, the honor of old age, and the bliss of saints.
      - [Goodness]

We live in the midst of infinite existence; and widely as we can see, and vastly as we have discovered, we have but crossed the threshold, we have but entered the vestibule of the Creator's temple. In this temple there is an everlasting worship of life, an anthem of many choruses, a hymn of incense that goes up forever.
      - [Mystery]

When illusions are over, when the distractions of sense, the vagaries of fancy, and the tumults of passion have dissolved even before the body is cold, which once they so thronged and agitated, the soul merges into intellect, intellect into conscience, consciences into the unbroken, awful solitude of its own personal accountability; and though the inhabitants of the universe were within the spirit's ken, this personal accountability is as strictly alone and unshared, as if no being were throughout immensity but the spirit and its God.
      - [Accountability]

Whenever I contemplate man in the actual world or the ideal, I am lost amidst the infinite multiformity of his life, but always end in wonder at the essential unity of his nature.
      - [Man]

Why should not our solemn duties and our hastening end render us so united that personal contention would be impossible, in a general sympathy, quickened by the breath of a forbearing and pitying charity?
      - [Charity]

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